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Decor Hack of the Day: Full-Length Mirrors

Enhance your space and a sophisticated touch to your unit with this designer mirror trick

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Mirrors are added in small condo rooms to create an illusion of bigger space. "[Wall-to-wall or full-length] mirror treatments are usually done to give a room twice the space than it really has. The room seems deeper because the solid wall behind the mirror is replaced by the image of the room. But it has to be done also from floor to ceiling. Cutting it halfway won't give the same illusion," explains interior designer John Vigilia.

Here are a few pointers to guide you.

Photos by Vincent Coscolluela (left) and decoratingsmallspaces.com (right).

Read the original article in the August 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

How to make it work:

1. Stick to one.

Don't attempt to adhere mirrors onto the wall by yourself. A special type of glue can be used for this job -- a glass and mirror adhesive or a silicone sealant. 

RL Tip: If you are unsure about this, ask help from a glazing company or glass supplier.

2. Avoid obstruction.

Maintain a mirrored wall by avoiding obstruction with furniture, shelving, or lamps. Make sure you polish the mirrors a few times a year and dust them every so often.

*Photo from decoratingsmallspaces.com

3. Do with or without mouldings.

If you plan on installing a wall-to-wall mirror, you can do away with "framing" it with a moulding, but you do have to add a baseboard at the bottom of the mirror to prevent chairs and tables from breaking it.

4. Choose strategic locations.

Place mirrors adjacent to windows and doors and not opposite them. This is to avoid pedestrians and people passing by your home to see everything inside your house.

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