Selling a Small Home? How to Stage with Mirrors to Enlarge the Space

Kyle Iverson on June 26, 2019

‘It’s all smoke and mirrors,’ the saying goes. What does it mean? It’s all about creating the illusion that’s something is what in reality it isn’t.

When it comes to homes, it’d be wise to drop the smoke, but careful mirror placement can make a small room feel spacious, bright and airy. It can be a great trick to have up your sleeve when you’re trying to sell a modest house. Read on to learn how to use it well.

Make a Mirror Wall

If you have a room with a very small window, then it’s likely to feel pokey and dark. Place a mirror on the part of one wall in the place where you might have expected to see a window.

This is going to add a sense of greater dimension to the room. You may not get a view to the world outside but the mirror will break up the wall space in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Mirror Placement in the Hallway

Placing a mirror here is a great place for when buyers first enter a home that’s up for sale. They’ll want to see and imagine themselves living in the home as if it were their own. It’s a great staging trick.

A Framed Mirror over the Fireplace

A fireplace is often the focal point of the living room. Yet, you may only use it in the colder months. Add more emphasis to it by placing a framed mirror above the mantelpiece.

It will help to give the room a larger feeling and will reflect any decorative pieces that you may wish to show off.

Mirrors in the Bathroom

It is often bathrooms and kitchens that ‘sell’ a home. If your bathroom is lacking space, use mirrors to help attract buyers. Place a mirror behind the sink to enlarge the area and reflect more light.

If you have a freestanding bathtub, consider adding a floor to ceiling stand-alone mirror behind it. The reflection of the bathtub will help to add a sense of space to your bathroom.

Reflective Lighting Near Mirrors

Hang a mirror a foot or two behind a pendant light or opposite a window to reflect light naturally. Be careful just to use one large mirror as any more will make the area feel awkwardly bright.

Multi-Functional Mirror Designs

You might want to think about putting mirrors on storage cabinets and closet doors. This will not only appear to enlarge the area but can also be used as decorative shelving for collections.

Mirrors that are multi-functional can make a room look larger and much more appealing.

Groups of Mirrors

Larger mirrors can be expensive. Don’t worry if you don’t have the budget to buy one. You could create visual interest and an appearance of extra size by grouping a few smaller mirrors. You could buy these from a second-hand or discount shop.

Paint the frames in similar colours. Group them together on a wall in the same area. This will create an organised, uncluttered impression.

The Illusion of More Space

When it comes to selling your home it’s important to stage it carefully. If space is at a premium then clever mirror placement could be just the trick you need.

Continue reading here for some great tips for staging a child’s bedroom.

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