We know that all of our readers at the Kuotes are attractive, gorgeous, stunning, and absolutely beautiful people. How can we prove it to you? Simple. By providing you with this ultimate mirror buying guide so that you can have a good look for yourself!
Choosing a great mirror that fits into your design style can be a tricky process, but it’s a vital one! Many people don’t recognize the critical role a mirror plays in a room: A mirror is perfect for some shameless self-admiring, but for design purposes, it also significantly brightens and widens even the smallest and darkest of spaces, making your room more comfortable and inviting. Mirrors also add a decorative element to your room, and depending on which mirror you choose, a mirror can even act as a focal point. At KKH, we offer a wide selection of mirrors for a variety of design styles. But how will you know which style mirror is for you? Read on to discover the mirror you could see yourself loving.
Historical research tells us we’ve been obsessed with our reflection long before Mulan started singing about it. In fact, the earliest man-made mirrors were made from obsidian, a volcanic glass, and can be dated all the way back to 6,000 BC. Of course, we’ve come a long way since then, and nowadays, the options seem endless. The Kuotes has created this style guide for you covering all of the different types of mirrors that you should add to your lexicon:
The Antique Mirror
Antique mirrors is a general term used to describe mirrors that have coatings or tints that make a mirror appear as if it has deteriorated with age, and they typically feature ornate frames, dark edges, and distressed patches. Choose an antique mirror to add a vintage vibe to any space. Their decorative and often elaborate frames offer character to an otherwise plain room, and if flanked by a pair of sconces, antique mirrors can serve as a great focal point. Antique mirrors pair well with vintage furniture, and they look great in multiple design styles. Place an antique mirror above a fireplace or piano for a rich classical look, or place one next to a modern media cabinet or office desk for a textured, eclectic look. You’ll find antique mirrors in many of our collections, but they’re especially at home in our Modern Classic and Hollywood Regency collections.
The Baroque Mirror
Baroque mirrors are rooted in the luxury and drama of the late Baroque period. These mirrors are heavily carved and decorated, and they typically feature pediments, flowers, or cherubs in their intricate, gilded siding. These mirrors are extremely regal and traditional. They work best in classical, French style homes.
The Eglomise Mirror
Eglomise mirrors come from the French style of verre églomisé, a term describing the process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf and then etched with a pattern or design. This style of mirror became popular during the Rococo era, and today eglomise inspires many of the mirrors in our French Country and Modern Classic collection. Eglomise mirrors add light, French charm into the home as well as a sense of chic refinement. Pair these mirrors with another antique or vintage-inspired piece, and your space will exude timeless design.
The Foxed Mirror
Foxed mirrors are named after the foxing effect that occurs on their mirror surface, either naturally or artificially. The term “foxing” actually originates from paper and describes the spots and browning that comes with the aging of vintage paper. Surprisingly, mirrors go through a similar deterioration process, and foxed mirrors are mirrors that have these defects retained or superficially added for an aged effect that adds character to your design style. A kind of antique mirror, foxed mirrors look great with other antique and vintage pieces but can also offer an engaging juxtaposition in a more modern design. Note that foxed mirrors are more valuable for their aesthetic value than their practicality. Foxed mirrors typically have damaged or not as reflective surfaces, so they are not the choice for your main bathroom or bedroom mirror.
The Starburst Mirror
Starburst mirrors, also called sunburst mirrors, are known by their distinct look: a frame that radiates out from the mirror like a shining sun or star. These mirrors date all the way back to 1434, first seen in a Jan van Eyck painting and very popular in Europe during the early 19th century; however, they did not gain popularity in the United States until the recent post-war era.
Now, starburst mirrors can be seen in almost any design style, and their popularity is largely due to their versatility. The structured look of starburst mirrors 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.