Although the weather isn’t looking the nicest over the next few days, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking about the changes I want to make to our outdoor space this spring and summer. As soon the temperatures start to rise and the sun shines a little longer in the day, I find any excuse I can to get outside.
After completing our deck revamp a couple years ago, it created an outdoor room that we are able to use much more than we previously had been able to. Since then, I’ve been pondering what else I can do to make our back yard feel more livable. One thing that seems to keep grabbing my attention is the clever use of mirrors in an outdoor setting.
One of my favorite looks for outdoor mirrors is placing them next to a dining area. I love how they reflect the beauty of the tablescape and give the illusion of the space being much larger than it actually is.
Want to add ambiance in the evening? Mirrors can be used outside to effectively reflect candlelight from votives and lanterns.
Add a mirror to the side of a building to replicate the look of a window. Combined with plant materials and chunky wood frames, they’re very good at fooling the eye.
In small outdoor areas, mirrors can be hung to create the illusion of more space. The mirror behind this lattice on the gate makes it look as though the garden carries on.
Style at Home | Photo by Michael Graydon
Grouping a collection of mirrors outside is a beautiful way to create interest. I love how the reflection of nature found in these round mirrors picks up on the rest of the green in this outdoor room.
Style at Home | Design by Lara McGraw | Photo by Donna Griffith
Things to consider before using mirrors in an outdoor space:
- What will they reflect? Make sure it’s something you want to draw attention to.
- If there’s soil below, hang them a bit off the ground to prevent splash marks.
- If they’re in an unprotected area, only use types that are intended for exteriors (such as acrylic).
- Finish the frame in an exterior grade paint or stain.
- Secure them tightly to a sturdy surface.
Have you started thinking about decorating your outdoor space yet? Ever considered using mirrors? I’m definitely going to find a way this season!
Have a fantastic weekend,