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How to Enhance Small Spaces with Mirrors: 8 Strategic Placement Ideas

Transform small spaces using mirrors with these eight strategic tips that maximize light, expand visuals, and enhance interiors effectively –

Mirror Placement Strategies (scroll down to see examples)
Placement Strategy Effect Suggested Location
Opposite Windows Enhances natural light, expands view Living rooms, bedrooms
Full-Length Mirrors Adds depth, makes ceilings seem higher Narrow rooms, dressing areas
Mirrored Furniture Increases perceived space subtly Living rooms, bedrooms
Narrow Hallways Broadens the hallway’s appearance Hallways
Behind Light Sources Amplifies light, creates warmth Dim corners, dining areas
Mirrored Art Decorative, expands visual space Living areas, entryways
Larger Mirrors Dramatic effect, mimics extra window Small living rooms, studios
Mirror Wall Doubles visual depth of the room Small dining areas, living rooms

Position Mirrors Opposite Windows

Placing a mirror directly opposite a window can significantly enhance the amount of natural light reflected within the room. This not only brightens the space but also creates the illusion of an additional window, making the room appear larger and more open.

Mirror across from window
Mirror strategically placed opposite a window

Utilize Full-Length Mirrors

Full-length mirrors are particularly effective in adding depth to a room. When placed strategically, such as along the length of a small room, they create uninterrupted vertical lines that make the ceilings appear higher and the room longer.

Full length mirror
Full length mirror making ceilings appear higher

Consider Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture, such as a coffee table or a cabinet, can subtly increase the perception of space in a room without the overt use of large wall mirrors. These pieces reflect the surrounding area and help blend boundaries between furniture and space.

Mirrored furniture
Mirrored cabinet to increase perception of space

Use Mirrors in Narrow Hallways

A common challenge in homes is dealing with narrow hallways. Mirrors can transform these tight spaces by reflecting light and views, effectively broadening the hallway’s appearance and reducing the feeling of confinement.

Mirrors in narrow hallway to reflect light

Place Mirrors Behind Light Sources

Positioning a mirror behind a light source, such as a candle, lamp, or pendant light, can amplify light in a room, making it feel larger and more inviting. This technique is especially useful in areas that do not receive much natural light.

Mirror placed behind a lamp to amplify light

Experiment with Mirrored Art

Mirrored art pieces serve a dual purpose: they are decorative and functional. By reflecting parts of the room, they not only serve as art but also help in the visual expansion of the space.

Mirror art
Mirrored helps expand space while also being a decorative piece

Opt for Larger Mirrors

Using a single large mirror can have a more dramatic effect on the perception of space compared to several smaller mirrors. A large mirror can act as a window-like element, making the room feel more expansive.

Large mirror
One large mirror to expand the perception of space

Create a Mirror Wall

For the ultimate illusion of space, consider turning an entire wall into a mirrored surface. This bold strategy can effectively double the visual depth of the room, making small spaces appear vast.

Mirrored wall increases visual depth making the space larger

Design Considerations and Mirror Selection

Selecting the right mirror involves more than aesthetics; it requires thoughtful consideration of both function and design. Focus on the quality of the mirror, ensuring it provides a clear and distortion-free reflection. Choose a shape and frame that complement the room’s dimensions and style, enhancing the space without overwhelming it. For further guidance on selecting the perfect mirror, consider reading additional tips here.


Mirrors can transform small spaces into seemingly expansive areas. By placing mirrors strategically—whether opposite windows, as full-length pieces, or integrated into furniture—homeowners can enhance both the light and perceived space of their rooms. Remember, the success of using mirrors depends on their placement and integration into your home’s design. Experiment with different placements and styles to find the best fit for your space and decor.

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Khalil Chahine

Khalil is the owner of Splendid Window Glass Repairs and has over 8 years experience as a glazier specialising in window glass repair, replacement and installations. Khalil takes great pride in his work and prides himself on providing an excellent service to all of his customers, no matter how big or small the job may be.