Mirrors that reflect only a blank wall serve no decorative purpose. Add a few plants in front or opposite and the view will instantly come to life.
A small room can be made to look twice its size if one wall is covered with mirror. This is a decorative trick often used by interior designers and it is one you can use in conjunction with your plants in order to create an impact. Plants also perform a safety role as, strategically placed, they can stop visitors from walking through a mirrored wall.
A complete wall of mirror is expensive so consider instead using it in alcoves, on cupboard doors, or frame a large sheet to look like a window or door.
A mirror placed opposite or at right angles to a window will reflect the light, making the whole area appear brighter, and most plants will enjoy this.
Place an identical mirror on a wall opposite the first and you will create wonderful multi-images and get even more value from your plants. But before you fix mirror, particularly sheets or tiles, hold up a mirror you already have and move it around to establish the best.
Position a mirror where it will reflect the whole of your plant, not just a part of it. It is comparatively simple to cover chipboard box shapes with mirror tiles. If you make a number in a range of heights and widths you can arrange them in a corner as a stand for a group of plants, which will be reflected in the tiles.
You can also use tiny mirror tiles in a window embrasure to create extra reflected light for plants in a north facing window.
Think of the view through a mirror as a picture and arrange plants and other decorative items to form an attractive. Plants in the foreground will also add to the three-dimensional effect; the other items in the middle and background.
More display ideas
There are many effective ways of using mirrors and plants. Here are two more.
Choose a flowering plant andthat matches your mirror frame in colour and create a wonderful harmonious picture.
Make a plant pot cover-up from tiny mirror tiles, especially effective for a trailing plant display.
Using mirror tiles
Mirror tiles are cheaper to buy and easier to put up than large sheets and they come in a wide range of sizes, either square or rectangular in shape. A number of finishes are also available: clear, bronze, grey and dappled.
Large tiles need to be glued to the surface, whereas smaller ones have self-adhesive pads. Mosaic tiles come on a flexible backing and can be accurately fitted as you can cut around any of the tiny tiles. They do not give as clear an image as larger tiles but sparkle in the light.
Mirrors, particularly in tile form, need to be fixed to a flat surface.
Some mirror sheets come with screw holes. Use special screws with a rubber sleeve to prevent metal and glass touching and don’t screw in too tight. Fit a domed cover over the screw head. For mirrors without holes use metal clips or brackets.
Any large sheets should also be glued. A mastic adhesive remains slightly flexible and fills out small irregularities in the wall behind. It takes two days to harden so the mirror will need to be supported.