if you’re like me and live in a small apartment (or even a home with narrow hallways and rooms), you’re probably good friends with a mirror or two. in addition to making rooms seem larger, mirrors reflect light and brighten shady spaces. we have at least one mirror in every room of our home, not because we love our reflections, but because they make our apartment feel like a bright, spacious home rather than the narrow, dark space that it is. for the past few weeks i’ve been on a search for a new bedroom mirror because our crazy cats decided to knock ours over and break it (that’s seven years of bad luck for them). i searched for all different styles and sizes and compiled a list of my favorite, grouped by categories like frameless, sunburst, etched, decorative frames, wooden and much more. i hope you’ll enjoy the guide. click here for the full roundup, which continues after the jump.
[image above: star mirrors, $24-$34 each at spiegel.com
I naturally gravitate towards etched, frameless mirrors. I think they have a great vintage feel and blend well with any decor. These mirrors from Williams Sonoma Home ($395 each) are a great example of how simple etching can add a lot of style to a little mirror.
Etched mirrors can range from bold to basic and these are some great examples of both. Clockwise from top left: Venetian Crown Mirror ($169 at MoreMirrors.com), Andenes Mirror ($39.99 at Ikea-USA.com), Etched Hectagon Mirror ($395 at WSHome.com), Etched Triptych Mirror ($228 at Anthropologie.com).
Sadly this Venetian style Ribbon Mirror ($1,575) from SourcePerrier.com was out of my budget, but it was definitely in my top three. It now has a permanent place on my “things to save up for one day” list.
The nice thing about etched mirrors is that you can find them at a wide range of prices. You can pick up pricier versions like the Venetian mirror in the previous slide or something more affordable like these mirrors from Bed, Bath and Beyond and Ikea. Clockwise from top left: Hoven Frameless Arch Mirror ($199.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond), Trawler Mirror ($299.99 at Target.com), Nessane Mirror ($39.99 at Ikea-USA.com), Etched Star Mirror ($399 at WSHome.com).
Sunburst mirrors are a classic style that have been updated a million different ways. This Porcupine Quill version from Horchow ($519) is a great example of a modern take.
Beautiful sunburst mirrors, clockwise from top left: Sunburst Mirror ($298 at Chiasso.com), Starbust Mirror ($199 at CrateandBarrel.com), Cyrus Round Mirror ($229.99 at Target.com), Starburst Mirror ($69.95 at CB2.com).
Mirrors with decorative frames can be a fun way to add a little color, pattern or detail to the wall. This curved wooden Ribbon Mirror ($595) from Williams Sonoma Home has a hand-rubbed black finish that I loved.
Clockwise from top left: Dorothy Draper Mirror (price available upon request at CapitolFurnishings.com), Mandal Mirror ($29.99 at Ikea-USA.com), Sultana Mirror ($480 at Bellacor.com), Blow Up Mirror ($331 at UnicaHome.com).
My search for the perfect bedroom mirror ended with this Octagonal-Pattern wood mirror from West Elm. It’s $199 price wasnt too high above our price range and I loved the geometric pattern in the frame. We picked up the white version but you can also choose a dark chocolate style.
More mirrors with decorative frames, clockwise from top left: Chloe Mirror ($29.99 at Target.com), Pearl Flourish Mirror ($748 at Anthropologie.com), Carden Oval Mirror ($199.99 at BedBathandBeyond.com), Trellis Mirror ($71.99 at Target.com), Tikal Mirror ($242 at UnicaHome.com).
Wooden mirrors can add a wonderful sense of warmth to a room. A cherry, maple, dark walnut, or even faux bark mirror will add a sense of richness to your walls. Indio Mirror ($648 at RoomServiceHome.com)
These faux-bois and real birch mirrors are perfect for bringing a sense of the outdoors inside. Clockwise from top left: Faux Bois Mirror ($1,395 at KooDeKir.com), Cherry Bark Mirror ($298 at Anthropologie.com), Copperwood Mirror ($128 at Anthropologie.com), Driftwood Mirror ($2,495 at JaysonHome-Garden.com), Birch Mirror ($79 at Wisteria.com), Cocostick Wall Mirror ($39.95 at CrateandBarrel.com).
Left to right: This faux-bois mirror from West Elm ($249) was a close second in my hunt. I love the look feel of the mirror- it’s equal parts woodsy and modern. Frameless mirrors can be a great way to add light and shine to a room without taking away from the wall color or a detailed wallpaper pattern. These Eleanor Framless Mirrors from Pottery Barn ($79-$99 each) are affordable and simple enough to work in anyone’s home
This Mingle Mirror ($126 at Umbra.com) is a great example of how frameless mirrors can add visual interest to a wall without being heavy or clashing with existing decor.
Sometimes I like to switch it up a bit and choose a mirror with an unexpected shape, especially for small spaces, or just to give yourself a new look. Here are some of my favorites, clockwise from top left: Self-Portrait Mirror (here with antlers, $46 at Elsewares.com), Puddles Appliques by Tord Boontje ($26 each at UnicaHome.com), Deathwish Mirror ($150 at ShowLifestyle.com), Taylor Bird Mirror ($865 at UnicaHome.com).
Looking for something a bit heavier or more ornate? This Coral Mirror from Horchow ($498) is just one of the beautiful, highly-decorative mirrors I found.
These intricate mirrors are perfect for a home with Baroque detailing. Clockwise from top left: My Brother’s Mirror ($190 at UnicaHome.com), Baroque Acanthus Mirror ($895 at JaysonHome-Garden.com), Lily Wall Mirror ($1,550 at KooDeKir.com), My Brother’s Mirror in Chrome ($510 at UnicaHome.com). UrbanOutfitters.com also has a few Baroque mirrors for those on a budget.
Last but not least, this Eagen Multi-Panel Mirror was probably my favorite of the entire group. Both classic and modern, this stunning square-paneled mirror was above my budget but hopefully not yours ($699 at PotteryBarn.com).