Mirrors, how to use them in your home

Mirrors are the secret weapon of Interior Designers and Show Homes, this post will show you their tricks and how to use them in your home. Mirrors and mirrored surfaces are generally used to increase the feeling of space and light in an area that feels small and dark.

Mirrors can effectively double the size of a room and dramatically increase the amount of light available, as demonstrated by the famous Chanel staircase above which uses a mirrored wall plus smaller mirrored panes to great effect.

  • In a small room, use a large sheet mirror to completely cover one wall or use panels if the area is too large to make sense financially or logistically. This works really well in a bathroom.
  • The kitchen is a tricky room in which to use mirrors but they work really well as a splashback instead of tiles, they are also easy to keep clean if properly sealed:

    • A collection of mirrors on the wall can look stunning and really bounce light around. The hallway is a great place to use this idea. Group similar mirrors together for a cohesive look:
    • In a bedroom, a large mirror leaning against the wall is a great look and also the ideal angle for looking your best! Plus you won’t have the problem of hanging a very heavy mirror on the wall!
    • Mirrors in bedrooms work very well for creating a mood, for example, placing mirrors behind the bedside tables can create depth and reflect the light in front to great effect:
        • A new idea for rooms which receive little or no natural light is the use of a Sun Tunnel. These clever kits from Velux use mirrored surfaces to channel light from the roof, down a tunnel to the room in question. At a cost of £250 they are an affordable way to increase light:
        • Velux Sun Tunnel from Amazon £250
        • Finally, children’s bedrooms can benefit from mirrors too! A fun idea is to use decals or adhesive shapes on the walls, these are very safe as they are acrylic and so can’t break:

Amazon mirror stickers

These are just a few ideas for using mirrors, when you start thinking about it you can use mirrors anywhere. Do you have a dark corner that is uninspiring? Try a mirror! Of course it doesn’t have to be on the wall, there are many pieces of mirrored furniture around now that would work just as well.
Do you have any of your own mirror ideas? Please share!



My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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  1. […] Hang a large mirror with a decorative frame (or prop it against a wall) to create the illusion of depth in a small room. Even small mirrors expand the sense of space by reflecting views and light, but an oversize mirror like this one has a dramatic effect because it reflects a large chunk of the room. To see more ideas for mirrors, see my post- Mirrors- how to use them in your home. […]

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