Mirrors make a classic addition to any space. But they’re surprisingly rare in dining rooms. As we deck out our dining rooms with dramatic light fixtures, elegant window treatments, and bold works of art, we often overlook the mirror— reserving it for other spaces, like our bedrooms and living rooms.
Thankfully, many interior designers have not forgotten about the tried-and-true mirror and they’ve crafted stunning dining rooms that make the most of the reflective accent.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the prettiest examples of dining room mirrors—and we’ve highlighted some dining room mirror ideas worth trying in your own home.
Put a Big Mirror in a Small Room
Putting a big mirror in a small dining room may seem like a recipe for clutter. But if you want the room to feel more spacious, it’s the best thing you can do. So buy the biggest mirror you can find— and mount it on your dining room wall. The more of the room the mirror can reflect, the bigger the room will feel.
Dress Up an Unusual Wall
Mirrors don’t have to live on the biggest wall in the room. If your dining room is flanked by an unusually narrow wall, dress it up with a slim mirror. The accent should draw attention to the wall, making your open-concept dining room feel more closed-off and cozy.
Finish Off Your Bar Cabinet
Most bar cabinets are bold enough to stand on their own. But by hanging a mirror right above yours, you can formalize your set-up— making your home bar feel like more of a destination.
Use a Mirror As Your Backsplash
Standalone mirrors are great— but they’re not your only option. If your dining room is packed with prep space, use panel mirrors as your backsplash. The unusual accent is sure to make a statement— leaving you with an unforgettably pretty dining room.
Brighten Up the Room
If your dining room is low on windows, use mirrors to your advantage. Put a mirror on the wall opposite the nearest window, where it can reflect natural light back into the room. To get as much light as possible, use a really big mirror— or create a gallery wall of smaller ones.
Streamline All Your Metals
Mixing and matching metals is fun. But, for a truly striking look, color-coordinate all the metals in your dining room. Use your light fixture as a starting point— and pick out a mirror with a matching frame. Then, top your dining room table with a matching metal centerpiece.
Mount a Mirror Above Your Fireplace
If your dining room has a built-in fireplace, decorating with mirrors is easy: Just mount a mirror above your mantel. This classic combination looks great in any home— and it’ll make a particularly cozy addition to your dining room.
Pair Your Mirror With Matching Wallpaper
Wallpaper looks great in any dining room. And by picking a mirror that matches the accent colors in your wallpaper, you can make your already-bold walls look even more eye-catching.
Lean a Full-Length Mirror Against the Wall
Full-length mirrors are often used to dress up bedrooms and closets—but they’re not out of bounds in a dining room. In fact, if you need to fill space in a dining room that’s low on windows, leaning a full-length mirror against the wall can be a great way to do it.
Line Your Wall With Panel Mirrors
Instead of hanging a single mirror on your dining room wall, line the entire wall with panel mirrors. The choice is a fun alternative to classic wall decor options, like paint and wallpaper. And for an extra-bold look, you can scribble messages and doodles all over the wall.
Stick a Mirror Between Your Windows
If your dining room is lined with windows, sneak a mirror in between them. The understated accent will break up your space without disrupting the light-filled feel of the room.
Match Your Mirror to Your Wall
Struggling to pick the right mirror for your space? Take cues from the rest of the room. Matching your dining room mirror to your dining room walls is a surefire way to craft a sleek space— especially if other accents in the room match, too.
Use a Mirror As a Faux Window
Create fluidity in your space by snagging a mirror that looks like a window. The unusual accent will make you feel like you can see through any wall you hang it on—giving you the illusion of continuity between different rooms.
Add Texture With an Antique Mirror
Mirrors tend to be pretty sleek— but they certainly don’t have to be. If you’re searching for a way to add texture to your dining room, look for an antique mirror— or a mirror that’s been distressed.
Play With a Pop of Color
Use your dining room mirror to add a new color to your palette. If your dining room is filled with matte black pieces, break up the wall of color with a shiny gold mirror. The unexpected touch will add contrast to your space, making the whole room more interesting.
Frame Your Mirror With Lamps
One easy way to showcase your dining room mirror? Frame it with matching lamps or sconces. The decorative duo will draw the eye to your mirror, making sure it stands out in your space.
Don’t Be Afraid to Layer
Your mirror doesn’t have to stand on its own. By pairing it with other decor, like art, plants, and candles, you can create a decorative vignette that feels textured and dynamic.