Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left on my Nephew’s Bachelor Pad Makeover in my last post! My Mom and I actually cried when we read some of them!
As promised, I wanted to tell you about this fake window we created in the dining room. It made such a huge difference and was really inexpensive!
When I saw my nephew’s dining room in his new condo, I had two ideas to turn it into an inviting space to dine.
One was to use a mural with drapes on either side to create a window (below). The other was to use mirrors to create the same effect.
I bought the mural, we installed it, and the adhesive immediately failed.
I could have tried to re-install it with wallpaper paste, but then we all agreed that using mirrors would be better.
And since I was on a budget, we went with the most inexpensive solution which was 15, 12″ x 12″ square mirrors installed with double sided tape.
Couldn’t be easier and we were able to create this entire window wall from IKEA for $40 (Four packages of four for $9.99 each).
Here’s Luuk lining up the first mirror. Once you create the first row you install them by eye after that.
Then I suggested creating faux mullions by painting them white! Or obviously because the black window trend is so big, you could create the same effect with black paint. Luuk loved that idea so we taped it off and painted inside the mirrors where we had left an approximate 3/4″ gap.
Remember, if you get paint on mirrors you can just scrape it off with a razor (Luuk used a butter knife).
And of course you could add wood trim instead of paint but I had a total of 3 1/2 days to pull off this entire transformation and we didn’t have time to organize that.
Here’s another dining room photo I pinned years ago! I love how the homeowner simply installed three floor length mirrors to create such a great window effect and reflect the light:
You can still buy these mirrors from Ballard Designs below:
This Parisian inspired mirror is 35″ x 35″ you could stack two of these to create the same effect:
Or you could install a wall mural like this one (below. What I like about this mural (or something similar) is that it looks like you’re standing at a window and looking out at the view. Many of them are designed so you feel like you’re standing in a forest which isn’t quite the same effect as looking out the window.
I saw a skinnier piece of a very similar mural installed in a living room with drapes in a magazine, and I have looked and looked but can’t find it. Anyway, I was shocked when I saw the before pic without the mural because it simply looked like it was the view outside the window.
Anyway, here is another photo I found with a mural above a desk without a window (below):
And here is the after again with the painted white window:
Here’s the before again:
Here’s what the room look like at night with all the lights on:
We installed this light from IKEA (below) in the left corner you can see in the reflection (above):
Here’s the difference in the way the light looks without this lamp in the room (below):
If you live in a box apartment (where usually the dining room is often beside the galley kitchen) this kind of lamp is great positioned in the corner of the dining room and it’s the first light I would flick on when I walked into the room.
Recently I was in a clients home who had a dining room attached to the great room that was painted a dark colour. It was real pretty, but during the day it was just this dark room that you were always looking at from the much brighter living room. I suggested she install a standing lamp in the corner and keep it on all day. This way it visually brings the room into the house. Without the light it just looks like an unused room.
And in case you missed my post earlier this week, here’s the living room before:
Over to you my lovelies! If you’ve seen a great before and after of a room with mirrors to create a similar effect, please link it below!
Terreeia and I are off to Chicago for my second Specify Colour with Confidence workshop of the Fall Season. We have 2 seats left, there’s still time to jump in and Boston and Orlando are in November (We will not be back to either of these last two locations again).