How To Expand And Emphasize A Space With Decorative Mirrors

It’s a well-known fact that mirrors can be used to make small spaces appear larger and more open or that they’re must-have features for spaces like the entryway or the bathroom but what’s not so popular is a mirror’s role as a decorative object. You can sometimes tell that a mirror is meant to be decorative by its form or design. Decorative mirrors often feature unusual forms which don’t really make sense from a practical point of view and in some cases they have frames which feature intricate details.

There are no specific rule when it comes to mirror decoration. You can use mirror in any room of the house, not just the entryway and bathroom. Just think of mirrors as alternatives to artwork or other wall decor options. You can, of course, choose to have decorative wall mirrors anywhere you want and they could be both practical and ornamental. Such hybrids suit spaces such as the bathroom or the bedroom.

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Place a vase in front of the mirror to give the decor an element of surprise
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Decorate a wall with several small mirrors of different shapes and sizes
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Frameless mirrors are better suited for minimalist and modern interior decors
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Hang round mirrors with repurposed leather belts for an added touch of uniqueness
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Play with mirrors to create interesting and unexpected effects and design combinations

In areas such as the living room or lounge space, large decorative mirrors can become focal points of the decor. A round or an oval mirror, for example, can be positioned on the wall behind the sofa, either high up on the wall or partially hidden behind the backrest. Of course, you shouldn’t limit yourself to a single decorative mirror if you feel like the space could use two or even more than that.

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The form of a decorative mirror is closely linked to the overall image of the room
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Use oversized decorative mirrors to bring more light into a room or to draw attention to a specific area
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Casually lean a large, framed mirror against a wall in your bedroom
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Use a decorative mirror as an accessory for a makeup vanity or a hallway area

There’s also a great way in which you can display a variety of different small mirrors. You could create a gallery wall on which you hang small decorative mirrors just like you would do with framed pictures or other decorations. This design strategy can be used with lots of variations. The mirrors can have different shapes and sizes or they can have framed which highlight them in different ways.

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Place a decorative mirror above a console table and partially conceal it behind vases, lamps and other things
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Position large mirrors on the wall opposite to a large window or glass wall so they can reflect the view
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You can use a large decorative mirror as an alternative to a painting or other type of wall art
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This is definitely the type of mirror that stands out, even if you don’t necessarily want it to
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A decorative mirror doesn’t necessarily have to be large or oddly shaped to be a beautiful addition to a room
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This mirror is only partially visible, being casually placed behind the living room sofa
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To highlight a decorative mirror even more, you can opt for a design with built-in accent lighting
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This is an elegant variation of the sunburst mirror design. Its form soothes the clean lines and straight angles of the other elements

Your design strategy can involve decorative mirrors with specific roles, depending on the circumstances. For example, a mirror can be strategically placed on a wall in order to reflect a view or to bring more natural light into the space. This strategy is often used in small areas or long and narrow hallways and rooms with small windows. A mirror’s role can be to coordinate with other features in the room or to complement  the decor in a unique and eye-catching way.

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The uneven, organic forms of the mirrors combined with the finish on the wall give this dining space a very welcoming look
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Hexagon or octagon-shaped mirrors can be arranged in honeycomb-like patterns
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Position the mirror so that it reflects something beautiful such as a view, a plant or a painting
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Turn a wall into a gallery of decorative mirrors and create your own unique collection
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Mirrors can visually expand a room, making it seem larger and more open
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You can paint mirrors with interesting-looking frames that match the theme and style of your decor
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You can turn a decorative mirror into the main focal point of a space
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Use a large mirror to open up a dark space with small windows
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Position a beautiful piece of furniture in front of a large mirror to highlight its silhouette
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This is a quirky design for a decorative mirror. It’s simple but also interesting
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The frame of the decorative mirrors can match other decor elements or furniture pieces for cohesiveness
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Use oversized mirrors to decorative an accent wall and to welcome the outdoors in through reflections
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Mix and match mirrors with different sizes in an eye-catching pattern
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Use geometric mirrors to create interesting arrangements that complement the rest of the decor
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The frames can be decorative or even missing. You can paint them on the mirrors or create them out of tape

The size and shape of the mirror, its position in the room, its frame and the relationship between all these elements and the rest of the room decor is important for the cohesion of the space. It’s important to look at the big picture to be able to figure out the best proportions between the furniture and the decorative elements. Mirrors are just one example. This also applies to artwork, murals, light fixtures and pretty much everything else in the room. As you can see, decorative mirrors have more uses that first anticipated. They’re very versatile and they can be displayed in lots of creative and interesting ways. So, now that you know a few things about them, where would you put your decorative mirror?