If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors, you know just how magical the power of mirrors can be. When the building was constructed in the 17th century, mirrors were among the most revered and expensive items to possess because of their ornate beauty and ability to brighten up any room. A well-placed mirror can really reflect a room’s natural beauty, but in order to get the most out of your design, there are a few things you need to be cautious of. Here are the do’s and don’ts of decorating with mirrors.

Do Use Large Mirrors in a Small Room

A large mirror creates the illusion of depth and space, so a floor to ceiling piece can make your room look twice as large as it actually is. Mirrors also reflect light, which can brighten up a tiny space.

Do Make a Mirror the Focal Point

A mirror with an elaborate decorative frame is an easy way to create a showstopping piece. The size of the mirror can also give the room a dramatic punch. The latest decorating trend is oversized, leaning mirrors that rest freely on the floor.

Don’t Use Mirrors in the Kitchen

Between cabinets and appliances, there is already plenty going on in the kitchen, so this room rarely needs a mirror.

Don’t Throw Up Mirrors Willy-nilly

It can be tempting to fill up a bare wall with a mirror, but before you grab a hammer and nails – make sure it’s reflecting something worth looking at. An HVAC vent or chipped ceiling paint isn’t something you want to highlight.

Don’t Go Overboard

Don’t think of mirrors and artwork as interchangeable decorations. While it’s common to have several pieces of art in a living room or bedroom, mirrors should be limited to one per room.

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