Take a look at your fine self. But seriously, you should. Mirrors play a vital role in home design, whether it’s to make a space feel bigger, utilize an empty wall, brighten a dark corner, or stare back at the most gorgeous person in the room. For a more comprehensive guide, be sure to check out this article from a while back and learn what mirror style suits you best. But today, we’re sharing our four must-have mirror styles and the reasons why we adore them in our interiors.
We love the antique mirror because it adds character and authenticity to a space. Antique as a term can be slightly misleading in interiors as it rarely means “old” and more frequently means “made to look old.” Coatings or tints make antique mirrors appear as if it has deteriorated with age, and they typically feature ornate frames, dark edges, and distressed patches (but we carry many modern versions as well!).
These details allow antique mirrors to tell a story and serve as a meaningful statement piece. In short, we like them because they hold their own. We like to style them flanked by a pair of sconces or put up as the room’s focal point (or both). Antique mirrors are easy to blend into multiple design styles for a thoughtful and eclectic look. Place an antique mirror above a fireplace or piano for a rich classical look, or place one above a modern media cabinet or office desk for a textured, Old World feel that brings together old and new.
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Why break out the baroque? This distinguished mirror is a KKH favorite because they’re not afraid to add a little luxury and drama to the home. Baroque mirrors are recognized by their heavily carved and decorated frame, and they typically feature pediments, flowers, or cherubs in their intricate, gilded siding.
We love a baroque mirror in a traditional home, but they also work surprisingly well with modern pieces because they offer a surprising (but elegant) juxtaposition.
Besides the fun and energetic shape, we love starburst mirrors for their versatility. Starburst mirrors radiate in almost any design style. Their structured look makes them perfect for the more traditional Hollywood Regency or Modern Classic home, but their playful shape and pop let them serve as an exclamation point on a contemporary design too! Pro tip: Starburst mirrors are also great fillers for awkward spaces when designing a gallery wall.
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For the more modern and whimsical, try a contemporary mirror, which is known for its clean appearance, interesting contours, and use of modern materials (like acrylic, wood, or hide).
These mirrors vary in style from art deco to Scandinavian, and they’re great for updating a traditional space, like the entryway or living room.
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This article originally appeared as a contributing article to our friend The Chriselle Factor. This version has been updated and modified.