Who says door mirrors always have to hang vertically? They’re just simple rectangle mirrors,…why not try them horizontally for an elongating effect?
When Apartment Therapy tackles a project like this, you know it’s going to do two things: It’s going to be relatively easy, and the end result will look pretty hip. Their design incorporates a painted stripe the same width as the mirror, and has added sophistication by the asymmetrical placement of the mirror itself. They even have full how-to instructions on their site.
Door Mirror via Apt Therapy
Designer Olga Polzzi used minimalistic door-mirror style mirrors in the Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Germany. Such a simple idea, but with a very modern and funky result.
- Berlin hotel de Rome by Olga Polzzi via Pillows Smooth Blog
The next one has a an off-the-shelf door mirror like you’d find atLowe’s or Target, and turns it on it’s side for an instant backsplash at the serving bar/prep area of the kitchen. You’d have to reposition the d-ring hangers on back, but then it’s ready to go. I thought when I first saw this photo, “Oh yeah, and what are the odds of finding one the perfect size?” But then I measured my own kitchen, and a set of double cabinets comes out between 48 and 54 inches pretty easily,…a very standard range of sizes for door mirrors that you’d find at a home improvement center like Lowe’s. Frameless ones will even work well.
Door mirror used for a backsplash
HGTV Canada designers Colin and Justin used some inexpensive off-the-shelf3-dimensional pieces to make it into a full feature wall. Installed with simple chrome clips, it’s a mod and inexpensive solution. These would also work well for a backsplash solution.
HGTV Canada designers Colin and Justin adde 3-d pieces
An Apartment Therapy show piece, this bathroom features a long, horizontal mirror. The key is making sure the placement is the right height for the users since the room for error is much more narrow, and it will be a functional mirror. But the long line becomes an important graphic element that emphasizes the long shape of the bathroom and acts like a panoramic window. Very beautiful.
Apt Therapy Long Mirror Horizontal Bathroom
Inspired by the very first photo in this post, blogger “A Base Of Our Own” created a foyer focal point using simple door mirrors found at the home improvement store. Very cool, and good how-to directions to help you achieve the same look. And believe me – learn from their mistakes!! They tried to just use tape to install at first, then tried heavy duty velcro. Personally, I’d install 2 small d-rings on the back of each mirror and secure them from the wall that way,….but that’s a lot more measuring.
A Base of Our Own - Horizontal Mirror Focal Wall
But those are just the DIY versions. What about using mirror as backsplashes when the pros are involved? A custom (bespoke) backsplash of mirror can be cut to your exact dimensions, with matching outlet covers and switchplate covers. This one by Vintage Shutters and Hardware in Raleigh, NC uses mirror and Dreamwalls Color Glass backpainted glass in a beautiful red to create a sophisticated place to gather.
Vintage Shutters and Hardware Mirror and Dreamwalls Color Glass Backsplash
Or, we go back the other way, with Barefoot & Company who created this long, narrow mirror and installed it vertically in a bathroom. However, notice that they drilled exact holes for the faucet and controls in the mirror. A very modern, unexpected look in this Charlotte, NC area bathroom.
Barefoot & Company Narrow Bathroom Mirror
When you work with professionals, it is all about the details they provide as Barefoot & Company shows with a detail shot of a mirror backsplash installation with a matching mirror outlet cover.
Barefoot & Company Mirror Outlet Cutout and Matching Cover
So just think about the simple, rectangular door mirror a bit differently, and don’t be afraid to turn conventional thinking on its head,…or, at the very least, on its side. You’d be amazed at how drastically they can change the look of a room with just a little creativity.