While magic mirrors may not exist in real life, ordinary mirrors carry a certain interior design magic of their own. These reflective surfaces make any room feel large, airy and inviting. Mirrors can be especially helpful if you live in an apartment with limited square footage because you can create optical illusions that seem to expand a space without changing anything architectually. The trick is to place mirrors intelligently throughout your apartment in ways that break up clutter, increase light and hide walls. If you're feeling a little cramped, using mirrors to create space in your apartment can work wonders.

Complement Furniture

If you're squeezing a large piece of furniture into a small space, installing a mirror behind the item can make it feel perfectly appropriate for the tight placement. This illusion works best when the mirror is the same width as the piece of furniture it's complementing. The entryway is a great place to put a full-length mirror because there often isn't much room for furniture in this part of an apartment. You can make it work by placing a small bench in front of a full-length mirror. The reflection will make the piece feel more prominent and the bench will serve as the perfect place to remove footwear.

Reflect Interior Light Sources

When a ray of light hits a mirror, it bounces to another part of the room. In effect, it increases the amount of illumination the light would otherwise provide for an apartment. It's easy to use this effect to your advantage by placing mirrors directly behind light sources. Install mirrors behind candles, lamps and illuminated art pieces to maximize the reach of a light source. Additionally, it's convenient to have proper lighting when you're looking at yourself in the mirror. You don't have to feel vain about improving your reflection - everyone loves seeing themselves in the best light possible.

Multiply Windows

Besides amplifying artificial light sources, mirrors have the ability to make the most of natural light. Depending on your apartment, you may have a limited amount of windows, but mirrors can essentially duplicate your existing framework. That view you love to gaze at when you're relaxing at home? A mirror gives you the change to enjoy it twice. Just place the mirror directly across from your window to create the effect. Aside from the view, natural light makes a room feel more airy and open, which is always a welcome addition to a tight apartment.

Create an Array of Reflections

While a giant mirror covering an entire wall can feel a bit overwhelming, breaking this arrangement up into several individual mirrors gives it an attractive appeal. Multiple mirrors over an entire wall add interest to any room, but this setup is perfect for a living room behind a couch. Look for mirrors with borders to break up the illusion a bit, so you're never guessing what's part of the wall and what's a mirror, which can feel disorienting. Unique antique mirrors work well because the characteristics of each mirror create an interesting wall mosaic. Place the largest mirrors towards the cener of the arragement and smaller ones towards the edges to bring the pieces together perfectly.

You don't have to feel cramped in a small apartment - mirrors give you the ability to expand your space. While you might not be able to knock down walls or stretch out your living space, mirrors work their magic to create impressive illusions. There are endless ways to make the most of a small apartment, so check out our blgo post, "How to Decorate Small Apartments: Ideas for Living in Small Space" to see more of our tips. Everyone should love the place they live, so make a few changes to bring out the best in your apartment today!