Unconventional Mirror Use Done Right

Anyone familiar with the mirror's darker side— think cheesy mirrored walls in an 80s suburban townhouse— may be wary of overdoing it with these space-expanding, light-enhancing design staples. However, we're convinced that a mirror doesn't have to be in a frame or in the usual spots to be classy...

• 1. There are many things to love about about Layla and Kevin's kitchen redo, but the mirrored inner cabinets are definitely a favorite. Dark cabinets could have had the potential to be overpowering, but the mirrors do an incredible job of expanding the space and lightening the dark interiors. In case you missed their lovely house tour, you can check it out here. For details of how they went about installing the mirrors check out Layla's post on her blog, the Lettered Cottage.
• 2. Mirrored closet doors can be the epitome of cheesy, but not when it's up to Thomas O'Brien's design. I love his functional and ultra classy window like antique mirrored doors.
• 3. We featured this mirrored fireplace yesterday in my post on sprucing up an unused fireplace, but I couldn't resist including it here as well. We don't usually think of placing mirrors so low, but it looks stunning and the mantel acts as a giant frame.
• 4. In the past we've had some mixed reactions to the idea of using a mirror as a headboard, but in an elegant setting such as this dreamlike bedroom, it reads as sweet and light rather than cheesy.
• 5, 6, 7. Mirrored back splashes are a great solution for a dark little kitchen. The key to this look is keeping the counters as clutter-free as possible— clutter is bad enough, you don't need it mirror-multiplied!
• 8. Of all the mirror uses we've seen, it seems the mirrored wall is the hardest to get right, but Bunny Williams seems to pull it off in this antiqued mirror living room.


(Images: 1: Apartment Therapy: DC of Layla & Kevin's House Tour, 2: Thomas O'Brien, 3, 4, 7: Domino, 5: House Beautiful, 6: Bespoke Press via Apartment Therapy: San Fransisco, 8: Bunny Williams)