How To Decorate Around A Mirror

Mirrors are one of the easiest ways to update your home decor. They are so versatile and add a decorative touch to any interior design style. But once you have one on your wall, it can be hard to figure out what else to put with it. So we came up with some ideas on how to decorate around a mirror.

how to decorate around a mirror

I love to decorate with mirrors!

They reflect light that brightens up dark corners.

They make small spaces feel bigger.

And they can create a focal point in room.

But once you’ve hung the mirror on your wall, then what?

If you’re using a large mirror with an interesting frame or a full length mirror, it may be enough to make a statement on its own.

However, if you have a smaller-sized mirror (or a large wall to fill), you’ll want to combine your mirror with some other accessories.

Which is where these ideas for how to decorate around a mirror will come in handy.

1 | Create A Mirror Gallery Wall

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A gallery wall of mirrors ©bennnn - stock.adobe.com
©bennnn – stock.adobe.com

What’s better than one mirror? A whole bunch of mirrors!

Just like with pictures, you can create a gallery wall of framed mirrors.

To get them to co-ordinate, try to choose frames that all have the same style, shape and/or color.

The main difference between a mirror gallery wall and a picture gallery wall is all the reflection.

So this tends to work well in spaces that aren’t too busy (like a hallway).

Otherwise, the reflection may make your room feel too crowded.

2 | Create A Gallery Wall With Pictures

A gallery wall with pictures surrounding a mirror

If you like the idea of a gallery wall, but don’t want (or have) that many mirrors, you can add them to a picture gallery wall.

Just substitute one (or more) of the pictures with a mirror in a coordinating frame.

Lay out your gallery as you normally would by positioning the largest frames first and then adding in the smaller ones.

3 | Hang Pictures On Either Side

arched mirror with pictures on both sides in a dining room
Traditional Dining RoomPhoto by F. D. Hodge Interiors (via houzz.com)

Another option for decorating around a mirror is to hang pictures on either side.

For the most cohesive look, try to get pictures that are proportional in size, and use frames that coordinate.

4 | Repeat The Same Mirror Multiple Times

Repeating the same mirror multiple times is an easy way to make a smaller mirror into a statement.

This technique works really well for tall thin mirrors, and mirrors that have an interesting shape or frame.

5 | Hang Asymmetrical Mirrors

Round mirrors hung in an asymmetrical grouping in a bathroom

For a more modern look, try grouping mirrors in an asymmetrical arrangement.

To feel balanced, the visual weight of each group should be about the same. For example, in this picture the combined size of the two mirrors on the left is about the same as the size of the big mirror on the right.

6 | Hang Sconces On Either Side

Large wall mirror with sconces on either side

For a more traditional decorating approach, hang two sconces on either side of a large mirror.

This will automatically create a balanced look and provide more light in the room, since the light fixtures are so close by.

If the mirror is hanging above a console table (a common scenario for an entryway), you could also use lamps instead of sconces.

7 | Add Flowers

Gold mirror and pink flowers on a white fireplace mantel ©Olga Mishyna - stock.adobe.com
©Olga Mishyna – stock.adobe.com

In my opinion, nothing looks more romantic than a fireplace mantel with a pretty mirror and some flowers on it. Especially if the mirror is reflecting a chandelier 🙂

If you don’t want to splurge on fresh flowers all the time, you can find some really pretty faux flower arrangements that will do the trick.

8 | Layer It

Gold mirror with a picture, candles and a dried flower arrangement on a fireplace mantel

If you don’t mind putting in a little more work, you can decorate around a mirror with layers.

Try placing a picture partially covering the front of your mirror.

Then add some candles, a tall vase with flowers and some shorter figurines to fill out the vignette.

I usually need to play with it a little bit to get an arrangement that looks right, but it’s worth it in the end.

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