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Kaleidoscope House by Paul Raff Studio

Ten homes where mirrors are used to maximise space

Our latest lookbook features 10 homes from the Dezeen archive with mirrors that give the illusion of more space, from glass partitions to mirrored doors.

In residential interiors, mirrors reflect natural light and can appear to extend rooms even for projects with a limited footprint.

From mirrored room dividers to sliding doors covered in the reflective material, these projects show how interior designers have played with mirrors to trick the eyes and maximise space.

This is the latest in our series of Dezeen Lookbooks series providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing modernist living rooms, kitchen extensions and homes designed by architects and designers.

Interiors of The Whale apartment in Paris designed by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard
Photo is by Simone Bossi

The Whale, France, by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard

Parisian architect Lesnoff-Rocard used mirrors, brass and coloured marble throughout this basement apartment in an effort to recapture the building's original art deco style and transform rooms that were once dark and cramped.

The doors that open out into the bedrooms are clad in mirrored panels that reflect the striking columns of pale blue marble. Storage cabinets are crafted from a similarly reflective brass.

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Canyon House by Studio Hagen Hall
Photo is by Mariell Lind Hansen

Canyon House, UK, Studio Hagen Hall

When Studio Hagen Hall converted a Victorian townhouse into a home inspired by 1970s Californian modernism, it used mirrors to create a series of intimate, flexible spaces within the house's compact location.

In the living room, a floor-to-ceiling mirror reflects the plush velvet sofa, mid-century lighting and burnt orange carpet.

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House on the street Reig i Bonet, Barcelona by Arquitectura-G
Photo is by José Hevia

Reig I Bonet street apartment, Spain, by Arquitectura-G 

A large mirror acts as a headboard in this bedroom for a young couple designed by Barcelona-based architecture studio Arquitectura-G.

It is one of many reflective surfaces used in the minimalist apartment, used to strategically open up the home and bounce natural light around.

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Piso Pereiv44 by Miel Arquitectos
Photo is by Asier Rua

Piso Pereiv44, Spain, by Miel Arquitectos

In this 65-square-metre apartment designed by Miel Arquitectos, storage spaces are clad in mirrored panels, giving it a whimsical look.

Aside from producing a playful aesthetic, the mirrors serve to accentuate the pattern of the scalloped ceiling and reflect the fluorescent green pops of colour.

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Interiors of Forja House by Pablo Pita Architects
Photo is by José Campos

Forja House, Portugal, by Pablo Pita

A sliding mirrored door conceals the master suite inside Forja House, cleverly giving its owners additional privacy.

The designers wanted the compact holiday home, which is situated in Portugal's Alto Douro region, to be predominantly open plan with an uninterrupted flow of movement. The discrete mirrored door contributes to this visual effect by extending views of the home's interior.

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A mirrored courtyard
Photo is by Jin Weiqi

Baochao Hutong Mirror Yard, China, by DAGA Architects

In this Dezeen Awards-shortlisted renovation, Chinese studio DAGA Architects added mirrors to the floor and walls of an entrance courtyard to make the residence feel bigger.

The mirrored surfaces reflect the sky above and the surrounding buildings, making the notoriously narrow, single-storey courtyard house in Bejing feel more spacious than it actually is.

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House of Mirrors by Nook Architects
Photo is by Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

House of Mirrors, Spain, by Nook Architects

An array of mirrors have been conveniently positioned around this Barcelona flat to create the impression of more space, prompting Nook Architects to name the project House of Mirrors.

A full-length mirror situated between the kitchen and the living room dissolves the wall and brings attention to the large openings that frame the place.

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Tudor Ludique by Jean-Maxime Labrecque
Photo is by Frédéric Bouchard

Playful Tudor, Canada, by Jean-Maxime Labrecque

When local architect Jean-Maxime Labrecque was asked to convert this "dark and stifling" house in Montreal into a more welcoming setting, he decided to install a staircase featuring a mirrored balustrade.

The same smoked-bronze mirrored that appears on the handrail also covers a bathroom on the ground floor underneath the stairs.

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A mirrored staircase in Kaleidoscope House by Paul Raff Studio
Photo is by Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Kaleidoscope House, Canada, by Paul Raff Studio

Another residential staircase wrapped in a mirror features in the middle of this house in Toronto, creating a kaleidoscopic effect.

Paul Raff Studio wanted it to "catch and reflect light, as well as various views, to create a complex and kinetic three-dimensional spatial play".

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Mirrors inside Bookshelf House by Andrea Mosca
Photo courtesy of Andrea Mosca

Bookshelf House, France, by Andrea Mosca

Books appear to be multiplied in this house by Italian architect Andrea Mosca thanks to a large mirror opposite a stepped bookshelf in the living room.

Alongside reflecting books in all kinds of angles, the mirror has been used to divide and characterise the dwelling.

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing homes centred around courtyards, original hotel bathrooms and glass block walls.