Mirrors Make a Room Look Larger

by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 12, 2018)

If you're looking for inexpensive ways to make small rooms appear larger, you can always use the trick that realtors use when they stage rooms for an open house; they use mirrors to make rooms and spaces appear larger than they actually are. For instance, if a room doesn't have much to offer in square footage, you can strategically place mirrors—or mirrored panels or tiles—on a wall, or even as a framed group placed at the base of a wall. The mirrors will allow the room to look brighter and larger by reflecting natural light during the day.

Place several lamps in the room and allow the mirrors to reflect the light at night. If the room is very small, place one side table on an angle, with a simple chair next to it at the same angle, with a floor lamp behind, but slightly to the side of, the chair. Insert a 100-watt bulb in the lamp and make sure that the shade is appropriate for the lamp, and allows light to penetrate the shade. Now, place a large mirror on the wall behind the lamp and allow the mirror to reflect the bright light, illuminating the room. Place another mirror on the opposite wall, allowing the mirrors to reflect each other, and making the room appear brighter and larger.

To test the theory, take a photograph of your room before you place mirrors. Then, place mirrors around the room in various positions, reflecting natural light and lamplight, and then take another photograph. Don't move furniture, curtains, wall hangings, or what-nots. Just take two sets of photographs of the room; one with mirrors, and one without. Then, compare and contrast the two scenes in the photographs and you will see quite a difference in how the room appears larger with the mirrors, as opposed to how the room looks so much smaller without them.

If a room has little to offer by way of decor, you can place mirrors next to a lamp, plant, or wall hanging to replicate the effect of having more accessories. But, more importantly, you can make a small space appear larger if you use mirrors to reflect windows. If you have a small room with one window, Place a large mirror on the opposite wall to reflect the mirror, and make it appear that there are two windows in the room, and not just one. Adding the appearance of more windows to a room tricks the visitor into thinking that the room is actually larger than it is.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...

MORE FROM APRIL

Getting Rid of Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are caused by swelling within the sinus cavities, and not by allergies. Discuss with your doctor the ...

Discover More

Knowing If You Have Bedbugs

Since bedbugs congregate and feed at night, and if you have a house pet, wait until the pet is asleep and see if you can ...

Discover More

Kosher Meat

Since fish is also considered a meat by some, and if you want to serve kosher fish, make sure that you choose a fish that ...

Discover More

MAX Power! A powerful lithium-ion drill/driver that delivers 0-to-650 RPM and 115 inches-per-pound of torque in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. An anti-slip soft grip and LED worklight makes this tool a delight to use. Check out Black & Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Using Aromatherapy in Home Decor

If you use candles, tart burners, infused oils, or fresh baked goods to make your home smell good, whether you realize it ...

Discover More

Tricks for Working with Framed Artwork

Artwork is a valued addition to any home. Unfortunately though, sometimes we don't have the patience, money, or space ...

Discover More

Southwest Home Decorating

You don't have to be from the American Southwest to enjoy the look that originates from that region of the world. That ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two minus 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)