5 Ways to Use a Small-Space Mirror

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Do you have a small space you desperately want to look bigger? An easy way to add visual space to a room is that classic cheat: adding a small-space mirror.

Adding a mirror can literally double the space visually. But rather than installing mirrors willy-nilly, there are several ways to use mirrors that look stylish yet functional. From placing the mirror in unconventional places like on the ceiling to using segmented full-wall mirrors, these mirror ideas are great ways to add style while making a room look bigger.

Small-Space Mirror Bathroom Space

Cutting a mirror to fit sloping ceilings expands the mirror and allows the space to look that much bigger. Image: dblo associates

Extend mirrors in unconventional ways

Having a small space can mean some funky wall spaces, like dramatic sloping ceilings. In cases like these, you can have mirrors cut specifically to fit the space.

The benefits of putting a small-space mirror such as this into a space are twofold: It creates a unique, funky look, and it means that much more mirror to visually expand the area. When it comes to small rooms, it’s all about using every last inch of the space, and this idea makes for full use of that concept.

Small Space Mirror on Ceiling

A ceiling mirror adds a whole new dimension to the space from the top up. Image: Peter A. Sellar

Put mirrors on the ceiling

A hallmark of smaller spaces is that you may not have much wall space to work with. What you do have may be taken up by your most prized art or cherished photos. So if you find yourself in that position, try adding a mirror to the ceiling. The photo above shows how it can actually open up the space from the top.

A recessed mirror looks like it belongs in the design. In cases where a recessed mirror isn’t possible, try for a flat mirror with no frame that blends into the surrounding ceiling.

Small Space Mirror Full Wall Style

A full-wall mirror can have decorative elements like a segmented paneling design and distressed portions. Image: Ty Larkins Interiors

Use a full-wall small-space mirror

And then there’s the old standby favorite: a full-wall mirror. These are incredibly effective at visual expansion, as they give the illusion that you are missing a wall and looking into a whole other room.

However, you can still get creative with the full-wall small-space mirror concept. One popular choice is adding a grid pattern, which gives the mirror some sleek geometry. Adding a distressed touch to the mirror is also a great way to personalize it, like in the photo above.

Small Space Mirror Large Frame

A wood frame allows the mirror to blend into this rustic space. Image: Darren Palmer

Use large, framed mirrors

To go more classic, place a large, framed mirror on one wall. By adding a frame to a large mirror, you can incorporate the style of the room into the mirror itself.

For instance, a rustic space may use a distressed wood mirror frame. An industrial space may use a metal frame. A modern space can use a thin, minimalistic frame. And an artsy space can use a boldly colored mirror frame. A simple frame allows for easy customization on a small-space mirror.

Small Space Mirror Multiple Walls

One of the most dramatic ways to make a small room look larger is a wraparound mirror. Image: Alexey Trofimov

Try a wraparound mirror

To really add depth to your space, try adding two mirrors on adjacent walls. This creates geometric interest, with multiple degrees of reflection. More surrounding mirrors only add to the effect.

Wraparound mirrors work in any home style. But as the photo above shows, wraparound mirrors pair well with a highly textured wall. The textured wall adds visual interest and contrast against the sleek style of the mirror.

Using mirrors is one of the best ways to make a small space look bigger, but you don’t have to stop there. Check out some of our other ideas for bathroom mirrors throughout the house. What are some of your favorite mirror ideas? Let us know about it below!

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