10 unique ways to decorate with mirrors
In an outdoor area
This mirror makes the porch of a Florida home by designers Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt feel more like an actual room. An added benefit? "At night it reflects the candlelight so beautifully," Coleman says. Also included: Smith & Hawken sofa; Madeline Weinrib carpet.
Layered with an empty picture frame
The mantel shelf of designer Annie Brahler's Jacksonville, Illinois house, holds one of the her "extreme juxtapositions": a massive empty picture frame, propped against the mirror, alongside antlers her children collected on hikes.
On kitchen cabinets
In a late-19th-century Brooklyn townhouse designed by Jonathan Berger, antiqued mirrored glass on cabinet doors enlarges the small kitchen. Granite countertops and backsplash in Imperial White are from E. Stone.
In a salon-style arrangement
In the stair hall of Annie Brahler's Jacksonville, Illinois, house, daylight bounces off a Dutch chandelier and assorted mirrors. "It's great — you double the size of the space," she says.
On a window
A mirror can help focus the eye in a room. In an Atlanta master bedroom, designer Kay Douglass added an octagonal mirror from South of Market in front of a window. "The room needed an end," she says. "It was almost too large. That window looks out on a forest, and we needed something to stop your eye and make the bedroom feel more intimate."
As wardrobe panels
In a New York loft that lacked closet space, designer Steven Sclaroff added a mirrored wardrobe. "It's a welcome hit of muted traditionalism," he says. "It kind of looks like its own freestanding dressing room." Having the mirror framed and broken up in panels lightens its weight.
As a bathroom vanity
Designer Carrie Hayden took the homeowners' bedroom dressers and connected them with a mirrored vanity table for a glamorous bathroom update. "It's more Old World than Old Hollywood," she says. "The mirrors on the vanity are antiqued, so it's a softer look."
As wall tiles
Designer Benjamin Dhong transformed the living room of a San Francisco row house by replacing cabinets with "the relaxed elegance" of a custom banquette in velvet and antiqued mirrors. The space becomes intimate for entertaining — "I think it's geared to Champagne and cocktails, flirting and seduction," he says. "You're enveloped, floating inside the cloud with the silver lining."
As a cover up
In her modest 1950s Birmingham, Alabama, house, designer Lindsey Bond placed a mirror next to the bed to hide an awkwardly placed window.
On a doorway
After his client downsized to a smaller house in Summit, New Jersey, designer Kevin Isbell accommodated her 12-foot-long sofa in the living room by putting it against a wall with a doorway. To "defuse the fact," he hung her showstopping 19th-century sorcerer's mirror above it, creating the feeling of a solid wall. "The room beyond is the family room, and we thought, 'Why do we need two entries with this compact floor plan?'" he says. "We discovered this mirror and realized it was wide enough to span the doorway. It draws you in, expands the space, and adds shine."