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Fabulous Mirror Decorating Ideas

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

Mirrors just don’t get the credit they deserve. Most of us tend to take them for granted even though they help us get ready every morning and add sparkle plus personality to rooms in the most unexpected ways. While we tend to think of them as strictly functional, using properly placed mirrors actually maximize your home’s style, enhance existing decor and visually expand spaces.

If you’re looking to add design drama to your rooms here are a few smoke and mirror tricks to get your inspiration flowing. Now is the time to become one with the reflective magic of mirrors.

Create a Gleaming Table Top

Consider using a mirror to top a table. This DIY project is an economical way to take what you have on hand and give your room a hint of sophistication.

Find a bevel-edged mirror and place it on top of a nondescript table to create a gorgeous coffee or end table for your living room. If you don’t have one lying around look for a round, square or rectangle mirror and pop it onto a ceramic garden stool, tree stump or an old table base to create a stylish side table as a perch for your favorite libation.

Attach the mirror with an all-purpose adhesive that works on ceramics, pottery, glass, metal and wood. Let your creation dry for 24 hours and you have crafted a chic end table worthy of mention in a design magazine. Or how about another fresh idea? Inset a mirror into a retro coffee table. It’s great for showcasing decorative accessories and adding shimmer to the room.

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!

Make a Wall Focal Point

An oversize mirror as a focal point is a foolproof option used by designers to give a room visual impact. A large mirror of any shape looks beautiful above a fireplace or over the sofa. Even though your fireplace is already a focal point a mirror positioned above will give it more importance. If you don’t have or can’t afford a large-scale mirror arrange a grouping of smaller mirrors on the wall to create the same effect.

No fireplace? No problem. Use an oversize rectangular mirror propped against a wall to add a focal point to your room. You can find beautiful floor mirrors virtually everywhere 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.

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.

Turn a Mirror into a Plate Charger

When you’re out and about at garage sales or flea markets hunt down unframed vintage mirrors to substitute as chargers for a dinner party, holiday event or everyday meals. Plain mirrors or ones with bevels or etched edges will give your dining room an eclectic feel paired with mismatched dinnerware.

Any shape will do as long as they are slightly larger than your dinner plates. 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 individual mirrors for chargers use one long, rectangular mirror as a unique table runner. Just think how magical a centerpiece and glowing candles will look on the shimmering surface.

Vintage mirrors can add character to your dining table.

Vintage mirrors can add character to your dining table.

Install a Kitchen Backsplash

If you are looking for a totally unique kitchen backsplash, this mirror idea might be a little off the wall but it is a good one. It will take some planning and assistance but looks absolutely stunning.

If you live in a historic home with a butler’s pantry a mirrored backsplash is the perfect way to highlight your fine china and serving items. Or if you’re looking for an idea to open up a cramped kitchen look no further than mirrored walls.

If you're not ready to do it yourself, your local glass company will be more than happy to measure, cut and install. The pros will create a seamless mirrored backsplash that is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood.

To save money on materials, labor and installation consider doing it yourself by installing ready-made mirrored wall tiles. Use peel-and-stick versions or regular mirrored tiles and apply with mounting tape or mastic. Either way, a mirrored backsplash will transform your kitchen from bland to glam.

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

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

Replicate a Mirrored Furniture Piece

Mirrored dressers are the epitome of sophistication and a key element in Hollywood Regency style. If you love the look but hate the high price tag it is possible to create it yourself. Start small by covering drawer fronts on a bedside table. Once you’ve mastered the technique you can attempt wrapping an entire piece. This project is not for the faint of heart but the finished product will totally up the trend factor in your room.

Creating a custom mirrored furniture piece is quite an accomplishment.

Creating a custom mirrored furniture piece is quite an accomplishment.

Here's How to Do It

Materials and Tools

Mirror sheets, drop cloth, measuring tape and straight edge, erasable marker, work gloves, protective eyewear, glass cutter, 400-grit wet-dry sandpaper, adhesive for drawer pulls, mirror mastic

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Measure each section of the furniture piece and transfer the dimensions to the mirror.

2. Wear protective eyeglasses and heavy gloves.

3. Begin scoring the mirror with a glass cutter and snap off each section based the measurements.

4. Lightly sand the sharp edges.

5. Coat the back of each mirror piece with mastic and press firmly onto the furniture.

6. Use clamps to secure the mirror pieces until the mastic dries.

7. Mark the drawers and doors for placement of handles and pulls.

8. Attach knobs to the drawer fronts with an adhesive made especially for glass.

9. Clean up the mirror with acetone to remove excess glue.

© 2012 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 10, 2012:

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

QudsiaP1 on October 09, 2012:

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!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 06, 2012:

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

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on October 05, 2012:

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

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 29, 2012:

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!

Dianna Mendez on September 29, 2012:

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.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 27, 2012:

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.

Om Paramapoonya on September 27, 2012:

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!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 26, 2012:

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.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on September 26, 2012:

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.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 26, 2012:

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!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 26, 2012:

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

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 26, 2012:

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.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 26, 2012:

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.