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Do mirrors really "bounce light around the room"?

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vonnyh Tue 23-Aug-11 10:37:26

Hi, we have a north facing dining room which we've recently decorated in a combo of cream and gold wallpaper and "Timeless" by Dulux. It looks lovely, but I think it's still a bit dark. I keep reading that mirrors can bring light into a room, but could anyone give me any tips on this? Thanks.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 23-Aug-11 10:43:30

Hang a large mirror (horizontally) on the wall opposite your window and it will help the room feel lighter and bigger, yes
<off to google your paint choice>

vonnyh Tue 23-Aug-11 11:03:07


7to25 Tue 23-Aug-11 11:03:24

reflect might be a better word
Yes. the colour of flooring makes a lot of difference
As the previous poster said, opposite the window. IMO a dark dining room is OK

PonceyMcPonce Tue 23-Aug-11 11:06:56

Are you sure it is dark? I know that sounds daft, but we used timeless for it light reflecting formulae and it was actually just a very cold, blue quality to the light. We needed some warmth in the light, so changed lightbulbs and added some stuff in warmer colours.

Feel free to ignore if I am talking pants

vonnyh Tue 23-Aug-11 13:32:44

The room's not "dark", but it is a bit gloomy. We haven't got any furniture in at at the mo, so your idea about lightbulbs and colours is helpful for when we get to that stage.

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