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Here's How You Can Use Mirrors To Make Your Space Look Bigger

Practice this tried-and-tested tip with these reminders

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Photography: cbrnresourcenetwork.com (Main Photo)

Fact: the best decorating pieces for condos (especially compact ones) are mirrors. If positioned properly, a mirror can deceive the eyes and give the illusion of a bigger space. It also brings in light, especially in homes with limited sources of natural light. Interior designer Blanche de Leon, also the sales manager for Home Matters Custom Furniture Maker, shares the following basics when using mirrors:


WHERE Common areas like the living and dining rooms, plus narrow hallways and small bathrooms or powder rooms get instant glam with mirrors. Position the mirror where it can catch sunlight and retract it towards the dimmer side of the room. Placing huge mirrors in narrow or cramped areas can also make the room feel less claustrophobic. An important reminder: make sure that the mirror reflects areas that you want to highlight (read: away from messy areas.) 

WHAT Aside from beveled mirrors which are cut in a specific angle, colored mirrors (black, gold, bronze) etched Venetian mirros, framed mirrors, and even the acrylic ones are some of your options. Just remember that the mirrors you use should follow the theme or look that you are trying to achieve. 

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HOW In installing mirrors, you can go to local hardware stores for mirror glues or neutral silicon adhesives. Just don't use anything acidic as it will damage the backing of the mirror and cause black spots and markings. Also, be mindful of the weight: some framed mirrors can be so big, they must rest directly on the floor and lean against a steady wall. Most mirrors can be hung; just don't use adhesive hooks as these cannot support the weight of the item. 

This snippet originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Real Living magazine. Main photo by cbrnresourcenetwork.com

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