Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

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Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room.

Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.

Mirrors and Light

Using mirrors in small spaces is an effective way to enhance the size and depth of the room by reflecting the natural light. Mirrors give the illusion of more space and add to the decor without adding clutter.

Contemporary Living Room by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Darren Palmer Interiors

Where to Use Mirrors to Their Best Advantage

♦ If you can hang a mirror opposite a window, go for it.  It will reflect the most light.

♦ Using mirrors in living and dining spaces is the first choice, if possible.

For example, reflecting the table in a dining room creates the illusion of double the food. That creates a feng shui symbol that signifies wealth and abundance.

♦ Reflecting a pretty outside view brings energy into the room.

It’s said that prosperity is signified by a reflection of water.

♦ Placing a mirror in the entryway along with a chair or bench is a long-standing tradition. If the foyer is small, a mirror gives the illusion of space plus a place to check your appearance before leaving home.

♦ Never place a mirror to reflect something unappealing…you don’t want to reflect a toilet in a bathroom or the trash container in a kitchen.

♦ Never put a mirror on the ceiling…that’s just not classy!

Mirror Size and Shape are Considerations

So what size should you choose?  Well, it depends…

A large, floor mirror in between two windows gives the illusion of another window. But placing a large mirror across from a living room window is also a fine idea.

A round mirror will bring relief to a room that has an abundance of sharp corners.

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers William Duff Architects, Inc.

Unique Ways to Use Mirrors

Put a mirror inside a bookcase.

A mirror propped against the wall on a fireplace mantle is a clever decorating technique.

Placing a mirror inside a non-working fireplace is a wonderful way to open up and bring extra light into a small room.

Think about using mirrors as a backsplash in your kitchen. Mirrored subway tiles, for example, are very popular and add a bit of bling, as well.

Placing a large mirror at the end of a narrow hallway will make the hallway seem not so closed in.

A recent online article in House Beautiful, 10 Unique Ways to Decorate With Mirrors, suggests using mirrors outdoors on a porch wall. It will make the space feel more like a room and at night, it reflects candlelight.

Two other suggestions from the article include layering a large empty picture frame over an even larger mirror over the fireplace and using mirrored wardrobes in a dressing area or bedroom.

 Mirrored furniture should be used judiciously but that’s an option, too. Mirrored end tables or chests are good choices.
Traditional Nursery by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators Amy Lambert Lee,/center>
So there you go… just a few suggestions for using mirrors to maximize your small space!
If you’ve already used mirrors in a unique way, I would love to include your ideas, too.   And, as always, thanks for stopping by!
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SOURCES:, House Beautiful

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12 thoughts on “Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

  1. cjciganotto says:

    Hello Cheryl,

    The truth is surprised with all the excellent ideas of how to use the mirrors in different spaces within our home. Place them in those places that reflect something nice we want to highlight. I would love to place it on a fireplace that I have in my current home. Also, the round mirror is very nice for its delicate shape, I will take it into account. Thank you very much for your wonderful ideas. 

    Greetings. Claudio

  2. Md moinul Islam says:

    This is really wonderful information about Small Space Decor Ideas. This topic is very interesting and enjoyable and very useful. Thanks for sharing this informative article.

    • CherylK says:

      I’m very happy that you found the article interesting and useful. Thank you so much for the kind comments.

  3. Barb says:

    I like the creative ways of using a mirror. Never thought of some of them. Some of them I think are too much for my taste.

    • Cheryl Kohan says:

      Thanks for visiting and I do appreciate your thoughts. There are so many ways to use mirrors in any home and I wanted to list as many options as I could.

  4. Seun Afotanju says:

    Thanks for sharing this post, I usually use mirrors make my room look bigger, I use a focal point I’m my apartment and the angle the mirror towards it to give an illusion of depth which makes the mirror reflect both natural and artificial light to make my room brighter during the day and night.

    • CherylK says:

      Angling your mirror to reflect the focal point is an excellent tip. Thank you for sharing that idea!  And thanks for stopping by.

  5. Gracen says:

    Hi, your article on making small space work is intriguing. You are absolutely right about mirrors giving illusion of more space when used in small spaces. Not only does mirror beautify houses, it also reflects the natural light. Thanks for letting me know that it is not classy to put a mirror on the ceiling and unappealing to place a mirror to reflect something unappealing.I have never thought of placing a mirror inside a non-working fireplace. I am definitely going to try that.

    • CherylK says:

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the wonderful comments. I’m pleased that you’ve found an idea to try.  If you try the fireplace idea, do let me know. 

  6. Louis says:

    I quite enjoyed this article. I have a huge mirror hanging in my room and my friends usually ask me to get a smaller one to make use of the extra space but I just lovely cos it’s my dad’s. I really would like to use a lot of mirrors when I make my home bar. Reflections from the mirror helps make everything look better.

    • CherylK says:

      You’re absolutely right, Louis…reflections from mirrors add light and interest to a room. If your dad’s mirror makes you happy then it’s right where it belongs! Thanks for stopping by and for your welcome comment.

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