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Decorating with Mirrors: Enhance Your Space with Reflection and Light

Gallery wall of many different decorative mirrors. Image credit: Elina Sazonova

December 2023


Mirrors are more than just tools for checking your appearance; they’re versatile design elements that can transform any room in your apartment or townhome. When used thoughtfully, mirrors can add light, create the illusion of space, and add a decorative touch. Here are creative ways to decorate with mirrors, turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary ones.

Maximizing Light and Space

One of the most common uses of mirrors in interior design is to make a room appear larger and brighter. Placing a large mirror on a wall opposite a window can dramatically increase the amount of natural light in a room. The mirror reflects the outdoor light, casting more brightness throughout the space. This trick is particularly effective in smaller rooms or areas with limited natural light, such as hallways or bathrooms.

Creating a Focal Point

A well-placed mirror can serve as a focal point in a room. For instance, a large, ornate mirror above a couch instantly draws your attention. In dining areas, a mirror placed above a server or storage cabinet can create a sophisticated backdrop. When choosing a mirror as a focal point, consider its frame and style – these should really stand out but also complement the overall decor of the room.

Reflecting Art and Beautiful Views

Mirrors can be strategically placed to reflect your art or beautiful views from outside, essentially doubling their presence in a room. This technique not only highlights your favorite art or scenery but also adds depth to the space.

Using Mirrors as Art

Mirrors come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, making them perfect as decorative art. A gallery wall of different mirrors, for instance, can be a unique and eye-catching feature. You can mix and match shapes and sizes or go in the other direction and use mirrors with similar styles for a more cohesive feel.

Enhancing Your Style

Mirrors can be chosen to enhance the theme of a room. For a vintage look, choose mirrors with antique frames. For a more modern space, look for mirrors with minimalistic designs and clean lines. Coastal-themed rooms can benefit from mirrors framed with materials like driftwood, reflecting the natural, beachy vibe.

Playing with Shapes and Sizes

Don’t be afraid to play with different shapes and sizes of mirrors. Round mirrors can soften a room filled with hard lines and angles, while large, full-length mirrors can make a dramatic statement in a bedroom or dressing area. Smaller mirrors can be used in groups to create a patterned wall display.

The Illusion of Windows

Mirrors can be used to create the illusion of windows in windowless rooms. This can be particularly effective in internal rooms where natural light is scarce. Choose a mirror with a window-like frame and place it where a window might naturally be. This creates a sense of openness and brings a bit of the outside world into an enclosed space.

Experiment with Placement

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the placement of mirrors. Sometimes, the most unexpected locations can have the most stunning effects. Try placing a mirror in a hallway, behind a dining table, or even in a kitchen to see how it changes the feel of the space.

At Erie Station Village, we love it when our residents turn their apartment or townhome into a true home with décor that reflects who they are. Mirrors are just one way to do that. We’ve worked hard to create a variety of floor plans, finishes, and sizes so that there’s a place for everyone here. If you’d like to learn more about us, our amenities, and even take a few 3D tours, just visit the floorplans page of our website.