No matter where you put one, mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, make a space look bigger, and open up a room. Here are 10 decorating ideas for using them in your house.
This mirror makes the porch of a Florida home by designers Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt feel more like an actual room. An added benefit? "At night it reflects the candlelight so beautifully," Coleman says. Smith & Hawken sofa; Madeline Weinrib carpet.
The mantel shelf of designer Annie Brahler's Jacksonville, Illinois house, holds one of the her "extreme juxtapositions": a massive empty picture frame, propped against the mirror, alongside antlers her children collected on hikes.
In a late-19th-century Brooklyn townhouse designed by Jonathan Berger, antiqued mirrored glass on cabinet doors enlarges the small kitchen. Granite countertops and backsplash in Imperial White are from E. Stone.
In the stair hall of Annie Brahler'sJacksonville, Illinois, house, daylight bounces off a Dutch chandelier and assorted mirrors. "It's great — you double the size of the space," she says.
A mirror can help focus the eye in a room. In an Atlanta master bedroom, designer Kay Douglass added an octagonal mirror from South of Market in front of a window. "The room needed an end," she says. "It was almost too large. That window looks out on a forest, and we needed something to stop your eye and make the bedroom feel more intimate."
In a New York loft that lacked closet space, designer Steven Sclaroff added a mirrored wardrobe. "It's a welcome hit of muted traditionalism," he says. "It kind of looks like its own freestanding dressing room." Having the mirror framed and broken up in panels lightens its weight.
Designer Carrie Hayden took the homeowners' bedroom dressers and connected them with a mirrored vanity table for a glamorous bathroom update. "It's more Old World than Old Hollywood," she says. "The mirrors on the vanity are antiqued, so it's a softer look."
Designer Benjamin Dhong transformed the living room of a San Francisco row house by replacing cabinets with "the relaxed elegance" of a custom banquette in velvet and antiqued mirrors. The space becomes intimate for entertaining — "I think it's geared to Champagne and cocktails, flirting and seduction," he says. "You're enveloped, floating inside the cloud with the silver lining."
In her modest 1950s Birmingham, Alabama, house, designer Lindsey Bond placed a mirror next to the bed to hide an awkwardly placed window.
After his client downsized to a smaller house in Summit, New Jersey, designer Kevin Isbell accommodated her 12-foot-long sofa in the living room by putting it against a wall with a doorway. To "defuse the fact," he hung her showstopping 19th-century sorcerer's mirror above it, creating the feeling of a solid wall. "The room beyond is the family room, and we thought, 'Why do we need two entries with this compact floor plan?'" he says. "We discovered this mirror and realized it was wide enough to span the doorway. It draws you in, expands the space, and adds shine."