Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Decorating with mirrors, mirrors, on the wall

Lately I've been inspired by mirrors.  I'm getting ready to add some big impact via mirrors into my home, and thought I'd let you reflect (pun intended) on some gorgeous designs in the mean time.

Mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and styles.  Sometimes they're framed, sometimes not.  Even the mirror glass itself could be plain, or be distressed, or etched with designs.

Which of these is your favorite?

via Apartment Therapy

Kenneth Wingard's Round Atrium Mirror, via inmod.com

Mirrors can be hung singly, or in multiples.  When using multiples, they can all be the same for a modern or classic effect, or different for an eclectic, gathered-over-time look.

Carson Poetzl, Inc. mediterranean living room
via Houzz

new photos eclectic bedroom
via Houzz

Entry way eclectic entry
via Houzz

Zuniga Interiors contemporary living room
via Houzz

If you find a framed mirror with an interesting shape, but you don't like the color, it's easy to spray paint the frame in a colorful or metallic shade.  You can even make an old-fashioned mirror look more modern by painting it a bold color.

blue with black/white accents eclectic living room
via Houzz

You can also use spray paint to unify frames that are different styles.

Dear Daisy Cottage
via Houzz

Sunburst mirrors are a classic design that are all the rage right now.  They range in styles from traditional to modern.

Brookwood Hills 2 mediterranean dining room
via Houzz

Willowgrove Dining Room contemporary dining room
via Houzz

Heather Garrett Design contemporary dining room
via Houzz

Sometimes sunburst mirrors can be a bit pricey, but these days you can find simpler designs even in lower price ranges.  Or, you can make one yourself with these step-by-step instructions from designer Janell Beals of Isabella & Max Rooms.

Isabella & Max Rooms, via HGTV.com

Mirrors can be hung in many locations in your house, aside from the obvious use in bathrooms.  They look great over a fireplace, bed, or console table.  You could even put one near the front door so you can zhush your hair (thank you, Carson Kressley, for that term) before opening the door for company!

Mirrors can also be used  as decorator tricks.  They can visually double the size of a room when hung strategically in a small space.  You can also utilize a mirror to bounce light around in a room that might not have much natural light.

Warning:  Be sure to check the reflected image before you hang a mirror.  It might not be something you want to look at!  (And I'm not talking about when you hang a mirror above your bathroom vanity.  You're beautiful!)

Coming soon:  A sneak peak into my bedroom update.


  1. I just purchased two mirrors recently - the popular quatrefoil shaped mirror from Lowe's & a floor mirror to lean against the wall. I also would like a sunburst mirror, but not sure where to put it.

  2. I just hung a sunburst mirror in my hallway. I hung 5 or 6 different things while Jason was at work yesterday and I think it freaked him out a little bit when he got home!

  3. It's always fun to surprise the hubby!

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