A mirror is a necessary household object designed to help us get dressed in the morning and make sure we look presentable before leaving the house. But mirrors are also versatile decorative objects in their own right.
Using decorative mirrors—from antique to vintage to contemporary styles—is an easy way to make an impact in any room in the house. Hanging a decorative mirror on the wall can make a room feel bigger, brighter, and more visually interesting. Well-placed mirrors can make small spaces feel more expansive, create perspectives, and bounce around natural light. They can be used to create a focal point, to add sparkle and depth to a windowless wall, to make a statement or to blend into the background and help the rest of your decor to shine.
Below are some clever ideas for using decorative mirrors to decorate your space.
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Conventional interior decorating wisdom will have you instinctively hanging your mirror centered above a table, mantel, couch or other anchoring piece of architecture or furniture. While there's nothing wrong with that classic move, hanging a mirror a little off kilter can create an element of surprise and add some life and dynamism to a decor scheme. Here French interior designer Vanessa Scoffier hung a vintage free-form brass framed mirror above a small wall-mounted desk in one of the charming rooms at the Hotel Henriette in Paris. The off-center position ensures that you aren't staring at your own face as you work.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Layered Over Wallpaper
In this modern jungle-themed nursery from interior designers Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Forbes + Masters, a simple thin black-framed round mirror is layered over the bold botanical Bellevue wallpaper from Rebel Walls. Since the designer used the wallpaper on all four walls of the room, the mirror reflects the motif on the opposite wall, adding dimension without distracting from the overall effect of the wrap-around wallpaper.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Boho Design Style
In this spacious primary suite from interior designers Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Forbes + Masters, a large fringed half-circle mirror is a statement piece that enhances the sophisticated modern boho designed feel of the room while helping to bounce light around and create perspectives.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Decorating a wall with a collection of vintage mirrors is an easy way to create an interesting focal point and up the charm in a room. French interior designer Vanessa Scoffier used a collection of small vintage French rattan sunburst mirrors in varying styles and simple vintage barber's chain mirrors in this room at the Hotel Henriette in Paris that's easy to love (and recreate).Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Black Accent Wall with Mirror
To keep the matte black dining room wall from feeling too heavy, interior designers Sacha and Melissa Leclair of Ottawa-based Leclair Decor added an oversize round thin-framed mirror that creates a focal point by reflecting light from the otherwise bright, neutral space.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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End of the Hall
Many homes have dead end hallways that serve as corridors to bedrooms, bathrooms, and the like, but end up getting neglected in the decor department. Interior designer Alvin Wayne dressed this NYC hallway with bold black-and-white wallpaper, and added a vintage-style freeform mirror that adds depth and reflects back views and light, turning a dead space into a dynamic focal point.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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The entry way to many homes and apartments is a light-challenged space that can be lifted up by the addition of a decorative mirror. But mirrors are a great anchor piece for any entry. Here CA-based interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors chose a large vintage style free-form mirror to create a welcoming atmosphere. The wood frame adds warmth and the large surface of glass reflects the light.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm turned her plain white staircase into a hall of mirrors lined with a growing collection of vintage and new mirrors in different shapes and styles. It's an ongoing DIY project that can be added to over time, giving life to the staircase by bouncing natural light around and creating perspectives. To start your own collection, source inexpensive second hand mirrors online or at flea markets and thrift shops.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Hanging a decorative mirror over a well stocked bar cart wakes up a corner of the living room in this bachelor pad design from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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In this dressing room design from interior designer Jessica Risko Smith of JRS ID, a round mirror offers a visual break from a monumental wall of custom cabinetry, reflecting light and adding a sense of depth.
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Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm used a vintage mirror with a time-worn patina to create a hallway vignette that's full of charm. While replacing the glass would make it more functional as a mirror, leaving it as allows it to function like a piece of art.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Blogger Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess leaned a large arched bronze-framed mirror against an empty wall in this airy, high-ceilinged living room that helps fill the blank space without weighing it down.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Old and New
Adding an antique or vintage mirror to a modern interior can add dimension to a contemporary interior. Interior designer Maite Granda added an antique French mirror to the wall of a contemporary Florida high-rise that pops against the charcoal paint and complements a vintage sputnik pendant lamp hanging over the dining table.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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This large, light-flooded living room from interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors is dominated by windows on every wall. The designer chose to embellish a rare patch of solid wall with a tall rectangular leaning mirror that mirrors the shape of the windows for an almost camouflage effect.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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In this classic Boston brownstone refresh from interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors, a pair of antique mirrors that resemble one another without exactly matching flank the mantel. The mirrors are hung at slightly different heights over an armchair on one side and a chest of drawers on the other. The pretty bronze mirrors complement the antique bronze chandelier and add symmetry that is slightly askew to prevent it from looking too formal.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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A fluffy raffia framed mirror hung over a wood console table styled with books and plants creates a natural, textural entryway vignette in this design from interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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In this entryway from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, a simple natural wood-framed mirror serves as a place to drop keys, check your hair, and hang your hat, all while matching the aesthetic of the space, enhancing sightlines, and bouncing around light.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co. used an oversized vintage-style rattan sunburst mirror to liven up this bright and cheerful San Francisco kids room, with its bright white walls and embellished chest of drawers. The mirror is lighthearted and whimsical but has the staying power to become a signature piece that will last throughout childhood and beyond.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Hung from the Bookcase
In this bedroom from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, built-in shelving is styled with books, objects, and art, and a mirror is suspended on the outside of the shelving to add interest and dimension, a neat trick that can be copied wherever you have built-in shelving.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors hung an oval mirror with an antique carved wood frame above the bedside table in this Maine bedroom that complements the curvy French antique bedframe and reflects light from the adjacent window.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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A tall free-standing wood framed mirror leaning on the wall against a midcentury modern style chest of dresser drawers creates an elegant dressing station with a masculine feel in the corner of this primary bedroom from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Witch's Eye Mirror
In this formal bedroom from interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors, a witch's eye mirror with a curved convex surface acts like a rearview car mirror to reflect a shrunken view of the whole room and add a sophisticated funhouse mirror vibe.
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A mirror over the fireplace mantel is a classic, but in this living room design by Emily Henderson Design contributor and interior designer Velinda Hellen, it's less the main event than an anchor piece for a layered vignette featuring art, decorative objects, and a vase full of branches.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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A gilded antique mirror hung on the rustic stone wall of this classic English kitchen designed by deVOL Kitchens adds warmth that is enhanced by a single lit candlestick posed in front of it to create multiple reflections.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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One way to bring some light and interest to an otherwise dead corner of a room is to add a mirror that will add depth and reflect and bounce around light. You can amplify that effect by placing multiple mirrors on adjacent or opposite walls that will create endless perspectives depending on the angle. Stylist and photographer Jeska Hearne of Lobster and Swan added a pair of antique mirrors to the corner of her living room that add decor, charm, and create a conversation with one another and the rest of the room.