Using Mirrors in Home Decor

Mirrors provide a special touch in home decor by adding light and creating the illusion of space. A mirror is defined as a reflecting surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall on the surface.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the typical mirror is a sheet of glass that is coated on its back with aluminum or silver that produces images by reflection. This type of mirror came into widespread production in Venice during the 16th century.

Here are ten tips for using mirrors in your home decor:

1. Place a mirror on an adjacent wall to an interesting picture or piece of artwork and the mirror will reflect the image and add a sense of space.

2. Hang a decorative mirror near a window in a dark room. This will allow the light to reflect off the mirror creating more natural light in the room.

3. To create the illusion of depth in a room, paint one wall in a dark, contrasting color to the other walls. Then hang a decorative mirror on the dark wall to create a sense of depth in the room.

4. Create a charming entryway by hanging up a framed mirror topped with a floral swag. This will help to create light in the entryway as well as providing a last minute check before heading out the door.

5. Expand a small dining room by placing an ornate mirror on a wall. This will make the room appear larger and brighter.

6. Place a decorative mirror opposite an attractive fireplace and mantel to reflect something interesting in the room.

7. Group and hang several mirrors of assorted sizes and shapes for an attractive wall display.

8. Add mirrors (such as mirror tiles) to the backs of bookcases to add a sense of depth.

9. In the kitchen, add mirror to the countertop’s backsplash. This will reflect light while preparing food and it is easy to maintain.

10. Place a custom sized mirror on the top of a piece of furniture that is damaged or not very attractive. This can be done on dressers, tabletops, coffee tables, and end tables just to name a few.

Always be sure to analyze the placement of mirrors before hanging them up. For example, placing a mirror above a fireplace mantel may reflect the unattractive tops of furniture or blank wall space. You can angle the mirror down so that it reflects something more attractive in the room.

In addition, place mirrors so they will not cause unnecessary glare in a room. Mirrors can be unappealing if they are placed across from a window with a southern or western exposure.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to use mirrors to brighten and enrich your home decor. Decorative mirrors can be found in flea markets, retail stores, home improvement stores, and on the internet in price ranges to fit all budget

Do Let ‘Your Fingers Do the Walking’ With Free Home Decorating Catalogs!

During the winter months, gardeners traditionally scour through the gardening catalogs, perusing new products and plants in anticipation of the coming planting season. Less well-known, but equally enjoyed by amateur home decorators, are the free home decorating catalogs. Let’s see how you can make a new, fun, virtual hobby, find unusual goods and even save some money. The only requirements are a little of your time spent surfing the net, and some of the free decorating catalogs, sent conveniently to your home mailbox.

If beautifying your home is your thing, home decorating catalogs can prove quite inspiring. Some of these catalogs are specialized, carrying a plethora of items focusing on a certain area of decorating. For example, some of the free home decorating catalogs stock mostly furniture items, with items such as console tables, toy chests, unfinished furniture and novelty items – jewelry armoires and the like. Others carry strictly bed and bath products, or artwork and statuary, or window treatments, or kitchenware. Just about any area of your home that can be decorated, has corresponding free decorating catalogs geared to that need.

Yet other catalogs deal in ‘knick-knacks’ – baskets, glass vases, artsy door stops, kid’s room decorations, inspirational plaques and other such decorative ‘treats’.

So, why would you want to use this strategy for your home decorating? There are several reasons. First, you’ll often find one-of-a-kind decorative items you simply won’t find in your local department stores. Next, these unusual items are often quite attractively priced. So, you’ll save money on designer style, quality decorating items. Then too, with a host of these free decorating catalogs on hand, you can plan an entire room makeover from the comfort of your favorite armchair, picking and choosing your favorites from a variety of vendors. This also makes it easy to shop for gift-giving occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Mother’s & Father’s Day and any number of other types of occasions.

Collecting home decorating catalogs over the net is a snap. For example, let’s say you want to update your bedroom with some new lighting fixtures or lamps. All you need to do is type ‘free catalogs lamps lighting’ into a Google search. You’ll be returned over 350,000 results to peruse. If you conduct an image search, you’ll get over 1.7 million images to scroll through. What could be easier?

Remember, too, that once you order these free home decorating catalogs, you’ll continue to receive them for some time to come. Of course, eventually, if you don’t place an order, they’ll discontinue sending them.

These free home decorating catalogs can serve as the inspiration for many fabulous and attractive makeovers of any room in your home!