Five Ways To Decorate With Mirrors, Inspired By Our Favorite Designers

Every great interior needs a dynamic element — something that adds movement, or an unexpected dash of style. A well-placed mirror can, surprisingly, do both, as its surface reflects the light and life within a room. (Not to mention the fact that the mirror itself can be stunning on its own.) So whether mirrors are used to reflect a beautiful image (think chandelier or garden view), or add the illusion of space to a small room, they are invaluable when decorating the home. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use a mirror, featuring interiors from designers we love:

 

#1. Between windows

Bunny Williams Big Mirror Over Couch

Why we love this room: In this vignette by Bunny Williams, a mirror can fill in the often-awkward “between the windows” space that frequently goes unadorned. By choosing a mirror with a rounded top, Williams also helps break up the vertical lines of the furniture and windows.

Get the look:

Williams Collage

Recalling a cathedral window, the Custom Antiqued Wooden Mirror has architectural appeal. Pair it with a petite sofa, like the Antique Art Deco Gilded Settee (which was designed by the legendary French designer Paul Follot); then add shapely pedestal side tables, like the Cerused White Oak Side Table by B. Mori & Co.

 

#2. Above a sideboard

Alison Hennessy Mirror Over Mirrored Furniture

Why we love this room: Allison Hennessy placed this fabulous mirror over a buffet. Its mirrored finish is echoed in the buffet, while its shape “mirrors” the circles in the wallpaper.

Get the look:

Hennessy Collage

Recreate this look with the ABC Carpet & Home Round Sunburst Mirror and the Mirrored Buffet from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.  Add an unexpected element of color with the Celadon Porcelain Gourd Vase Lamps, placing them on either end.

#3. Over the fireplace

Megan Winters Gold Mirror White Fireplace

Why we love this room: A classic placement for a mirror is over the fireplace — it not only adds interest to the blank space above the mantel, but it also adds height and depth. In this room designed by Megan Winters, she uses a vertical oversized mirror to offset the square shape of the fireplace. The beautiful chandelier is highlighted in the mirror’s reflection (just make sure your mirror reflects a pleasing view).

Get the look:

Winters Collage

Made from alder wood, the Ornate Florentine Mirror designed by Panache from the Michael Taylor Collection has a beautiful distressed gold finish. Its rectangular shape and height complements the fireplace. Add the Lampworks Custom Brass Chandelier curated by Bebe Regnier, which will reflect in the mirror to add another focal point. A simple, elegant chair like the Antique Louis XV-style French Linen Bergere Chair completes the chic look.

#4. Around a fireplace

Angela Free Mirrors Behind Lights

Why we love this room: Angela Free placed a rectangular mirror in each niche on either side of the fireplace. This provides the look of windows and helps reflect the light in the room. A pendant is hung in front of each mirror — at night, they reflect the stunning lights.

Get the look:

Free Collage

With their rectangular shape, the Neoclassical Style Trumeau Mirrors are a perfect pairing for fireplaces. Place these gorgeous Grange Italian Glass Pendants in front of the mirrors. At night, the light shining through will illuminate the shades of pink, yellow, and blue in the glass shades.

#5. Above the sofa

Jan Showers Mirror Couch

In this living room by Jan Showers, a gorgeously detailed mirror is placed right over the sofa to create a feeling of spaciousness. The key to this look is the mirror’s large size, which balances the proportions of the sofa.

Get the look:

Showers Collage

The Gaul Searson LTD Fanciful Fleur Mirror is the right size to place over your sofa and has a gorgeous carved border in a silver finish. Pair it with the elegant vintage French glass top coffee table and the rustic-chic eclectic cowhide rug.

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