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Creative Ways to Decorate With Mirrors

The fabulous thing about mirrors is they can make small spaces feel larger.  They can be used to create a focal point,  or they can blend in and allow the rest of your decor to pop. If you place a mirror behind a light source it will reflect the natural light in a room. Mirrors create the illusion of space so they can really help make a small room feel bigger.  To achieve a personal, collected look, which of course is my favorite, shop yard sales and thrft shops for interesting frames that can be converted to a mirror. I can’t think of a more versitile decor item Let’s take a look at some of my favorite creative ways to decorate with mirrors.

Creative Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

One of the designers I find most inspiring is Isabel Lopez Queseda. I love this fireplace Vignette. You can follow her on Instagram here. You can also check out her portfolio here, and buy her wonderful book here (a favorite of mine) This interesting mirror makes a bold statement and is the star here.

isabel lopez queseda fireplace with mirror

This mirror (purchased at Horchow years ago )in my own home has been in nearly every room in our house.  I placed it above the fireplace here for one of our fall mantle styling posts.  You can read more of that post here.

cindy hattersley styled mantle

The strong architectural shape of this mirror balances the more feminine curves of the fireplace in this room by Sarah Bartholomew.

whitney parkinson console and mirror

This vignette was created by the uber-talented Chicago designer Michael del Piero.  You can follow her on Instagram here, and check out her portfolio here. I love the rustic organic feel of this arrangement. Don’t be afraid to go big with a mirror.

Michael Del Piero Mantle with Mirror


Many of the slim simple mirrors that are popular right now need not cost you an arm and a leg.  This mirror by Studio McGee for Target makes a lovely statement for less.

studio mcgee target mirror & console copy

My pal Mary Ann styled this beautiful console for one of her clients here.  I think this project is one of my favorites that Mary Ann has done.  Note she positioned this mirror opposite the windows to expand and reflect the natural light.

classic casual home console and mirror

This is my son and daughter in laws console (one of the versions) that I styled for my post How to Style a Console.This console is located right where the room begins to narrow so it creates the illusion of space.

cindy hattersley console and mirror

This simple mirror with its architectural details compliments the raw wood and interesting artifacts styled by the amazing Jill Sharp.

jill sharp weeks console and mirror

Sherry Hart never dissapoints.  I spotted this on her Instagram feedfrom one of her latest projects.  Love the juxtaposition of the offbeat organic mirror with the pretty chest.

sherry hart vignette


Adding a large mirror to a smallish space can make it seem larger.  Although we can’t see the rest of this space featured on My Domaine.  I am guessing that is what was at work here.

my domaine mirror and settee

This vignette is by the talented Whitney Parkinson.  You can see more of her portfolio here. This large entry called out for something large, but don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space like a small entry.  The large mirror will make the small space seem larger.

whitney parkinson entry console

This vintage mirror in this gorgeous bathroom by Waterworks is simply “all that” isn’t it?



Love the use of matching mirrors above twin beds like this design from Andrew Brown.  I had matching mirrors above my twin beds at one point.

andrew brown designed bedroom with matching mirrors

Another favorite use of mirrors in the bedroom is to add a mirror on each side of the bed behind lamps.  They make the room seem larger and they reflect the light.

Dodson and Daughter designed bedroom with two mirrors


My favorite places to shop for well-priced mirrors, World Market, Target, Overstock, and Wayfair.

My favorite places to shop for interesting mirrors: One Kings Lane, Lulu and Georgia, OKA, Dear Keaton, and Serena and Lilly. Pottery Barn always has interesting ones in various price ranges as well.

Here are some articles you might enjoy.

The Washington Post Expert Rules and Tips for Decorating with Mirrors

The Spruce How to Decorate with Mirrors

Apartment Therapy Mirror Decor Ideas

I hope this post, Creative Ways to Decorate with Mirrors has given you some inspiration and ideas of how to incorporate mirrors into your decor. This will be our last weekend in this house, so we will be busy getting it ready for the new family to enjoy.

Reader Interactions


  1. Kate Granado says

    Bravo… I love your selections, thanks…I’m addicted – have been for a while – 3 in the living room/dining area – 2 in the entry – 1 in the hall – 4 in the master. Your post makes me realize the guest room and the den are lacking. Better get to work on that!

  2. Dora Renata Pala says

    Cara Cindy
    Un semplice augurio di buon trasloco, e che la tua nuova casa ti porti tanta serenità. 🍀🐞💐

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Thank you so much Dora. I have been wondering about you. I hear things are improving in Italy. Her family lives in Bergamo and she is hoping they will be able to travel here once again soon.

  3. Paula Moreshead says

    This was a great post with some wonderful photos and examples of the magic that can be done with mirrors….thanks!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Paula

      Thank you so much I am so glad you enjoyed it. I love mirrors!

  4. Wren says

    This was another fun read even though I’m not in need of a mirror. It did remind me of one I bought 30ish years ago in La Jolla at the thrift store run by the ASPCA. It was a big beautiful piece with a gold frame, details somewhat like yours, that had taken on a beautiful patina with age. I really hated parting with that mirror when I downsized but there was just no way I could see re-purposing it. I still mourn giving it up!
    Now I have a much simpler one over my fireplace that I think I bought from Ballard. It’s a gracefully scalloped shape with beveled edges.
    Thanks for finding time to write a blog during your packing/construction/moving days!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Wren

      I probably do not need one either!! Ballard has good mirrors as well. They seem to be doing a better job all the time. My kids had a couple of pieces of furniture from them when they were first married. It looked great and was very sturdy. I like their collections they are doing now.

  5. Jill says

    Great topic. I have always loved using mirrors. Whether it be a large one on its own, or groupings. Always look forward your posts.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Jill

      Thank you so much. I left a couple of mirrors behind that the new owner’s wanted. I am sure if I need another I will be able to find one!

  6. home before dark says

    I love mirrors. I call them light magnets! My late MIL loved mirrors, too and called them cheap tricks for grand results!
    In my narrow hallway, I used a collection of mirrors to lighten the space. The walls are black beadboard and I gessoed the mirror collection of different styles white. Gesso is my cheap trick! In my small upstairs bath, again I gessoed in white a collection of mirror styles and sizes on walls painted in BM Chantilly Lace. It makes the room look airy. In my small powder room on the first floor, I had the walls mirrored in “bricks of mirror” about 12″ x 18″ in a running bond pattern (Thanks Carol Prisant. Sorry I never sent you a picture. Your writing will forever be missed!)and hung a sunburst mirror over that above the sink. Obviously I think you are absolutely right about going big! And a big yes to shopping tag sales and auctions and buying empty frames (or filled with less than desirable art) and have them turned into mirrors.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      I love that Patricia “light magnets”. Your use of mirrors sounds so interesting. Love the running bond idea. I love a good sunburst mirror and the gessoed mirror collection sounds wonderful. Always fun to be dramatic in a small bath

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Joni

      Thanks for reminding me of that one. I always wanted to put a mirror above our outdoor fireplace here, but could never convince my husband!

  7. Ramona Puckett says

    This has been so helpful! Thank you so much! Love your posts ❤️

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