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4 Unique Ways to Display Your Mirrors

Use this home staple to visually expand a room, light up a dark area, and even as a tabletop

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Photography: Winston Baltasar

Decorating with mirrors is tricky. Not only do you need to fix up the area where you’ll put your mirror, you also need to make sure that the opposite wall, which will reflect on it, looks good, as well. After all, we don't want its reflection to showcase clutter!

Aren’t we lucky, then, that these must-haves are now considered as part of the décor instead of just a “looking glass for personal grooming”? Check out these four unique ways you can use mirrors at home.

A jazzed-up “looking glass”

Sooner or later, a mirror always goes back to its original purpose: to reflect a face or outfit. This mirror from Japan Home Center costs P66.

It was a little on the plain side so I decided to make it pop with some color. I placed double-sided tape on all the inner four edges, then stuck some wayward Lego pieces all across the tape.

A source of poetry

A mirror doesn’t have to be “all mirror." Use a permanent marker to scribble some of your favorite words on a mirror and place it in a busy hallway at home. The words will inspire you (so make sure you pick the right words) and set your day off on a great note.

Tabletop

You don’t always have to hang or rest a mirror against a wall. You can also lay it flat, looking up. Here, we anchored the mirror on top of two shelves made out of wooden crates. Without the mirror, the crates had an uneven surface which wasn’t good for carrying drinks. The mirror evened out the surface and there’s a plus: with a glass tabletop, you won’t have to worry about wet glasses leaving a mark on the surface. Just clean and wipe it using an old cloth or newspaper and you're all set for the next party. 

RL Tip: If you want to brighten up a dark room, place a small lamp on your tabletop mirror. You’ll get light-times-two!

Part of a wall installation

If you don’t want to mar the mirror’s simple frame, but don’t want it to be too simple, play with its surrounding wall. The trick is to find the right elements to make the mirror pop.

Lucky for me, my husband had this collection of Coke cans (used Coke cans!) that he absolutely did not want to throw away. The cans (stuck to the wall using double-sided mounting tape) provided the color that the mirror was asking for. (The yellow wall was a bonus.)

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