10 Genius Ways to Use Mirrors in a Small Living Room ~ Fresh Design Blog

Mirrors can transform a small living room in an enormous way. Whether you use them to double the space, add depth or create contrast, mirrors are the perfect solution for making a cozy and intimate space feel bigger, wider and roomier.

Here are 10 creative ways to use mirrors in a small living room.

Make a small living room feel bigger

Round mirror on a living room wall
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A mirror can make a small living room feel bigger and more open as mirrors reflect light, which makes the space look brighter and more spacious.

Another way to use a mirror in a small living room is to place it on an opposite wall from where you want to create the illusion of depth. That way, when you look at the reflection of yourself sitting in your chair, it tricks your brain into thinking another person is entering or leaving the room behind you—which tricks your brain into believing there’s more space than there is!

Mirrors aren’t just for rooms with high ceilings either—they’re perfect for any apartment, whether small or large because they help break up large walls into smaller sections which give off a spacious feeling even if it’s not exactly spacious by traditional definitions.

Use a pair of mirrors to double a small, narrow space visually

Use two mirrors placed at opposing angles to double the size of your living room. The visual effect will be twofold—you’ll get the illusion of a larger space plus added light from both sides.

Use an oversized mirror as a form of art

Large round mirror in a bedroom
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A large oversized mirror can be regarded as a piece of art in its own right.

If you have an art collection that needs reflecting, place one or more full-length mirrors along the walls, but not directly in line with it. This will bounce light off the wall and around your paintings for an enhanced viewing experience.

Lean an oversize mirror in front of a window

Try leaning a large oversized mirror in front of a window. The reflective surface of the mirror will bounce the light back into the room, making your space seem larger and brighter. If your space feels dark, mirrors can help create the illusion that there’s more natural light than there is.

Use a mirror in gallery wall art

Use mirrors as a form of art
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Hang a mirror as a form of gallery wall art. Use it alongside other pieces of art, prints and frames, mixing shapes and styles for an eclectic look. 

Enclose your mirror in a vintage frame

Try framing a mirror in an interesting, vintage frame. Look out for old frames at car boots, jumble sales, charity shops or online. Many frames have a cool patina, which gives them an antique feel.

Mix large and small mirrors 

Unusual display of different sized mirrors
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Be creative with the way you use mirrors. Create a quirky focal point by mixing and matching a selection of mirrors in different sizes and shapes. Add some unusual frames to the mix too for an eye-catching display.

Use a round mirror to soften sharp lines

Use round mirrors to soften angular sharp lines
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If your furniture and interior design tends to be sharp and angular, you can use a round mirror in your living room to soften and contrast the sharp lines.

Use mirrors on shelves or consoles

If your living room has deep shelves or a media console, mirrors can be used to create additional visual interest.  Try propping up smaller mirrors, especially those with attractive frames, on open shelves. You can use them to highlight and display furniture items, such as bookcases or lamps. 

Use mirrors to create symmetry

Mirrors are especially effective when used to create symmetry in a room, helping to balance the look of the space. When placed next to two other pieces of furniture (like a pair of chairs) or on opposite sides of an entryway or hallway, mirrors create depth that adds contrast and interest to the space.

If you have corners in your living room that aren’t getting much natural light from outside sources, such as windows or skylights, add mirrors to the space to help brighten it


If you’re struggling to incorporate mirrors into your small living room, hopefully some of the suggestions above will provide inspiration. Just remember that you don’t have to cover every wall with a mirror and you can opt for one large mirror, or several smaller ones spread throughout the room.



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