It’s “Life’s” illusions I Recall

Ask Derik

I’m a convert. I started studying Feng Shui years ago and that exposure has impacted every design direction. Mirrors are more

powerful and impactful than you might think yet so often misplaced and misused.

Think of mirrors as serving two functions; functional and aesthetic. The trick is in creating the perfect balance and sensitivity toward that which is being reflected.

Aesthetic mirror applications often make up for architectural voids. There are much more effective ways of using mirror to do what they do best…create an illusion. Often newer homes and condos have limited or oddly placed windows. Mirrors easily become “windows” and should be placed where windows ought to be. I like to flank these installations with drapery panels identical to those used on the room’s actual windows.

Adding mirror to the back of a built-in buffet is a great way to update and add value to any home. I also love creating faux mirrored doors as a way to balance a room or faux transoms to add architecture and light to a space.

Keep in mind what will be reflected before placing mirrors. Mirrored backsplashes in busy kitchens, for example, can double the clutter and require constant cleaning. However, a mirror behind cooktop or windowless kitchen sink can bring life into a dreary kitchen and are worth the Windex.


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