A powerful accessory for anyone trying to sell their home is the MIRROR! Mirrors are a valuable asset to any room. Large or small, they lend design, balance and interest to your space. It’s our belief that every room should be accessorised with a mirror or a set of mirrors for several reasons;
First, people like to look at themselves in mirrors and reflective surfaces catch our attention. Second, there are many different shapes, sizes and styles of mirrors and their associated frames that can really make them pieces of art. Third, feng shui employs mirrors to help the flow of positive energy to move through your home. Who can’t use a little extra positive energy…especially when you are trying to sell your home?
Mirrors don’t really increase the size of any room. What they do is allow light to bounce back into a room, which can help illuminate rooms better. That doesn’t mean that you should install wall-to-wall mirrors.
If you are thinking of selling, then it’s time to take a look at all the mirrors in your house and see what may need some Home Staging assistance. Let’s look at where in your home you’ll typically find mirrors and what to look for:
There should be a mirror in the hall that can be used to do a quick ‘check’ before walking out or first thing when you get home. Make sure it’s in scale with the size of the room. According to Feng Shui place a hall Mirror to the side of the front door – never directly across from the front door. A mirror placed across from the front door represents strong repelling energy and can push anyone entering there right back out the door..and when it comes to selling your home you don’t want to push anyone away.
- Living room/family room –
Mirrors in these rooms should be a reflection of the style of the room and used as an accent. An oversized floor mirror leaning against the wall becomes the focal point adding a bit of drama to this small space. Using a grouping of mirrors of the same color can make a bold statement. Be sure to use mirrors large enough to fill the wall space. In other words, don’t use small mirrors on a large wall. Keep it proportionate with the space.
- Dining Rooms
Dining rooms are another great place to use mirrors. Hang the mirror so the image of the buyer is reflected, as psychologically it helps for them to “see” themselves “in” the house – and a mirror does the trick. The mirror should also reflect the light fitting which highlight and adds a bit more light to the room.
One of the most probably “evolved” parts of a house in terms of design is the bedroom. No longer is a bedroom just a plain room with a bed and probably, a chest of drawers. Even a fancy bed is not enough these days when it comes to staging your bedroom. One way to create a comfortable, chic atmosphere would be the addition of wall mirrors in the bedroom.
Placing mirrors in a dim corner of the bedroom add light. Placing mirrors on the longest wall within the bedroom makes the room look larger and wider. This is especially true when the mirrors are placed on walls near windows as the light tends to reflect onto the mirrors making the room seem brighter. Adding mirrors maximise the amount of light which is available in the bedroom giving the room a light airy feel.
There’s no real need for a mirror in the kitchen, so if you have any, think about why it’s there and if it doesn’t serve a real purpose, take it down.
It is in this room where most mirror mistakes occur; too small, too big or no mirror. No, no and no! Choose your bathroom mirror wisely and give consideration the placement of the mirror. Some of the best bathroom mirrors aren’t found where retailers sell bathroom mirrors – you might find a great bathroom mirror in the furniture section or even in a second-hand store.
Why is it that so many people get the mirror hanging thing wrong? I have seen photos where a mirror with an interesting frame was used over a fireplace that is up about 10 feet off the ground. The mirror is not reflecting anything – and it looks silly. A piece of artwork or a wrought iron grille would be much better served in that place,and the mirrror used where it can actualy reflect something of merit.
So when using mirrors, it’s not so much about using something that fits a space or has a neat frame, we have to ask ourselves, what are we reflecting back to the buyer. If it is not something that we want to highlght or is wasted because of the height, pick anohther item to hang and use the mirror next time.
Finally, It goes without saying that any mirrors you have should be sparkling clean, so don’t forget to break out the glass cleaner!