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Who’s the Fairest? How to Decorate with Mirrors

Let strategically placed mirrors enhance your living space...

Posted March 26, 2012

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Never underestimate the power of a mirror. It can bring a room together, increase light, and add dimension and depth, to create the illusion of a much bigger space. Want in on this doable design secret? Here are a few tips:

• A floor-to-ceiling mirror – whether mounted on a fixed wall or a sliding closet door -- is great for a bedroom. Not only is it convenient for dressing, but it also gives the illusion of double the space.

• Try hanging multiple mirrors on the same wall. Group them as you would pieces of art. Take into consideration the size of the wall and choose the size of your mirrors, proportionally.

• A large mirror in a dining room adds a major dose of ambiance and elegance, especially when candles are lit. And the mirror will add extra reflectivity.

• Make a large a mirror a piece art, in and of itself. Rest an oversized, framed mirror on the floor, and lean it against a wall to create a focal point. An oversize framed mirror is also a great, simple way to define a nook-like area within a larger space.

• Hang a mirror by an entryway. It will increase the amount of light in the space and also allow you to do a “final check” before leaving the house.


Best way to clean mirrors:

First pre-clean the mirror with plain water and a soft cloth. Then, mix a solution of one cup of white vinegar to one quart of warm water and, using newspaper as a cleaning cloth, rub the solution over the whole surface in a circular motion. After the entire mirror has been covered, dry it off with a fresh piece of newspaper.

Now there’s no doubt at all who’s the fairest of them all.


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