The looking glass

Mirrors are one of those desirables I can’t seem to get enough of. I did a quick check around the house to see just how many I have and where I’d placed them. Out of the sixteen I own, I have realised only four of them were placed for a utilitarian purpose, such as brushing teeth, putting on make up or drying hair. The others were placed for different reasons.


Mirrors are wonderful at creating the illusion of more space and more light. I have a large oval mirror in the back hallway, which is north facing, getting no direct sunlight. By placing a mirror opposite the window, I get the reflection of light and the outside view on the wall. The light and reflection make the space feel much wider and brighter.


I very often place a mirror opposite a window as long as it has a nice view, bringing the outside in can really add interest. I’m not joking about the view bouncing back though, no one wants to see parked cars or to be reminded of recycling day, so choose your mirror position with care!

This principle can apply to the bedroom – no one wants to necessarily see themselves when they have just woken up, so a mirror in the bedroom can be tricky, but placed above the headboard, it works pretty well. I have a 1950’s sunburst mirror, which is very decorative and has a convex centre which gives a panoramic view of the room. Alternatively a large freestanding mirror placed at an angle in the room can be made into a focal point and will look striking and effective.

Finally, the frame of the mirror is so important and they are so varied and wonderful. I very often arrange mirrors in a group.

These often have a common theme running through them and can look very effective on a stairway wall or in a hall. So when a piece of artwork doesn’t feel right or work, very often a mirror does.