Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On Reflection; Interior Designer LESLEY TAYLOR on How the Humble Mirror Can Help Create Your Dream Home

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On Reflection; Interior Designer LESLEY TAYLOR on How the Humble Mirror Can Help Create Your Dream Home

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Byline: 6 The Gazette THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 HOME STYLE With Lesley Taylor

ASK any interior designer and they'll tell you mirrors can be pretty magical - and we're not talking fairytale queens and princesses here.

Forget genies and their wishes, godmothers and their magic wands - if you want a home that's the best, brightest and most spacious of them all, some carefully selected and cleverly placed mirrors are all you need.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS WORKING with an impossibly tight space? Alongside small prints, a pale colour palette and carefully curated key pieces of furniture, you can create an illusion of extra room with large mirrors.

The most effective are floor mirrors, which create a feeling of height, as well as space. Where you wish to lengthen a wall, choose a long, skinny mirror turned on its side.

If you're working on a budget, then groups of smaller mirrors of differing shapes can be a cost effective option, and can also add interest.

INTRODUCE AMBIENCE HAVE you ever noticed how boutique hotels use mirrors with illuminated edges in their bathrooms? This kind of ambient lighting is a great design hack to create a relaxing sanctuary. There's no reason you cannot apply the same principle if you want to create a tranquil bathroom.

GET CREATIVE FEATURE walls filled with mirrors are a great way of making use of a space that would otherwise lack interest - choose different frame shapes, colours and finish effects, and team them with intermittent framed photos for a feature wall that's packed with personal touches.

Groups of smaller mirrors can also create more depth, without the imposing appearance of large mirrors.

SHOWCASE STATEMENT PIECES OWN a beloved piece of furniture you'd like to make the focal point of a room? Placing a mirror alongside it can capture interest while showcasing almost every angle of the piece. This spring is all about the mixing and matching of eras and statement pieces, so consider a mirror that contrasts - where there's a traditional sideboard, you could go for a modern, angular and simplistic mirror.

FAKE IT IF your property leaves you yearning for more windows, mirrors can be an excellent alternative. …

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