Using Mirrors to Balance Light in a Room

Mirrors and LightLight plays a major role in any size room.  A lot times it’s hard to balance out the light distribution in a room because there aren’t enough sources or locations to install light fixtures.  This is where mirrors can come in.  Mirrors not only provide a great decorating touch to a room, they can actually distribute light around a room and make it feel more open.

Mirrors at Harolds LightingMirrors can help make a room feel brighter and larger if they are placed in the right place. Make sure you don’t place a mirror directly in front of a light fixture or it can cause a blinding effect. Place the mirror near the source but not where a glare is present from the bulb. Another great idea is to hang a mirror near a natural source of light, or across from it.  If placed correctly it can create the illusion of another window in a room and open up the space greatly.

The size of the mirror should correlate to the rest of the room.  A larger mirror will reflect more light and open up a space, but if it is placed in a really small room, or in a crowded space, it can overwhelm the area. A small mirror can be placed with others in a group to create a beautiful art piece and give off enough light to brighten up the room.

Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be frameless or have large ornate frames.  When choosing one for your space, consider the rest of the room and make sure it complements the rest of the features in the room. Many lighting stores as well as home decorating stores have many options to choose from and it’s a good idea to take the measurements back home with you before you make your purchase.

Our expert lighting staff at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue have many tricks up their sleeves. We can help you choose decor and mirrors that will work with your home or office.