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TIPS ON MIRRORS

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Decorating with mirrors

 
THERE ARE SOME USEFUL TIPS ON CHOOSING A MIRROR
AND IDEAS ON HOW TO MAXIMISE THE BENEFITS
Mirrors are the most powerful tools in making rooms seem larger.
They can open up dark corners and not only create illusions of space but also provide optical surprises.
Mirrors for your
FIREPLACE
01.

When hanging an overmantle mirror above your fireplace, choose a mirror that is narrower than the mantelshelf but wider than the heart of the fireplace. If the mirror is the same as the mantelshelf, it looks top heavy and appears to be tipping forward.
02.

Place a large mirror opposite an attractive fireplace as well as above it, this will catch the eye and make the room seem larger.
03.

Widen your room by hanging identical mirrors on either side of a window or fireplace.
select your
TYPE OFF WALL
04.

Wall size is important to take into consideration, too. "If a mirror has too much room around it on the wall, it creates a 'too small' impression". A good rule of thumb is to make sure the mirror takes up roughly one-half to three-quarters of the wall space.
05.

Tall rooms benefit from vertical mirrors, while long rooms do better with a horizontally-set mirror.
06.

When you have a wall in a darker colour than the rest of the room, hang a mirror on it and a picture on the opposite paler wall. This will have the effect of giving the dark wall more debth as it appears to recede to contain the picture.
YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED:
Panfili’s tips
A MIRROR AS LARGE
AS POSSIBLE IN YOUR BATHROOM.


The smaller the bathroom,
the bigger the mirror should be in proportion!
A FULL-LENGTH MIRROR
IN YOUR BEDROOM.


This will help you greatly in the morning
when you get dressed.
A MIRROR AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE
TO YOUR FRONT DOOR.


Because you know you’ll want to take a quick look at yourself before going out in public or opening the door to a guest.
07.

Always make a statement with your entry hall. It sets the tone for the entire house! It’s the first thing your guests see upon arrival and what they see should give them an idea of what to expect.
08.

Hang a long mirror horizontally above a narrow console table to make the whole hall seem wider.
09.

Brighten your entrance hall with a mirror. In Feng Shui a mirror at the bottom of the stairs guarantees health, wealth and happiness!
Mirrors for your
HALL
Duplicate the space in
SMALL ROOM
10.

In a small room try hanging a mirror opposite the window.
11.

Maximise the space in any small room with a mirror from floor to ceiling.
12.

Mirrors needn’t be confined to the house. A large mirror placed at the end of a small garden, framed by greenery, is a designer trick to extend the space.
CLEANING TIPS
How to clean mirrors
DON’T VIGOUROUSLY RUB THE FRAME OF A MIRROR. GOLD & SILVER LEAF IS VERY THIN
AND YOU ONLY NEED TO USE A FEATHER DUSTER TO KEEP IT CLEAN.


Instead of glass cleaner add a splash of white vinegar to warm water, dip a soft cloth into the solution,
wring it out and clean the surface of the glass while avoiding the frame. Finally polish with a kitchen towel.
Tricks for your
CREATIVITY
13.

Create an interesting feature placing small mirrors together.
14.

Ideally, a mirror should be placed at eye level, the same rules you should follow to hang picture frames.
15.

Place a mirror on a wall adjacent to an interesting view or picture.
Create a
FOCAL POINT
16.

Create a focal point with a large mirror on the most visible wall upon entering the room.
17.

Large mirrors also provide the room with a focal point, and will help to anchor all of the other decorative elements of the room.