How to Decorate With Mirrors: 4 Tips to Get You Started

One of the first things I learned in design school was what an impact it can make to decorate a wall with mirrors. So today, I'm sharing my top tips on how to decorate with mirrors so you can upgrade any space in your home.

From learning how to decorate with large mirrors to learning how to decorate with round mirrors, these tips will help you get started.

1. Use large mirrors

I want you to think big for tip number one: don't be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space. Because mirrors create the illusion of depth and space, they can be very helpful in making a small room feel much bigger. So they're a great element to consider for hallways and on niche walls.

2. Consider reflection

Now on to tip number two and this one is really important: always consider the reflection in the mirror. Now, what I mean is that you want to think about what is on the other side of that mirror. If it's an unattractive element, then you're basically going to double that.

In this example, our front door entry is really tight, so this mirror serves a couple of different purposes.

It reflects the beautiful wall gallery that I have of the children right across from it, but it also helps to increase the amount of light that shows up in this space.

So by placing it here, the mirror reflects the light from the dining room, and that automatically makes this space feel larger.

Now, look at what happens when I close the shutters and the dining room. It looks much darker over here because the mirror is no longer reflecting the light from the dining room.

Here's another example of using a mirror in our bedroom. Because I hung this mirror directly across from a window, it significantly increased the amount of light that comes into the room, and it’s another beautiful view to reflect back.

3. Create focal points

Moving on to tip number three, you can use mirrors to create beautiful focal points in your home. One of the reasons you often see mirrors hung above dining room buffets or above mantels is that they make a gorgeous focal point.

So in this example, I had a very long wall in the dining room. I took two mirrors, hung them side by side, and then put sconces on either side, and it created the perfect focal point in the room.

4. Build a gallery wall

For my final tip, you can also use several mirrors at once to create a gallery wall. This is the best example I could show you in my own home. You can put together a collection of several different mirrors similar to the way that you would a photo wall and treat them as one unit when you decide on placement.

Now, it definitely works best when a room doesn't have a lot of clutter, so the mound of blankets underneath this one probably isn't the best example, but you get the idea. I just wanted to show you what I meant.

How to decorate with mirrors

How to decorate with mirrors

Discovering how to decorate walls with mirrors is a much simpler process than you may think. I hope you found at least one new thing that you didn't know before and that you recognize just how much fun styling with mirrors can really be.

I call it mirror magic, and it's a really cool way to help you out when you're dealing with things like low light or small spaces. What are you waiting for? Get brave and get to work creating a masterpiece of light and reflection in your own home.

What scares you the most when it comes to learning how to decorate with mirrors? Let me know what has been holding you back in the comments section.

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  • Angie Nerly Penn Angie Nerly Penn on May 14, 2024
    Love the idea of hanging a large mirror in a small space. I have one and just never thought to put in a small bedroom because of the size. Now I'll see if it works. Thanks!