Every interior designer knows that mirrors are both an essential decorating tool and a practical accessory. Take a look at these 16 gorgeous interiors where the mirror is the star of the space. Get inspiration for how to choose a mirror for your next home decorating project.
Whether choosing a wall mirror or a full length mirror, the possibilities are endless. A mirror with an unusual shape or frame can be used as a statement piece. Strategically placed mirrors can open up a space by reflecting light around the room, or can catch one’s eye when positioned to reflect objects of interest. Mirrors placed near a front door are ideal for a last check before leaving the house and mirrors placed at the bottom of the stairs in a hallway can be a checkpoint before welcoming guests (oops, forgot I still had that hair clip there!).
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Some mirrors are purely decorative, some create ambience and many are simply practical. The great thing is that mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and styles so there’s bound to be one that can fit your needs perfectly. At Two Design Lovers we have several second hand mirrors in excellent condition in our listings as well as wholesale stock that is brand new.
Mirrors can be used simply as a decorating accessory. Convex mirrors, sometimes known as fish eye mirrors, are perfect for this purpose as they reflect a distorted image which can be interesting. Convex mirrors are also an inspired choice to place above a dining room mantle piece or side board. They reflect candle light beautifully, creating a warm ambience.
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Convex Mirror with gold and black accented frame. Showroom stock from a trade interiors supplier, in excellent unused condition. RRP $1350,
Decorative Wall Mirrors
Mirrors above a mantlepiece are a classic decorating choice. The mirror frame could be the focus – think old gold, ornate carving and classic shapes, or, the glass could have an antique finish that mutes the reflection and adds a vintage feel. We also love ‘cushion’ frame mirrors for their luxe look.
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Cushion Mirror with 8cm deep frame. Showroom stock from a trade interiors supplier, in excellent unused condition. RRP $1075,
Contemporary designer mirrors come in all shapes and sizes and can be in much the same way as hanging a piece of art. Unusual shapes give snippets of reflection which helps bring life and energy to a space. We love the Sylvan Mirror, by Milling road which takes a traditional gilt frame and gives it a contemporary twist by putting the frame within a frame with a white field in between.
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Luxe Mirror from Milling Road. Black lacquer exterior frame with matte white lacquer field and antique gold accents surrounding the mirror. In excellent condition.
Get the look. The Cloud Mirror from Natuzzi is an unusual shape and has a smoked glass insert. The distorted reflection gives this mirror a decorative appeal that would be perfect to hang above a sideboard or sofa. In excellent second hand condition. RRP $830.
Practical & Stylish Mirrors
If you have the luxury of planning a new home be sure to find a place for a large hallway mirror. It becomes an essential stopping point as you come and go. Mirrors in bathrooms are also essential. For a more decorative approach, consider hanging two separate framed mirrors above a double sink as opposed to one large fixed mirror.
Full length mirrors are practical in a bedroom for getting dressed and checking hair and makeup. But we also love mirrors hung above bedside tables as a backdrop for a lamp and small accessories. We have a beautiful pair of mosaic glass edged mirrors that fit the bill!
Cover image: New Ravenna Mosaics
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