Fireplace Mirror in a Neutral Living Room

On a towering fireplace made of stacked stones hangs a dramatic mirror that follows the mantel up to the ceiling. The mirror’s verticality is also reflected in the cascading draperies adorning the two-story floor-to-ceiling windows.

Why We Love It
Aside from its sheer drama, we appreciate how the tall mirror borrowed its linear pattern from the lines formed by the stacked stones of the fireplace.

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Design: Lucy Earl

Mahogany Mirror and Console

The rich mahogany of this shapely mirror and matching console below bring warmth to this formal dining room’s cool blue palette. The thick frame lends visual weight to the wall space.

Why We Love It
The mahogany frame’s shiny finish highlights its intricate carvings, which lends a lovely texture to the scene.

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Design: Mary O’Brien Cabaron

Antiqued Glass Vignette

A Louis XVI trumeau mirror forms the backdrop of a lovely bedroom vignette, which includes a limestone bust and crystal candlesticks. The mirror’s antiqued glass echoes the bust’s aged patina.

Why We Love It
The worn look of antiqued glass is a subtle detail that can enrich an ordinary space. Paired with this classic trumeau, the set gives off an air of uncompromising elegance.

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Design: Nancy Pearson

Mirror with Swirled Inset

Above a chest of drawers with a distressed finish is a mirror with an artistic edge. Its inset of swirls lends contrast to the bright space.

Why We Love It
This mirror’s smaller size allows its ebony insets to make an even more striking statement against the bright surface of the mirror as well as the white wall behind.

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Design: Barbara Franceski


Striking Sunburst Mirror

Retro styles like sunburst mirrors make a great statement piece for any room. This bedroom sitting area, designed by Katherine Shenaman, is wrapped in a lavender wall covering and appointed with saffron-yellow wing chairs and pops of bright green. The large brass sunburst mirror adds texture to the wall and brightens the space.

Why We Love It
A mirror with such striking style as this works wonderfully as an art piece on a large wall.

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Design: Katherine Shenaman

Mirrored Kitchen Backsplash

An inviting showhouse kitchen boasts a mirrored backsplash behind the bar, which reflects the lighting installed below the cabinets. Flanking the bar are lighted crystal display cabinets, which also feature mirrored interiors.

Why We Love It
Mirrors are an elegant way to highlight a collection of glassware or crystal because they encourage more light to travel through the space, making the pieces sparkle!

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Design: Regina Bilotta

Grouping Mirrors

Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd suggests grouping ornamental mirrors together to create an interesting wall sculpture, rather than assigning each individually to a more formal space. This technique works with any collection of similar objects.

Why We Love It
An assemblage like this one caters to those with the tendency to collect certain items—gilt-framed mirrors, for example. And never underestimate the power of grouping. It can be a source of endless fascination.

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Design: Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Overmantel Mirror with Perfect Scale

In designer Skip Sroka’s home, scale is everything. He topped the mantel with a large gold-leaf mirror, a similar size and shape as the living room’s tall windows. This keeps the lines consistent around the perimeter of the space, while reflecting natural light in the space between windows. Plus, the mirror conceals a television so it is easily hidden for formal occasions!

Why We Love It
The mirror’s subtle Greek-key motif is repeated in the living room’s rug and upholstery details, tying the space together.

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Design: Skip Sroka

Round Mirror Niche

An arched niche in this showhouse powder room was the perfect spot for designers Melissa Ziober and Noe X. Guerra to make a statement. The circular mirror complements the niche’s rounded shape, while the grass cloth surrounding it lends texture.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s hefty size and shape give it serious personality, but its gilded edges and beige-toned paint allow it to blend in with the powder room’s subdued palette.

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Design: Melissa Ziober and Noe X. Guerra

Corner Cabinet with Mirrored Insets

A chinoiserie corner cabinet boasts mirror-paneled doors and gilt detailing to bring traditional flair to this elegant formal dining room in the home of acclaimed actor Sidney Poitier.

Why We Love It
Large furnishings tend to add weight to a space, and mirrored details are a fabulous way to lighten the mood. This cabinet’s mirrored doors invite natural light into the corner, making the dining room appear larger.

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Design: Joanna Poitier

Statement Entry Mirror

A large gold mirror with tiny mirrored inlays around the frame gives this entry hall an exotic touch. A collection of small cross-topped bottles and other artifacts tell of travels and adventures.

Why We Love It
A statement piece like this mirror can lend personality to any space, particularly when placed against bare neutral walls for maximum impact.

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Design: Berkley Vallone

Mirror on the Porch

An antique mirror looms large over the far end of this sleeping porch, which is furnished with an eclectic mix of old wicker pieces and a thick rug made of wood from Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s heavy frame and significant size lends scale to the lofty dimensions of the sleeping porch, and helps to ground the bright white walls and ceiling.

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Design: Randy Korando and Dan Belman

Opulent Entry Mirror

“Always make a statement with your entry hall,” says designer Jan Showers. “It sets the tone for the entire house! I love to place both art and mirrors in entry halls if the space allows.”

Why We Love It
When paired with other reflective surfaces, like the paneled console and metallic wall covering in this entry, an artistic mirror makes an impact on the entire space.

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Design: Jan Showers

Collection of Convex Mirrors

A collection of variously sized convex mirrors establishes the focal point wall in this showhouse bedroom. The effect was glamorous without going over the top. The grouping’s asymmetry also complements the curvaceous chaise longue at the foot of the bed.

Why We Love It
The mirrors’ black frames echo the frame of the bed and curtains rods, tying the room together with the same dark accent shade.

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Design: Barbara Westbrook

Modern Art on a Traditional Mirror

A large gilt mirror, which was left by the previous homeowners, finds new purpose as a surface for displaying a piece of modern abstract artwork, titled Symbols 81-1, by Ida Kohlmeyer.

Why We Love It
The colorful piece lends contemporary verve to the antique French chest and the pair of antique French walnut chairs, which still sport their original needlepoint.

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Design: Martha D. Reeves

Floor-Length Mirror

A vintage mirror stands tall above a tufted lounge chair covered in sky-blue fabric from Cowtan & Tout. The mirror’s neutral frame lets the room’s pastel palette shine without overpowering it.

Why We Love It
The verticality of the mirror contrasts with the long-and-low furniture throughout the rest of the space.

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Design: Eddie Lee

Focal Point Mirror in a White Bath

An antique wooden trumeau mirror hangs above the soaking tub in this bright white bath. The pop of wood warms the icy blue of the window seat upholstery.

Why We Love It
Small details, like the custom-made iron chandelier and metal legs of the side table, help to ease the wooden mirror’s impact on the all-white space.

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Design: Debbie Cummins

Quiet Mirror in a Vibrant Entry

A round mirror from Julian Chichester hangs in the entry of designer Samantha Todhunter’s residence for the Ritz-Carlton Designer Showcase in Chicago. The mirror’s shagreen-type texture adds interest, while its hue underscores the vibrancy of the hand-painted wall covering behind.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s simplicity adds to, rather than detracts from, the playful patterns behind it. The lacquered console table below also works to achieve this balance.

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Design: Samantha Todhunter

Complementary Gold Mirror

This formal dining room’s golden palette is the perfect place for an elegantly detailed gilt-framed mirror.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s glossy frame and reflective surface bring natural light from the adjoining library into the dining room, balancing the darker tones of the chairs and hardwood floors.

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Design: Eva Quateman

Venetian Mirror and Vanity

Designed by Kendall Wilkinson and homeowner Robin Donohoe, this lavender guest bath is accented with glittery gold and metallic details, but the starring role goes to the ornate Venetian mirror that hangs above the mirrored washstand.

Why We Love It
The room’s soft lavender walls and sparkling details keeps the space feeling fresh and feminine.

Design: Kendall Wilkinson and Robin Donohoe

Mirrored Fireplace

Designed by Scott Laslie, this elegant living room’s focal point is the attention-grabbing fireplace. Above the polished quartz surround is a wall of bronze-tinted mirror that reflects warm light back into the room. Hanging over the bronze mirror is another mirror, this one antique and gilt-framed.

Why We Love It
The combination of the bronze mirror, framed oval mirror, and polished nickel fire screen dotted with crystals creates a warmly luminescent atmosphere that draws attention to this area of the living room.

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Design: Scott Laslie

Mirrored Boudoir

A classic vanity features mirrored front panels and elegant detailing in this serene boudoir. Glittering drawer pulls lend a touch of glam, while a built-in dressing table is presided over by a mirror from Cachet Ltd.

Why We Love It
Aside from the vanity’s traditional charm, the accompanying sconces are positioned to be reflected in the multiple mirrors surrounding them for maximum reflection. It’s the ideal place to prepare for the day ahead.

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Design: Anne Page

Desk-Turned-Vanity Mirror

In one corner of this master suite designed by Jeff Andrews, a Regency-style desk from Lawson-Fenning doubles as a vanity when paired with a glamorous gilt scroll mirror from Fat Chance.

Why We Love It
This mirror is proof that a small piece can make a big impact: It fits the snug wall space behind the desk, while its gold frame complements the room’s cool palette.

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Design: Jeff Andrews

Entry Mirror with Distressed Finish

The “Julian Mirror” from Niermann Weeks boasts a distressed finish that grounds the foyer in this Virginia row home.

Why We Love It
The pairing of the glossy black lamp shade and dark glass of the mirror carry the visual weight of the scene, allowing more playful elements—like the ceramic green plant holders and the artwork over the mirror—to add character to the space.

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Design: Lili O’Brien & Leigh Anne Muse

Hi-Tech Bathroom Mirror

This modern master bath is both livable and stylish. The mirror is equipped with a built-in television, perfect for catching the morning headlines while preparing for the workday.

Why We Love It
The mirror, from Seura, is backlit so that it lights up the entire frame. This eliminates the need for wall scones or overhead lighting, keeping the space looking streamlined and contemporary.

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Design: Julia Wong

Round Mirror to Ground Patterns

A custom ebony-stained mirror hangs above the mantel in this beach house living room, designed by Barclay Butera. The round frame provides visual weight to ground the room’s many patterns.

Why We Love It
The simple dark frame of the mirror is echoed in the set of framed prints on either side of the mantel, as well as in the iron base of the glass-topped coffee table, keeping the room’s heaviest tones balanced and symmetrical.

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Design: Barclay Butera

Dazzling Hallway with Trumeau Mirror

At the end of a long hallway, a trumeau mirror reflects the row of dazzling crystal chandeliers hanging from an antique silver leaf ceiling.

Why We Love It
The trumeau mirror boasts an eglomise finish, which adds interest to the mirror itself while also making the glittering hallway appear longer.

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Design: Kara Mann and Kristin Nelson

Antiqued Mirror Vanity

Antiqued mirror tiles form the front of the built-in vanity in this glamorous Texas bath. Shaded sconces are mounted on the large mirror above, doubling the light and illuminating the marble countertop below.

Why We Love It
Bathrooms are the perfect place for mirrors, and the more the merrier. This bath builds on its reflective personality with Carrara marble to keep the space bright and clean.

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Design: Fern Santini

Playful Bedroom Mirror

Lively with color, this master bedroom pattern and texture for a playful effect. The sunburst mirror above the bed keeps the drama to a minimum while adding texture between the twisted bed posters.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s round shape works well between the bed posters and complements the room’s more linear details, like the stripe on the bedding and drapery from Schumacher.

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Design: Carmen Lopez

Vanity Composed of Antiques

An antique Biedermeier cabinet (c. 1850) topped with marble sits below a matching Biedermeier mirror, its height contrasting with the cabinet’s width and visually expanding the space.

Why We Love It
Layering antique pieces in one room lends timeless style and function.

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Design: Marshall Watson

Seashell Entry Mirror

A Newport Beach home brings a touch of the shore inside with a seashell-encrusted mirror in the entry. More seashells line the shelves of the antique bamboo cabinet below.

Why We Love It
The pinks and yellows of the seashell mirror blend in with the woven wall covering and bamboo cabinet below, but all three elements inject the space with texture and keep it from blending together.

Design: Barclay Butera

Outdoor Holiday Mirror

A snowy garden vignette is topped off with a vintage mirror hung above a wire urn filled with wintery greens. The mirror’s leafy frame gives the appearance of a sunburst but with a more rustic touch.

Why We Love It
Adding a mirror is a great way to incorporate an element of sophisticated design to a garden or outdoor setting.

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Design: Cindy Rinfret

French Foyer with Trumeau Mirror

The foyer of this lovely Louisiana home carries some serious French flair. An 18th-century French fruitwood commode sits below another priceless French antique: The trumeau mirror is framed in gold and features a pastoral scene painted on the top panel.

Why We Love It
The colors of the trumeau’s painting and the wood of the commode warm the space, while gold details—like the mirror’s frames and upholstered seat of the lyre-backed chair—add interest.

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Design: Marlene A. Shaw

Wood-Themed Dining Room Mirror

Wood is the word in this English dining room, from the chairs to the decor. The round mirror above the fireplace is made from salvaged wood, and stands out against the white mantel.

Why We Love It
In this symmetrical room, the round mirror is a nice focal point.

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Design: Su Harr

Mirrored Armoire

In the sitting area of this serene guest suite, an armoire from Hickory Chair conceals a mini-bar behind its mirrored doors.

Why We Love It
Pieces like these are great for adding contemporary style to a space. The linear pattern over the doors lends interest to the corner, while the mirrored inlays provide the sparkle.

Design: Sandra Meyers

Mirror Between French Windows

A wall of French doors with dramatic window treatments is broken up with tall mirrors in between the doors. To achieve an aged look that would fit in with the room’s regal furnishings, designer Geoff De Sousa commissioned a decorative artist to give the mirrors’ frames a gold-bronze rub.

Why We Love It
Placing large mirrors in between the existing windows keeps the illusion of light consistent around the perimeter of the room.

Design: Geoff De Sousa and Sarah Puls

Makeshift Vanity

When space is scarce, like in this recent college grad’s brownstone apartment, rooms often need to pull double duty to retain their value. Subtle elegant details, like the Venetian-style edging of this mirror, lend a polished look to this desk area, which in turn allows the desk to double as a vanity.

Why We Love It
Imperfections are part of life, and can also benefit the buyer: This mirror was fetched at a bargain price from Anthropologie because of slight damage.

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Design: Suzanne Grua McGrath

Space-Saving Powder Room Mirror

A tiny powder room maximizes its dimensions with a mirror over the entire wall above a marble-topped vanity, which also stretches wall-to-wall to conserve space.

Why We Love It
Not only do the wall-mounted sconces save space and double the light, but the second mirror hung over the wall features delicate details, which make the space feel more feminine and welcoming.

Dramatic Dressing Room Mirror

This showhouse dressing room may have constrained dimensions, but pops of scarlet and a tall mirror from Ironies give the space style and depth.

Why We Love It
Rather than competing with the room’s moody palette, the mirror’s frame blends in with its surroundings and works to visually expand the space.

Design: Julia Wong

Mirror Reflecting Dramatic Walls

A large-scale wall covering from de Gournay wraps this powder room in a wonderful forest scene, which is reflected in the simple “Wendy Mirror” from Bradley Hughes.

Why We Love It
The mirror’s dark frame complements the dramatic wall covering and is balanced by the creamy wainscoting below.

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Design: Frank Ponterio

Living Room Frieze Mirror

This living room’s bar area is established by a quartet of wing chairs, but the statement piece is surely the antique French frieze fragment repurposed into a mirror frame.

Why We Love It
A piece of history as striking as this fragment is destined to be admired, and in its new life in this living room it is sure to have a stage.

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Design: Henry Brown

Icy Mirrors in a Cool Dining Room

The mirrors in this dining room “weigh a ton!” says designer Lisa Sternfeld. “Not literally, of course, but they are solid, thick, chiseled glass, and when they reflect the sunlight in the space, they’re magical.”

Why We Love It
The dining room’s cool palette seems receptive to details that so closely mimic ice, like the mirrors’ chiseled edges.

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Design: Lisa Sternfeld

Limed-Oak Trumeau

Antique carved limed-oak panels were used to create a custom trumeau-style mirror in this elegant foyer.

Why We Love It
This custom trumeau’s texture is reflected in the wall covering behind.

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Design: Roger Higgins and Ann Shipp

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