If you’re just now tuning in, welcome! The husband and I bought an abandoned 1930 bungalow and have spent the past eleven months rebuilding and remodeling the place from the ground up.
My latest quest in this ever-exciting adventure is to source mirrors – mirrors above the bathroom vanities, mirrors above the console table in the entryway, a small mirror for the fireplace mantle, two mirrors behind the nightstands in the master bedroom, a mirror or two for the living room... The list goes on and on.
I had no idea one teeny-tiny bungalow housed so many mirrors, did you?
Mirrors are my second-favorite accessory in a room – the first being lighting fixtures. A mirror can be a fun, high-impact and low-effort way to decorate your space.
Unfortunately, mirrors – especially interesting and stylish mirrors – tend to be quite expensive! So today I've compiled my favorites of every shape and style, along with ideas on how to style them.
Best part? They're all way under $200!
Mid-century modern mirrors are characterized by clean, straight lines, more often than not with simple frames and rounded edges. The minimalistic aesthetic looks great over bathroom vanities or above a console table in the hallway. Mid-century modern mirrors provide a balance to more ornate and elaborate surroundings.
A sunburst mirror, although not necessarily minimalistic, is quite possibly the most iconic mid-century modern style of mirror. The purpose is more decorative rather than functional, since the actual mirror is typically quite small. I love seeing these hung in entryways, on fireplace mantels, over the bed headboard or in hallways.
Image via Miss Moss
I'm a big fan of statement-making, glamorous mirrors, but not every setting can accommodate this degree of boldness – nor does it need to. To tone down some of the gaudiness that tends to creep into glam decor, choose mirrors with frames that blend into the overall design, like the six options above.
For a balanced look, juxtapose the design of the mirror agains its surroundings by pairing more elaborate options with simple, modern elements and more angular designs with ornate surroundings. For example, the fourth mirror in the image above would look stunning against a modern backsplash, and the sixth mirror would balance out intricately detailed wallpaper.
Image via Christine Dovey
Industrial design goes hand-in-hand with mid-century modern and shares much of the same characteristics. Key traits of this design aesthetic include a slightly more masculine aesthetic, sharp angles and unfinished surfaces; it's equal parts rustic and sleek, often involving weathered wood and metal surfaces.
Keep things interesting by hanging an industrial-style metal mirror in an otherwise traditional bathroom or above the fireplace mantel with exposed brick.
Image via MyDomaine
Moroccan-style mirrors may be my favorite yet. Their simple frames fit my modern design aesthetic, yet the elaborate shapes keep things interesting. They can go from boho to modern to traditional to glam – depending on their surroundings.
If you want function over fashion, choose a mirror with a smaller, less noticeable frame like option 1, above. If, on the other hand, you want to draw attention to the mirrors, then a style like option 2, with its gold leaf and elaborate frame detailing, is what you need. Moroccan-style mirrors look great over a double vanity in a master bathroom, over the fireplace mantel, on either side of a bed or flanking a living room window.
Image via Niche Interiors
A farmhouse aesthetic is comfy, unpretentious and welcoming. Natural elements and textures such as wood, wicker and rope combined with more luxe pieces create that effortlessly cozy, lived-in look.
To obtain the farmhouse look, pair a mirror made of reclaimed wood with a traditional, white, shaker-style vanity in the bathroom, or hang a rope-lined mirror over exposed brick for a rustic, casual vibe.
Image via MyDomaine
French style covers quite a range of aesthetics – from understated sophistication to over-the-top luxury bordering on gaudiness. Either way, massive amounts of gold leaf are involved, which makes it a personal favorite.
Ornate frames are typically used in a more traditional room, but you can just as easily mix it with simple, modern elements to keep things fresh and interesting. The understated option 4, above, would look lovely over a cottage-style vanity. Option 5 would fit right in over a modern fireplace mantel. More elaborate, vintage designs like 1, 2, 3 and 6 would look great above a tufted Chesterfield sofa, juxtaposed against a modern console table or in a small, otherwise uninteresting powder room.
Image via This is Glamorous
Art Deco is most closely associated with the flapper era, a la The Great Gatsby. Characterized by flashy embellishments, bold shapes and geometric patterns, Art Deco mirrors instantly add a dose of over-the-top glamour to the space they occupy.
A gold Art Deco mirror, like option 6 above, looks fabulous in a black and white setting. Major bonus points if the surrounding furniture is lacquered, mirrored or glass. Play up the geometric shape of option 1 by hanging it in a powder room, flanked by two gold sconces.
Image via Chronicles of Frivolity
Which mirror style is your favorite? Do you prefer simple or show-stopping designs? What are some of your favorite stores, brands and websites to score stylish yet budget-friendly decor accessories?