We all know that mirrors can make a room appear larger and that’s a neat trick. But mirrors are more than just one-trick ponies. They can also be used as a design element to help complete whatever look you’re trying to achieve. A mirror can provide either contrast or balance when used correctly. It can also unify a space or serve as the focal point. However, it’s important to make sure that the scale and proportion are harmonious with the setting.
Below are just some of the many ways you can use mirrors as a design element.
A gallery wall, including an ornate gilt mirror and photographs by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein. Hence make a statement in the master bedroom of designer Kimille Taylor’s Upper West Side apartment. Other highlights include a Hästens bed dressed in linens by Sferra and Olatz, circa-1970 side tables by Milo Baughman. And a lamp by Taylor. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose.
The walk-in closet in this Chicago lake home has antiqued mirror closet doors. In addition to the antiqued door leading into the walk-in. This touch of old-world glamour adds just enough bling to make the room stylish without being gaudy.
This mirror is suspended from the ceiling and serves as the room’s focal point while providing both interest and contrast. However, the mirror is also functional, serving to separate the two back-to-back vanities and allowing the users on either side to view it simultaneously as needed. In addition, the mirror is low enough to be used by people of almost any height, but it’s also high enough to avoid getting splashed with water.
A gold-hued mirror serves as an accent piece directly over a cabinet in fashion magnate Robert Duffy’s country house in New York’s Hudson Valley. The cabinet is topped with ginger jars, platters, and bowls from Duffy’s collection of 18th- to 20th-century blue-and-white ceramics; the curtains are of a Scalamandré damask.