We talk a lot about bringing the outdoors in, but now it is meant to be getting warmer – although the wind is howling outside and I am typing in my biggest jumper with the heating back on – I want to talk about bringing the indoors out. Wandering past a flower shop in Madrid last weekend I was really taken with the gorgeous display of flowers along mirror lined shelves and it got me thinking about how to use garden mirrors.
I love these shutter style mirrors (above); the display is so playful and tells a story. I really love the idea that my garden could have some little story corners. Mirrors are such a fun way to create a garden drama.
This picture of an outdoor bathroom really made me smile, I might not go as far as installing the sink, but how gorgeous does the mirror look in this setting? Seeing something unexpected like this in an outdoor setting never fails to make me smile and look again, and that’s a great feeling to bring to a garden I think.
Driftwood mirror frames blend in with the outdoors beautifully. You don’t have to use outdoor mirrors, indoor ones can work brilliantly too, you might need to varnish or shelter them though. If you are upgrading a mirror indoors, why not rehome it outdoors, or pick up cheap mirrors at car boots or second hand shops?
It doesn’t have to be a mirror, reflective surfaces can be lots of fun too.
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There are so many styles of mirror, they can be used to create a theme – I like the idea of this goddess amongst the ivy.
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Mirrors are brilliant for creating a sense of greater space or an illusion, or for highlighting features in a garden. If like me you are fascinated by the possibilities of using a garden mirror, well you might like these tips and ideas to get you started:
Choose what to reflect
Don’t reflect yourself
The secret to maintaining the illusion of a mirror being a window or walkway is to place the mirror to the side of a path, where you won’t see your own reflection until the last minute. This garden mirror with a lattice screen also helps to disguise the mirror until you get closer, a great way to shelter off the compost heap.
Surround the mirror edges
Surrounding the mirror edges with plants or fitting a mirror into a natural archway creates a stronger illusion, so instead of shouting out ‘I’m a mirror’, the mirror looks like a window or walkway into another section of garden. A gothic garden mirror covered with ivy can add a whole new feel to a forgotten corner or wall.
Create an extra window
A mirror designed to look like a window is so quick and easy to place like this Tudor square window, and doesn’t need lots of plants surrounding it, although you could add a window box underneath a window frame style mirror to create an even more convincing illusion. A fun way to quickly soften or break up a big brick wall or rejuvenate an old window that has been bricked in.
Shutter windows like this Louvre Mirror are another lovely way to add a rustic Mediterranean feel to your garden.
A perspective garden mirror features lead tracing which is designed to create an optical illusion of depth and distance.
Don’t place the mirror in direct sunlight, as it could potentially start a fire in very hot weather.
Although they aren’t as true as glass mirrors, acrylic and plastic mirrors might be safer where small children or ball games are a big part of garden life.
I have loads of ideas after researching this I want to try. Do you have mirrors in your garden? Would you?