There are many techniques for making a small space feel bigger. Some work better than others. While light color palettes, minimal furniture, folding tables, and maximizing space with shelving are common approaches, mirrors are an unsung hero when it comes to creating the illusion of space in close quarters. The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team has 4 tips for making your small apartment feel bigger with mirrors.


Get Mirrors


Finding the right mirrors is the first step to transforming your small space, especially if you're not just looking for a typical dollar store style closet mirror. Canadian Tire sells mirror tiles which are a two-way tape form of mirror that can be mounted and used decoratively as tiles, back-splashes, or as wall decoration. There are also thin, peel-and-stick versions that can be similarly used and easily applied almost anywhere. Home Depot offers plenty of traditional mirror options, as does IKEA.  Vintage and antique markets often have interesting mirror inventory, and often have unique shapes and sizes, with interesting frames and settings. Stores like Pier 1 Imports, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and other home-decor outlets usually have interesting decorative mirrors. For more ideas click here.


Use varying sizes


Most of us are familiar with 2 mirror sizes: bathroom and bedroom. Or more specifically, small and floor length. Turns out there are a few more sizes to choose from.  Mirrors can be found in small mosaic-like arrangements, collage-style photo combos, enormous wall-size variants, tall and skinny, wide and thin, round, square, triangular -- you name it.  This variety of shapes gives us a lot to work with when trying to make a small apartment appear larger. Put this into practice by using a variety of mirror sizes on the same wall or throughout your entire space.


Proper placement #1: light


Mirrors won't do the trick on their own. Placed nowhere in particular, they're just, well, mirrors. Put in strategic locations, they can make full use of their potential. This boils down to two main strategies: place close to or directly across from windows, and put them close to artificial light sources.  As mirrors do their thing by reflecting light, being properly positioned within reach of a good light source will maximize their benefits. Put them across from, or at least 90 degrees from your windows.  It's also a good idea to hang them in bathrooms under, above, or beside lights.  You can even get lamps or wall fixtures that are mirrored to give them more luminosity. Learn more here.


Proper placement #2: saving space


Smaller mirrors can be mounted on walls to save space, but bigger, heavier mirrors (the ones that make a noticeable light difference) are trickier to deal with.  Try placing large mirrors on the floor behind a sofa or chair, or resting a mirror safely on a fireplace mantel. The last thing you need in a tight space is a big mirror that adds light, but more than anything adds bulk. It's that intangible balance of luminosity and subtlety that we're after. Learn more here.


The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes that these mirror tips help to make your small apartment feel bigger.  For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.