Why Interior Designers Use Mirrors In Every Room


Interior designers know a successfully designed room includes mirrors. Large mirrors, small mirrors, square mirrors, round mirrors – all mirrors reflect light, make a room seem larger, and add a dimensional element to the space. Additionally, leaning floor mirrors give the illusion there may be another room just beyond the reflection and floor to ceiling mirrors double the space visually.

Designer Tip – Be mindful of what is reflected in the mirror. When using a mirror over a fireplace mantel, be sure the reflection isn’t a ceiling fan, air vent, or other unsightly item.

Through The Looking Glass

Transitional Master Bedroom with Profile Edge Framed Wall Mirror by Second Look Mirrors, Carpet, Pendant Light, High ceiling
Zillow Digs

This large scale mirror appears to be a doorway into an adjoining room – or perhaps another world – as in the classic childhood tale, Alice Through The Looking Glass. If there are small children in the household, chances are they will try to step into Wonderland, so always secure a leaning mirror to the wall with a safety strap.

Dimensional Design

Transitional Dining Room with Pendant Light, Hardwood floors, Crown molding
Zillow Digs

Three medium sized mirrors hung side-by-side decorate an expansive wall space and reflects the furnishing from across the room adding great dimension and visual impact.

The Porthole Mirror

Modern Dining Room with World Market White Molded Evie Chairs Set of 2, Uttermost Junius Round Gold Round Mirror
Noha Hassan Designs

Modern circle mirrors that mimic portholes on ships are hot right now. They come in many sizes – framed in gold and silver – and look amazing in modern spaces.

Dress The Wall

Contemporary Hallway with Malibu Mirror by James Martin Furniture, limestone tile floors, Exposed beam, Built-in bookshelf
Zillow Digs

Inexpensive mirrors are readily available at local home stores and craft stores. Display these small mirrors in a collage to dress an entire wall with great architectural impact.

Reflect Light

Traditional Master Bedroom with Carpet, specialty door
Zillow Digs

By placing mirrors behind a light source, the light is reflected back into the room instead of being absorbed by the wall. This technique is used by interior designers to brighten the darkest of rooms.

Shop The LookWayfair and Bellacor are online retailers that carry a large selection of mirrors at reasonable prices. The porthole mirror pictured above – The Junius Round Gold Circle Mirror $363.


Header photo credit: Zillow Digs