Designing With Mirrors
Reflect style in any space.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, where does one hang you after all?”
Eclectic White Bedroom With Crystal Chandelier
A dramatic crystal chandelier with a shade illuminates this antique-inspired bedroom. A mix of metallic lamps, ornate mirrors and vintage-inspired pillows creates an eclectic look, yet the muted color palette and matching pairs of items keep the space from looking chaotic.
Answer: Anywhere, everywhere, all over the house, baby! That's where. Mirrors are magic design accessories. Add one above the mantel, in the foyer and a duo on either side of your bed. The results? The space will appear larger, feel airier and exude that curated, je ne sais quoi design-quality that we’re all aiming for.
A mirror in a foyer works double-time as an elegant greeting to guests upon their arrival and a last-minute close-up before rushing out the front door. A stylish statement piece that you can use to check your teeth before leaving the house? Yes, please. Find a mirror that's fitting with the rest of your interior design style and hang it over a buffet table or credenza.
An OTM Moment
John Dolan Photography
The grand, geometric mirror looks especially handsome above this vintage marble mantel. Design by Chango and Co.
OTM as in over-the-mantel, of course. A mirror positioned above a mantel draws attention to the center of the room without taking away from the fireplace itself like a brightly colored painting might do. This is such a versatile approach to styling a mantel, and because mirrors come in all shapes and sizes it’s virtually foolproof.
Add Interest to Overlooked Spaces
Brass mirror + Lucite table = a chic, niche spot between the living and dining room. Design by Brian Paquette.
At one point or another, we will all fall victim to quirky, pass-through spaces in our homes that leave us feeling totally stumped and design-challenged. This, my friends, is where a mirror becomes your BFF. Spice up a bare hallway or sad, empty wall with an ultra-reflective gallery wall, a leaning wall mirror or a mirror and table vignette. Voila! Your space will go from desolate to designer, just like that.
Symmetry screams style and sophistication, and mirrors make for the perfect props. Do as the designers do and incorporate coordinating, twin mirrors to balance out a space. This technique can be used throughout the home, whether it be in a formal sitting room, as represented in this divine room by Chango and Co., or positioning identical mirrors above bedside tables. Love the symmetrical look? Keep it going by accenting the mirrors with identical lamps and similar accessories.
Small Spaces, Big Style
A sleek, circular vanity mirror stays true to the minimalistic aesthetic used throughout the space. Design by Erin Williamson.
Small details add up. Rather than settling for the same, boring vanity mirror that your home came with, consider upgrading for a mirror that's in-keeping with the rest of your interior design plans. In doing so, you'll make a strong, stylish statement while making the most of every square-inch of your home.
Shiny, reflective glass mirrors are beautiful, but nothing ups the design ante quite like an aged, antique mirror. Take my word for it — antique mirrors are jam-packed with character and add loads of interest to any space. The worn, antique look is great for light, white spaces especially because it brings texture to the walls in a quiet, effortless way.