Decorating with Architectural Mirrors

Architectural mirrors from Ballard Designs

Architectural mirrors

There is not a designer alive who can resist a great mirror — the kind that commands the attention of anyone who walks into a room. That’s why we’re so drawn to architecturally inspired mirrors. In newer homes, where rooms are often blank slates, they add a distinctive patina and lend a sense of history. Inside older homes, architectural mirrors enhance the character of the home. In short, they imbue the same amount of style as any piece of furniture.

Below, we’ve rounded up our current crop of favorite architectural mirrors, and our best tips on how to decorate with them.

Amiel mirror in sitting area

Oh, Amiel. We love the architectural quality of this oversized arch leaner mirror. Try it in a small room to instantly expand the space. The arch shape draws the eye upward, giving a sense of height, while the reflective window panes create space and light with the added effect of looking out a window.

Ballard Designs' Collette Mirror

We see these kinds of antique mirrors all over Europe. The intricately carved floral swag and pediment top of this neoclassically inspired mirror brings rich architectural detail to a space. Our Colette Mirror is a great leaner for a dressing room, but we also like it hung over a console or mantel.

Ballard Designs' Garden District Mirror

You can’t beat the versatility of a mirror that mimics the look and shape of a transom window. Add one over a door to recreate the look of a transom or use in pairs flanking a doorway for the look of sidelights. The slender shape these transom mirrors means they look great in multiples, so when you want a new look, hang them together over a console, bed or sofa.

Ballard Designs' Manor House Mirror

Ballard Designs' Manor House Mirror

Based on a window design often used in 18th century French chateaux, our Manor House Mirror is beautiful in the entry or above the fireplace. We think it would be a bit unexpected and really lovely above a sink in the powder room or even grouped with artwork on a gallery wall.

Bella Leaner Mirror from Ballard Designs

Another reason to love mirrored panels: they create texture and break up the surface of a mirror. Here, our Bella Mirror takes the shape of a classic bonnet-top silhouette. Between the two sizes, we’re certain the Bella would work beautifully in any room in your home.

Ballard Designs Market Gate Mirror

Ballard Designs Market Gate Mirror

Whenever we’re in Paris, we inevitably find ourselves taking photo after photo of garden gates. We can’t help ourselves! Placed over the reflective surface of a mirror, the architectural design becomes the focus — and instant art for your walls. We especially love our Market Gate Mirror hung in multiples for greater impact.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    February 25, 2018

    Awesome post. Question about those rustic wooden framed mirror, set of 4. Where can i find those? Love them

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    Kristen Aragon

    April 1, 2016

    Can ask a question on the Garden District Mirrors in the picture you have for the living room. Are they shown in the Antique Gray or Wood color? I hope to hear back soon.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      April 4, 2016

      That’s the Antique Gray.