It’s a Mirror-acle! 5 Ways to Make Reflecting Walls Work

From the bedroom to the outdoors, mirrored walls can help reflect light and create the illusion of space

By Bryan Anthony / Courtesy of

Mirrored walls can get a bad rap. Replacing them is often on top of some people’s wish lists when they’re redesigning a space. However, when applied in creative ways, mirrored walls can add instant visual interest, make rooms appear larger and pull light into dimly lit spaces. Here are five ways to make mirrored walls shine.

1. Break It Up

A mirrored wall doesn’t have to go from floor to ceiling uninterrupted. By breaking up the mirror with other materials, you can create even more drama. This mirrored wall, which mimics the design of a loft window, was a DIY project. After painting the wall black, designer Amy Dragoo and her husband hung 48 mirrors using a laser level and mirror mastic.

This wall alternates between mirror panels and wood panels. For something like this, you could also mirror the whole wall and layer wood over the top, but this method produces a more flush appearance.

2. Put It Behind the Bed

Some people, especially those living in earthquake country, are uncomfortable hanging items on the wall behind their bed. A great (and safe) alternative is to mirror the wall instead. This technique creates the illusion of space.

A bedroom with black walls and many black furniture pieces may come across as too dark, but this space benefits from the light reflected off the mirrored alcove wall.

3. Surround the Fireplace 

A fireplace is the focal point in many rooms. If you wrap a fireplace surround in mirror, the rest of the space can shine in its reflection.

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An artistic slash of patinated copper breaks up this mirrored fireplace surround.

4. Line the Powder Room

Powder rooms often have limited space. Instead of finding the perfect mirror, try lining the entire wall behind the sink with one instead. The mirror will also serve double duty as an easy-to-clean backsplash. This look works well in both modern and traditional powder rooms.


5. Take It Outside

Mirrored exterior walls reflect sunshine, create views from various angles and make gardens and patios appear larger.

Tip: Outdoor mirrors should be reserved for small patios and avoided in open areas that could attract flying birds.