Decorate with mirrors for added drama and style

We show you how to use them to best advantage in every room.

Mirrors are a wonderfully versatile design feature, adding instant glamour and interest, while maximising light and boosting the sense of space.

The humble mirror was not just designed to add a decorative touch to an interior. They're also the perfect solution for making a space feel brighter, lighter and larger.

Here, we share some of our most-loved ways to use mirrors to showcase the beauty of various design schemes, from bedrooms and bathrooms to dining rooms and living rooms.

See our decorating section for more inspirational ideas and advice

Retro chic

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Retro chic

‘We're currently seeing a lot of interest in Seventies-inspired designs that incorporate bronze, golds and metallic finishes. Circular mirrors with distressed metal frames are very popular. as are natural rattan and bamboo for a more bohemian look. Shapes with rounded contours remain a favourite,’ explains Astrid Limal, founder, Perch & Parrow, perchandparrow.com. This look works particularly well in a modern scheme with pared-back furniture.

Grand illusion

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Grand illusion

This room is a superb example of how antiqued mirror glass can bring drama and atmosphere to a scheme, with panels featuring lightly foxed edges for further authenticity. The wall also makes this relatively small, low-ceilinged room feel much more spacious. 'Heavily antiqued mirror is currently on trend. It will utterly transform a room and bring real drama to any space,' says Rupert Bevan, managing director, rupertbevan.com.

Lighten up

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Lighten up

The overmantel mirror has long been favoured as a way to create a focal point. but their are plenty of other ways to make a mirrored feature in a living scheme. It will serve to enhance light levels and create the illusion of added space.

Lighten up

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Lighten up

The overmantel mirror has long been favoured as a way to create a focal point. but their are plenty of other ways to make a mirrored feature in a living scheme. It will serve to enhance light levels and create the illusion of added space.

Over the top

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Over the top

Artwork or even an ornate mirror looks fantastic on a mirrored wall. It's important to consider the weight of the piece - you could contact a glazier for advice or help on drilling through glass.

Twice as nice

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Twice as nice

Mirrors that resemble windows have become popular and are available in every shape, from Gothic designs to portholes. As shown here, they look very effective side by side, reflecting the windows

Shine on

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Shine on

Matching wall mirrors are a good way to bring symmetry to a scheme. Light fixtures on either side and in the middle will ensure that your space is always light and bright.

Right ingredients

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Right ingredients

Mirrored splash backs are an attractive, modern choice. In this kitchen, an antique mirror complements mixed materials in light hues and brightens an alcove.

decorate-with-mirrors-garden

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decorate-with-mirrors-garden

Albeit unusual and daring, mirrors can look magical in your garden, reflecting the natural light, flowers and foliage and adding another decorative element.

Fit in

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Fit in

A mirrored finish on storage pieces, such as a fitted wardrobe, minimises its impact on the look and feel of a scheme. It helps to create the illusion of spaciousness and is a great way to cheat the narrowing effect