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Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or something to hang in the hallway, a good mirror can transcend its purpose. Riya Patel casts her eye over some stylish designs
Mirrors can do much more than show your reflection. A well-placed piece can enhance a room’s natural light, act as a focal point or form part of a feature wall with framed prints and other treasures.
Whether you are picking a wall mirror for the bathroom, over the fireplace, above the bed or leaning on the dressing table, consider how it will reflect and interact with other furniture and objects in your space.
Once you’ve settled on the right place for a mirror, there are a multitude of shapes and styles to choose from. Round and oval shapes are the most adaptable and can make a good choice in the bathroom to break up hard lines and surfaces. Rectangles are less forgiving if you haven’t hung them absolutely square with other furniture and objects.
Check whether hanging hardware is included with the mirror. Many manufacturers leave it out as it can depend on what type of wall you are fixing to. Mirrors with frames are easier to hang and clean than those without.
John Lewis Round Hanging Mirror: £50, John Lewis
The leather strap and weight of this 30cm-diameter mirror makes it seem more expensive than it is. Hanging mirrors are good for introducing a bit of character to small spaces and also look effective as part of a ‘gallery’ wall alongside framed prints. The finish has been aged to look like an authentic antique-shop find, and it comes in brass, nickel or copper.
Habitat Xanthe Wall Mirror With Shelf: £175, Habitat
A handy one for the hallway, Habitat’s Xanthe Mirror includes a small shelf for keys and letters. Its thin steel frame is finished in gunmetal grey for a slick, modern look.
At 45cm x 85.5cm, it’s a good size and has tall and slim proportions that are useful for smaller spaces. It can appear a little clinical on its own, so use pictures and plants around it to soften the look.
Urban Outfitters Rainbow Mirror: £42, Urban Outfitters
This rainbow-shaped mirror will make you smile every time you look at it. The arc shape and lines mean it’s not hugely functional — think of it more as a feature that doubles up as a mirror. It looks pleasing on the wall, or leaning against it on a dressing table or picture ledge. The glass is backed onto MDF with no frame, so keeping fingerprints off it is hard work.
Petite Friture Francis Wall Mirror: from £312, Connox
If you’re looking for a mirror that doubles as an art piece, try this unusual product from Petite Friture.
Splashes of colour are digitally printed on the lower left of the mirror surface in a pattern that mimics oxidisation on antique mirrors. The rest of the 45cm-diameter glass is beautifully clear, held by a powder-coated aluminium frame.
Zara Home Silver Mirror With Wavy Frame: £49.99, Zara Home
Brits know this Spanish high-street retailer for its affordable fashion, but Zara’s whimsical homewares have been steadily capturing our imaginations too.
This mirror is inspired by an antique form (and perhaps a certain fairy tale), but has a slimmeddown frame that keeps it looking modern. Four fixings give you the option of hanging vertically or horizontally.
A17 Argos Collection Colleen Oval Wall Mirror: £17.99, Argos
The bargain-filled home range at Argos clearly has price over quality in mind. But sometimes you can find an absolute steal that looks the part too. This oval mirror has a moulded, antique-style frame, finished in matte black, and looks particularly smart as part of a collection of frames. It’s a good size (60cm x 80cm) and is easy to hang, with
fixtures and fittings included.
Myakka Rani Iron Mirror: £79, Myakka
This eye-catching mirror has a sculpted iron frame in a joyful sunburst design. Myakka is a fair-trade brand that supports regional crafts — this piece is made in India by skilled craftsmen using recycled metal. The overall piece has a 63cm diameter, but the mirror itself is substantially smaller. It’s best used as a feature mirror rather than for every day.
Asda George Crest Mirror: £35, Asda
There are many versions of the tile-edged circular mirror out there, but perhaps none as affordable as this. It has a 64cm diameter, large enough to make a statement over the mantelpiece or hallway console. The edge has been kept simple, allowing more surface area to be functional. But with no frame, cleaning can be difficult. The glass is backed on thick MDF, and has a substantial feel.
Out There Interiors Franka Rattan Wall Mirror: £135, Out There Interiors
Rattan mirrors are making a comeback and are especially fashionable in an ensemble of different sizes and shapes. This version has the imperfection of something crafted by hand, but its size and colour are closer to a contemporary mirror. It is 75cm tall, with plenty of space to use as a functional mirror as well as a feature.
Living by Christiane Lemieux Cerro Resin Inlay Mirror: £70, House of Fraser
The octagonal shape of this mirror gives it real impact, compounded by a frame of strong black and white lines that has an art deco feel. The frame is made of inlaid resin, which resembles the more expensive bone inlay seen on classic and exotic mirror frames. At 78cm x 78cm, it’s a great size for making a focal point over the bed or a grand dressing table.
There are many versions of the popular strap mirror, and the key to making them look neat is to have a solid hook and a heavy frame that pulls any creases out of the strap. John Lewis’s mirror feels heavy and has a pleasing aged finish to the deep frame. The leather strap has elegant details where it meets the circular frame and the back of the frame also has a fixing for extra support. The good-value range includes a 38cm and 50cm-diameter versions too, so you can find the right one to suit your space.
SHINING EXAMPLE: Hanging mirror, £50,