Mirror ideas: 22 ways to create a sparkling display

Use our stylish mirror ideas to enhance the size, brightness and style of every room in your house

Mirror ideas: 22 ways to create a sparkling display
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Looking for mirror ideas to make your home look not just bigger and brighter, but more stylish, too? From standout gallery walls created with prettily framed mirrors to minimalist-inspired mirror design ideas, our stylish spaces will provide plenty of inspiration for displaying mirrors, whether contemporary buys, antique finds or vintage pieces. 

See our best hallway mirrors shopping edit for inspiration when it comes to buying a new mirror. Find tons more design inspiration on our dedicated hub page.

Enhance your space with mirrors

Mirrors make the perfect addition to an on-trend gallery wall and can help give the appearance of a larger and lighter space – especially helpful if you're using a dark paint shade as the basis for your gallery wall.

This vintage-style room proves that aesthetic appeal and practicality can join hands to form a stylish yet functional gallery wall inspired space. 

Like this as an idea? Browse our top tips for guidance on how to hang a gallery wall.

2. Lighten a dark hallway with the mirror idea

A larger mirror idea used in a hallway to bring in light

Find a similar mirror at The French Bedroom Company

A dark hallway is always a good spot for a mirror. If you're a lover of vintage or period style, look for one with an ornate frame that will create a real impact on the decor of the hall. Here, a gold-framed mirror is matched with reflective wallpaper to add a brightening effect.

For more tips on how to lighten a dark hallway, take a look at our feature. We've got lots more lovely design ideas for hallways, too.  

3. Create a feature wall with a display of mirror frames

Bedroom with gallery wall of mirrors

For similar sunburst try eBay or Etsy

(Image credit: Rebecca Hughes Interiors)

A gallery wall devoted entirely to mirrors doesn't just brighten and enlarge a space visually; it also creates a visually striking focal point, and is effective at opening up a space. This bedroom design is the perfect example of one of our favourite mirror design ideas. 

Dining room with vintage mirror gallery wall

Source vintage mirrors from eBay or Etsy, or try Cox & Cox if you want to buy new

(Image credit: Ibens and Niels Ahlberg/inagency.dk)

We like this mirror idea if you have a collection of slightly mismatching, antique mirrors. The key to success? Don't position your mirrors too uniformly or too far apart, and avoid perfect symmetry – laying them out on the floor first can be the best way to get a feel of what works best where.

Find more gallery wall inspiration in our design feature – we've covered everything from plates to plants to prints. 

4. Hang mirrors on the ceiling (really)

Mirror gallery wall on a ceiling

You can scour eBay or Etsy for similar mirrors or try Cox & Cox if you want to buy new

If you're blessed with high, sloping ceilings, you might also consider taking advantage of them with the addition of this mirror idea,  which will enable you to make the most of an awkward space. Here, the mirrors brighten a dark spot in a hallway and add bags of interest to what's usually an under-used space.

5. Position long mirrors horizontally 

living room with stunning floral feature wall, wine coloured sofa and nice mirror by cuckooland

Mirror from Cuckcooland, for similar floral wall murals try Murals Wallpaper

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

Hanging mirrors horizontally on the narrowest wall of a room – at around head height – is ideal if you're trying to achieve the effect of a wider space. This design trick works particularly well if mirrors aren't perfectly aligned with furniture – an effect which also adds interest to a space.

Opt for a mirror with a slightly softer, rounded edge if you're designing a room with a Mid-century or vintage inspired feel.

Mirrors displayed on a Mid-century modern sideboard

Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

Mirrors with softly rounded edges make the perfect addition to a Mid-century inspired space and are particularly desirable when designed as part of a picture-led gallery wall.

We love the brightening effect of pairing a mirror with this teal green wallpaper from Farrow & Ball. If you're looking for more green living room design ideas, be sure to take a peek at our gallery. We've got plenty of Mid-century modern decor ideas, too.

7. Pair a statement gold mirror with a sunny scheme

living room with neutral scheme and yellow and red cushions by furniture village

Sofa, sunburst mirror, nested side table and gold lamp all Furniture Village

(Image credit: Furniture Village)

If you're working with a warm-toned metal mirror, for example something that's copper or gold, consider this mirror idea and pair it with similarly sunny yellow and orange shades.

In addition to making a space more welcoming, research suggests this combination of warm, sunny tones has the ability to enhance the mood of a room. 

8. Create a minimalist-inspired design feature with a frameless mirror

En suite bathroom in a luxurious home with Topps Tiles Grigio Argento wall tiles

Find a similar large scale, frameless mirror at Rough Old Glass

(Image credit: Topps Tiles)

If you're looking for a mirror idea that will create a unique feature, but don't want to sacrifice your distinctly minimalist style, consider going frameless. In a bathroom with a more traditional or luxury feel, antiqued glass is perfect for adding character.

Browse more lust-worthy luxury bathroom design ideas.

9. Choose vintage frames for a laid-back mirror idea

Natural flooring in a hallway of a period property

Check out eBay or Etsy for similar vintage mirrors 

(Image credit: Alternative Flooring)

Opting for vintage frames effectively complements the laid-back feel of minimalist or Scandi-inspired schemes, adding subtle interest to a space and further enhancing the light and bright feel synonymous with this interior style.

If (like us) you can't get enough of Nordic inspired spaces, you'll want to browse our cosy Scandi room design ideas

10. Maximise the light enhancing properties of a simple, round mirror 

Bedroom mirror used to make a space feel lighten and more open

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

If your priority is to design a space that feels larger and lighter than it really is, you need a large, round mirror in your life. Position it so that it can been seen on entry to a space effectively draws the eye and creates the feel of a larger and lighter space.

Opt for a model with a slim frame if you're a fan of understated, minimalist interiors and position above a similarly elegant console table for a hallway that feels spacious and welcoming to guests. 

11. Create a focal point above the fireplace with mirrors

Fire place with a statement mirror display

Room painted in Farrow & Ball Dimpse 

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

Positioning a statement mirror (or collection of mirrors) above a fireplace draws the eye, creating a focal point within a space and is one of our favourite mirror design ideas. The taller the mirror – or collection of mirrors – the greater the impression of a high ceiling in the room. 

Styling a grey stone fireplace with antiqued silver mirrors and other glass accessories creates a strikingly subtle finish. The odd well-placed, house plant is a welcome addition to an otherwise cool toned, silvery-grey scheme. 

Plants are perfect for adding life and colour to a cool scheme, for more house plant help and indoor garden inspiration, we can help. 

12. Open up a traditional home with an understated mirror idea

Mirror used to add light to a small porch

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

If your interiors taste is more traditional, opt for this understated mirror idea as part of your scheme. Pairing a white frame with a white scheme is a particularly subtle approach that will effectively open up a small space.

Pair with an unfitted, freestanding unit and open shelving to create the perfect, welcoming boot room. Explore more of our fabulous ideas for boot rooms. And, if you're looking to create a new scheme for an entrance to a period home, check out our traditional hallway design ideas.

13. Source antique mirror-doors for a boho feel

Bedroom mirrors made from reclaimed doors

DIY your own version of this mirror by sourcing a reclaimed door or shutter and mounting on a mirror

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

Stylishly complementing a boho inspired space, we love the idea of sourcing antique mirror-doors, which can be propped in a corner to enlarge a space. You could also DIY your own version of this mirror by sourcing a reclaimed door or shutter and mounting on a mirror. 

If you fancy a DIY project, revamp an existing piece of furniture with the help of our guide to how to upcycle furniture for a vintage look.

14. Lean a large, antique-style mirror against a wall

If you're designing a space with a laid back, unfitted feel, leaning a large, antique-style mirror against a wall can be an effective way to display mirrors. It will expand the space instantly plus give a traditional vibe to any room. 

bedroom with large antique looking mirror by anthropologie

Mirror and table both Anthropologie

(Image credit: Anthropologie)

15. Or... use a floor-standing mirror as relief in a dark-painted room

Floorstanding mirror behind an armchair in a black painted room by The Dormy House

(Image credit: The Dormy House)

If (like us) you're a big lover of the dark and atmospheric interiors trend, but are concerned about it making a room feel too small, you might consider offering relief from your use of inky shades with the help of a large, floor-standing mirror in a pale shade.

16. Use a mirrored wall to double the size of a bathroom

patterned tile bathroom with open style shower and freestanding bath and mirrored wall from Drummonds

Bathroom by Drummonds

(Image credit: Drummonds)

In addition to making a space feel larger, incorporating a mirrored wall into a bathroom is an effective – and waterproof – alternative to tiles. 

We love this combination of large distressed mirror panels with bold patterned tiles. This (almost) matching Tamar Cast Iron Skirted Bath Tub from Drummonds perfectly finishes off the look. 

For more stunning patterned floor tile inspiration, browse our design guide. We've got traditional freestanding bath designs, too, if that's what you're after. 

17. Swap tiles for a mirrored splashback to lighten a dark kitchen

Bespoke Spenlow Kitchen- Wolf Range Cooker - Hampstead London - Humphrey Munson

Kitchen splashback in antiqued glass by Humphrey Munson

(Image credit: Humphrey Munson)

Similarly, for a stylish addition to a modern kitchen, we love this mirror idea of opting for a reflective splash back – especially if it's in an on-trend copper or brass finish. 

For more kitchen splashback ideas, browse our design guide.

18. Display a collection of small, ornate mirrors with prints and other ornaments

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Using a large, frameless mirror as a base, we love the idea of creating a display using a collection of small, ornate mirrors, as well as prints and other ornaments. This technique creates a stunningly intricate focal point, which is enhanced by the reflection from the large mirror.

gallery wall with mirrors by oliver bonas

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas)

Using ceramic plates to create a stylish gallery wall has been a popular trend over the past couple of years. With this trend mind, we like the idea of channeling the look with a display of patterned ceramic mirrors.

20. Get showy with a window mirror

Mirror display ideas

Walls painted in Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball. Ceiling light, BHS. For a similar mirror, try OKA

(Image credit: Katie Lee © Future)

Brilliant in larger rooms and hallways, a window mirror is the best of both worlds: practical, so you can quickly check your lippy before you head out for the day, but also beautiful. Choose from wooden and metal versions for a stand-out piece with an industrial edge – and they work well as part of a collection of pieces, as you can see in this homeowner's maximalist abode.

21. Bring a luxury vibe into a bathroom with mirrors

January 2020: Clare Pater used her skills as an interior designer and her knack for finding a bargain to transform her family's new home

Floor and wall tiles, Wickes. Pink tassel wallpaper, Arte Wallcovering. Mirrors, Dunelm. Basins, Better Bathrooms

(Image credit: Jemma Watts)

Lucky enough to have two sinks in your bathroom? Try a couples-style set-up, where two mirrors are hung next to each other so you and your significant other can get ready in the morning without breaking out into a fight. Only one sink to share? The multiple mirror effect still works elsewhere in the house: try hanging two or three identical mirrors in a line in your hallway or dining room. 

Psst – this interior designer's home has plenty of other decorating ideas to steal, too.

22. Create shapes with statement mirrors 

Mirror display ideas

Balustrade painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball. For a similar mirror, try the Kancona, La Redoute. Walls painted in Timeless and Denim Drift, both Dulux, and Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

There are so many creative designs out there that it'd be rude not to experiment with something a bit more 'out there'. If you're looking for an investment piece, push the boat out and go for an unusual mirror like this retro bubble design. Hexagonal, octagonal, diamond, square: the mirror design world's your oyster if you're willing to have a look around.

Emily Shaw
Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.