disclosure: this post is sponsored by Lamps Plus.
When you write a decorating blog sometimes it’s all about talking about decorating and showing what you know and discussing how to pick out paint colors for your entire house and what you learned from a pair of parrot earrings.
It’s about learning things that you never really knew or thought about or planned or understood.
It’s all about me….
….learning from you.
In the seven years, I have written this blog you have taught me so much. You’ve taught me there is a secret zipper underneath the couch cushions and that sometimes you need a pop of color in the middle of a sea of white and gray and that every room should have an antique piece and that every room should have a little bit of black somewhere to ground the space.
And that mirrors are your friend.
You are so right my wonderful, creative, amazing, helpful friends.
Here’s why every room needs a mirror.
Last week this mirror showed up at my house from Lamps Plus.
You can see it here.
I almost gasped when I opened it because it was so pretty. It’s called a stopwatch mirror because of the hook and loop at the top. The bottom part of the mirror is 30″x 30″ and the part at the top adds an additional 2″ at the top.
But more importantly than how much I loved it.
More importantly than how pretty it is.
The reason why this mirror is so perfect is because is reason number one why ever room needs a mirror…
Reason #1: it adds life to a room
And that’s what that reader was trying to tell me on that long ago day when she e-mailed me about my house tour.
She told me how pretty the tour was.
She told me how she loves farmhouse decor.
She told me that using pumpkins to decorate a hutch was brilliant.
But had I ever thought about using more mirrors when I decorate.
Reason #2: It bounces life off your surfaces
It’s what they were born to do.
If you have a room without a lot of light?
Just add a mirror that reflects a light source. For example, in this room you can see that the mirror reflects the light from the front door and redirects it all around the room.
It’s one of the best decorating secrets when it comes to adding light to a dark space.
Reason #3: It adds depth
See what this mirror does?
It introduces parts of the room together.
Hello other side of the room. It’s nice to meet you.
If this was a piece of artwork, it wouldn’t provide as much depth as a mirror reflecting other places in the room.
Reason #4: It makes the room feel larger
I had a wood sign here originally in this space.
It was fine.
It was sufficient.
But it made the wall feel a little flat.
As soon as I added the mirror—that part of the room came to life. It’s amazing what a little reflection can do.
Here are some other examples of mirrors in my home.
They are all unique and special and come in different sizes and shapes and materials.
They all have one thing in common.
They make the space they live in a little brighter.
Thank you for teaching me.
Thank you for making my rooms better.
Thank you for encouraging and helping and suggesting and laughing.
And for making all of my days….
…a little brighter.
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