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mirror guide

by Grace Bonney

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).

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  • ! My friend’s mom has a vintage version of the dutch elm faux-bois morror (14/21 on the slideshow). It was originally white but she painted it a Prussian blue and it looks amazing in her house. She has tons of mirrors but it was always my fave.

  • I´m from Brazil and discovered this blog by chance(a boring afternoon at work !!!)and I must say I´m addicted…I love the sneak peaks and mostly everything that´s posted here!

  • i’ve been dreaming up a wall of mirrors hung from picture rail for my new living room, so i find it so wonderfully auspicious that you posted the large photo of frameless mirrors today. quite beautiful!

  • love the work you do for all of us finding and compiling these collections. Mirrors are sensational. You can find BIG cheap or small cheap mirrors at Ross or Marshalls and recreate the frames. Also you can purchase beveled mirrors of all sizes at hardware stores. I glued the 12 inch square ones in 3 panels of 6 mirrors right on the wall then framed out each set with trim from hardware store which I cut in a hand mitre saw, painted silver and distressed and glued right on wall butted against the mirrors. Looks very french!

  • I’m starting to like mirrors with bamboo frames. In fact, I’ve used it for my inspiration when I started working on my exotic bedroom. Dark bamboo colors need light, so mirrors were perfect!

    I opened up the room by putting red silk roses in front of the mirrors. Much better than using pictures all the time.

  • cat

    that sounds fantastic! if you have any photos i’d love to see the final results :)


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  • the mirrors above the bed just look great.
    definitely a feature we will have in our future loft flat ;o)

    love from austria,
    monie.ka & james


    PS: we really love your selection of items, design sponge!

  • ACK!!! With H&G gone all of this info is too. Is there any chance you can republish it through D*S? I’m shopping for a mirror and I was so excited to re-review your guide.

  • Looking for a rather large mirror to go above my fireplace…fireplace is brick, walls flanking either side of the fireplace are also brick. Should I stick to simple b/c the brick is fairly busy? Which of thse might look best?

  • I love the selection you chose, Grace. Any suggestions on good sources for full length leaning mirrors? I’m looking for a frame with a vintage or weathered look. Thanks!

  • rachel

    sure thing. if you shoot me an email i’d be happy to help you find one. off hand i’d try:


    grace :)

  • Wow love these mirrors! Thanks for the beautiful post! I fell in love with one in particular infact.. the Indio mirror from Room service home (its on sale at the mo by the way ; )!) I live in Ireland and after practically begging Room Service home to ship it to me (they dont usually ship to Ireland.) It arrived this morning. It really is spectacular! But huge! Hadnt read the measurments correctley and now I’m not sure where to put it!.. contemplating building an extension just to house it! Just kidding but will have my poor hubby tormented tonight holding it up for me so I can figure out where it will live! Thanks for the post again Grace, your an endless source of inspiration and fab finds! : )

  • Help! My sister had a beautiful round frameless beveled mirror with thump print edge.

    She brought it to a framer and he broke the mirror.

    He will pay for a replacement but we cannot find anything on line.

    The mirrow is 20 ” round!

    Does anyone know where we can go to find another??


  • Just had to come back to this post to comment on the Porcupine mirror from Horchow. I found out about this mirror through this post, and while Horchow isn’t exactly my taste (more of a modernist I guess) there was something very alluring about the mirror, so I gave it a try. You never know how these things turn out when ordering online, and I’m glad to report that the mirror is an absolute stunner. Arrived insanely well packed (took about 10 min for me to get it out of the wood crate it was housed in). Everyone who comes by notices it immediately and inquires about it. If you have eggshell colored walls (like mine), it’s especially beautiful. Thanks d*s for the tip.

  • Wow .. thank you for these fabulous finds! The price range shown here is so helpful .. from extremely affordable, to more extravegant. Gorgeous!

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