Time to Reflect

What's the trick to transforming a room from ho-hum to dazzling? It's all in the mirrors. Check out these five tips for decorating with mirrors, plus our 15 favorite designs.

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All About

For centuries magicians have been using mirrors to amaze and wow their audiences. So why not do the same thing in your own home? Whether you want to jazz up an area, bring light into a dark corner or make a small room look larger, it can all be done with mirrors and stylish sleights of hand. We’ve picked some of the best of the new crop of mirrors out there, but first: some tips on how to decorate with mirrors.

  1. Do a reflection check. Mirrors are great almost anywhere — except if they reflect a not-so-pretty sight, such as your overflowing garbage can or laundry basket. Make sure you’re placing your mirrors where they work for you, not against you.
  2. Don’t hang your mirror too high. Like artwork, mirrors should be hung at eye level — unless you’re covering an entire wall with mirrors, in which case go crazy.
  3. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy. Really. The bathroom mirror does not have to match your cabinetry. The mirror in the foyer can be a different style from its adjacent chair. Use the addition of the mirror as another way to say something about your personal style or add an eclectic design element, fresh shape or interesting color.
  4. Think of novel ways that you can add reflection to your home. Try mirrored glazing balls in the garden or as part of a vignette on a coffee table. Mirrored furniture is all the rage right now; you can buy it old, buy it new or make your own.
  5. According to designer Rosemary Sadez Friedman, a bronze tint on a mirror makes you look younger and healthier. Now that is worth looking into!

Wendell Storm was onto something when he designed this pop-art mirror screenprinted with the image of Twiggy. After all, who wouldn’t want to gaze into a mirror and see the face of a supermodel staring back?