How to Use Mirrors to Maximize Your Modern Design

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From maximizing natural light to adding visual intrigue, mirrors can do a whole lot more than show you your reflection. These decor pieces are a longstanding staple in interior design thanks to the seemingly limitless ways they can enhance a space. And mirrors come in so many different shapes, sizes, and styles that it’s easy to find the right pieces for a modern aesthetic. 

Whether you’re looking to illuminate a dark corner or expand your visual space, the following tips will help you make the most of this tried-and-true design asset. 


Brighten Up Dark Corners

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Thanks to their reflective properties, mirrors are a stellar way to brighten up dark spaces in your home. Simply place the mirror near a table lamp, candle, or other light source, and behold how much this easy addition transforms the look of a dark room. 


Maximize Your Visual Space

circular modern mirror in bathroom

Mirrors also have the ability to make a small space feel larger, particularly if they’re strategically placed. Installing a mirror across from a window will not only increase your natural light, but it will trick the eye into believing your room is much bigger than it is. And when it comes to this technique, the bigger the mirror, the better. 


Make a Statement

interior modern half moon mirror

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Speaking of large mirrors, they’re a great way to make a serious style statement. Mirrors featuring compelling shapes, bold borders, and other striking design elements will instantly add visual intrigue to your design while eliminating the problem of a blank wall. And if you don’t want to get too funky with your mirror’s design, you can group several simple mirrors together in a gallery design to get a similarly striking effect. 


Add a Window

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These days, you can find a variety of different mirrors that feature panes similar to windows. Adding this type of mirror across from or next to a window reflects said window, giving the impression that your space is rocking more windows than it actually has while enhancing your natural light. 


Create a Focal Point

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If you don’t have a natural focal point in your room, like a fireplace, then you can create one with a big beautiful mirror. Having a focal point makes it much easier to design the rest of your space because it gives you a point of reference you can use to build your layout around. And if you already have a focal point, like a mantel, in the room, you can punctuate it with a beautiful mirror for maximum impact. 


Play with Shapes

West Elm Modern Triangle Mirror

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Because mirrors come in so many different shapes, they’re a great way to add more movement, structure, or interest to your look, depending on your needs. Rounded and wavy mirrors are awesome for making a design feel more fluid, while sleek, sharp mirrors can make a space look more structured. 


Bring it to the Floor

modern interior full length mirror with wood frame

A modern spin on traditional mirror placement, adding a floor mirror is a no-fail way to elevate any modern design. And floor mirrors are particularly helpful when it comes to filling up an awkward or under-styled space that you’re not quite sure what to do with. 

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