4 Mirror Styles And Where They Should Go In Your House


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Mirrors. We use them every day – in the bathroom to get ready, in the bedroom to make sure our socks match, and whenever we walk by our reflection, our tendency is to take a glance to see how we look. We all do it. It’s ok. You can admit it.

These reflective panels are good for more than just showing off your reflection, though. But with so many gorgeous mirrors out there in the world, how do you know what should go where? That’s where we come in. We’ve found four of the more popular mirror styles and where they should be placed in your home.

Why You Should Decorate With Mirrors

Mirrors are the universal accessories that you’ll find in every home. They can magically expand a small space, bring light into a dark room, and add a little sparkle to an otherwise plain wall. Bedroom mirrors, bathroom mirrors, and even custom mirrors all offer a sense of versatility and functionality that most other home décor doesn’t.

Interior designers often turn to mirrors as their secret weapon. If placed correctly, they can accentuate the décor for an entire room. They can be the centerpieces of that space, or they can fade into the background, allowing another piece to be the focal point.  

Mirror Styles

Mirrors and their frames come in a myriad of different shapes and sizes. Some are frameless, made out of wood, metal, wrought iron, or a variety of other materials.  Although there are many other styles, we’ve found the four most popular and also the easiest to incorporate into any décor.

Traditional Style

Traditional style mirrors are timeless classics that can bring a sense of elegance into any room. On the frames of traditional mirrors, you will generally find beautiful etchings or designs. Although they can fit in with most décor, traditional style mirrors are best for those rooms with a Georgian, Edwardian, or Victorian feel.

Vintage Chic Style

Vintage chic style, also known as Shabby Chic, is most often associated with antiqued mirrors. The glass may have small black flecks, a silver-ish haze, or a slight tone that is generally yellowish in color and that has an aged appearance. Though you won’t get as crystal clear of a reflection as other mirrors, vintage chic mirrors add a certain je ne sais quoi to any room.

Contemporary Style

While most people picture contemporary style mirrors as straightforward and plain, nothing could be further from the truth. The frames can be made of anything from sturdy wood to thick metal frames. These modern mirrors come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can go with any décor, although they go best with minimalist styles.

Country Style

For those homes with a rustic, country feel, a country style mirror and frame work perfectly. These mirrors give their surroundings a comfy feel that fits well with provincial décor. The frames can be made out of wrought iron, reclaimed wood, or other natural materials and bring a certain type of warmth to any room.

Where To Place The Mirrors In Your Home

When picking out your mirror, something else to keep in mind is where it will be placed. You don’t necessarily want to hang a small circle mirror over your fireplace and leave too much blank wall space.

Mirrors fulfill a couple of different functions in the home. First, they visually expand a small space. Having a mirrored closet, furniture or large mirror leaning against the wall can give the illusion of a larger room.

Above the Fireplace

Adding a statement piece above the fireplace creates a focal point for the room. Depending on the décor, just about any style of a mirror can work as long as it is large enough to fill the space. For traditional styles, a gold-framed mirror over the fireplace can turn an ordinary space into a room of timeless elegance. Add a few candles in front to reflect the soft glow of the candlelight and create an instantly romantic setting.

In the Bathroom

For bathrooms, something useful yet eye-catching is the perfect combination. Make sure it is large enough to reflect the lighting to help with those quick touch ups and if you found one that is connected to a medicine cabinet with a door on each side, even better. Contemporary style mirrors are most commonly used in bathrooms since most of the décor is centered on the lighting and faucets.

In the Bedroom

For the smaller size rooms, a mirror will expand the space and create the illusion of more room. Using a mirrored, vintage chic wardrobe or mirrored furniture can produce the same effect. A vintage chic or shabby chic mirror in here lends an elegance and sophistication to the entire décor.

In the Dining Room

Mirrors in the dining room give a sense of grandeur and warmth to even the smallest dining space. Whether it’s reclaimed wood or wrought iron, a large country style mirror will reflect the glow of the light fixtures and charm your guests.