Decorating with Antique Mirrors

One indispensable item in any space is a good mirror. Not only does one expand a small space and reflect light, but depending on what you choose, a mirror can add character and flavor to a room. Walking around the flea market this weekend I saw all types of mirrors — from venetian to mid century to rustic. Jump below for some great ways to incorporate a vintage mirror into your decor.

1. French Flea. This mirror from Wood and Wool reminds us of a flea market find in Paris and is perfect for an entryway.

2. Simple Modern. In place of a medicine cabinet, a simple mirror with an unusual shape can draw attention away from a ho hum rental bathroom.

3. Ornate Statement Mirror. This mirror was a prized possession of my grandmother's and contrasted well with her modern furniture, including her Lalanne Frog Chair

4. Mismatched Mirrors. These add an eclectic touch to the bathroom and are likely to cheaper than shelling out for a full sized mirror above a bathroom counter.

5. Oversized Mirrors in a small space can increase how big it feels and can also help fake architectural details.

6. Vintage Above the Bed. Although we know that mirrors in the bedroom are a touchy subject we love this example of using one to anchor the bed in place of a headboard.

7. Faux Antique. Though this mirror was technically vintage, we spray painted it gold and added it to a dark hallway to help bounce light around and give us a spot for a last look as we left the house. Look at How To Create an Antique Mirror Effect for instructions for DIY.

8. Glam/Sunburst. A classic for above a bed or credenza is a round or sunburst mirror with a hollywood regency or mid century feeling.

9. Venetian Mirrors can add drama and light to space while contrasting with otherwise modern touches.

Related Post: How To Create an Antique Mirror Effect

Images: Wood and Wool from LA Flickr pool, Elle Decor, Laure Joliet, Black and Spiro, Keith Scott Morton for Country Living, Jessica Butler, Laure Joliet, Living Etc.