Mirror Magic

Mirrors can be used for a lot of significant roles in the home. It is not vanity alone, mirrors make for great statement pieces and are a great decor accessory which can add flair to any room. There are tons of ways you can use mirrors to enhance your space, here are a few.

Create Illusion– Yup! Mirrors are a great way to create illusion of space or make a dark room seem brighter. Have an entire wall cladded with mirror if you have a small space and want to create illusion of space. To increase brightness, go in for a large decorative mirror on the wall opposite the light source. It will reflect the light and add brightness to the room.
Wall Art– If your budget does not allow you to invest in expensive art work, mirrors work as great statement pieces. Get a large mirror with an elaborate frame and place it above a console in the living room or hall. Another idea is to put mirrors of different sizes in different shaped frames on a wall in either of the two rooms. Another way, create an antiqued mirror wall and then hang smaller mirrors in various frames on the wall.
Dramatic Statement– Instead of hanging the mirror or mirrors on a wall, you can also place a large mirror with a carved frame on the floor. This is perfect for the Dining room and Living room. But be careful while angling the mirror so it shows only the best reflection in the room. If you really want to experiment you can also have the ceiling covered in mirrors or mirror mosaics. In the bathroom, why not have a dramtic mirror placed above the Bathtub instead of just the washbasin.
Out of the Box– Besides the wall mirrors can also be used as accessories. Create a tray out of an old mirror, or use mirror to clad old furniture, for instance the top of a coffee table or side table. Think convex mirrors in various sizes instead of usual flat ones to give the space an attractive appeal.
DIY Ideas– To give an old mirror a new lease to life, you can do some stencil work and paint a border around the mirror. Or wrap a ribbon around the frame. Another suggestion, stick small mirror pieces or shells on the frame.More ideas here

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Even though I am not superstitious, atleast no more than the average person, I still feel there is no harm in listening to what Feng Shui has got to say about the placement of mirrors. Since mirrors play a large part in Feng Shui “cure”. (Inputs courtesy http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com/feng-shui-mirror.html)

  • Choose clear, non-distorted mirrors (no ripples) and no mirror tiles.  Tiled mirrors break up energy and add confusion to the reflected image.
  • Clean your mirrors frequently to ensure a clear image.
  • Make sure that your mirrors reflect beautiful surroundings.   Position mirrors to pick up pleasing views of the outdoors whenever possible.
  • Place a Foyer 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!
  • Place square & rectangle shapes for balance; Octagonal shapes for power; Circular shapes for unity.
  • Hang high enough to see your entire head; no chopped heads or  the viewer may be challenged with a negative self-image.
  • Place behind the Kitchen stove.  A mirror hung behind the stove top burners magnifies Wealth.
  • While working in the Kitchen, the cook should be in the Command Position, that is, able to see all entrances.  If the cook’s back is to a Kitchen door, hang a mirror over the cook’s workspace so that anyone coming through the door can be seen right away.
  • Use sparingly in the Bedroom for better sleeping; cover at night if the mirror is large or placed on your path to the bathroom.
  • Avoid hanging mirrors directly across from each other.
  • Hang above your desk or computer if your back is facing a door.
  • Decorative mirrors are most effective when placed in a positiion to capture the reflection of a beautiful scene or object.  With careful Bagua irror placement, you can enjoy a  lovely view twice – the actual image and its framed reflection

Interior Design Trends 2013

2013 Interior Design Trends
We are now 4 months into the year or the first quarter is over and winter has finally gone. So it is time to have a quick look at the Interior Design trends that I feel have been in focus the first few months and seem to be here to stay. Some of them I have mentioned on my trend pages in the past and a few we will discover through the year. Here it is 2013 Style Trends.

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Colour Trend
Shades of Green with hints of Blue and yellow
Emerald is the Pantone colour of the year, but that is not the only shade of green which is big this year, leaf green and moss green are also quite big this year. Added to this are shades of blue-green like turquoise and sea green, also hints of yellow are seen in splashes, specially bright yellow. I have been rooting for Monaco blue and combination of Cobalt and Navy blue which I feel will be huge towards the end of the year, so that is another colour I would say we look out for especially in offices and sitting rooms.

DIY
Something which we love and speak about often on StyleCity is DIY projects. This has been a result of the recession with wastage looked down upon and now DIY projects are now becoming trendy and gaining power in Interior Design also thanks to the creativity they provide- be it revamping a chair or simply creating new accessories from old products. So you can use single cups from broken sets as candles or even put fairy-lights into wine bottles and use them for mood lighting. Anything with a touch of your personality looks Stylish and nothing is trendier than having your personality reflect in your space. For more ideas to Revamp and Recycle your space, click here.

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Oriental Influence
“Some of the characteristics of the East which we will see include moveable walls as can be seen in traditional Japanese design. For example, in our homes we might want to include a moveable wall between the living room and dining room or bedroom and walk in wardrobe space – which can be closed to offer more privacy, or opened to create a larger more sociable and versatile space. Screens can be used to create divisions in a room. This gives the flexibility to transform spaces to suit our ever changing needs and uses.” Kelly Hoppen. I feel there will be a lot of oriental motif on wall papers, fabric and furnishing which will be seen majorly in Décor this year.

Mirrors and Brass
Mirrors are a versatile decorative element that gives instant polish to a room with little effort. Mirrors can be used to create elegance and drama to a room. The latest trend seems to be in using mirrors as works of art. You can use a cluster of mirrors, they are a cheaper investment than paintings and can be strategically placed to either reflect the outdoors or have different shaped interesting frames. Another big trend this season is Brass, but before you freak out it is not the shiny yellow brass, in its very modern avatar it is matt and looks very chic. It has always been very hot for lighting and plumbing fixtures but now it is huge for accessories as well, whether it is table top accessories like cutlery or water jugs or even lamp shades. My favourite is the brass and wood combination, it looks very sleek.

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Stripes, stripes, stripes
One of the simplest ways to achieve a vibrant lively effect in a space is by employing stripes in an elegant manner- A trend which has never really gone out of fashion but is now more prominent than ever in its modern form. This was a huge runway trend during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week, and it looks as if there will be no escaping stripes in home decor as well. It adds movement to the room and if you want it can also add a fun element. For stripes you can experiment with different thickness for the lines. Even the colours can be a mix and match of a few colours. For checks I would suggest very thin lines to make the square. Too thick and the room or furniture can look old-fashioned, unless traditional is your style then please by all means go ahead.

For the Princess in You: Inspiration Snow White

Last week I saw the movie Mirror Mirror which of course is the lighter adaptation of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs to be released this year, which stars my all time favourite actress Julia Roberts as the evil but gorgeous and sarcastic wicked queen. The second one being Snow White and the Huntsman, slated to release in a month or so. So Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is obviously every girls dream Fairytale. It definitely is my 4-year-old niece’s, who lives in Singapore and adores Snow White. Infact she happened to be in India on her last birthday and had a Snow White theme birthday party, complete with the Princess cake, games and ofcourse the girls and boys dressed as a character from the story. Well since we are on this topic, I did a bit of research and came up with a few products which I think are a perfect inspiration from the fairytale. Have a look and let me know what you think? Or if you have any products that you feel will fit the bill do send them across to me.

1.Doll Chair, Moroso
2.Magic Forest Brooch, Lladro
3.Venemous Villains Evil Queen Lipstick, MAC
4.Art.282 Mirror, Chelini
5.Attila Stool-cum-table, Philippe Starck for Kartell at Pallate
6.Golden Apple, Address Home
7.Princess EDP, Vera Wang
8.Art 441 Bed, Chelini

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