Mirrors are, in essence, reflection. They capture an image and cast its light, its essence, its sparkle and its magic into the space around it. This can be in any room of our home or outside on our patio. In every case, mirrors expand light and space. They seem to give us a new perspective on life, a new way of seeing things.

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Outside, on a patio, we can position a mirror behind plants and double the effect of the greenery. We can reflect water from a pool, a fountain or a simple bowl and cast the sparkles, the sun and the clouds into the opposite space. We can add mirrors to a small patio and increase its height, depth and width instantly. A mirror outside can reinvigorate a space that has become dull, dark or lifeless. It can reflect the meditative stillness in nature. Interesting effects can be created by setting small hand size mirrors behind plants, water or next to other reflective surfaces.

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Do we want a dramatic sunburst mirror over our bed’s headboard, a simple oval with a gold frame in our entryway or a large ornate rectangular mirror above our fireplace? Take time to think of all the possibilities now available for mirrors above vanities. Where do we need to add space, light or reflection in a beautiful and expanded way?

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While size and shape outside can be less important, when selecting and positioning a mirror inside, size and shape become more important because we are necessarily working within the existing walls and ceiling. Mirrors create an illusion that adds a mystical effect and transforms the normal 3D space into something transcendental. Think in terms of a piece of art. How would you size and position that oil painting? What size seems appropriate for a piece of art will usually be the right fit for a mirror. Frames come in every style and can easily become one with your style, coordinating or contrasting the feel of the room. In any case, a mirror should feel balanced in the room and feel in place, part of the whole. 

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