A bedroom is usually the most personal room in one's home. But it's not always the most spacious, especially if you live in an apartment or condo. Using reflection and mirrors, we can provide an illusion of a larger room with greater light, a more open flow, and a more natural feel.
One of the first things you want to consider is where to place the mirrors in one's bedroom. The best placement for a mirror in a bedroom is directly across from the window. This adds a greater depth to the room, but it also acts like an additional window. This reflection of in-coming light will add to the visual character of the room. Using a mirror in this fashion will bring the outdoors in, and will give your bedroom that natural lighting feel during the day.
Aside from traditional framed and unframed wall mirrors, there are many options available to consider: mirrored closet doors, ceiling mirrors, large dresser mirrors; all of which work well in a bedroom to make the space feel larger. Ceiling mirrors in particular are perfect for an illusion of a raised ceiling, which could be useful in bedrooms of basement apartments and condos.
All of these mirror placements and applications will further add to the depth of the bedroom, and reflect both natural and artificial light.
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Mirrors can also be used to double the size of a closet or walk-in closet. A mirror placed at the end of a closet will double its space. This may require a custom mirrored wall installation, but the results will make your closet look uncluttered and roomy. And not to mention, it's easier getting dressed in the morning when you can see yourself in a full-length mirrored wall.
Aside from mirrors, the use of glass bedroom furniture like glass table tops and glass nightstands will help the light flow throughout the room. Such display options are yet another way to further open up the room.
Adding mirrors and glass will give you the extra light and space you're looking for, without having to perform an expensive remodeling job. This will save you money, but still give you much flexibility of a custom mirror install, custom wall application, extended dresser mirror, or mirrored wall. And the larger the mirrors you end up using, the more open your room will feel. The potential is endless.
Bahram Nasehi is a Vice President and partner at Dulles Glass and Mirror. He is instrumental in the developement and manufacturing of custom cut glass products including wall and bathroom mirrors, vanity mirrors and glass shower doors.
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