Mirrors can be great decor options for opening up a room and for adding light where you need it. A perfect mixture of function and fashion, they a neutral option that you can use when you're not sure how to fill your wall space.
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We created a list of 25 ideas that will inspire you to make the most of your space with mirrors. Without further ado, let's get into it!
1. Wood And Stone
Including several different elements in the room can help diversify your aesthetic while creating several different areas of focus and contrast. In this case, placing a mirror with a wood frame above the stone fireplace does several things to spruce up space.
2. An Offset
In a room full of shiny and metallic features, what else to include but a reflective mirror with a shiny frame? In an otherwise dark room, the mirror adds a level of brightness by reflecting the light that comes through the dark curtains. The gold frame also helps highlight similar tones in the pillows and lampshade.
Circular Decorative Mirror
3. Open Space
Mirrors are a great neutral option when it comes to decor. Because the majority of the mirror is the reflection, this leaves you with just one decision: what kind of frame to use. Whether you decide to go with something simple or a more elaborate frame, a mirror is a great option for anyone having a hard time deciding how they are going to decorate their walls.
Mirrors are a great option for adding light to a space that needs it without actually installing a physical light. The mirror on this wall looks similar to a giant wall light, but it's just reflecting the sun coming in from the window on the opposite side of the room. This works especially well for dark-colored walls.
Chic Hanging Mirror
When decorating in a minimalist style, it can be hard to decide what to include and what to go without. A mirror is a great example of something that can be a no brainer in times like this. Not only can it serve as a fashionable decor item, but it serves a function as well.
A mirror with a well-chosen frame can help bring your room together. Having decor that helps connect your walls with your floor is a great move to make as far as design goes.
7. Open Up The Room
Using a large mirror can actually help open up up your room. Since they reflect the room they're in, using a larger mirror to reflect more space can help make it seem like you have more room than you actually do. This room uses this trick, and they take it a step further, making sure the wood for the frame is the same as the mantle material.
Large Decorative Mirror
8. Fancy Frames
If your fireplace lacks a mantlepiece, adding one might prove to be a bit pricey. A much cheaper option? Install a mirror above the fireplace instead. While it won't make up for the utility that a mantle provides, it does help provide a focal point for the room that a mantle normally provides.
Ornate Decorative Mirror
9. Multiple Mirrors
One mirror can definitely do the job, but when done right, multiple mirrors can enhance the space they're in by opening up the room and helping spread light in darker areas of the room. You can either keep things similar by using identical frames, or you can shake things up by using frames that match different decor items around the room.
10. Big And Small
Using several identical mirrors of differing sizes can help add interest to the wall in question without making things feel mismatched or cluttered. In this specific instance, the mirrors are reflecting the light from the nearby lamps, helping a smaller space seem larger and more brightly lit than it actually is.
Modern Circular Mirror
11. Focal Point
Because of the space that mirrors open up in areas where our brains know there isn't any, they can become an instant focal point. This is especially true when the mirror is placed in a central area that would receive attention anyway, such as above a fireplace.
12. Optical Illusion
Mirrors can give the appearance of opening up space, essentially giving an optical illusion that a room is bigger or brighter than it actually is. A great way to help this illusion along is to use a mirror frame that matches other items of decor in the room, or use a frame that has the same trim as the trim around your windows.
Wide Wood-Framed Mirror
13. Open Up Walls
In rooms where all the windows are limited to one wall, mirrors can help mimic a window effect and help spread light throughout the room. The way these mirrors have been arranged mimics a large set of windows, further enhancing the illusion of a lit opening into a separate closeted space.
14. Floor Mirror
Mirrors don't have to be placed on your walls in order to be effective. They can be placed on the floors leaning up against the wall as well. Think about the space you want to open up or add light to, and place the mirror accordingly.
15. Enhancing Decor
Careful selection of a window frame can help enhance the mirror and draw attention to it, helping center the room and ground your attention.
16. Reflective Frame
If moving light around a room is one of your main reasons for using a mirror, you can magnify the amount of light that gets moved around by using a mirror with a reflective angled frame or edge. This will help move light in directions that a simple flat mirror can't, while also adding visual interest and variety to the mirror itself.
17. Twin Mirrors
Instead of purchasing one giant mirror, try purchasing two identical mirrors, and place them near each other for a similar effect. One of the perks of doing things this way is that it adds visual interest. The gap between the mirrors helps break things up, but the two identical mirrors make sure that the wall doesn't seem messy, maintaining a cohesive appearance.
18. Decorative Mirrors
Some mirrors are more geared towards function, while others were made with fashion in mind. For example, the mirror above this mantle is more reminiscent of a window than a mirror. The decorative covering over the window itself places more of an emphasis on the appearance rather than the function.
19. Wall Mirrors
While it isn't a common choice in many households, a wall-sized mirror can be perfect for helping to visually expand the size of the room without doing any actual remodeling. Mirrors add depth to whatever surface we place them on, and the bigger the mirror is, the larger the perceived space is.
20. Light And Dark
Mirrors don't just serve as an item of wall decor, they can also add light to places in a room that would normally stay dark. This dark wall, for example, has been brightened up by including a mirror in an area where it can catch light from the window.
21. Rustic Style
Mirrors can be used to further a specific style of decor, and are a more neutral option than pictures are. Where picture frames might help you fill wall space without clutter, you may not be sure which colors you could utilize that wouldn't clash with your decor. A mirror will simply reflect the decor you've already included, making it a helpful inclusion.
If you've decided to hang a mirror, put some thought into what kind of frame you want your mirror to have. In this case, a mirror frame that more closely resembles an organic material like wood was picked, and it gives contrast to the stone walls.
23. An Accent
In a room where most of the decor is dark and none of it is metallic, a gold mirror really catches your attention and makes a statement. Not only does it make a nice focal point, but it helps add light to the room and opens up the wall.
24. Wall Space
Mirrors can be used for many purposes, and just one of those is to simply take up space. If committing to a piece of wall art is too much, or if you aren't sure that you have photographs you want to display, a mirror is a classic choice that can get the job done in an elegant way.
25. Visual Weight
Visual weight is essentially the balance you try and keep when decorating, like an average you try to maintain throughout the room. Using multiple mirrors like this is a great way to add variety and light to your room while still maintaining the visual weight.
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