Mirrors are the unsung heroes of interior design. A well-placed mirror can reflect natural light to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space. The best mirrors are seriously stylish, too, with gleaming glass panels and delicate frames.
Circular mirrors can soften a space, while square frames are easy to mount. For full-body fit-checks, you need a floor-length mirror, though you want something much smaller for makeup application. There are so many styles of mirror, sold in all the major home stores, that it’s easy to feel spoiled for choice.
That’s where I come in. As a shopping writer and an interiors enthusiast, I know the difference the right mirror can make to a room. I’ve spent hours searching the sites of the top home retailers, scrolling through thousands of mirrors, to bring you the very best.
From round mirrors to rectangles, miniature models to statement pieces: however you want to decorate with mirrors, I’ve got the looking-glass for you.
Best mirrors 2023
Best round mirror
Frame material: Rattan
-Harder to clean
Adding a round mirror is one of the easiest ways to make a small room look bigger. Large mirrors like this one from OKA create longer lines of sight, reflecting more light around your room. The Tondu Mirror is encircled by a thin rope frame that clings to the wall for a built-in look. The contrast between rustic rattan and smooth glass creates interest, though it does make the mirror a little harder to clean. As long as you stick to a water-based glass cleaner and avoid contact with the wooden sections, you should be fine.
Best arch mirror
Frame material: Polyresin
+Anti-tip hardware included
-Not safe for hanging
Inspired by Greek mythology, this arch mirror would add a timeless touch to your hallway, bedroom, or living room. A crown of laurel leaves lends depth and dimension to the poly-resin frame. It’s worth noting that the Demeter Mirror is not safe for hanging and is only designed to be leaned against a wall. If you’re looking to mount a mirror, you’re better off shopping elsewhere. With that said, Anthropologie includes anti-tip hardware in every order to keep you safe and your mirror secure.
Best rectangular mirror
Frame material: Mango wood
+Safe to hang
-Not suitable for bathroom use
A rectangular mirror is a dressing room staple, but there’s more to this piece than meets the eye. What appears to be an ordinary wood frame has been handcrafted from mango wood and engraved with intricate border detailing. This classic design should blend beautifully with most interiors, though it would make a particularly good addition to mid century modern homes. This mirror is safe to mount and can hang horizontally or vertically, as suits your space. Just remember that the Dane Mirror is not intended for bathroom use.
Best makeup mirror
Frame material: Metal, cane, and MDF
+Includes storage space
-Not a full-length mirror
This makeup mirror is more like a miniature bathroom vanity. It features a pivoting mirror with a magnifying lens, multiple light settings for easy application, and built-in storage space for cotton pads and cosmetics. The combination of classic caning and a matte white finish lends an air of coastal chic. The best thing about this mirror is its portability. Just pick it up and set it down on any surface of your choice, and you’re ready to start styling.
Best floor mirror
Frame material: Brass and stone
+Safe to hang
-Professional installation recommended
You can make do with a smaller mirror for quick checks and touch ups. But to see yourself from top to toe, you need a full-length piece. Standing six feet tall and three feet wide, the Alaia Mirror fits the bill. This mirror is surrounded by a stunning stone frame and decorated with brass border detailing. Arhaus recommends you get this mirror professionally installed, due to its serious size and weight. If you prefer to do it yourself, it’s worth learning the best way to hang a heavy mirror.
Best modern mirror
Frame material: Iron and fiberboard
+Easy to clean
-Hanging hardware required
Take an ordinary rectangular mirror. Seize its corners, push and pull the frame, and you’ll end up with something like the Modernist Mirror. Concave curves and rounded corners add interest, while the brass finish brings a classic touch. This mirror comes in two sizes, so you can pick the piece that best suits your space. Just remember that hanging hardware is not included. If you want to mount this mirror, you’ll have to source the hooks yourself, though it’s easy to find cheap picture hanging kits on Amazon.
Best accent mirror
Frame material: Resin
+Safe to hang
-Not suitable for bathroom use
This mirror is one of Williams Sonoma’s bestsellers, and it’s easy to see why. The frame is made from textured resin that has been teased and twisted to replicate real coral. With a matte white finish and high-quality glass inlay, this mirror should integrate seamlessly into most interior designs. This piece would be perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with living room mirror ideas, but prefers a neutral color palette.
Best traditional mirror
Frame material: Solid wood
+Easy to mount
-May not suit all settings
There’s nothing like a wood-carved mirror for Old World elegance. The Anjulie Mirror comes in three sizes and five styles, ranging from a walnut to a white wood finish. You can customize your piece with detachable carved designs that slot onto the wooden frame. Despite its size, this mirror is easy to hang, and comes with its own screws and hooks. Since full-length mirrors can cost thousands of dollars, this wood piece from Wayfair is a steal.
Best outdoor mirror
Frame material: Resin and aluminum
+Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
-Store indoors for best results
Made from durable materials in a delicate design, the Capistrano Mirror brings the best of both worlds. The frame features scores of resin spines, hand-knotted to the aluminum base and arranged to look like sun rays. This mirror is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, come rain or shine. A garden mirror can create the illusion of additional space, so they’re ideal for opening up smaller outdoor areas. The only trouble is that garden mirrors collect more dirt and dust. You might want to store yours inside to preserve its beauty.
Best mirror FAQs
Which is the best mirror?
There’s no such thing as the best mirror: just the mirror that’s best suited to your space. The Alaia Mirror would make a serious statement in larger living rooms. Something slimmer, like the Dane Mirror, would work better in smaller bedrooms. If you’re looking for a makeup mirror, then Pottery Barn’s Westly model is your best bet.
Where can I buy good mirrors?
Most of the top home retailers offer a decent selection of mirrors. Pottery Barn have great basics in every shape and style, while Williams Sonoma and Anthropologie stock the best accent mirrors. If you know you want a mirror, but you just can’t decide on a style, you’ll appreciate the wide range at Wayfair.
Where should I not put a mirror?
You shouldn’t hang your mirror across from cluttered corners. When your mirror reflects piles of mail, toys, or clothes, all you’re doing is multiplying the mess. To create the illusion of a larger, clearer space, try hanging your mirror opposite a natural light source.
You can follow these feng shui mirror rules for a cooler, calmer layout for your room. Feng shui experts claim that you should never hang a mirror opposite your bed, because it will drain your energy. The say that you should also avoid placing a mirror opposite your front door, or natural light and good energy will bounce back out of your home.
Once you’ve bought one of the best mirrors, it’s important to take good care of it. Learn how to clean a mirror without streaks to keep your glass gleaming.
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Before she joined Homes & Gardens, Emilia studied English at the University of Oxford, where she sharpened her critical writing skills. She also worked on the other side of the aisle writing press releases for regional newspapers and crafting copy for Sky. Emilia combines her business savvy with her creative flair as our eCommerce Editor, connecting you with the products you’ll love. When she’s not in the office, Emilia is happiest when entertaining friends al fresco or out in the country.
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