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 budgets.

Feng Shui Home Decorating – The Right Way to Use Furniture and Home Decor

There are many aspects of feng shui home decorating, all of which are important to create better movement of the ‘qi’ or energy in your home. This energy which is often referred to as a ‘life force’ can easily become stagnant within a home and have a negative impact on the residents. A simple way to solve this problem is to redecorate the home in a way that will tackle the bad energy and promote the ‘qi’ to flow freely. There are many effective ways of decorating that will have a positive influence, finding the right combination is key.

The first way to tackle the bad ‘qi’ is to tackle the clutter. Most of us accumulate way too much junk and are not willing to let go of anything, resulting in a home that is filled with clutter. A home that is full of clutter is a reflection of a life that is cluttered as well. Getting rid of unnecessary objects in your home is a very important first step, it is also sometimes the hardest. Go through each room of your house and sort through everything you have. Get rid of anything you don’t need or want. There might be some things that you might not want to part with, but don’t necessarily belong in that particular room, simply put them in storage somewhere.

Next, you will have to depend on the bagua to map out areas of individual rooms or your entire home and locate the corners that pertain to the different aspects of your life. As soon as you figure this out, decide on the areas of your life that you would like to improve and use home decorations to make that happen. You can use colors related to the area of your life that needs improving in the specified corner or throughout the home. Furniture is often the thing that gets in the way of free flowing ‘qi’, if this is the case with the furniture in your rooms, simply rearrange them according to feng shui guidelines.

There are specific feng shui tools that can be used to cure problem areas within a home. These tools include crystals, water fountains, wind chimes and mirrors. Some are used for protection while others are used for tackling bad and activating good ‘qi’. All of these tools are powerful enough to handle any kind of negative energy. If you don’t like the look of these specific tools, you can just use regular home decor items instead. Simply choose objects that are applicable in the different areas mapped out on the bagua throughout the home.

There are many things that can be done to optimize the areas related to each section of the bagua. If you are looking to attract love or improve your relationship, work on the love corner of your bedroom or of your house. Add more pink to that area, display decor that comes in pairs or put up images that makes you think of love. If you are looking to improve your finances, activate the ‘qi’ in your wealth corner by adding more purple and water related objects. Try these and other feng shui home decorating tips out for yourself.