Creative Garden Mirror Ideas for Illusion of Depth and Space

Mirrors are often brushed aside as indoor furniture. The truth is, they also work in outdoor spaces, especially in small gardens.

A garden mirror gives the illusion of depth and space. It reflects light and the effect makes it look like a window opening to another world.

Many UK homeowners love the idea, and so, garden mirrors have grown in popularity in the country. Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite garden mirror ideas. We’re certain that you’ll find something you love in this mix, so keep reading!

1. Gothic-inspired

Inspired by Gothic arches, the tracery adds a decorative element to outdoor spaces. The design is simple and enough to bring some character to your garden. This mirror can also be used to create a feature wall.

Gothic-inspired garden mirror

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2. Go convex

Curved outwards, convex mirrors give an upright image and provide a wider field of view. This mirror is great for reflecting light to plants with lower light requirements.

The light reflected is spread out to a wider space.

Convex style garden mirror

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3. DIY mosaic

A do-it-yourself garden mirror featuring a floral and leafy design. The mirror is positioned in a way to catch the light while the tiles spice up the aesthetic.

DIY mosaic garden mirror

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4. Church window mirror

A traditional window design with a distressed wood effect, but it’s actually metal. A timeless piece that can boost your garden appearance and can stand up to UK weather.

Classic church garden window

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5. Combine with greenery

Make your backyard even more serene and enchanting with a wall mirror matched with vines. A perfect cottage garden idea, the design concept adds an exquisite feature to the space.

Tip: Add a console display and decorate it with more plants and candles.

Curved garden window with greenery

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6. Full exterior mirror

Full-length garden mirror designed with arched window-pane and an antiqued finish. Ideal for both small and large outdoor spaces

It visually expands your garden and gives a unique perspective to your outdoor design.

Full-exterior garden mirror

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7. Faux door window

An arched garden window framed with metal featuring two openings. The design makes it look like a door, but clearly, it’s not, hence the name. What a way to add illusion and creativeness to your space!

Faux garden door window

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8. Round architectural style

A rustic garden mirror with intrigue design featuring sectioned panels. The size is big enough to create the perfect illusion you want for your space.

Round architectural garden mirror

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9. With shutters

Bringing back the classic, a shutter garden mirror can be a great addition to your corner garden idea. The shutter style adds to the mirror trick while creating a sense of light and space in your backyard.

Garden mirror with shutters

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10. Mirror and statue

Adding a statue in front of your garden mirror can make your space feel like you’re entering the forest of the gods. Draw inspiration from this design.

The statue makes an elegant addition to the space. Meanwhile, the mirror behind adds interest and reflects the garden.

Garden mirror and a statue

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11. Integrate mirror to pond

Creating a double effect, the design highlights the pond with tremendous effect. The concept also makes an excellent garden pond idea. But make sure nobody walks in!

Garden mirror integrated to pond

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12. Small framed mirrors

Use more than one mirror and create a show-stopping display with garden mirrors en masse. A variety of shapes, sizes and coloured frames are displayed, breaking up the dense conifer hedge.

The number of mirrors are enough to help bounce light around the garden.

Small framed garden windows

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13. Blur the boundaries

Simple but effective, this trick uses a large-scale mirror to stretch the small yard visually. A smart concept to stick with if you have a small, urban courtyard. Climbers and raised beds in front soften the edges and enhance the illusion.

Garden mirror trick that blurs the boundary

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14. Salvaged mirror

With old window frames coupled with vintage beadboard, you can recreate this project. The process includes cutting the windows down and removing the broken muntins.

This created the perfect opening for mirrors. Use this guide for in-depth instruction.

Garden mirror made from salvaged materials

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15. Moroccan magnificence

A riad courtyard look isn’t complete without a classic Moroccan style mirror. Displaying gorgeous arches, the curvy shapes imbue a sense of calm, as opposed to straight lines.

Moroccon style garden mirror

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16. French chic

A French chic garden mirror is for lovers of an effortlessly put-together scheme. The graceful curves make a perfect backdrop against a sophisticated garden set. The elegance and simplicity say it all.

French chic garden mirror

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17. Once upon a time mirror

A castle-like mirror piece attached to a garden wall, surrounded by a vine. There’s a magical scene going on here, all thanks to the addition of the antique marble top, tree branch, and candles.

Enchanted garden mirror

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18. Black and gold

The rusty gold-ish mirror and displays stand out most because of the black backdrop. The concrete privacy screen is extended with a console table, holding the mirror.

Garden mirror with black and gold concept

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19. Interesting shapes

A smaller and pleasingly-symmetrical design that adds as much impact as larger mirrors. Perfect for a more classic-style space, this quatrefoil shape gives an architectural nod. It’s a great addition to brightening up any small garden or patio.

Small garden mirror with unique shape

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20. Shed mirror

A windowless garden shed isn’t always a problem. You can create one with mirrors! Have a look at this one; a mirror designed with strips of wood and shutters.

Shed mirror

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21. Mirror-polished stainless steel leaves

A design that embodies unique and beautiful mirror sculpture. The mirror-polished stainless steel leaves sit atop adjustable rods. This forms an enchanting display, reflecting the surrounding space.

The painted bold colour adds an extra dose of vibrancy.

Mirror-polished stainless steel leaves

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22. Lawn mirror for focal point

Now have a look at this water droplet mirror! Its convex curves reflect the surrounding garden, adding visual interest to the lawn. If you want a mirror piece that offers an other-worldly vibe, consider this concept.

Lawn mirror

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Round-up

Garden mirrors make a great addition to gardens. Best for jazzing up a dull-looking wall or fence or adding a new dimension to your garden design.

Pair with outdoor furniture, you can extend your living space outdoors! But there are a few considerations you need to keep in mind.

First, when positioning the mirror, make sure to place it with care. Birds can get confused by mirrors, so pay close attention to their flight paths. Choose an area where birds aren’t likely to fly towards.

Second, avoid a potential fire hazard, such as a glare that can reflect into your home. Ensure your outdoor mirror isn’t placed in direct sunlight; shady areas are ideal.

We hope our list of ideas will help you revamp your garden scheme in a show-stopping style!

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FAQs

Yes, of course! We recommend opting for a weatherproof garden room. You'll want to make sure it can survive whatever the UK weather throws.

They are a great addition to outdoor spaces as they help bounce light into dark corners. Most importantly, a garden mirror gives the illusion of depth and space, ideal for small backyards.

On the wall, especially those mirrors with a shape of a doorway or window. The reflection will give the illusion that the garden continues to another area.

 

Highlight the illusion by framing it with plants or putting a gate in front of the mirror.

Yes, they are, but as long as you avoid placing the mirror under direct sunlight. A mirror can magnify the heat it receives.

 

If it constantly receives sunlight and the heat gets projected to an object, it can cause a fire.