Small Accent Mirrors in All the Right Places

If mirrors are design magic, the way they add light and depth to a space, then small accent mirrors are like a magician working the room, doing a quietly astounding trick for an audience of one. Their size creates intimacy, the way you need to get up close to see your own reflection, the way they can be tucked into a corner or half-hidden in a larger vignette.

We’ve written before about how mirrors can work in many different rooms. Today we’re sizing down to reflect on the particular beauty of small mirrors and a few places where they work best.

 

Hallways and Transitional Spaces

Hallways, whether they’re entryways or corridors to other rooms, often have no windows of their own. Mirrors act as a kind of illusory window, inviting the gaze and channelling the available light.

If a transitional space has parallel walls, you can position mirrors across from each other to create an infinite back-and-forth, what the French call mise en abyme. Here’s an example featuring our Stargazer Mirror, which captures a miniature version of the Compass Rose Mirror across the way.

Source: EcoChic Lifestyles

When hallways have abbreviated walls, such as here under the stairs, small mirrors capitalize on the space by doubling the visual. This round mirror provides a perfectly proportioned porthole that amplifies sunlight during the day and lamplight at night.

Source: Julia Ryan

 

Different-Sized Mirrors in a Grouping

For larger spaces, you can combine several mirrors together to create more variety and movement. These pieces are tied together by the gold color and intricate molding of the frames. But their different sizes and shapes keep the grouping interesting and mirror the three vases below in a pleasing symmetry.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

 

On a Shelf or Bookcase

Another inviting spot for mirrors is a horizontal ledge or shelf, where they can be propped up against the wall. Leaning rather than hanging a mirror means it’s easier to change up the styling for that space, swapping in art, sculpture, and foliage depending on the season. The Wish Craft Mirror, at 20 inches square, is our smallest piece, and we can picture it in a bedroom or bathroom with a blue ceramic vase and a brass tray to pick up on its colors.

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Most bookshelves are 8 to 12 inches high, meaning that only the smallest mirrors will fit. This designer styled her bookcase with a mirror in every nook, sourcing them from vintage shops to complement her collection of old books and artifacts.

Source: Old Things New

 

In the Kitchen

Kitchens are another room where wall space and windows are often limited. Small mirrors can be positioned on a countertop or in open shelving. If you’re renovating, consider a mirrored backsplash to enlarge the space visually.

Source: Emily Henderson via House Beautiful

Round mirrors are lovely for softening the strong lines and corners in a kitchen. The Compass Rose Mirror, below, incorporates wedges of colorful boatwood in a way that creates a strong focal point.

Compass Rose reclaimed wood mirror

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Small accent mirrors are so versatile that you can indulge your acquisitiveness and amass a collection of the ones that most strike your fancy. You’ll have no trouble finding ideal spots throughout your home for these little gems.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.