Stylish Ways to Decorate With Mirrors


Mirrors not only help us get ready every morning, they can also add sparkle and personality to your rooms in the most unexpected ways. While we tend to think of them as strictly functional, using properly placed mirrors will actually maximize your home’s style, enhance existing d├ęcor and visually expand spaces.

If you’re looking to add design drama to your rooms, we have a few smoke and mirror tricks up our sleeves to get your inspiration flowing. It’s time to become one with the reflective magic of mirrors.

Mirrored Tabletops

Consider using a mirror to top a table. This DIY project is an easy and cheap way to use what’s on hand and give your room a hint of sophistication. If you don’t have one lying around, look for a round, square or rectangle mirror and pop it onto a ceramic garden stool, tree stump or an old table base to create a stylish side table as a perch for your favorite libation.

Here’s how to do it: Attach the mirror with an all-purpose adhesive that works on ceramics, pottery, glass, metal and wood. Let your creation dry for at least 24 hours then show it off to everyone at your next cocktail party! Or how about another fresh idea? Inset a mirror into a retro coffee table. It’s great for showcasing decorative accessories and creating a shimmering surface in the room.

Mirrored Focal Point

An oversize mirror as a focal point is a foolproof option used by designers to create major impact in a room. A large mirror will look fabulous above the fireplace, over the sofa or simply propped against the wall in the entry or dining room. If you don’t have or can’t afford a large-scale mirror, arrange a grouping of smaller mirrors on the wall to create the same effect. Decorative items reflected in the mirror will increase its prominence.

Mirrored Table Settings

We love this idea! When you’re out and about at garage sales or flea markets, hunt down unframed vintage mirrors to substitute as chargers for a dinner party, holiday event or everyday meals. Plain mirrors or ones with bevels or etched edges will give your dining room an eclectic feel paired with mismatched dinnerware. Any shape will do as long as they are slightly larger than your dinner plates. In lieu of individual chargers, find a long rectangular mirror to place down the center of the table. Imagine the flicker of candlelight and the reflection of your centerpiece on your unique table runner.

Mirrored Backsplash

If you’re looking for an idea that will open up a cramped kitchen, look no further than mirrors. A mirrored backsplash is perfect for a butler’s pantry or counter area away from cooktops or sinks to cut down on constant cleaning.

For non-DIYers, your local glass company will be more than happy to do the measuring, cutting and installation. These professionals will create a seamless gleaming backsplash that is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. To save money on materials, labor and installation consider doing it yourself by installing mirrored wall tiles. Use the peel-and-stick versions or regular mirrored tiles. Either way, a mirrored backsplash will transform bland to glam.

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture pieces are the epitome of sophistication and a key element in Hollywood Regency design. If you love the look but hate the high price tag, it is possible to create this classic style yourself. Start small by covering drawer fronts on a small dresser or end table. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can attempt wrapping an entire piece of furniture in mirror.

Head to the home improvement center with your furniture dimensions—drawer fronts, sides and top. An associate will be more than happy to cut the pieces for you. Put on your work gloves and lightly sand the sharp edges. Apply heavy-duty mastic to the back of the mirror sections and firmly press onto the furniture’s surface. Use clamps to secure the mirror pieces until the mastic dries. Attach knobs to the drawer fronts with an adhesive made especially for glass. Clean up the mirror with acetone to remove excess adhesive. This project is not for the faint of heart but the finished product will totally up the trend factor in any room of your house.

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