Round, oblong, sectional or square … every room needs a mirror. This all-important design feature should be high up on your must-have list when styling, whether you plan to hang one above a fireplace, use as a part of a gallery or lean against a wall. But with so many different shapes it can be hard to know which one to go for. Here’s my guide to choosing the right style for you.
One look at Instagram and you’ll notice round mirrors are literally everywhere this season. There’s plenty of choice on the high street, from thin metal edging to chunkier wooden frames. To really stand out, go for extra large, but make sure that there is enough interest in the reflection to really work well.
If you want to inject a touch of luxe and drama into a minimal décor scheme then opt for an arched mirror. Look out for one with separate panes for the perfect focal point – they look great indoors, propped up against the wall, and work well in the garden too.
By choosing an oblong shape, rather than a more traditional square or round, it can give a room a sense of space and works really well for boosting natural light. They’re also the perfect option for smaller rooms, elongating a narrow hallway, for example.
As a fan of vintage I have countless bevelled-edge antique mirrors of all different shapes hanging throughout my home. You can echo this with a style – hung at eye-level – that picks up on this traditional design and look for a thinner frame for a more authentic look.
If you’re short on space (or live in a rental and don’t want too many screws in the wall) then a free standing mirror is ideal. Propped up against the wall, it makes an effortless style statement and they’re hugely practical for one last outfit check before heading out.