When most people think of a mirror they think of their reflection, something in which they can behold themselves. Why not extend that thinking to include beholding an entire room? The most important reality about a mirror is that it reflects light, whether it is the light shining on your face or the light that encompasses a room. And the more you take advantage of a mirror’s light reflecting properties, the more you can create a new look using mirrored closet doors.
Of course, the mirror doesn’t actually add physical space to your room but it does greatly increase the visual space in a room. Closets are one of the best places to put a mirror because they can be used to serve their basic purposes for checking out your new outfit or making sure you look your best before heading out the door. With a little imagination and creativity, mirrored closet doors can do amazing things.
Take for example a mirror in a room that has small windows, or no windows at all. You don’t need sunlight to create a visual space increase. Overhead fluorescent light are the best because they are a white light that makes everything look whiter, and therefore larger. With a dimmer switch you can make your bedroom look larger or reduce the size by toning things down for those quieter moments.
One of the things to experiment with when considering a mirrored closet door is location. If you have a walk-in closet with four panels, you could put a mirror on alternate panels to accent specific features of the room, or add mirrors to all four panels to make the entire room appear larger. But be sure to consider the other side of the door to make the inside of the walk-in look larger from the inside!
Putting a mirror on a closet door doesn’t have to take a Plain Jane approach. Many people create cut out designs they put on top of the mirror to add a fashion statement to their room. The design can be simple or elegant, but you don’t have to have a big piece of mirror just hanging on your door.
Depending on the layout of your bedroom, you can use the mirrors to visually double the space in your bedroom. You would be covering most of a single wall of doors with mirrors, making the reflected light fill the room.
Before you go overboard in turning every closet door into a model mirror, remember that the effect created by using mirrors needs to work well with the existing décor. The mirror should enhance the visuals of the room, not be the centerpiece of the room. When deciding on which closet doors to place mirrors on, ask yourself whether the mirror adds to or takes away from the focal point of the room. Mirrors reflect, they don’t actually create an image themselves.
Many people prefer white as the color of choice to go along side of a closet mirrored door. The color enhances the brightness of the light reflected, and goes with just about any other color in the room or its furnishings. Though black is not a favorite choice for certain rooms, a black closet door with an attached mirror will create an amazing contrast that not only will make the room look bigger, but is also practical.
Visual balance is the key to using mirrors on closet doors, which means sometimes you need to have other mirrors or mirrored objects. For example, two mirrors placed across the room from each other will be reflecting the same light. When the light goes down, the effect of the mirror decreases proportionately. This is an effect you might want, but think it through carefully before proceeding. Also, tight spaces can be made to appear larger with facing closet mirrors, such as in areas of the home that feature a walk-in closet on either side of a room or hallway.
Finally, the direction of where the light will be coming from will be crucial to your choices of where to place the closet door mirrors. If there is a window in the room and the sun shines directly on to the closet door, the glare may take away from the intended visual advantage. But the possibilities are unlimited as long as you keep in mind that mirrors reflect back whatever light source hits them. You might have to go through a few dry runs to get the best look, but in the end you will have found a way to make your room larger without having to spend much money.