Decorating with mirrors

by Creative Style Interiors

Mirrors have been around for thousands of years, evolving from the reflection in pools of water and reflective obsidian rock, to the metal-backed glass mirrors we have today. Every contemporary home now includes mirrors for both decorative and practical reasons.


Mirror styles & shapes

Framed Mirrors – Just like a framed artwork, these are designed to be a decorative feature, quite literally framing whatever they reflect. The style of frame should be sympathetic to your design style.

 Frameless Mirrors – These can be as plain as a polished edge bathroom mirror through to a highly decorative Venetian mirror. The style of the mirror needs to suit the décor of the space it’s going in.

TIP: A polished edge is the simplest edge you can have on a mirror or piece of glass to make it safe to handle i.e. it has been polished to a smooth rounded edge that won’t easily cut. You don’t need a frame on a polished edge mirror so it is the cheapest option for mirror.

A beveled edge is one that has been cut away at an angle at the edge to look more decorative while at the same time as making the mirror or glass safer to handle. A beveled edge mirror can be framed or frameless.

Shaped Mirrors – These days mirror can come in almost any shape, as cutting mirror is as straightforward as cutting glass. This is particularly so for frameless mirrors. Think of the gorgeous shapes of Art Deco mirrors, for example. The shape of timber-framed mirrors is more restricted, usually to rectangles, squares, circles and ovals. Irregular shapes are possible but are often quite expensive.

Etched Mirrors – mirror like glass can be etched with patterns and words. This was common during the 50’s and 60’s, particularly over the bar or fireplace mantle. My mother had a polished edge, shaped mirror with swans etched on it hanging over our mantle.

Floor Mirrors – A floor mirror can be both functional and an artistic statement. They look fabulous in a bedroom, dressing room or living area.

Mirrored TVs – A relatively new development is the television that becomes a mirror when the screen is switched off.

Mirrored Furniture

For a glamourous effect, mirrored furniture can look absolutely stunning. Place a mirrored console table in your front entry to reflect the light and welcome guests to your home, or maybe have a mirrored lowboy and bedside table set in your master bedroom for a touch of luxe.

Why Hang a Mirror?

There are many reasons to hang a mirror in your home. The most obvious reason is the right mirror in the right spot looks stunning! Mirrors are an excellent and relatively inexpensive alternative to artwork as a focal point. They bounce light around the room and can create the illusion of a larger space, plus they give you a place to check your hair!

Where to place your mirror

When hanging a mirror, consider what it will be reflecting, as it will essentially turn the reflection into an artwork on your wall. A mirror also creates a wonderful focal point as its reflective qualities draw our attention like bees to a honey pot. Ideal places for a mirror are:

In the living room – Above the sofa or above the fireplace, reflecting the space as a whole.

In a bathroom – Over the vanity. (Hopefully it doesn’t reflect the toilet!)

In the bedroom – Above your dressing table or makeup table… even a small freestanding mirror will do the job. A full-length mirror in or near the wardrobe will allow you to check your outfit before heading out.

In the hall or front entry – Over a console table in front entry, particularly if it’s a dark or narrow space.

In the dining room – Parallel with the end or one side of the dining table. If space allows for a buffet unit, hang your mirror above it.

Big or Small?

This depends on the space. Large mirrors reflect more, so it makes sense that to make a small room appear larger, or a dark room to look lighter, then a larger mirror will help achieve this.

Putting a tiny mirror on a large expanse of wall can look like a ‘pimple on a pumpkin’ so always make sure the mirror is in proportion to the size of the wall it’s going on. You can also use two or three smaller mirrors to create a larger overall feature.

Whatever the wall it’s going on it’s very important to get the size right if the mirror is over a piece of furniture or above a fireplace mantle, for example. Ensure the mirror doesn’t extend past the ends of the furniture or mantle. e.g. if the dining room buffet is 2 metres in length, the mirror should be no longer than 2 metres. However it could be shorter by 200mm to 500mm than the buffet’s overall length.

Do not…

There’s no point hanging a mirror if it’s not going to improve the area by adding its own decorative interest, light, the illusion of space or reflecting something interesting. Especially beware of mirrors reflecting cluttered corners, unattractive cables or empty space.

A mirrored ceiling in the bedroom may feel like a romantic option… but nowadays they are something seen only in a hotel’s honeymoon suite.

We’ve encountered a few full-length mirrors directly opposite toilets… it’s probably quite self-explanatory why that’s not the best idea.

Mirrors & Feng Shui

Mirrors not only reflect light and space, but they can also reflect energy within a space. Darkness is considered to be stagnant chi energy, so the light reflected by a mirror creates the illusion of a window, stimulating the chi energy. However, most Feng Shui experts don’t recommend mirrored wardrobe doors in bedrooms.

For more information on mirrors and Feng Shui, we recommend speaking to a professional Feng Shui Master.


If you love mirrors but don’t know what kind will work or where to put it, give Creative Style a call or text 0416 190 792 or email [email protected] to book an appointment with Jenny.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Alison Tierney February 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Hi Jenny thanks for your blog on mirrors. I found it very comprehensive with some good suggestions there. I’m looking to add a mirror to my family room so your ideas are very welcome.


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