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33 Mirror Above Fireplace Ideas for a Gorgeous Mantel
- written by Zakhar (aka Zee)
- November 22, 2021
With the fireplace being one of the main focal points in the home, you want your mantel to be as visually captivating as possible. What better way to do this than by incorporating a mirror above the fireplace?
A mirror serves as an ideal item on the mantel because it acts as an anchor piece that you can accentuate around with smaller accessories. The mirror’s reflective qualities can also make a space look bigger and brighter since it bounces the light coming from your light sources.
When selecting a mirror to place above the fireplace, choose one with a size proportionate to the fireplace wall and mantel to create a sense of balance. Another consideration to keep in mind is the mirror frame. Slim frames in black, white, or metallic tones project a contemporary appeal, while arched and detailed frames exude a romantic, vintage vibe. While a large, single mirror above the fireplace can create a statement, combining a variety of mirror shapes and sizes produces a unique aesthetic.
Here are 33 mirrors above the fireplace ideas that will inspire you to add this piece of décor to your mantel.
Elevate the dreamy appeal of your ornate fireplace by pairing it with a mirror set in a wood frame with classical moldings. The scroll-like patterns, curved silhouette, and carved details of the mirror add a romantic quality to the space, while its white frame blends perfectly into the wall.
Large Round Mirror with Black Frame
A large round mirror above the fireplace is a versatile choice that transcends different seasons and interior styles. For a more contemporary look, opt for one with a thin black frame to add contrast to a neutral-colored room.
Brass Frame on Black Shiplap
Bring some jazz into your space by putting a round brass-framed mirror above the fireplace. This mirror’s metallic tone lends a dramatic contrast to the black shiplap walls and echoes the warmth of the mantel. Its elegant appeal makes it adaptable for different styles, whether paired with everyday or seasonal décor.
Stylish Scalloped Corner Mirror
If you’re choosing a large mirror, opt for one with scalloped corners instead. This style is the perfect alternative to rectangular mirrors above the fireplace and blends in perfectly with cottage-style, transitional, and farmhouse interiors.
Bring the freshness and airiness of the tropics straight into your living room with a wicker-framed mirror. This round mirror adds a subtle contrast to the white shiplap wall with its natural beech color. You can add visual weight to the mantel by pairing it with heavier pieces such as a tall floral arrangement, greenery, and intricate candle holders.
Art and Mirrors
Pair a tall mirror with a smaller piece of art to create an eye-catching vignette on your mantel. Here, the natural-toned mirror frame softly complements the vertical white wall panels while the landscape artwork captures the eyes with its subtle colors.
Peacock-style Wall Mirror
Create a captivating mantel vignette in your master bedroom with a unique hand-carved mirror for an exotic appeal. The mirror above this fireplace takes center stage with a frame inspired by the peacock’s fanned tail feathers dotted with multitudes of nickel-silver glass that represent the bird’s “hundred eyes”. The detailed and intricate frame, along with its reflective qualities, will definitely add a layer of mystery and romance to the bedroom.
Reflect the Love
Celebrate the season of love all year long with a heart-shaped mirror above your fireplace. The quirky shape adds playfulness to a kids’ bedroom while its subtle gray color softly blends with the room’s neutral palette.
Brass Fireplace Mirror
Add warmth to a white fireplace wall by installing a large round mirror with a brass frame as your main focal point. The sizable dimensions of this mirror make it an ideal piece for a large wall, which can then be combined with other décor for both daily and special occasions.
Combining mirrors of different shapes and sizes is a chic way to elevate the aesthetic qualities of your fireplace. The key is to stick to a certain style to create one cohesive vignette. Here, two vintage-inspired mirrors are used to lend a romantic charm to the fireplace. A small round-leaf gold mirror is layered in front of a larger mirror that features jeweled details in its apex and edges.
Stunning Arch Wall Mirror
Create an inviting and romantic vibe in your living room with an arch-wall mirror. Here, the cathedral window aesthetic of the latticed frame creates an eye-catching focal point on the mantel while the distressed white paint pairs perfectly with the rustic brick wall.
Delicate and soft, this large mirror placed above the fireplace definitely makes the mantel a beauty to behold. The adorned frame follows a sensual silhouette that lends an elegant and luxurious vibe to the space.
Brass and gold tones add warmth to neutral rooms. For an elegant effect, you can also pair the mirror with another piece of décor in either a similar or contrasting metal.
Double-framed Oval Mirror
A thick mirror frame can add visual weight to a mantel and become the center of attraction on the fireplace. Here, the fireplace wall features an oval mirror with two wooden frames in a distressed finish that softly blends in with the white shiplap wall.
Mirrored Mirror on the Wall
Elevate the luxurious vibe of a mirror décor by opting for one with a beautiful frame that perfectly fits contemporary and transitional interiors. Here, the mirror above the fireplace features a geometric shape with elegant inlaid beveled mirror edges that lend a prismatic shine to the mantel.
Give your cottage-style bedroom a delightful twist with a unique accent piece like a gold quatrefoil mirror. In this image, a clover leaf-inspired mirror with a metallic frame serves as the main fireplace décor and fits in perfectly with the headboard wall accessories.
Vintage Mirror and Prints
Match your above the fireplace mirror with similar décor to create a coherent mantel vignette. Here, a vintage mirror is layered with a framed sepia sketch and candlesticks in old-world style holders.
A Mantel of Mirrors
A vintage mirror with an intricate frame will make your mantel dreamier… so why stop at one? This charming fireplace features three antique mirrors in various shapes and sizes that add dimension and pristine reflections to the space.
Mirrors, Art, and Plants
Here, both a rectangular and round mirror with a detailed gold and brass frames are combined with a framed art landscape and a pair of plant leaves to create an inviting and charming fireplace vignette.
Bring traditional rustic ambiance into your home by incorporating a mirror with an old-world aesthetic above the fireplace. Here, the large rectangular mirror features a Chippendale-style design with its dark wood frame, decorative carvings, and broken pediment top with central finial.
Create a statement with a large mirror in a sleek brass metal frame. Its oversized dimensions make it the perfect piece to sit on a mantel and lean against the wall while its arched design adds a timeless and elegant appeal.
A mirror above the fireplace provides the perfect backdrop for both everyday and holiday styling. Here, the brass-framed vintage mirror serves as a decorative backdrop for a foliage wreath.
This vignette featuring a floral painting layered in front of a stately vintage mirror adds an aura of romance to the space. The use of detailed brass framing for both pieces adds a cohesive and regal aesthetic, which is further elevated paired with brass candlesticks and fall florals.
Capture the rustic charm of farmhouse fireplace vignettes through an arch mirror. The slim black frame gives the mirror a contemporary feel while its subtle beveled edges lend a quiet elegance to the room.
Timeless Round Mirror
Stylish and contemporary, this round mirror above the fireplace features a timeless and versatile aesthetic with its essential shape and slim black frame.
An oval-shaped mirror such as a large modern mirror gives the mantle a unique dimension than a traditional mirror. But don't go overboard with the shape of the mirror. Keep it geometric and minimalistic. Experiment with A group of mirrors - A group of mirrors or layering mirrors can also create a vivid display.
Try to Find a Mirror 2/3 the Size of Your Mantel
“The main thing to remember when placing a mirror over the fireplace is that, no matter the shape of the mirror you choose to go with, the width should at least be 2/3 of the fireplace mantel,” explains Kuo.
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The mirror's reflective qualities can also make a space look bigger and brighter since it bounces the light coming from your light sources. When selecting a mirror to place above the fireplace, choose one with a size proportionate to the fireplace wall and mantel to create a sense of balance.
For an easy fireplace mantel decorating idea, hang a mirror in the middle and a sconce on either side. Anchor the mantel with a larger vase in front of the mirror and fill in with smaller accessories, such as vases, candlesticks, and decorative objects. Pick up on colors and materials found elsewhere in the room.
Mirrors always should be hung strictly vertical. Position your mirrors so direct open light from lighting fixtures wouldn't reflect in the mirrors; in other words, the lighting source reflected in the mirrors shouldn't “blind” the person.
Simply put, putting a mirror over a fireplace can improve a room's chi (positive) energy; this, in turn, makes for a more harmonius and welcoming space.
Because fireplaces can vary in size, you'll need to choose an artwork that will be proportionate & look good on the wall. Generally, a picture looks best when it's approximately 80% the width of the mantel or firebox it's sitting above.
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A good rule of thumb (or eye) is to choose a mirror that's around two thirds of the size of the furniture it's hanging above. Use a paper template to help you map out its position if you're not sure what size will fit your space – your room's colour and natural light levels will play a part too.
- The purity of the sheet of glass.
- The flatness of the sheet of glass.
- The thickness of the mirror's glass.
- The reflective coating on the glass (this coat turns the sheet of glass into a mirror)
Fireplace mantles are the perfect place to lean your artwork and mirrors!
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Remember to place your mirror opposite a window if possible to help fill the space with natural light, and always have a professional hang any heavy fixtures, especially if they are positioned over areas where your friends or family sit or sleep.