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Decorating With Mirrors
There are so many things that we fill our homes with to make our lives livable. Some are functional. Some are fashionable. And then there are those things that just feel like something that you're supposed to have, as if your home just wouldn't be complete without them. Mirrors are one of those things. We all have them, and we all know why. Without them we wouldn't be able to do little things like check our appearances, make sure that our creases are straight and ensure that... there's nothing between our teeth before we head out the door.
On the design side of things, mirrors are a great way to open up a space, using reflections to make a room feel larger than it actually is. But beyond that and a few flourishes around the frame, most of us would place mirrors on the functional rather than the fashionable end of the home decorating equation. Which means that a lot of us are missing out on a big opportunity. Not only can mirrors be fun to decorate with, with a little creativity they can easily become the show-stopping centerpiece of your home. But since the only thing better than great design advice is a couple of great examples to go along with it, here are several ways that you can do amazing things in your home with mirrors—from the simplest uses to the most innovative.
Even in the most straightforward of circumstances, there's always a chance to be a bit creative with your mirrors. In this space, doubling the mirrors is just the start of the fun. It continues into an eye-catching moment of symmetry paired with identically shaped house plants on either side. And for a final touch, a dash of bright orange at the tops of each frame is a colorful addition to a room composed by mostly neutrals and greens. The bowl of oranges on the table is another clever way of picking up the color of the frames while tying them to the natural element of the plants.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Geometric Statement Mirror
When picking mirrors for your favorite room, don't feel confined in your frame choices to round, rectangular or a few curly flourishes around the edges. They're all great approaches that work well in a variety of settings, but don't be afraid to go for something a little bolder. This mirror leaves no doubt as to who is the boss of this room. It's large, gold frame shaped in a stunning geometric pattern is so alluring that the reflective surface at the center almost seems like an afterthought.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Oversized Floor Mirrors
On the other hand, if more reflection is what you're after, get as much as you can. This massive, ornamentally framed mirror works on so many levels. Not only does it give you all the mirror space you could possibly need, it opens up the room beautifully by giving the optical illusion of more space.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Mirrors in the Gallery Wall
Mirrors make a wonderful addition to gallery wall displays, especially when they're featured as the central attraction. In this home office, a pair of elegant-looking mirrors are flanked on both sides by wall art. Identical framing brings the look of the whole wall display together while the addition of the round mirror at the top breaks up the shapes adding visual interest.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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The More the Merrier
When it comes to mirrors, the conventional wisdom is one per room. But why stop there? Another way to approach using mirrors in a gallery wall like this one is to create an entire display of mirrors.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Bathroom Mirror Wall
Just about every bathroom has a mirror over the sink, but a mirror wall behind the tub is definitely a unique statement. Combined with a freestanding tub and a chandelier, this antique mirror wall adds a touch of old world charm to this bathroom.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Mirrors are very functional pieces to have in your home. But it doesn't have to end there. This trio of hanging pendant mirrors makes a beautiful hanging wall statement that is way more fashion than function.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Create a Mirror Motif
This wall-mounted, crystal-shaped mirror is an eye-catching piece all by itself. Pair it with a mirrored credenza and you've got a centerpiece that will set the stage for your entire room.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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A Mirror with a Splash of Color
We rarely think of mirrors as helping out with a room's color palette, but with the right frame and a little creativity they can do just that. Painting the frame on a large mirror can make it a big part of the color story in your favorite room. Here, a combination of bright yellow and orange makes a big splash in a modern, eclectic room full of interesting, colorful pieces.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Mirrors in Unexpected Places
Walls and floors are the perfect places for functional mirrors. But embracing mirrors as a design feature opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. In this home, a doorway mirrored in a metallic sheen gives the space a new layer of character as well as some much-needed warmth.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Mirrored Kitchen Backsplash
A mirrored backsplash is an amazing way to give your kitchen a whole new level of bling. Comprised of mirrored tiles arranged in a brick formation, this backsplash is a creative, modern update of an industrial style kitchen.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Mirrored Bar Cart
Mirrors aren't just for your walls. There's any number of other places where a surprise mirror can give your decor the extra boost it needs. In this gorgeous bar cart, all it takes it a few strategically places mirrors to create a classic effect with a luxurious feel.
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Bedside Mirror Art
This innovative art installation features hexagonal mirrored tiles that start on the wall an travel down to take up part of the floor. Displays like this connect the room in interesting and unexpected ways while still leaving room for little flourishes, like the missing tiles that give the display that extra touch of character.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Ok, mirrors on your stairs are likely not for every home, but it's hard to deny that as a standalone concept, it is pretty cool.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Of course at the end of the day, there's absolutely nothing wrong with keeping with the classics. This large, round mirror is a beautiful addition to an understated room with an abundance of style and charm. What makes playing with mirrors so much fun is how versatile they are. No matter how simple or bold you want to be, there's a mirror that sees things the same way.