Bring light, space and texture to your home with collectable mirrors in all shapes and sizes.
IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO WALK THROUGH A FLEA MARKET AND NOT SPOT DOZENS OF MIRRORS IN VARYING CONDITIONS—AND probably at least one you thought about taking home. But what to do with it? Thankfully, there are several ways to style mirrors, so you don’t have to hide that collection that’s been slowly building in your closet. Here you can brush up on their history and discover a few new ways to style them.
Throughout history, mirrors have been used as both functional tools and decorative objects. The first manmade mirrors date back to 6000 B.C. in Turkey, where mirrors were created with polished stone, such as black obsidian (a shiny volcanic glass). Similarly, the ancient Egyptians made mirrors by flattening and polishing sheets of metal. And the Romans are credited with being one of the earliest creators of glass mirrors. However, most of these mirrors were handheld and used strictly for beautification purposes.
Years later, as mirrors became larger in size, people began to use them as decorative items in the home. In the 16th century, Venetian mirrors were in particularly high demand. Local artisans created decorative, high-quality glass mirrors using Murano glass from the region. Fast
Today the mirror is one of the most versatile decorative objects around.
forward to mid-19th century Germany, where the modern day silvered-glass mirror was created. A German chemist developed the technique by applying a thin layer of metallic silver on top of glass.
Today the mirror is one of the most versatile decorative objects around. First, consider your needs. Do you want to expand a narrow hallway or fill an empty wall? Do you want to add a glamorous or vibrant appeal to a rather drab space? Do you want to complement a laid-back farmhouse style or enhance an eclectic aesthetic?
Once you’ve established your goals, there are solutions aplenty. A gallery wall presents a multitude of options, while a floor-to-ceiling mirror can be used to amplify its surroundings and enlarge a space. Meanwhile, placing artifacts or antiques in front of a mirror can help spread colors, textures and vibes throughout the house. Also, keep in mind that mirrors can make a big impact— and it’s okay to decorate with small, handheld mirrors to minimize the effect.
BE BOLD, be daring and try the unexpected. In this living space, a thick, dark-rimmed mirror draws interest and immediately catches the eye. Although a dark frame can be overwhelming, in a room with white walls and bright décor, it can provide the perfect balance of color.