Styling with Mirrors

Five easy to source mirrors to add light and reflection to your living space

Mirrors are a staple at our fairs, in fact visit any vintage, antiques, salvage, interiors or home event around the country and just about every stand will feature a mirror or two. Mirrors have a clever way of demanding attention and it’s hard to walk past one without having a quick glance, even for those of us who’d rather not catch sight of their own reflection. Mirrors perform many functions, apart from the obvious ‘looking glass’ purpose. They draw light into dark corners, add visual depth to small spaces, create elegance in a simple room, help highlight room features and are great when used outside, thus making them an essential accessory to any living space. 

Buying and collecting mirrors is a passion for some and with the recent fashion of creating mirror walls - a collection of differing mirrors all hung together on one wall - mirrors are being snapped up at our fairs and shows. 


The Old Yard cleverly transform 1940s Crittall window frames into quirky feature mirrors by removing the clear panes and replacing them with a sheet of mirror glass. The combination of the frame with its original paint, set against the shiny new mirror glass, gives this mirror the versatility to be used in a modern or period home but would work equally well in an outside setting.


This 1900s mirror, found on French, Vintage & Country’s stand, is a key player in the creation of the shabby chic look. These days many get painted with an aged look but it’s a joy when you come across one that has aged naturally. Original paint, faded gilt or mirror glass that has a mottled look - usually brought about by sun damage to the original silvering - often make them more desireable.


The bevel-edged decorative mirror, a staple in every 1940s home, is perfect in its simplicity and adds a pretty touch, especially to bedrooms and bathrooms. These mirrors are the ones often snapped up by the mirror wall curator as they work so well as a collection. Some feature a faceted edge, some a frosted pattern, they come portrait, landscape, square, circular and oval and usually hang delicately from a small chain.


Mirrors don’t have to be confined to indoors, they make a great feature in an outdoor living space too. They can create a feeling of space and light in a small garden, yard or patio area and look wonderful with pots of flowers in front of them. Mounted on a wall, this painted, arched, louvre door mirror would give a small area an added perspective. 


Hand-held mirrors have a long history of use both as household accessories and as objects of decoration and traditionally came as a brush and mirror set. The brushes tend to lose their condition and often get thrown out, leaving lone mirrors, hence we see of lot of them around. They are easy to pick up at fairs and, again, make a great collection. The charm of these mirrors is that they look as pretty from the front as they do from the back so it doesn’t matter which way up you are viewing them. They can be mounted on walls, with some placed glass side up and some showing the reverse.

Mirrors are objects of great intrigue and beauty and with such a wide variety on the market the question of 'mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all' could easily be applied to the mirror itself.