IS IT OKAY TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE MIRROR IN A ROOM?
The first thing to note is that, as ever, designers don’t necessarily agree on the answer to this question. Interior design rules are there to be broken, after all, so how you decorate with mirrors ultimately depends on your style and preference – and the purpose behind them. After all, as Helen Pett, design ambassador at Arteriors, says, ‘Mirrors are arguably one of the more versatile accessories you can incorporate into your design scheme.’
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MULTIPLE MIRRORS IN A ROOM?
We know the light-enhancing benefits of reflective surfaces, and so multiple mirrors as a living room wall decor idea – or any room, for that matter – can offer real benefits. ‘Mirrors help reflect light and create the illusion of space,’ says Marie Flanigan. ‘In rooms that might feel small or need additional light, adding multiple mirrors can be a great solution.’ To maximize the benefits, place mirrors opposite a window, and use architectural features like a mantlepiece to position a mirror to frame a ceiling light.
HOW CAN YOU USE MULTIPLE MIRRORS CLEVERLY IN A SPACE?
So there are arguments to be made for multiple mirrors as a burgeoning mirror trend – but how can you use them to the best effect? For Marie Flanigan, it’s all about layering. ‘On a mantle or fireplace surround, layering mirrors can be a beautiful effect,’ she says. ‘However, make sure the mirrors have a bit of interest like a beautiful frame, unexpected shape or slight patina to them.’
SHOULD YOU USE MIRRORS ON OPPOSITE WALLS – AND ARE THERE ANY OTHER INTERIOR DESIGN RULES TO KNOW?
This one is a big no-no – from us and the designers. ‘Unless you want to live in a hall of mirrors, don’t place two large flat mirrors opposite each other in a room, unless the room is huge!’ say Anna McGregor and Lotte Martin. Instead, they suggest matching a mirror piece with something a little different: ‘If you have two mantelpieces in a room, place a mirror above one and a piece of art above the other.’ As for other interior design rules, don’t forget to pay attention to what’s reflected in your mirrors. You can use mirrors to frame an interesting lighting fixture, as we’ve already mentioned, or a piece of art that sits opposite. A mirror positioned against a wall can also reflect a key piece of furniture you want to pay attention to. Avoid placing your mirrors opposite a plain wall, if you can – it’s a wasted chance to layer up your scheme and add that extra dose of interest.