First of all, a needless confession: I didn’t invent the technique that follows. I first encountered this idea on Pinterest (here). But like I said, the confession was needless, because does anyone really think reflective floors were waiting around for me to invent them over seven years after the game was first made public? Of course not. That would give me some pretty good nerd cred. But if you are looking for nerd cred I can tell you I don’t have any, but what I do have are a very particular set of screenshots and writing skills, skills I have acquired by writing a lot of term papers, skills that make me amusing and perhaps bit useful for people like you. If you click away now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will teach you how to make a reflective floor in Minecraft.
Now a second confession: these floors don’t really reflect. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Without the mirrors. And actually without the smoke, too. So I guess it’s all and. Yeah. These floors are all and.
Essentially, to make a reflective floor, you need to build a flipped version of a room below it. It isn’t hard, but there are some things to consider, and I’ll share with you some things I’ve discovered make the effect more convincing. But first, let’s look at building a reflective floor step-by-step.
Step 1: Dig out your area, or make the frame
You can build these as big or as small as you like. I find, though, that medium sized rooms just look best. So the frame that I have built in the pictures below is 13x13x14. This produces an interior area of 11x11x12. That means that my room-to-be-reflected-in-a-shiny-floor will be 6 blocks high.
What I actually did is build a 13x13x7 frame and then doubled it. So you can see that the middle band of coal blocks is two blocks high. I use this to figure out where to put the floor.
It is important that your total work area have an even height rather than an odd one. Why? Mathematics and stuff. In the real world, a reflective surface is a flat plane sitting between two “areas” – the real world and the reflected world. In Minecraft, our “reflective surface” is actually one block thick – stained glass, to be specific (I’ve seen this done with ice blocks, but I personally like the effect of stained glass). That block must actually occupy a part of the “reflected” space. An odd number of blocks in our vertical dimension would mean that our reflective surface would have to sit in the middle of the blocks in the vertical center, which is impossible in Minecraft. If that doesn’t make sense to you, go ahead and try it. You’ll eventually see what I’m talking about.
Step 2: Lay out your floor and fill in your upper walls.
Now we build our room and lay out the reflective surface. In this project I started off with white stained glass. It looks fine, but I have discovered that the floor really starts looking sharp when you match the color of the glass to the walls and ceiling. Below you’ll see that I changed it to black stained glass, and it was a good change. In my Nether Portal room (first picture above, and see below) the walls and ceiling are white, so I used white stained glass.
Notice that the glass is even with the bottom row of the doubled band of coal blocks, meaning it is at y-level 7 out of the 14 block high frame.
Next I fill in the walls with just a little detail. We’ll add more details later.
Step 3: Reflect the walls
When you go to make the walls of the “reflection” remember that your reflective surface occupies a block, so you’ll actually put details one block closer to the glass.
Step 4: Add details
Now that we have the basic room built, we need more details. The more details you have, the more convincing the illusion of reflection is. The first thing I did here was add some crown moulding in the form of upside down nether quartz stairs.
We need a way into the room. So let’s add a door.
Next, let’s add a focal point for this room. How about a 3×3 pool of water?
Finally, I added one final detail: a Sea Lantern chandelier.
My Portal Room
Like I said, you might want to change the color glass to match the walls and ceiling. Here are some pics of a room I built in survival to house my Nether Portal.