Mirror, mirror on the wall, how can my rental be the fairest of all? Snow White’s wicked stepmother was not really into decorating, but she certainly trusted her mirror’s power. Baxton Property Management in Hobart shines some light on the fairy-tale ability of mirrors to change a rental into a happily-ever-after home when they’re used for purposes other than make-up application, brushing teeth, shaving one’s chinny-chin-chin, and pondering on the appearance of small wrinkles.
Mirrors provide extra light in darker areas, and create an illusions of size, space and other worlds in a small room. However, choosing the right place to hang them is vital – there are certain Feng Shui no-no’s which you might want to consider, and there are some practical issues, too.
What images do you want to reflect?
- Bring the outside in: A mirror can create the illusion of an indoor garden by reflecting the garden outside.
- Create an artwork: Hang a mirror to reflect a particular section of your lounge or dining room, in such a way that it becomes a still life masterpiece. Using a mirror with an ornate or shaped frame can underline the artistic statement it makes.
- Change perspective: Mirror tiles framed together can create a kaleidoscopic effect by changing the perspective of the scene, and tipping and tilting the reflection into a collage of slightly different angles and sections of the view it’s reflecting.
- Add to the light: Mirrors can be used to reflect nothing but light. Slightly tilted they can bounce light from a window or lightbulb off the ceiling or wall and back into the room. This provides a soft and effective glow without reflecting any specific image. They can also be used to diffuse light into darker areas, without the glare of direct artificial light.
Reflections you want to avoid
Before randomly hanging mirrors all over the place, think carefully about what they will reflect. It might be something you don’t want to see.
- Unless you really are a morning person and feel good about how you look when getting out of bed, it might not start your day off well to arise straight into a full length reflection of yourself with tousled hair and unflattering pyjamas.
- Reflecting old, dark and cluttered areas of the house also isn’t the best idea. It’s bad enough having that area haunt you, let alone having the illusion that there are two areas which require urgent attention.
- Using too many mirrors in a small kitchen area to create a feeling of space can backfire in terms of maintenance. Just check your splashbacks or appliances for how much grunge collects in a working kitchen, and imagine having to clean the mirrors very regularly.
The Feng Shui approach
One of the biggest no-no’s in Feng Shui is having a mirror close enough to reflect you entering your home. That will bounce your energy right back into the world you left behind, and effectively prevent it from entering the house. But you can hang it so it reflects you walking out of the door.
Also, try to avoid hanging mirrors where they reflect a distorted image, or small parts of you or anyone else that lives in the house. This might transfer the idea to your subconscious that you are yourself distorted or not entirely whole.
Do you need to hang them?
Although it’s the most common way to display mirrors, it’s not always necessary to hang a mirror on the wall. Mirrors can stand against the wall at the end of a passage, or be placed on or in display units. This is especially effective if you are wanting to use them to bounce light. And it has another advantage – there are fewer nail holes to fill when you vacate the rental property.
Baxton Property management in Hobart makes it part of its business to bring information and ideas to the attention of both the owners of rental property and the tenants who live in them. This is done through regular blog posts on the Baxton website.
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