Fun ways to decorate with mirrors
Instead of a pricey tufted headboard, Sheridan bought four-packs of miniature Sorli mirror tiles from Ikea ($4.99) to create a high-end look that also doubles as a bedhead inspector.
Tip: For easy cleanup of spills, don't glue down the mirrors.
A mirror like this is definitely an investment. But take Choy’s advice for keeping things reasonable: Decorate mainly with furniture pieces from salvage yards then toss in a few high-design splurges to give an impression of luxury.
Interior designer-contractor Francesca Harris replaced unattractive windows on this aging shed with pivoting shutters. Then she created her own window by placing a mirror behind the daybed to reflect the light and surrounding landscape.
Design: Francesca Harris, FHIG Inc., Corte Madera, CA (415/927-0277)
A mirror gives this outdoor space a living room look, but it’s guaranteed to stand up to sun and rain. Mirrors strategically positioned also create an illusion of space in cramped patios.
A mirror creates a glacial lake when it’s laid flat without disturbing existing roots. This small glass pool reflects the sky and surrounding plants the way a mountain pool would — only no swimming here.
Tip: Mask the edges by adding a layer of smooth river rocks of varying sizes and colors to mimic a rocky beach.
Tip: Use ivy to obscure the mirror's edges, adding to the illusion.
Mount two inexpensive mirrored cabinets next to each other to create one seamless surface. You’ll get the look of a pricey oversize mirror without spending the cash.
Design: David Foster Architects, Seattle (206/726-9558)
A typical piece of art could confine a smaller space. Instead, mirrors add an airy elegance as they reflect light.