How to decorate above the fireplace using mirrors

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How to decorate above the fireplace using mirrors
A mirror above the fireplace can make a small room appear larger. (Fireplace image by Mistik from

The space above a fireplace is a location that is not given a lot of thought when decorating. Many times it is left bare or decorated with pictures, seasonal items such as a wreath or with a simple, plain large mirror. Although mirrors are an often-used decorative element in this area, they can still be used in an interesting way when decorating above the fireplace. The right mirror or combination of mirrors will complement almost any decor and create a focal point for the fireplace.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
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  1. 1

    Use a large mirror that has a decorative or bold frame. Hang the mirror or prop it above the fireplace on the mantel. This helps to create an area of interest and will draw the eye to the fireplace.

  2. 2

    Place a mirror above the fireplace that has a frame that matches the fireplace's hardware. The frame may match the colour of the hardware only or the design.

  3. 3

    Hang up a series of different mirrors that are the same size. Use large or small mirrors and place them side by side so that they cover the entire area directly above the fireplace from the mantel up to the ceiling for a dramatic effect.

  4. 4

    Hang one large sheet of mirror that covers the entire space above the fireplace and reaches to the ceiling. Hang a smaller, framed mirror with an interesting or elaborate design or shape in front of the large mirror for an interesting layered effect.

  5. 5

    Stagger mirrors of various sizes and shapes above the fireplace. Choose mirrors that have one common feature such as the colour of the frame even if the shapes and sizes of the frames differ.

  6. 6

    Use an arrangement of six mirrors on the wall above the fireplace in place of one large mirror. Arrange the mirrors so that there are three mirrors hung precisely over the other three. Use a measuring tape to ensure that the mirrors are neat and align exactly. Use square mirrors of the same size or be creative and use diamond-shaped mirrors.

  7. 7

    Hang a large simple mirror above the fireplace. On the mantel beneath the mirror, place similar items of staggering heights in a group of three beneath one corner of the mirror. These can be three smaller-sized mirrors of different heights, different frames or whatever you choose. On the opposite corner of the mantel, beneath the mirror, place one item that is at least twice the size of your smaller three items but not as tall as your primary mirror. Your large object should be different but can have some common trait with your three smaller objects, such as colour or design.

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