Looking for creative ways to decorate with mirrors? One of the easiest ways to add light and bright to any space is with a mirror. Here are some clever mirror decorating ideas.

When you write a decorating blog sometimes it’s all about talking about decorating and showing what you know and discussing how to pick out paint colors for your entire house and what you learned from a pair of parrot earrings.

And then?

Sometimes?

It’s about learning things that you never really knew or thought about or planned or understood.

It’s all about me…

….learning from you.

Seriously.

In the seven years, I have written this blog you have taught me so much. You’ve taught me there is a secret zipper underneath the couch cushions and that sometimes you need a pop of color in the middle of a sea of white and gray and that every room should have an antique piece and that every room should have a little bit of black somewhere to ground the space.

And that mirrors are your friend.

You are so right my wonderful, creative, amazing, helpful friends.

Here’s why every room needs a mirror (and some of the cutest mirrors from my house).

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Before we talk about decorating with mirrors? Why should you even use mirrors in your space?

Truth?

I love my mirrors just like I love my lipstick.

Extra sassy with a little bit of a statement just like this stopwatch gold mirror.

You can see it here.

It’s called a stopwatch mirror because of the hook and loop at the top. The bottom part of the mirror is 30″x 30″ and the part at the top adds an additional 2″ at the top.

But more importantly than how much I loved it.

More importantly than how pretty it is.

Is that it REFLECTS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM. Isn’t that amazing? See that artwork? See those curtains? See the bookcases? It’s like this mirror doubles the visual space in the room.

And that?

That’s reason number one to decorate with a mirror.

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Reason #1: it reflects and adds life to a room

And totally keeping it real here? I learned this from a reader. Seriously. She made me re-think my spaces. She e-mailed me about my house tour with ideas and suggestions sprinkled in with compliments and exclamation points.

She told me how pretty the tour was.

She told me how she loves farmhouse decor.

She told me that using pumpkins to decorate a hutch was brilliant.

But had I ever thought about using more mirrors when I decorate?

She was right.

Mirrors are one of the most versatile decorative items that you can use in your home. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be used to add both style and functionality to a space. When placed strategically, mirrors can help to reflect light, brighten a room, and create the illusion of more space. Mirrors are the perfect way to give any room a little extra something and keep the neighbors guessing how your rooms are so cute (and effortless).

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Reason #2: It bounces light off your surfaces

Mirrors reflect.

It’s what they were born to do.

If you have a room without a lot of light? Just add a mirror that reflects a light source. For example, in this room you can see that the mirror reflects the light from the front door and redirects it all around the room.

It’s one of the best decorating secrets when it comes to adding light to a dark space.

Have you ever really stopped to think about how a mirror works? Mirrors are able to bounce light off of their surfaces because according to my tenth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Arno, light is a type of energy that travels through the air and is reflected off of objects. When light hits a mirror, it bounces off of the surface and reflects. The angle at which the light hits the mirror determines how much of the light is reflected. A flat mirror will reflect most of the light that hits it, while a curved mirror will reflect less light.

The amount of light that is reflected also depends on the type of mirror. A polished metal mirror will reflect more light than a painted wooden one because polished metal surfaces are very smooth, so they don’t scatter the light as much as rougher surfaces do.

Reason #3: It adds depth

See what this mirror does?

It introduces parts of the room together.

Hello other side of the room. It’s nice to meet you.

If this was a piece of artwork, it wouldn’t provide as much depth as a mirror reflecting other places in the room. A well-placed mirror can make a room appear larger, lighter, and more open. It can also add depth and a feeling of spaciousness. Mirrors reflect light, so they are especially useful in small rooms or in rooms with limited natural light. Placing a mirror across from a window will help to brighten the room and make it feel airier. In addition, mirrors can be used to create the illusion of depth. Hang a mirror on a wall perpendicular to a window, and it will reflect the outdoors, making the room appear twice as large.

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Reason #4: It makes the room feel larger

I had a wood sign here originally in this space.

It was fine.

It was sufficient.

But it made the wall feel a little flat.

As soon as I added the mirror—that part of the room came to life. It’s amazing what a little reflection can do. Mirrors can make a room feel larger than it actually is. But how do they do it?

It all has to do with the way our brains process information. When we look at a mirror, our brains interpret the reflected image as an actual object. That means that we perceive the mirrored image as taking up space in the room. And since our brains perceive the image as an object, we also think that it’s located at a distance from us. That distance makes the room appear larger than it actually is.

It’s a mini-magic trick for a room.

And now?

Now you know why you should use them—now you need a little mirror inspiration.

Here are 7 ways to decorate with mirrors.

7 ways to decorate with mirrors

1. Add vintage mirrors to a wall

This is one of my favorite ways to decorate with mirrors. This is a mirror my mother gave to me that used to hang in the house, but you can find mirrors like this at thrift stores and yard sales or even make your own.

Now it’s by the back door.

You can’t really see out of it, but that doesn’t matter—the light still reflects and adds interest to this wall.

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2. Decorate around the mirror

On this wall, I added a mirror with arrows on either side.

I LOVE this gold mirror. It comes in tons of options and sizes and it’s just so pretty and classic and works with any decor.

You can see the mirror here.

If you are looking for ways to decorate with mirrors to make them stand out, don’t leave them hanging (so sorry I couldn’t resist). You can add other mirrors around your mirror, or add a whimsical piece on the wall like wooden arrows.

You can see how we made the arrows here.

3. Add a mirror to a tabletop

Even adding a mirror to a tabletop or dresser or vanity or even the top of a bookcase can make so much difference.

I have these types of mirrors scattered all over the house.

You can see a similar tabletop mirror here.


4. Create a wall of mirrors

You know how much I love a wall of mirrors.

I’m still collecting them.

We added these mirrors to the staircase several years ago and it made such a difference.

Here are several mirrors that would work well on a wall like this:

5. Remove the top off of a vanity

This section is called get creative with mirrors that you find.

We took the top off a vanity and simply hung the mirror on the wall.

I didn’t even remove the mirror surround. I just left in in place and added it to the wall.

If you find a vanity at a yard sale that’s damaged? Sometimes you can save the mirror and repurpose it like this.

6. Add wood beads around a mirror

I just finished this project in the bedroom and it made such a difference.

This is a large oversized mirror that I painted and added wood bead trim to.

You can see the entire DIY here.

7. Add rub ‘n buff to a mirror

One last mirror tip.

If you find a mirror you like and it’s not the right color or sheen? Use Rub ‘n Buff to change it up.

My favorite Rub ‘n Buff is Antique Gold.

You can see it here.

I actually bought these mirrors at Hobby Lobby and they were silver. I used a tiny bit of Rub ‘N Buff to make them gold.

If you are looking for mirrors similar to these that are already gold, here are some great options.

And one more of my favorite ways to decorate with mirrors from the way back machine.

Here’s how I used compacts to make this mirror.

The moral of this mirror tale?

Mirrors are amazing. They are all unique and special and come in different sizes and shapes and materials.

But together?

They all have one thing in common.

They make the space they live in a little brighter.

Thank you for teaching me.

Thank you for making my rooms better.

Thank you for encouraging and helping and suggesting and laughing.

And for making all of my days….

…a little brighter.

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Comments

  1. Image for Suzan Suzan

    Oh! My! Word! I love mirrors, too! The vignette with the stopwatch mirror is so lovely! Ooooh! La! La! Well done! ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    Ohhh, I love the stopwatch mirror!! My favorite place for a mirror is next to the front door for one last "lipstick" check on your way out!!! xoxo

  3. Image for Lori H Lori H

    Love the mirrors and you're the one who got me to searching for gold mirrors for our coastal/french home. I believe you got my favorite one (second to bottom going up the stairs at a yard sale?) That bronze deep gold makes them all pop and look so rich. I think I'll look for more table mirrors like yours with a flat base to place around my table top holiday trees with lights. The one you posted might work. When someone copies you, I've learned it's a compliment but you do this to teach us and to share but boy when you go all out and put good money on something different and unique as we've done with our home outdoors it bugs me when others copy EXACTLY what we did. Wrong of me to feel that way, I know but gee whiz I spent so much money on making ours "different" as so many are alike and we wanted to be, well, different. I think one should at least put their own spin on it...especially is it's a house directly by your...😆....

  4. Image for Marlene Marlene

    This was such a good post, gives lots of information. I do love the old mirrors and that is what I look for.

  5. Image for R Newton R Newton

    KeriAnne, I have glass topped tables with brass bases. I love them as they are so versatile. I too use mirrors in foyer, on a bath room wall to reflect the bigger mirrors and bring in more light and also in the bedrooms. I have all sizes too. Lori H suggests using mirrors as a base for table top trees, I also use them on my dining room table as i decorate it for each season/holiday. Then one year i bought small beveled flat mirrors and got small Nativity sets to put on them for family gifts, something different and unique but not expensive to put together. I got all the nativity sets on a trip to Mexico. Using the mini light sets along with mirrors also brighten up areas and make them more festive. You can also have mirrors re-silvered if you don't want or can't use one that has started to lose its sparkle!

  6. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Love your stairway of mirrors... going to start looking for old mirrors and try it out. Great post as always. Blessings,

  7. Image for Debbie from SC Debbie from SC

    My goodness Karianne, you are so amazingly creative....making that gorgeous mirror out of compacts!! What a cool mirror. But now you have me thinking about a Wall of Mirrors. I paint but have been on "pause" and have been thinking about our back staircase. Mirrors would be a beautiful way to showcase that area. Thank you for sharing that idea with us. I love your stop watch mirror. And I must say that I saw your painting over your fireplace and I have to tell you that I made my gold frame following your direction for one of the paintings that I did. I think of you when I pass it in our hallway. What a great post! Thank you!

  8. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

    Love these mirrors. I just decided I don’t have nearly enough. Thanks for suggesting this decorating concept. You know me I’m always looking for something with color but mirrors can add so much in certain spaces.

  9. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I have at least one mirror in every room in my house. I am always on the lookout for more. I especially love the antiques. I have a collection of antique hand mirrors in my bathroom too. But I don’t show the mirror but the backside because they are stunning silver! I’d like to know about the one above the shelves of blue pottery. Especially the hanger, did it come with the mirror? Thanks for all you do.

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