The next time you go to a yard sale or thrift shop, look for a mirror that you can clean up and use as your budget-friendly focal point above the fireplace. Keep your eye out for unexpected accessories, such as a horse or animal sculpture. You also can layer the mantel with another smaller mirror, like designer Rachel Greathouse did in an Atlanta home.
"I found an old paned window at a salvage yard and cut it down to fit the opening between this home's entry and dining room. It not only looks cool, but it cuts down on drafts," says Emily Jones, graphic designer and owner of Jones Design Company, Seattle, Washington.
This neutral home exterior features multiple wooden entrances, including garage doors and a gated walkway. Mirrored windows reveal the surrounding landscape, while tropical plants decorate the front yard. A gray tin roof completes the look.
With their unusual shape, these gold-trimmed mirrors almost resemble the windows in a cathedral. The candelabra accent below further drives this idea home and speaks to the owners' love of Gothic style.
Designers often use oversized mirrors in small spaces to help reflect light and make the spaces feel larger than they actually are. A twist on this idea is to choose architectural-style mirrors which create the illusion of an extra window or door.
An angled roof opens up this contemporary bathroom space. A black floating vanity base extends over one wall with individual mirrors and sconces creating a double vanity set up. A window lets in natural light to brighten the room over a sleek contemporary free standing bathtub.
A large frosted glass window creates a bright and calm background for this modern asian vanity design. A rectangular mirror hangs above the floating vanity framed by a pair of pendant lights. Vases are the only countertop decoration leaving the space uncluttered.
Windows frame the large mirror over this vanity adding natural light and atmosphere to the space. His and hers sinks are fixed into the neutral countertop between fluorescent bulbs on the vertical sides of the mirror. Wood cabinetry creates a sleek floating vanity base and concealed storage.
A clever way to decorate a mantel combines hanging a mirror, then leaning a clock with an interesting face against it, like Michelle Mentzer of Miles Design Group did in this metro Atlanta home. To get a steal on vintage mirrors and clocks, hunt through ones that are stacked up at flea markets and antique stores, or booths at local antiques stores frequently drop prices on all items by 20 percent or more.
This craftsman style dresser and mirror complements the floral lamp shade and geometric patterned window treatments in this bedroom. A traditional wood mantel with a bold floral vase and yellow flowers add secondary interest and help focus attention on the dresser, which anchors the space.