Making Mirrored Walls Modern: Seven Ideas to Steal

Making Mirrored Walls Modern: Seven Ideas to Steal

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Eleanor Büsing
Mar 21, 2016
(Image credit: Michael Reeves)

Michael Reeves via Dering Hall

We all know that mirrors are fantastic for making a space appear larger than it is. It goes like this: available light + reflective surface(s) = much more light = greater sense of space. The problem is that a mirrored wall can sometimes feel vaguely commercial, or even cliche, if the application is off. Here are seven mirrored walls that are anything but, and that pack a big (spatial) punch as well.

The lead image is of a Michael Reeves-designed home in London. A mirrored wall provides interest and hides the staircase behind, while concealing storage compartments in its paneled design.

This beautiful Philippe Boisselier apartment features moving mirrored panels in one corner of the room. The placement is unusual and quirky and also serves to bounce back light from the adjacent window, as well as reflecting the apartment's length.

(Image credit: Norm Architects)

Norm Architects via The Style Files

It's not technically mirror, but this aged brass panel and bathtub situation works in much the same way to reflect light, and it's also chic as anything. Takeaway: modern mirrors don't have to be glass.

Fabian Freytag via Yatzer

So this Berlin penthouse uses a lot of mirror to wrap the kitchen: it's textured, it's got designs in it, and it has cool and useful cutouts, too. Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but there's no denying it's modern.

(Image credit: Troy Builders)

Troy Builders via Decorpad

In a slightly more digestible, user-friendly use of mirror, we have this powder room. With the back wall covered in mirrored subway tiles, it's equal parts glam, light-reflecting, and practical—no need for a separate mirror above the basin.

(Image credit: House to Home)

Ideal Home via house to home

With the side of this tub covered in a mirror panel, the floor area of the bathroom seems to increase exponentially. It's a good example of using mirrors at different levels to visually expand space.

Binti Home Blog via Brit + Co

Doable in just a few minutes (and with a limited budget), this small wall with peel-and-stick wall mirrors is as chic as it is easy. It's part art, part mirror, and it livens up this space perfectly.

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