Mirror Mirror on the Wall

 

It’s all too easy in home interior design to get carried away with choosing specific items or colour to emulate that all important “wow-factor”. Often people want to use bold statement wallpaper or vibrant colours which will undoubtedly take ones breath away, but are not always necessary or even suitable for the space. So, my answer of the moment? To make your space jaw-dropping without going over the top is to simply reflect.

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Caadre Mirror from Fiam

Mirrors are not just home accessories and decoration, they are also tools which can be used in various ways to change the atmosphere of your home and can be a very inexpensive way to add grandeur to your home (without the need for tearing down walls).

 

Here are my top 5 tips:

1. Dark rooms often give a sense of less space and crowding in. Such rooms can benefit from good positioning of a mirror or series of mirrors. One of the best ways to do this is to position a mirror on the opposite wall to a window, that way the light penetrating the room will be instantly reflected in the mirror and will make the space feel more open and airy.

                Gallery Mirror from Fiam

2. Narrow Hallways can be transformed with a large mirror to open up the area and give a less confined impression.

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Puzzle mirror from Christopher Guy

 

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3. Using mirrors behind feature lighting and lamps can help to brighten up dark corners of a room and help to diffuse the light around the space. We particularly like when this effect is used at either side of a bed creating a glamorous focal point to the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louisiana headboard from Frato

 

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Bespoke headboard design by Bibi Interiors

4. Don’t be scared to be creative. Exuberant and glamorous mirrors can look absolutely stunning and make impressive statements. The same goes for highly modern and contemporary mirrors for those minimal homes.

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Strum und Drang mirror from Glas Italia                                           Colour on Colour mirrors by Glas Italia

5. Mirror on furniture is a great way to incorporate all the benefits from mirror without dedicating wall space. Now this can be over done, but if you get the balance right it can look gorgeous. My advice is to go for items which aren’t completely mirror but are broken up with an alternative material, this also gives a far more luxurious feel to the piece of furniture.

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Paris-Hive Sideboard from Frato                                                           Illusion side tables from Glas Italia

 

All products featured in this article are available from Bibi Interiors.

The Art of…Window Dressing

Drapes, blinds, voiles, panels, holdbacks, romans, rollers, swags and tails. Dressing a window can be a minefield of jargon, details and complex sizing. At Bibi we aim to help you every step of the way so here is our simple guide to help you dress a window if you don’t know your eyelets from your edging!

Step 1 – Layers

With so many window dressings to chose from it is important to get this decision right. We recommend sticking to a maximum of two dressings per window. This could be a combination of curtains and voiles, curtains and blinds, voiles and blinds or curtains on their own. This decision will depend on how much privacy you want. Curtains and blinds can be a brilliant option for bedrooms while voiles can be utilised to great effect in living rooms to allow natural light in while keeping prying eyes out.

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Step 2 – Fabric and Finishes

Once you have settled on your window dressing it is time for the fun part, the fabric! Now is the time to be adventurous! With so many great prints on the market, curtains are a excellent place to showcase these! Stripes, geometrics and ombre colours are all arriving in a big way this season. If your a little more reserved why not try a plain textured curtain and a patterned voile? Or alternatively a leading edge or header piece in an alternating colour, this can give a gorgeous individual feel to your curtains.

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Step 3 – Poles and Pelmets

Now you’ve got your fabrics chosen its time to find something to hang them from! While some may feel that pelmets are a little dated there are some great contemporary versions coming onto the market from the likes of Tilly’s, including a fantastic frosted Perspex version! If you’re looking for a curtain pole you need to address sizes and quantity. A double pole will allow space for a voile and a curtain, alternatively a track can be a slightly cheaper option. When looking at poles think beyond the traditional. Gone are the days where brass or chrome were the only options! Black, transparent acrylic and colour wrapped poles are all arriving in force. Walcot House produce a beautiful range of lacquered and fabric coated poles.

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Step 4 – Headers

To show off your curtain fabric to its full potential its time to chose your header. If you want a more traditional feel to your curtains or are using a luxury fabric, a highly gathered pencil pleat can look great. If you’re after real luxury try the triple pinch pleat. This looks brilliant with plain fabrics giving them fullness and depth. For a contemporary feel eyelets or a wave header work really well. The goblet header is an up and coming style being seen more and more regularly but leave the tab top and pocket header alone, they’re not hot for this season!

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Step 5 – Finishing Touches

To really finish off your window it’s all about details! Depending on your header type, think about the colour and finish of your eyelets or rings. Metallics are huge this year and gold or silver rings on a contrasting pole look great! If you’ve chosen a pole have fun selecting unusual finials or end caps. Coloured glass finials are currently available across the market while carved and wooden finials work wonders in traditional properties. If you’re looking for a real lick of luxury why not take a look at Tilly’s crystal finials available through Bibi! To accompany the finials you could add complimentary holdbacks or jewelled tiebacks!

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For fabulous fabrics and tailor made curtains get in touch with the team here at Bibi! We offer a bespoke service for handmade curtains using our extensive library of fabrics. We also offer curtain poles! All products available through Bibi Interior Architecture.