If you’re just catching up, our house was built in the early 1980’s. This means smaller rooms, some with no lighting, and some with awkward shapes. I’m exercising my interior design muscles big time with this one to make everything flow!
For example, our dining room used to be a formal living room… with no lights. Like – none. No overhead lights at all. (People in the 80’s could rock a floorlamp like nobody’s business apparently.) The room is also north facing, long and skinny. Read: It’s dark.
Even after a coat of light paint, new floors, and shiny white trim I wasn’t happy with how closed off it felt. As I was planning, I knew the only way to make the room appear bigger without cutting a wall down was to use…. mirrors! Not even two hours after I blogged the last décor post, I got an email saying that our dining room mirrors had arrived!
Here is a picture from the last post/once we got some furniture in there… but it still needed something else…
I am so happy with how these turned out. I priced one large custom mirror that would need to be professionally installed, but then decided that would be a very expensive fix if/when one of the kids decided to play baseball in the dining room. I found these online at Kirkland’s and special ordered them for store pickup.
These mirrors are doing a couple of magic things:
- Lengthening the size of the room.
- Drawing in all the light from the dining room and foyer windows to naturally brighten the room.
- Giving subtle reflections of the foyer and the office to bring more cohesion and flow to the space.
These specific mirrors are 67 in x 37 in. We hung them centered on the wall about 2.5 in apart to create the illusion of one big focal point.
One more good Before & After:
Maybe you have a space in your home that needs a little enlarging… Mirrors are such a great way to accomplish this! Plus, you’ll probably never leave your house with spinach in your teeth or your skirt tucked into your pantyhose.
I have one more mirrored spot in our house to show you, but I will save that for later! Happy Monday and HAPPY 7th ANNIVERSARY to my stud of a husband. I will choose you all day, every day.
Thanks for following along, y’all!