How many of you have that most coveted of city kitchen details: a window? They can be hard to come by, especially in budget apartments. If you're stuck looking at the wall while you cook or wash dishes, though, consider this alternative: a mirror.
No, it's not to help you pick dinner out of your teeth as you wash up (although that can be a bonus effect!).
A mirror isn't a full substitute for a window (especially one with a view of palm trees and some surf). But it does add light and subtle movement to your kitchen, reflecting any other light sources and creating the impression of spaciousness.
If you're sort of squicked out by the idea of looking at yourself with bedhead, making coffee, or after a workout, washing dishes, just hang the mirror a little higher so you're not actually looking at yourself — just amplifying the light.
I really like how this mirror works in Sarah and David's Brooklyn home. Their house is light-filled and open, but the kitchen is in the center of the house and lacks a window. The mirror opens it up a little bit.
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