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Indoor Skylights: 37 Beautiful Examples To Tempt You To Have One For Yourself

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Skylights can completely change the feel of a room. They don’t just let in more natural light, they also create a much more open feeling of space. By adding glass to a low ceiling you can make it feel higher, seeing the sky through a high ceiling gives it the illusion of being part of an outdoor space. A window above your bed allows you to gaze at the stars or passing clouds, and one above a dining room could have you eating beneath the trees. There are tons of ways in which to enjoy a skylight into your home, and we’ve put together an inspirational gallery with 37 of our most favourite installations.

Inspiration for skylights: Whether you've dreamed of velux windows over the bed, a kitchen roof lantern, or a big skylight to brighten your lounge, find it here

Garden mirror ideas to flood gardens with a little ray of light

Garden mirrors are a great addition for any garden, with the power to transform the space. They’re especially useful in small courtyard gardens, on roof terraces and balconies to add an extra dimension.

A well-placed mirror can be transformative, adding a new dimension to gardens by increasing a sense of space and reflecting light into more shady spots.

As the trend for taking interior style outdoors continues to grow, garden mirrors are becoming more and more popular.

Along with outdoor rugs and cushions, garden mirrors are one of the easiest ways to add character to an outdoor living area.

It’s important to think about where you place your mirror and what you want to achieve.

Garden mirrors – the dos and don’t

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  • Do consider what will be reflecting – don’t place your mirror opposite a wall with drain pipes or air ducts.
  • Do try to reflect the leafy interest in your garden
  • Do use full length mirrors to create the illusion of a garden beyond
  • Do consider using a hardy framed indoor mirror outdoors – often especially designed garden mirrors are made of plastic or polished metal and won’t achieve the right look (you don’t want your garden to look like a child’s soft play area!)
  • Don’t place mirrors too high up or anywhere they are likely to impact bird flight
  • Don’t use mirrors in hot countries, where they are likely to become a fire hazard

Why hang a mirror in your garden?

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A garden mirror will reflect sunlight and if positioned cleverly, can make your garden feel bigger. Traditional outdoor mirrors can be heavy and must be secured to the wall with the correct fixings. Modern acrylic mirrors are lighter and come in a variety of styles.

An illusion mirror can create dramatic effects such as appearing to be a garden gate in a wall or hedge or a window. Whichever you choose to suit your tastes, an outdoor mirror is a transformative accessories.

Best of all this simple garden transformation needn’t be at great expense. You might have an existing mirror indoors that you can upcycle and give a new home outdoors. If doing this make sure you use the right paint or sealant to ensure your garden mirror looks the part and is weatherproof.

It’s easy to see why garden mirrors are gaining popularity. Here are a few more garden mirror ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

1.Add colour to a stone wall

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A well-placed mirror can add a splash of colour and interest to a boring old stone wall. This mirror acts as a constantly changing work of art reflects a oak tree in the distance, it will change from green to shades of amber as the seasons progress.

2. Upcycle a window frame

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Create your own outdoor mirror out of an old window frame using mirrors that you can pick up in craft stores. This old discoloured window frame has been transformed into a stunning statement mirror that matches the outdoor seating area perfectly.

3. Create the illusion of extra space

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Have you ever thought a small room was twice the size? Only to realise upon closer inspection that it is in fact an illusion, created by a well-placed mirror. When you can’t see the edges or a defined shape of a mirror it blends in seamlessly to a space.

In a garden space this works brilliantly to give depth to a flower bed and soften corners. It also helps to reflect light, ideal in a small shady corner of the garden.

4. Use small round mirrors to achieve a window-like effect

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Use mirrors to charmingly create a window-like portal into another world. Proving mirrors don’t have to be large to work wonders, this petite distressed mirror adds interest to an otherwise plain brick wall.

5. Make a small garden space special

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A mirror placed against a wall at a low level can beautifully accentuate flowers perfectly. When you’d put the hard work in to get the plants looking their best, you’ll want to show them off to their full potential. A mirror can cleverly cover all angles, giving you more of an overall effect.

this is a clever way to make your planting efforts go a little further too. Perhaps you don’t have enough budget to go for extra plants? A strategically placed mirror can double the amount of plants – without having to double the garden budget.

6. Choose complimentary colours to blend in

Here, a charming French-style mirror with shutters adds a certain charm to an outdoor patio area. The green shade is the perfect colour for the mirror to blend in to the surrounded foliage.

7. Extend your interiors style to an outdoor space

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Replicate a living room by including traditional-style furniture in the garden. Add some wow factor to your garden walls with an outsized mirror. This generous garden mirror creates a very convincing illusion to a garden beyond.

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If you have flora and fauna that is worth showing off, then double-up the effect with an oversized mirror.

To take this outdoor interiors trend one step further you could hang an arched overmantel mirror halfway up the wall to recreate the illusion of mantelpiece.

Want more garden ideas? Check out our dedicated garden channel for more inspiration

Will you be adding garden mirrors to your outdoor space this summer? We think it’s a winner!

Garden mirrors can transform an outdoor space. Check out our garden mirror dos and don'ts and advice to inspire you to hang a garden mirror