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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
These are really some great tips! Thanks
It’s awesome that you talked about how to add decorations to a space with a mirror. Recently, my wife and I went antique shopping and found an amazing vintage mirror, and that we just had to get it! Now, we don’t know where to hang it, so we’ll be sure to follow your tips. Thanks for the advice on creating a gallery wall to match our mirror.
Thanks for pointing out that we must have some accessories to decorate around the mirror if it is small in size. I will keep that in mind since I plan to buy a silver wall mirror but the size would be around 36 inches. It would make a good and instant interior decoration for my room once I have found one.