Mirror, mirror, on the wall…Once upon a time, mirrors were expensive and hard to come by. Many homes had no mirrors and people didn’t think about checking themselves out in the “looking glass”. They were hard-working people with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude and owning a mirror seemed frivolous and unnecessary. Today, mirrors are found in nearly every room in the house and some rooms contain more than one. Used more for decoration than function in many instances, decorating with mirrors has become as common as hanging pictures on the wall.
Often, they are hung at heights that no one except for a giant could possibly use. What’s the point? The answer is, the reflective value they provide. There is something about the reflection one sees in the mirror, even if that reflection is not of oneself, that is intriguing, interesting, and possibly, even, mesmerizing. Depending on what exactly is being reflected, you may find that you are drawn to the reflection in a way that the complete scene itself doesn’t compel you to stare.
Imagine a room at night with a brightly lit chandelier, crystals refracting light into prisms of color and the light almost shimmering. When seen as part of the entire room, the chandelier is but one component of what is surely a beautiful room. But, when viewed through a mirror, that chandelier becomes a focal point and demands the scrutiny that is otherwise lost when shared with the other room decor.
Successful decorating of an outdoor room or a garden requires the same thought and careful placement of furniture and accessories as the rooms inside. Yet, mirrors are rarely seen outside. Hung opposite a view, a mirror will reflect that view and allow it to be enjoyed from more vantage points than straight on facing the view (great for those situations where placing the backs of furniture to the view is necessary).
In a garden, hang a mirror to reflect flowers and plants and you will feel as though you have twice as many as you actually have.
When using pots on a porch or patio, place a mirror where the tall greenery will be reflected and you can use fewer plants but achieve the sense that you have more plants in the room. Fool the eye and your guests into believing there is something there that is not.
Mirrors expand a room, reflect light, and, if large enough, can visually make a small room appear larger. Mirrors can be a handy accessory in the outdoor room. Find one and play with it to see how it can alter your perspective, change your view, or enhance your world.