I have a fun home decorating trick to share with you today. One that will help you gain a new perspective on any or all of the items and rooms in your home. Updated: 03/05/2020
This decorating idea came to me when I was standing at my kitchen sink and looked towards the banquette – inspiration struck. Always happens when you least expect it. I know now what I am going to do to my kitchen chairs by viewing them with a different perspective.
After inspiration struck – I remembered something I learned when I worked in retail display that I have not done in a while. Something so simple, but that will change the way you see your house. It is a fun decorating trick.
Try This Fun Decorating Trick Using a Mirror
This decorating trick will have you looking at your rooms upside down and reversed to gain a new perspective.
I am serious – really! It is a trick for the visual side of your brain and ends up as a treat for you, too.
So how do you look at your rooms upside down and in reverse? With a mirror. Any mirror will do.
I went to my basement and grabbed one from my daughters’ apartment contents that are being stored there. I took this photo looking into the mirror. The reflection shows my kitchen layout in reverse.
How to Use a Mirror To Gain a New Perspective On Your Home’s Decor
- Hold the mirror up in front of you. Then look into it and turn around the room (slowly or you may get dizzy).
- What do you see? The room in the reflection is reversed.
It looks better, newer, fresher – but it is exactly the same room. How can that be?
Your brain is so used to seeing things in a certain order that we don’t really “see” after a while.
When you suddenly see that your refrigerator is now on the left wall and the sink on the right, it wakes up your brain, which then will help you figure out a new way to do something. In this case, take away or add decorative items to make your décor better, more organized, balanced, etc.
Getting a new view of your home can inspire you with new decorating ideas or just let you see that your home is either looking just fine or that something may need changing!
I saw this missed spot when when I laid the mirror on my kitchen counter to clean it.
A New View of Your Home’s Interior Decor
Here are a few more examples of how using a mirror allows you to get a new view or perspective of any room in your home.
Here is my kitchen.
The long wall that spans my kitchen and family room looks really long when viewed in reverse. That is the door to my studioffice on the far left. Wait it should be on the other side, it is hard to wrap my brain around it, but allows me to really see all the elements I have placed in the room in a different way. I see some things I like and others I don’t.
It looks funny to see my house in this perspective. Even with all the painting going on, I can still see things that I could change that my brain was just not observing before.
My family room now looks like it faces south. My brain is getting rewired – opening up to see the possibilities.
Using Wall Mounted Wall Mirrors to Get a New View
Even if you don’t have a mirror to hold in front of you to gain a new perspective of your rooms, look at the reflection in the mirrors that you have hanging on the walls in your house. Stand at different side angles in front of them to see what is reflected in reverse. You may like what you see.
When I looked a mirror hanging on a wall in my living room from this angle, I now see something that I like that my eyes were not seeing for so long. Repetition of white crown molding. See it on along the top of the mirror, on the column and the doorway?
Before looking at this space reversed in the mirror, my eyes were not seeing this repetitive decorative element of the white crown molding in this room. I liked seeing it.
Another Decorating Trick – No Mirror Needed
Another way to see a space or room differently is to bend at your waist and look at your room upside down through your legs.
I know it sounds silly, but it will change your perspective and allows your brain to refresh itself.
Your house and decor will never look better when you look at it upside down & reversed. It will give you a whole new perspective of what is right in front of you.
Try this decorating trick with a mirror! It is fun and easy to do and won’t cost you a dime.
Your rooms will thank you for looking at them with new eyes.