Fabulous Mirror Decorating Ideas

Mirrors don’t get the credit they deserve. We tend to take them for granted. Sure, we all know mirrors have their functional uses. They help us in the morning when we’re getting ready for work. They reflect light to brighten up a space and when placed properly, can make a small room feel larger.

But mirrors can actually do much more -- they can add design drama to your home. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Get inspired and start incorporating decorative mirrors your your home!

Table Top

Think about using a mirror as a tabletop. This project is an economical way to take what you might have on hand and make it sparkle. Find a bevel-edged mirror and place it on top of a nondescript table to create a fabulous end table for your sofa.

A vintage table with mirror inset. Great for reflecting light and creating visual interest!
A vintage table with mirror inset. Great for reflecting light and creating visual interest! | Source

Here’s my take on a mirrored tabletop: find a weathered urn and secure a round mirror on top. Attach the mirror with an adhesive specially formulated for use on pottery, ceramics and glass. Let dry for 24 hours and voila! you have crafted a chic end table worthy of mention in a design magazine!

Wall Focal Point

If you’ve never thought of using a large mirror as a focal point, you should! A beautiful mirror of any shape looks great when hung above the fireplace mantel. Yes, I know, your fireplace is already a focal point, but a mirror positioned above it will add to its importance.

If you don’t have a large mirror, you can use a grouping of smaller mirrors above the fireplace to create the same big impact. And remember, any decorative items placed on the mantel will gain prominence when caught in a mirror’s reflection.

A grouping of small mirrors above a fireplace makes the same impact as one large mirror.
A grouping of small mirrors above a fireplace makes the same impact as one large mirror. | Source

No fireplace? No problem. Use an oversized, rectangular mirror propped against a wall to add a focal point to your room. You can find beautiful floor mirrors virtually everywhere these days at a variety of price points. A floor mirror will add flair to almost any room in your home -- the dining room, foyer and even your bedroom!

Vintage mirrors add character to your dining table.
Vintage mirrors add character to your dining table. | Source

Plate Chargers

This is a such super cool idea! The next time you are out scouring flea markets or antique malls, look for unframed vintage mirrors to use as plate chargers or placemats for your next dinner party or holiday gathering.

Plain mirrors or those with etched borders will give your dining table an eclectic vibe when paired with mismatched vintage dinnerware. Use round, square or rectangular mirrors for this project. Simply place one under each guest’s place setting and you’ll definitely win the hostess prize for creativity!

If you can’t find the right number of smallish mirrors for chargers, use one large, rectangular mirror as a unique table runner. Just think how magical your centerpiece and glowing candles will look when placed on a reflective surface!

Kitchen Backsplash

This mirror idea is a little off the wall (pardon the pun!) but it is a good one. If you are looking for a totally unique idea for a kitchen backsplash, look no further than mirror. This one will take some planning and assistance, but will look absolutely glam!

If you live in a historic home with a butler’s pantry, mirror is the perfect backsplash to highlight your fine china and serving items -- and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after food, grease or water splashes. I might not recommend it in a large kitchen because of that factor -- but in a small kitchen, the bit of extra cleaning effort is worth it.

Your local glass company should be able to measure, cut and install mirror for a kitchen backsplash.
Your local glass company should be able to measure, cut and install mirror for a kitchen backsplash. | Source

Start by calling your local glass company. If they can’t handle this type of job, they can recommend someone who does. The initial appointment will consist of selecting the type of mirror, taking measurements and determining the best layout for the mirror sections. After the sections have been cut, an installer will return to mount your beautiful mirror backsplash!

Start by applying mirror on the drawer fronts of a dresser.
Start by applying mirror on the drawer fronts of a dresser. | Source

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture pieces, the epitome of glamour, have become very popular in the design world. A mirrored dresser or vanity table in the bedroom gives the space a Hollywood Regency feel. You love the look of mirrored furniture pieces, but you hate the high price tags associated with this classic style.

Believe it or not, you can apply mirror to simple furniture pieces yourself! You can start small by covering the drawer fronts of a small lingerie chest, dresser or nightstand. This will give you the opportunity to master the technique before tackling a large-scale furniture project. Once you feel confident, you can try covering an entire furniture piece!

Tools for This Project

What You'll Need
Mirror
Measuring tape and yardstick
Marker
Work gloves
Protective eyewear
Glass cutter
400-grit wet/dry sandpaper
Drill with diamond bit
Mirror mastic

Begin by scoring the mirror tiles with the glass cutter and snap off each piece based on your measurements. Don’t forget to drill holes for handles and pulls. Place a piece of masking tape over the mirror and mark your drill points. Drill carefully into the mirror through the tape. Wipe with a damp rag to remove mirror dust.

Gently sand the mirror cuts to remove sharp edges. Coat the back of the mirror piece with mastic and press firmly onto the furniture surface. Clean the mirror with acetone to remove any excess mastic. While this may not be the easiest DIY project you’ll ever do, it will certainly be the most impressive!

© 2012 lindacee

More by this Author


Start a Conversation! 14 comments

carol7777 profile image

carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love mirrors and think they do so much for a room..As long as I don't stare at myself too long. Seriously you did a great job here with photos. I am voting up and sharing.


CrisSp profile image

CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Great ideas. We actually have mirror backsplash in our house and it was already like that when we bought the house, which I kind'a like. I find it easy to maintain.

Interesting photos you have specially the fireplace area.

Thanks for sharing.


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Carol, thanks for the vote and share. I'm OK with mirrors -- as long as they're not the magnifying kind! ;)


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thank you Cris! A mirrored backsplash not only looks beautiful, it is also a good Feng Shui cure. It is nice to hear that you like your mirror backsplash. Glad you enjoyed this Hub!


leahlefler profile image

leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love those mirrors over the fireplace mantel. What a cool effect! I love the way mirrors reflect light - our family room is very dim and only has one window (the sliding glass door), so I want to invest in a few mirrors to help brighten up the room.


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

That sound like a great idea, Leah! The good news is you can get smaller mirrors on sale and create a bright, beautiful focal point for your room.


Om Paramapoonya profile image

Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I love all these ideas. Such an easy way to make a room appear more stylish, brighter and even larger. That mirrored dresser looks really neat. I like it!


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks, Om! I would definitely try the mirrored dresser project if I had a proper work space. I love the look. It is a fun way to update an inexpensive garage sale find.


teaches12345 profile image

teaches12345 4 years ago

I like the cabinet. This would look really nice in my bedroom. I have a few mirrors placed throughout the house that add to the space and beauty of the rooms. Great suggestions. Voted up.


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Teaches, I like the cabinet also. A single of piece of mirrored furniture adds such life to a room. Glad you are using mirrors in your home -- they really do make a big difference!


jpcmc profile image

jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Very imaginative. We used to have a small apartment and mirrors definitely made a difference.


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

jpcmc, I live in a small apartment and I would be very claustrophobic without my mirrors. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!


QudsiaP1 profile image

QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Lindacee I lovee love loved this1 Honestly I tend to use mirrors a lot! Some of the examples usually are for decoration: Carved mirror within woodwork in the entrance; miniaturised mirrors on dresses; I even have used mirror for a table top at an event I was holding. Great ideas!


lindacee profile image

lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Qudsia, You also have some great ideas for mirrors! Thanks for sharing them and checking out this Hub! Thanks for your positive feedback. :)

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working