By Jill Morgan
Garden mirror ideas are one of the easiest ways to elevate an outdoor space. With tons of different shapes, sizes and styles available, when thoughtfully positioned they can create a maximum impact for very little effort.
Use them as you would indoors, to reflect light into dark corners or narrow spaces and create the illusion of extra space. They are also handy for introducing a dash of colour and life into dull, flat surfaces. Try getting creative – hang them in unexpected places, prop them up to reflect a favourite plant or view, or try grouping them en masse for a quirky, eclectic look.
Of course, mirrors don’t have to be flat either – reflective globes, tiny cut shapes, and surfaces covered with flowing water all have their own magical charm. The possibilities are endless.
Read on for stylish garden mirror ideas, then check out our garden mirrors buying guide to find the perfect design for your budget.
1. Add a focal point to your porch
Garden mirror ideas are a great way to create an indoor-outdoor feel. They work especially well on a porch, covered patio or deck to add a homely vibe.
Here, a stylish round design makes an impressive statement hung on a wooden-clad wall. Surround with lanterns and other gorgeous ornaments for a feature that would work just as well in your living room. A rustic dresser and cosy rug underfoot will finish the outdoor-living-space look perfectly.
Looking for more inspiration? Try our patio cover ideas.
2. Use more than one
Speaking of statements, why have one garden mirror when you could have two, or even three? Rather than feeling crowded, this set-up adds a chic and industrial tone to the space.
Opt for designs of a similar look for a cohesive, contemporary vibe. Or, if you prefer a more eclectic style, mix them up – whatever works best for you. Paired with a white-washed wall, they breathe new life into this courtyard, brightening the space and doubling the leafy views. A great addition to our courtyard garden ideas.
3. Add a sculptural element
If you want to go for something a little different for your garden mirror ideas, then how about this? A striking sculptural addition to any space, this mirror-polished stainless steel design is sure to be a talking point amongst guests.
With its convex curves, it reflects the surrounding garden adding tons of visual interest to a lawn or patio, offering an almost other-worldly vibe.
Love the look? Take a look at our lawn decoration ideas for more beautiful designs.
4. Reflect the sky with your garden mirror ideas
To bring a fresh perspective into your courtyard or patio, why not prop a mirror in a position where it can reflect the sky? That way, you'll have an ever-changing view of fluffy clouds, enchanting blue, or flocks of birds which, amongst trailing foliage and interesting pots, will add a soothing touch to a space.
Looking for more relaxing additions to your plot? Try our sensory garden ideas.
5. Hang your garden mirror ideas above seating
Take your outdoor seating ideas up a notch with well-positioned mirrors. This multi-pane, wooden design is a great way to pep up a brick wall, reflecting a much-more-interesting view of nearby roses.
To add to the ambience further, string fairy or festoon lights along the top – the soft glow will seem extra magical as it reflects across the space.
6. Go for interesting shapes
A smaller and pleasingly-symmetrical design can add just as much impact as larger mirrors. Perfect for a more classic-style space, the quatrefoil shape gives an architectural nod and would brighten up any small garden or patio.
Opt for a distressed finish – it'll give your garden mirror ideas a rustic charm that will only enhance over time. It's a great choice if you're on the lookout for small garden ideas.
7. Introduce the element of surprise
What could be more intriguing than making an unexpected discovery in the garden? A well-chosen mirror artfully propped against a wall and surrounded by a tangle of plants can conjure up that feeling of surprise and intrigue, and enchant visitors young and old.
Add a touch of reality to the setting by choosing a window style mirror, such as this one. The antiqued finish, moulded frame and fine glazing bars all add architectural detail.
8. Set up a console display
A well-crafted and interesting display of favourite pots and plants can be pepped up with a well-placed mirror or two. These mirrors add real impact to the group, introducing height and elegant lines while reflecting the sky and beautiful surroundings.
Raised up on a weathered console table, each item can be appreciated more, and the mirrors can reflect more of the sky than the ground. Cheat the look by propping a worn scaffolding board or length of driftwood on a couple of trestles, in front of a mellow stone or brick wall. The beautiful backdrop will accentuate the natural shape and colours of the display.
Looking to add some new finishing touches to your space? Take a look at our garden planter ideas for inspiration.
9. Add a surprise sparkle
Bring jewel-like garden mirror ideas to a favourite part of your garden for a touch of the unexpected. Small but certainly effective, just a small group of three or five of these pretty mirrors are certain to draw the eye, reflecting light and colours from the surrounding garden.
Fix them on a well placed rock, stone wall or even hang from the branches of an overhanging tree, so they can dance in the daylight. Your view of them will also change as you move around the space and as the seasons and weather changes.
Children will love to spot them too – speaking of which, we've got lots of other ideas to keep them entertained outdoors with our garden activities for kids.
10. Bounce light back
Need to revitalise a dull or dingy courtyard? Adding large, stylish garden mirror ideas could be the answer. Not only will it help to boost the light levels, making the space much more inviting, but it will also create a beautiful feature that will bring character to a wall and create the feeling of space, too.
For a touch of elegance, go for an arched design with fine detailing – this is a fabulous example. Think carefully about the reflected view. Prop it casually against a wall with couple of beautiful planters nearby or hang at eye level and pop a console table beneath to create a more formal display. It's a great contender to add to your patio ideas.
11. Indulge in a touch of wonderland
Bring a playful touch to your garden with an eclectic wall of framed mirrors. Showcasing a range of different shapes, size and coloured frames these mirrors help bounce light around the garden and break up a vast expanse of dense conifer hedge.
A fun and quirky statement it is balanced beautifully by the simplistic, block style seating and clipped box hedges. Have a go achieving the look by hanging the mirrors at two or three points using dark cable ties.
Alternatively, if you have a large number of frames to hang or a precise arrangement, you may need to create a timber framework which can be pushed back into the hedge and hidden by the close growing foliage. This can then be used to help fix the frames securely in place.
12. Blur the boundaries
One trick loved by designers of spaces inside and out, is to use a large-scale mirror to visually stretch a small space. Simple but super-effective, this concept is great for small, urban courtyards as shown in this London garden.
Several, frameless mirror panels have been carefully fitted to create a huge mirror that stretches across an entire wall. The result is a light-filled space that feels twice the size, and this is emphasised by the narrow, timber slatted fence that runs down the side of the space.
Overhanging climbers and raised beds in front of the mirror help to soften the edges and enhance the illusion. Check out our small garden layout ideas for more inspiration.
13. Fake a window
Add character and charm in an instant, with an elegant shuttered window-style mirror. The beautifully weathered shutters and multiple panes are crafted from iron and bring depth and interest to flat and rather lifeless surfaces – great for shed ideas or garden fence ideas.
Choose to fully open or half close the shutters or leave them ajar to conjure up an air of mystery and encourage climbers to grow over the mirror edges to complete the 'just discovered' look.
14. Play with distorted reflections
Water and light are key to bringing any garden to life, so one with a mirrored sphere will certainly add something special. This design is mains-powered and comes with its own built-in reservoir so will sit happily on a patio, nestled amongst pots and plants.
Simply fill with water, plug-in and switch on and it will recirculate a curtain of water over the polished stainless-steel globes, continually altering the reflection and reflecting light off the surface. There are also similar products available that are solar powered, giving you more flexibility on where you can place them in the garden.
15. Create a reflective feature
Enjoy an alternative view of your outside space with a curious cluster of gazing globes. Nestle them amongst long grass, low-growing flowers or in a gravel garden and they will reflect the sky and plants around them.
A great way to bring light into a dark or dull corner, you can also move them around and rearrange to suit your mood and experiment with different effects. Group together in odd numbers and varying sizes for best effect, like this stainless-steel set. A fabulous option for modern garden ideas.
Where should a mirror be placed in a garden?
Dani Taylor, Product and Creative Director at Cox & Cox shares her tips when it comes to placing a mirror in a garden: 'You can put a mirror on fence or wall, but they look better and almost magical when slightly covered by a bush or tree – making them look more like a window into another part of the garden. That's why window mirrors work so well!'
Of course, wherever you place it, be careful that it's out of harm's way and well-secured. A propped mirror on a patio floor can look fabulous, but might not be suitable if you've got pets or children running around.
Can I use a normal mirror in the garden?
Dani Taylor, Product and Creative Director at Cox & Cox, suggests to avoid using indoor mirrors in your garden because non-waterproof backboards can rot, causing the glass to fall out.
So, to avoid risk, go for garden mirror ideas that are specially designed for outdoor use. These are made to withstand outdoor weather, so although they may develop a rustic-looking patina (which adds tons of character), they shouldn't fall apart.
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