Using Mirrors to Amplify Your Lighting

Over on the HomeGoods blog today I've posted about mirrors and some of the key places you can use them so pop on over there and check it out! The dining room is one place that didn't make my top 5, but I do think it's a great room for a big, fabulous mirror. The ironic thing about it not being included on that post is that I actually have a huge mirror from HomeGoods in my dining room!

Anyhow, I'll briefly elaborate on why a chandelier works so well in a dining space. Basically, a mirror of the right shape and size can amplify the impact of a dramatic light fixture. If you have a glittering chandelier and align a massive beveled edge mirror with it, that chandelier will feel twice as sparkly and bright thanks to the mirror.

This tactic can be applied to basically any light source. I use mirrors behind lamps all of the time because the mirror doubles the light output. Here in my bedroom, my mirrors work double-time in that capacity because they reflect the natural light from the opposing French doors during the day and the lamp light at night.

Do any of you employ mirror tricks like this in your house? If so, tell me about them!

And go check out my HomeGoods post for more mirror chatter :)


  1. Where did you get your bed? It's exactly what I'm looking for!

  2. I want that bedroom, so beautiful

    OX Leslie


  3. Kyle~ Love your RH bedding! Is that a gray quilt or sheet underneath and where is it from? Thanks!!

  4. Kyle, I second Jennifer's question...also, where are your Greek key shams from. I need them in gray :)

    Also, love the mirrors and the two mirrored side tables!! So beautiful :)

  5. Anon - the bed is from Z Gallerie...I think it's called the Victoria sleigh bed.

  6. Jennifer and MG - I have a grayish blue knit blanket over my RH sheets. And the Greek key shams came from Z Gallerie a while back. I found them on clearance so unfortunately, I don't think they are available anymore.

  7. Your master bedroom is beautiful, but the prints above your bed are entirely too small for the space. And the mirrors on either side don't do them any favors. Great blog, otherwise!

  8. I love your dining and bedroom. I was wondering if you could tell me the measurement in height of your dining chair. I'm trying to find some similar ones.