When you design, or redesign, a home, one of the first items on your must-have list is probably a mirror — or two. But most people wouldn’t think to include one in their kitchen. The most obvious places are the bathrooms and bedrooms. However, no matter what style, size or shape your kitchen is, one or two mirrors can have a positive effect on its appearance.
Moreover, placing a mirror, or a mirrored splashback, in your kitchen is good for your mental health too!
Mirrors Promote Healthy Eating Habits
Almost everyone spends at least some time eating in their kitchen, especially if they have an open-plan living space. And aside from a mirror’s many aesthetic benefits, a thoughtfully placed kitchen mirror can help you to choose healthier foods. Researchers at Cornell University, New York, discovered this fact during a study in 2016.
Put simply, eating junk food in front of a mirror can help you to become more conscious about what you eat. Place a mirror across from your breakfast bar then, and you might find that your diet improves as a result.
A Mirror Can Make a Cramped Cooking Space Feel Larger
It is a fact that modern Australian kitchens are smaller than their older counterparts are. If your newer house or apartment has a small kitchen then, you might not enjoy cooking as much as you should. A cramped kitchen, while easier to clean, is uninviting and not a place where you would want to entertain guests, for instance.
However, you can overcome this space problem by adding a mirror to your kitchen. By combining a mirrored surface, such as a decorative mirrored splashback, with strategically placed lighting, you can brighten up your kitchen while making it appear more spacious. For instance, placing a mirror opposite a window that looks out onto a garden can bring the outside world into your kitchen.
A Mixture of Mirrored Surfaces Can Brighten a Dim Kitchen
Because kitchens contain so many storage areas, as well as cooking utensils and ingredients, they can often appear dark and uninviting. If you like to have guests over, you’ll want your kitchen to be bright and cheery. While a single mirror alone can add light to your kitchen, a mixture of mirrored surfaces, such as splashbacks, cupboard doors and even cupboard handles can fill it with brightness.
Mirrored Surfaces Help You Socialize While Cooking
Sometimes, you’ll have friends or relatives over while you are preparing a meal. If you have a dinner party to prepare for, or your kids are starving, you won’t have time to stand there making eye contact while your food cooks on the stove behind you. However, by placing a mirror on the wall behind your stove, you’ll be able to cook and make eye contact with guests while you converse!
Moreover, that mirror will also serve as a splashback to protect the wall behind your stove from your cooking efforts.
A Sink Mirror Can Entertain You While You Wash Up
One of the most boring tasks in a kitchen is washing up. Unless you like to spend this time meditating, you can benefit by having something interesting to look at. A mirror can help in this regard. If, for instance, your kitchen window is behind you looking out onto your garden, placing a mirror above the sink will give you something to look at as you wash the dishes.
And, if your kids are playing in the yard, you can keep an eye on them as you wash up.
Are you exploring the idea of adding a mirror or two to your kitchen? Then you need to get in touch with specialist glaziers like South Melbourne Glass. Call us today, and we’ll help you to choose the right mirrored surfaces for your kitchen.