Mirrors might be most associated with vanity but they also offer a clever way of lighting up dark corners and making small spaces seem bigger.
They can also be design statements bringing a shot of personality into your home (great if you rent and are limited on the stamp you can make) with a huge range of decorative options available in shops and online.
Fashions come and go so buying in line with your longer term tastes is our advice but if you want your interiors to reflect current trends (pun not intended...) then opt for a round mirror which works wonders softening up a room full of harder lines and adds interest to a gallery wall dominated by rectangular frames. Best of all, you needn’t worry about it hanging straight.
Metallics are still firmly in - don’t be afraid to mix copper, brass, nickel and brushed gold for a hint of that ubiquitous industrial style favoured by the hippest bars and brunch spots. Scandi-style clean lines are also hot, especially against dramatic dark walls.
Practicality is important too – after all, the best design is both beautiful and functional - so you may be interested in a mirror with coat hooks or an attached shelf for plants and knick-knacks. Full-length mirrors hung in bedrooms and hallways are a must for checking yourself out in full before leaving for that important meeting or more important party.
To find our mirrors of the moment, we spent hours digging and delving in shops and online, hunting for quality, aesthetic appeal and ease of hanging while considering their value for money.
Measurements are included in case you already have a space in mind, as are images of them in situ so you can get an accurate sense of their scale. The weight has also been noted and some of these mirrors are heavy, so you might want to rope in a pal to help hoick yours onto the wall. Note that not all of the below come with the necessary fixtures and fittings, so you might need to invest in some DIY bits and bobs after ordering.
Habitat Vento Yellow Acrylic Wall Mirror: £100, Habitat
Measurements: H70cm x W50cm
Mirrors don’t get much more fun than Habitat’s neon acrylic beauties, sure to brighten up even the blandest of walls. In fact, this looks the most fabulous hung against clean white, which helps the bold colour pop. Hook holes on the back allow for hanging portrait or landscape and it’s lightweight enough for a one-man job. It comes in the acid yellow seen here, playing into the current summer trend for all things sunshine-hued, or an equally vibrant orange. Position it in the path of natural light and enjoy the glow it throws around its frame.
Melody Maison Black Metal Industrial Vanity Wall Mirror with Shelf: £45,95, Melody Maison
Measurements: H50cm x W32cm
This industrial-style mirror’s metal frame has been painted black with a distressed finish that will appeal to vintage lovers. The handy shelf is deep enough to hold herb pots in the kitchen but could equally hold toiletries and add a touch of character to a bathroom. It hangs from two sturdy black chains attached to a circular hook which can then be hung from a nail – there is also a single hook at the back for extra safe securing. Fixtures and fittings aren’t included.
Kaleidoscope Gold Tone Round Wall Mirror: £50, Kaleidoscope
Measurements: H41cm x W41cm
Feather your nest with this glamourous champagne gold mirror from fairly-priced online retailer Kaleidoscope. The perfect statement piece for a living room or hallway, it is ready to mount with a keyhole fixing on the back. It weighs less than 2kg – just about light enough for the average person to lift it into place alone – and looks fabulous hung above a colourful sofa. One for fans of maximalist interiors, it would be make a wonderfully unique gift, at a good price for the quality.
Made Alana Wall Ladder Mirror: £179, Made
Measurements: H122cm x W82cm
Mirrors that serve more than one purpose are our favourites - and not only because it makes justifying a splurge easier. This copper-plated gem is sure to be a hit if the metallics dominating Instagram and Pinterest are anything to go by. Best suited to the bathroom, you can hang your towels over the rails side and check out how well your summer fitness plan is paying off in the full-length mirror. Make this the focal point of a moody black bathroom for a sexy look or team with baby pink tiles to add warmth to an oh-so-modern vibe. Be warned that at 11.5kg, it’s a heavy one, so you’ll need help hanging it up. There’s a bit of fiddling about with nuts and bolts required, but it comes partially assembled to help you out. It’s pricier than your standard high street offerings, but the design talent on display is worth paying that bit extra for.
Alison Cork Victorian Elegance Wall Mirror: £129, Victorian Plumbing
Measurements: H43 x W53cm
If your hallway is in need of some interiors TLC, as well as a place to hang your coats and keys, this classy mirror designed by British interiors entrepreneur Alison Cork for online bathroom retailer Victorian Plumbing effortlessly combines period pizzazz and practicality. It would look equally lovely in a bathroom for hanging dressing gowns and towels, though it’s surely too pretty to be hidden behind a door. It has a slim shelf, too - ideal for bits and bobs, but not big enough for much more. Strong metal hooks on the back of this mirror hold it firmly on the wall, so you can rest easy if hanging it above anything valuable.
Ikea Minde Mirror: £19, Ikea
Measurements: H120cm x W40cm
There’s a reason why interiors lovers on a budget look to Swedish furniture giant Ikea, and it’s not just because it’s Scandi. This full-length mirror is a hard-to-beat bargain at under £20, especially as all mounting fittings are included so you can pop it straight up, hanging it either vertically (our preferred angle for giving ourselves the once over before leaving the house) or horizontally above a console table. It’s a top choice if you don’t want a mirror that takes centre stage in the room, but if you want to jazz it up a bit, hang it near a plug and decorate it with a string of fairy lights.
Barker and Stonehouse 15 Circles Decorative Mirror: £129, Barker and Stonehouse
Measurements: H103cm x W61cm
Why have just one of a good thing when you can have fifteen? If you like round mirrors but fancy something more unique and attention-grabbing, this multi-mirror from Northern family business Barker and Stonehouse is an opulent scene-stealer. Crafted from iron and given a beautiful antique gold finish, it catches the light stunningly and reflects it at all angles around the room, making it the ideal choice for making the most of limited natural light. It weighs 6.1kg (that’s you cue to line up a helper) and hangs portrait, with one key hole fitting at the top. It comes fully assembled and is good value for its size and quality, but bear in mind that delivery costs an extra £49 and you will need help lifting it.
Graham and Green Tall Iron Mirror: £225, Graham and Green
Measurements: H180cm x W60cm
This tall iron mirror from longstanding family business Graham and Green looks like it’s been salvaged from an abandoned old factory and given a dusting down before taking up residence in an underexplored corner of an antiques shop. Its cracked and bubbled black paint finish gives it authentic character that, along with its top quality craftmanship and solid, heavy frame, reflects its hefty price tag. There are hooks on the back for hanging it vertically, but note that no screws are included.
Curious Egg Sun Mirror Rose Gold: £45.83
Measurements: H50cm x W50cm
This elegant rose gold mirror from professional artist Lorraine Aaron’s Curious Egg boutique cosies up a room dominated by neutrals, reflecting light with a blush glow. The most flattering choice for a bedroom list (who doesn’t want to kid themselves that they’re a bronzed goddess?), it weighs just over 4kg and comes with a backing plate ready to be hung. If you’re not feeling strong enough to lift it or fancy an interiors shake up further down the line, it looks equally lovely propped up on a mantelpiece.
IQ Furniture Stripes Mirror: from £870, IQ Furniture
Measurements: H120 x W118cm (small), H180cm x W90cm (medium), H150cm x W147cm (large)
Time travel to the Twenties might not be possible (yet…) but there’s more than a hint of Art Deco about this huge designer mirror from luxury interiors brand IQ Furniture. It is built from 14 bands of silver glass, each cut to a different shape and size for a chic uneven edge. Hang it in front of a dresser full of colourful ornaments and enjoy the distorted kaleidoscopic reflections playfully reminiscent of a fairground hall of mirrors. It comes in three sizes – expect to fork out £1,200 for the biggest.
The Verdict: Wall Mirrors
Habitat’s loud and proud acrylic mirror bags first prize for bringing something fresh to the sometimes samey market, Ikea remains a reliable choice for shoppers with their bank balance in mind and Curious Egg’s rose gold ‘sun mirror’ throws the most gorgeous glow around the room.
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