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A mirror in your kitchen? Why not! All you need to know about mirrors in kitchens

Mirrors are an accessory that we use in every room and space in the home, so why not the kitchen as well? Just like in other rooms, thoughtful and strategic placing of a mirror in a kitchen reflects available light and opens up the space to make it look spacious, light and airy.

So, how do you use mirrors in a kitchen? Are there hard and fast rules to follow?

Strategic Positioning

Thankfully not, but strategic position helps the mirror to pick out the details you want it to.

If you do nothing else, use a mirror in a space that reflects an interesting view. This could be to reflect the striking pendants lights hanging above your reclaimed wood kitchen table, for example.

You also need to consider the best aspects of your kitchen - is it the well-chosen and stylish pieces of kitchen furniture or is the bi-folding doors that open out onto your pristine garden?

Practical too

Reflecting light is a happy by-product of mirrors in any space, but they also hold a practical function other than this.

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For example, some busy households use the ‘back’ door into the kitchen as their every day entrance and exit – what better place to hang the Saltash Reclaimed Wood Mirror to check that nothing is out of place before the morning dash to work?

Above the Stove

Feng shui principles dictate that mirrors symbolise water which clashes with fire and that a mirror above a stove is great for the family chef to see who or what is behind them. It is also a way of adding light into what can be a dark space.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Wall Mirror for kitchen

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However, don’t hang ‘ordinary’ glass nor hang mirrors too low as they may crack with the steam and heat. Depending on your style, this reclaimed wood mirror ties in well with the reclaimed wood kitchen style or the farmhouse kitchen look - two styles that are proving popular this year.

Adding Detail

Many family homes have a combined kitchen and dining area and this gives you even more scope for using mirrors. Don’t think that a mirror must be plain, practical and functional in the kitchen – it can add a pop of delightful detail. Shape can add detail to a space and that why we love this silver, round wall mirror with an elegant Art Deco style for the kitchen.

Art Deco Medium Round Wall Mirror

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For an edgy, but not-overly-quirky detail the Celestial wall mounted mirror adds a level of detail that stops the space looking too utilitarian.

Celestial Silver Wall Mirror

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Add More Than One

The benefits of a mirror in the kitchen are many and varied but the one thing we are loving this season in interior design designs is the use of more than one mirror in the space.

We also love the way that the kitchen mirror is taking on a personality all of its own, like this Giant Pebble Mirror that brings a certain something to any space that it adorns but in a kitchen, it will be the talking point of any party…

Make a big impression with these clocks

With the clocks going forward this weekend, it is the perfect time for a little decor overhaul with one of our statement wall clocks. An oversized clock is great for creating a sophisticated feature on your walls and is handy for time keeping too! 

Clocks are fantastic in any room, but look especially great in rooms you probably spend a lot of time in, like your living and room, kitchen and home office. 

In your living room, use your wall clock as a fantastic, classic decor piece, instead of art on one of your walls. In a black and white living room, our Extra Large Black Metal Wall Clock would be fantastic. The industrial style and open design would make a wonderful vintage addition to a stylish, contemporary space.

Extra Large Black Metal Wall Clock size 110cm

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Alternatively, the strong style of the black metal wall clock would look great in a bright white Scandinavian inspired space with injections of soft pastels. 

In a glamorous living room, with a gorgeous brown leather sofa, like one of our classic Chesterfield designs, the Large Metal and Gold Wall Clock would create a opulent finish. The blend of the slim black metal frame with the golden numerals is fantastic for a stunning injection of industrial style. 

Large Metal and Gold Wall Clock size 102cm

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Zinc looks great in the kitchen. The elegant style of Large Zinc Effect Wall Clock is perfect for placing in any contemporary kitchen, especially if you create a strong contrast against glossy worktops. The simple zinc effect frame is perfect for blending with any colour scheme but with a mix of mid-grey walls and reclaimed wood furniture it would look simply stunning. 

Large Zinc Effect Wall Clock 109cm

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For an old-style home office, go for a vintage inspired design like the Large Rustic Metal and Gold Wall Clock. The subtle colour of the bronze effect frame and vintage style golden clock hands would make a wonderful addition to a neutral colour scheme. Keep the rest of your furniture and decor simple to make your clock the star of the show.

Large Rustic Metal and Gold Wall Clock 76cm

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Take a look at the full collection of wall clocks available at Modish Living, or get in touch with one of our team for any enquiries. 

Prepare your kitchen for spring with a fresh look

With spring on the doorstep, the promise of warmth after winter and longer daylight hours are the signs we need to throw open the windows and blow the cobwebs of winter away.

Stanford Cross Leg Reclaimed Wood Extendable Dining Table

The kitchen is the place the family gather, especially over the winter months where food and warmth are the basis of comfort. Is it time to make a few changes?

Follow this hints and tips for preparing your kitchen for spring (and summer!);

Farmhouse Sink

One way to add a practical element to your spring kitchen it to opt for the staple ingredient of every country farmhouse kitchen: the big, deep, ceramic sink, perfect for washing all sizes of pots and pans. Beautifully robust and chunky, it has an aesthetic appeal all its own.

Freestanding Not Fitted

Rather than opting for everything fitted in the kitchen, freestanding furniture is a great way of adding detail. Freestanding kitchen furniture suits almost any style, from the industrial to the farmhouse, country kitchen look.

Choose the style and material of a freestanding piece, like a reclaimed wood dresser to compliment your style.

Dorset Purbeck Reclaimed Wood Dresser

Panelled Wall

Cheap and easy to fit, panelling one wall with tongue and groove panels is a quick decorative tip for transforming your kitchen into a country house styled room. Paint either a matte white or opt for a pastel or soft colour. Grey works well, as does a very light, pastel shade of pink.

Family Appeal

A kitchen, so they say, is the heart of the home and as such, you want to encourage and welcome family, as well as guests and visitors to feel comfortable – and stay a while.

And that’s why you need to invest in two staples of the farmhouse, country style look:

  • A large farmhouse table, simple and yet superbly stylish is the key feature. Used as both a dining platform and a worktop, the kitchen table is the central point of the kitchen.
  • Farmhouse chairs complete the look. But if your budget is creaking at the thought of both table and chairs, updating the chairs on their own can be enough to complete the transformation of your spring kitchen.

Savannah Reclaimed Wood Round Dining Table

Not Too Smooth…

And finally, we assume that the best materials are the ones that are smooth and finished, engineered to be striking and stylish. But, the stories that weathered wood can tell are amazing in any space but certainly the kitchen.

When choosing items for your kitchen, leave the modern, cut-and-dried style behind. Choose furniture and accessories that complement the space, but are not necessarily too neat. Weathered or distressed wood is a great addition, but so are scales, for example, that have been well used, or jugs for flowers that have a slightly faded pattern or the odd chip on the rim.

Your kitchen must be both practical and clean, but you also want it to be light and airy, with more than a dash of style.

And why not? Welcome spring into your kitchen with a contemporary farmhouse style.