With many people looking to downsize or gravitating toward smaller living spaces, the use of mirrors is making a comeback.

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Using mirrors may not be a new design trick or tool, but with many people looking to downsize or gravitating toward smaller living spaces, the use of mirrors is making a comeback.

No longer purely functional in spaces like bathrooms or walk-in closets, mirrors hold true aesthetic value that can not only help brighten, but also expand a space.

Because of their reflective nature, mirrors automatically act like windows. They can be used to reflect wall color, a beautiful piece of art or natural surroundings.

Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, and you are going to want to choose a mirror that is suited for your space.

Choose smaller mirrors for areas that are above a tall piece of furniture such as a sideboard, chest or buffet. Consider round mirrors for these spaces as well. Round mirrors also work well above desks. Long mirrors can be hung both vertically and horizontally and can help elongate or widen a space. A mirror hung vertically can help make a ceiling height feel higher, while a horizontal mirror can help make a room feel wider or bigger.

Consider hanging mirrors in sets, groups or in a series. Hanging several identical mirrors along a wall can have a powerful effect. You will be surprised how the room will be instantly opened up.