Mirrors aren’t just for checking your hair or outfit in the morning. They can be a great way to add a creative touch to your decor, can brighten up a room and can help rooms feel larger than they really are. The mirrored surfaces reflect light around the room helping to bring some light into dingy spaces and can give the illusion that your home is larger than it really is if the mirror is on the bigger size.
If you’re looking for some interesting or unique ways to use mirrors in your home, here are some of the most creative mirror decor ideas to inspire you.
1: Go Oversized
For cramped homes and compact rooms, a large mirror (and a couple of other helpful tips) will help to give the illusion of extra space. Whether fancy, gilded frames are your jam or you prefer simple, warm wood tones, an oversized mirror is the perfect addition to rooms that need something a bit extra. In bedrooms, they can double up as a full-length mirror for outfit planning and in living rooms, they help to keep the space feeling open and welcoming.
Some mirrors can be styled to look like windows - a unique way of decorating and giving your space a really homely feel. Interior designers tend to favour giant mirrors either propped up on the floor or leaning on a mantlepiece. The illusion of extra space they give is perfect for small homes with a maximalist style as it can make it look like you have more plants, pictures, and nick nacks too.
2: Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are really popular ways to display artwork and family photos, but did you know you can do the same with mirrors? Collect a variety of mirrors of different sizes, shapes, and designs and hang them on a wall opposite a window for the best results. The mixture of shapes and sizes will turn it into a feature piece and the reflected light will help your room feel bright and airy. If you can’t hang lots of different items on the wall, you may want to look into picture ledges instead. These narrow shelves are designed specifically for displaying items such as pictures and vinyls but would work extremely well with multiple mirrors displayed on them! Arrange the ledges in a nicely balanced way, and prop the mirrors on them, mixing, matching, and overlaying sizes and shapes for a unique finishing touch to your lounge.
If you’re feeling really coordinated and want to give your living room an entirely different look, check out our guide on the best sofa accessories to liven up your lounge as well.
3: Brighten Up Dark Rooms
One of the best ways to decorate with mirrors is to add some to a room that doesn’t get a lot of light. Back bedrooms, north-facing rooms, and dingy hallways all benefit from a few mirrors to reflect and magnify the limited light.
A large mirror in a bedroom can open up the room as well as doubling up as your full-length mirror when getting dressed. Alternatively, why not create a small gallery wall with a few smaller mirrors and your favourite prints, paintings, and other sentimental items? This is great for a more subtle but equally lovely way of improving your space.
4: Improve Your Entryway
Turn your entryway into a beautiful and functional space with a mirror and narrow console table. Keep your keys and daily essentials safe and sound and help bring some light into your hallway by setting up a fun and functional space. Choose a spot in your hallway, porch, or entryway to your home.
A modern mirror with simple shapes and sharp edges will suit a space like this really well and will help it feel decorated without being cluttered. Style the table with some prints, plants, and pretty trinket dishes for your keys and you’ve got yourself an entryway you can’t wait to come home to.
5: Patios and Conservatories
If you’re lucky enough to have a small outdoor space such as a balcony, patio, or conservatory, you can help to amplify the space and make it feel homely with a few mirrors. Paired with some plants and a set of string lights, you can make your personal jungle feel even bigger and more luxurious.
You can prop larger mirrors up against the walls or hang a few smaller ones around the space. The mirrors combined with moody lighting from the string lights create a really lovely, intimate atmosphere - perfect for spending time with friends and loved ones, or even just on your own.
6: Perfectly In Frame
Sometimes the mirrors you find in the shops just aren’t quite right. If you find that they always just miss the mark, maybe it’s time to look into some mirror frame decorating ideas? A great way to inject some of your shining personality into your space, decorating your mirror’s frame is fun and relatively easy to do.
You can go simple with just a new lick of paint (just make sure you tape up the glass first to protect it) or go wild with different decorations that add colour and texture. Using faux or paper flowers around the frame adds a wonderful amount of texture and depth, giving your mirror a magical feel that fits perfectly in children’s bedrooms or pairs really well with all kinds of plants.
Alternatively, for something modern, why not apply some mosaic tiles? These mini tiles can give your mirror a really contemporary look and is perfect for adding to a minimalist gallery wall. If you’re not into arts and crafts but still want to change things up, applying washi tape to the frame is an easy way to add an instant pop of colour without needing to spend too much time or effort.
7: The Perfect Pairing
A great way to make your home look and feel cohesive and unique is to match your mirrors and other wall decor to your furniture. Swyft sofas come in a wide range of colours and designs and can be paired really well with some standout wall decor. Pick out one hue for a monochromatic colour theme, or feature a few (or many!) different colours for a beautifully busy result. After all, who doesn’t want to spend more time in a room that looks great and makes them feel good.
Mirrors can be a really versatile addition to your home, serving a function, and adding to the overall decor and feel of your space. The next time you redecorate, consider adding some mirrors to the dark corners or small spaces. While you’re improving your lounge, bring everything together with a stylish sofa from Swyft. From cosy two-seaters to large corner sofas, we’ve got everything you need to make your living feel as dreamy and comfy as you want.