Antique mirrors are one of the most coveted antique items on the market. They make an exquisite statement to a space, while integrating with numerous design styles.
Feeling a little lost on how to style your beloved old mirror? Allow us to run you through the limitless styling potential that awaits, from the dining room to the entryway and everything between.
If your antique mirror is a little worse-for-wear we suggest checking out our guide on how to reinvigorate old mirrors with renewed life.
Open Small Spaces
If there is one thing antique mirrors and frames are known for, its their sheer size. They’re large, opulent, and a truly wonderful method for opening up a small space.
Because of their enormity, they can reflect a large amount of light into an otherwise enclosed room. This not only brightens the area, but also adds to the illusion of a bigger room by creating depth. And who wouldn’t want to add a sense of expansion to the home, particularly when it’s encased in the intricate beauty of an antique mirror frame?
Pair with Contrasting Materials
Most antique mirror frames will showcase the classic gold, silver or bronzed framing characteristic to their design. This is a massive benefit when it comes to styling it in your desired room as it is such a versatile material to work with.
For industrial-chic styling we can’t go past a simple sleek silver framed mirror hung horizontally on the living room wall. The minimalistic lines and light colouring pairs perfectly with the metallic detailing of industrial styling. You can employ the same approach in the dining room by mounting a horizontal mirror above a metallic buffet.
On the flip side, old antique mirrors boasting an ornate gold frame are dying to enliven a rich mahogany study. Warm timbers and brilliant golden hues are a match made in heaven, transforming your workspace into one of class and sophistication.
Don’t have the wall space to hang your ginormous mirror? Fear not – these lumbering giants look spectacular when sat on the floor and leant against a wall. You don’t need a ton of space either, even a corner or alcove can do the trick. This particular layout offers the flexibility to move your mirror around as your tastes desire. Try it out in your entryway or hallway and watch the otherwise ignored space spring to life.
We couldn’t let you go without divulging one of our favourite rooms to display our antique mirrors and frames in – the outdoors. Of course, we say this within reason. An external wall sheltered from the elements is the perfect position to hang an ornate piece of old antique beauty. Rounded and arched mirrors look incredible when mounted on a textured wall, surrounded in foliage. Give it a go and you’ll wonder why you hadn’t taken the reflection outdoors sooner.