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Rethink the Average Mirror (with a roundup of our new favorites)

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Mirrors are often the ‘best friend’ roll in the romantic comedy. They typically aren’t the star, but at times can shine and standout. For designers they are extremely useful because they can make a space feel bigger, and they can make a wall feel addressed without costing as much as art. But the traditional rectangle above the mantel has lately acquired some competition. First it was the ’round’ which has become pervasive (of which we still love) but there are some new hot shots in town that you should consider. Yes, folks this is me telling you to ‘Rethink the Mirror’.

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First off mirrors of massive scale either hanging or leaning are an extremely high impact way of addressing a wall and bringing in light, but are still way less than a piece of art.

We are going to get a couple for the office, custom-made.

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If going the custom route isn’t your thing then think about different shapes or colors, and major retailers are killing it these days with affordable options.

A non-square, rectangle, oval or circular mirror can make a space feel more modern, edgy and fresh.

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A smoked, amber or pink mirror can do a lot more to a room or vignette than the traditional because it has more visual weight and can work with your color palette.

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It looks more intentional and designed, and becomes more of an art piece than a vanity piece.

We rounded up all our favorite special mirrors on the interweb for you. So the next time you are considering a mirror for your home ask yourself, Could this be the time I bring in something more interesting or more stylish? Forgo buying the ‘statement starburst and hit one of these up instead. They are more modern, edgy and yet many of them are still timeless (the simpler the frame the more timeless it will be).

Here you go, folks. These may not be great for eye-liner, but they sure are nice on the eye ….

Emily Henderson Rethink The Mirror Different Shapes Colors Smoked Guilded Roundup

1. Bellissima Mirror Series No.1 | 2. Luna Half Moon Wall Mirror | 3. Gretchen Mirror | 4. Green Round Mirror | 5. Darkly Mirror | 6. Finley Mirror | 7. Abate Slatted Mirror | 8. Quadro Square Wall Mirror | 9. Celestial Wall Mirror | 10. Morna Unframed Octagonal Wall Mirror | 11. Pill Shaped Mirror | 12. Akio Mirror | 13. Modernist Mirror | 14. Hines Convex Mirror | 15. Paris Modern Wall Mirror | 16. Ben Aja Blanc Half Moon Mirror | 17. Mid-Century Asymmetrical Floor Mirror | 18. Rectangle Gold Metal Wall Mirror | 19. Oval Metal Frame | 20. Gold Round Mirror | 21. Jonah Beveled Mirror | 22. Antibes Mirror | 23. Day Mirror | 24. Waverly Place Ceiling Hung Mirror | 25. Graphic Dot Stone Round Mirror | 26. Oval Brass Capped Mirror | 27. Bellissima Mirror Series No. 4

Which ones are your favorite?

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  1. Yes! And what about art-piece mirrors? One of my favourite Canadian artists, Zoe Pawlak, just released a really beautiful collection. http://www.zoepawlak.com/mirrors/ (I have no affliation).

  2. I really love some of these mirrors. For authentic MCM mirrors, check out this fabulous Etsy seller: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/uulipolli I bought a shapely teak mirror (similar to #17) from her shop and it STUNS in my little basement bathroom.

  3. I have the number 7 mirror by anthro and I love it. It hangs over my bed; I live in the south with very little earthquake activity. https://flic.kr/p/dWdm2S

  4. Love the mirror in the first image. Any idea on a source?

    1. It’s from Consort and here is the link: https://www.consort-design.com/products/bellissima-mirror-series-no-2

      It’s so pretty! xx

      1. So pretty! And the console table in that first pic?

  5. That is a serious treasure trove of random shaped mirrors that you dug up! Who knew?!?! Perfect amount of whimsy to distract from our distressing times!

  6. All the heart eyes 😍😍😍

  7. I have been OBSESSED with the mirror in your bedroom and have been looking for something like it for months. The problem is it only ever shows up in your stories and I have to screen shot it…. not a great result😅

    Would you mind sharing your source, or at least showing an actual picture of it?!

    1. Yes! Please!

  8. Oh gosh, I wanted to expire when I saw the amber mirror a few photos down. We bought a (dated fixer upper) house last month where every dang thing in it was orange or gold, from the wallpaper to the kitchen to the window tint to the GIANT AMBER MIRROR in the dining room. I’m biased after this orange overload but truly I can’t see the appeal of tinted mirrors. They’re not so useful for appearance checks and they do reflect light back… in the color they are tinted. (Obvs my house did not need more orange reflecting around.)

  9. Love the choice of mirrors.

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  11. Emily, I adore you and your work, you are amazing! Consider a proofreader tho, there are almost daily examples of misused words. It takes away from the wonderful content and beautiful photos.

    1. I respectfully disagree, Jean. I love Emily’s word usage as much as anything, it shows she’s human.
      We likey human 🙂

  12. I am swooning over the mirrors from Reflections Copenhagen. I’m not affiliated in any way just love the dreamy mirrors.
    http://www.reflections-copenhagen.com

  13. You have helped me realize I haven’t been taking full advantage of mirrors! They can be works of art too! I especially love the ones with the build in filters 😉

  14. some decent less pricey mirror options here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/fluxglass?ref=l2-shopheader-name

  15. The deco-inspired mirrors are exciting!
    Someone will be murdered in that bathroom, right?
    The rock tree…can it go away? I hate it and yet can’t stop staring.

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  17. Please helped me realize I haven’t taking full advantage of mirrors! They can be works of art too! I UK shop especially love the ones with the build in filters

  18. It looks more intentional and designed, and becomes more of an art piece than a vanity piece.

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  23. Emily!
    Here you presented a new approach to replace traditional mirrors with some new mirrors looking more like an art piece. I appreciate your idea. Nicely presented your topic. But some people like me will still love mirrors more than these modern art type mirrors :p