Mirror trends – modern designs for a chic interior

When it comes to mirror trends, interior designers are looking to go beyond the basics, moving from a decor item that provides a simple function to a work of art in its own right. From characteristic frames to unique stained glass mirrors, from antique style pieces to modern and asymmetrical shapes, there are an abundance of beautiful styles, and each can bring something new and interesting to your interiors.

Mirrors are a quick and easy addition to any room, reflecting light in clever ways to create the illusion of more space, adding interest to a wall and providing a functional purpose. We spoke to the designers to find out what the latest interior design trends are when it comes to choosing a mirror to make sure your space pays off for 2023.

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh is a home and interiors editor and writer, with a role in compiling trend reports across a range of interior styles and stories. With a focus on decorative accessories, Oonagh used her contact list to discover the latest looks in mirrors.

We have identified the coolest mirror trends of the moment. Think asymmetrical shapes, new colors to add a tasteful touch to any room, and frames with wavy edges. For the latest mirror trends, scroll down for our compilation of mirror trends.

1. Frames with wavy edges

A mirror with a wavy frame

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez. Design: Tiffany Howell, Night Palm)

The curves are big right now. From curved sofas to softer curved edges on kitchen counters, to the much-loved wavy look we see in interiors, the curve certainly has its moment in the spotlight and the mirror is no exception to the curve phenomenon. We love this look by night palm (opens in a new tab)in Tiffany Howell’s condo in Miami, designed for Jena Covella, founder of the jewelry brand Agent Nateur.

The sandy creams and neutral scheme mean the room relies on texture and movement to set the mood, rather than pops of color, and the mirror helps a lot with this. The waves in the mirror create a slight 1980s Miami party rug look, appeal to the larger trend of mid-20th century interior throwbacks, and mimic the waves of the sea, which can be seen just outside. outside from the balcony. Leaning the mirror full length against the wall gives it a casual elegance that is both understated and chic.

2. Backlit mirrors

A mirror with an illuminated circle of light

(Image credit: Bartłomiej Senkowski. Design: Blackhaus Architects)

For a slightly spatial feel and something more contemporary, consider illuminating the ring around your mirror, creating a halo effect, as seen in this apartment bathroom in Poland by Blackhaus Architects (opens in a new tab).

“This bathroom mirror idea was designed by me specifically for this particular bathroom,” says Karol Cieplinski of the architectural firm. “The space is split into two parts – emphasizing the large format tile settings, and the lighting brings it all together. The mirror is both practical and aesthetic,” she explains.

Backlit mirrors are proving popular in the bathroom due to the soft glow cast on your face as you go about your daily routine. As for regular light bulbs, LED backlit mirrors are also energy efficient compared to the main light source, perhaps another factor as to why they’re all the rage.

3. Vintage and antique styles

An old style mirror

(Image credit: Rupert Bevan)

Antique mirrors have long been a popular mirror trend, and the look is still going strong as we look to bring vintage flair to our homes and give it a bit of retro charm.

This piece from the furniture designer, Rupert Bevan (opens in a new tab) is the Lucian mirror and has a distinct mid-century feel with a wooden frame and green glass border. “The Lucian mirror with its smoked oak frame and delicate green border is made with the finest materials,” says Rupert.

‘Green cathedral glass borders a lightly distressed mirrored glass center panel. Handcrafted in our Shropshire workshop, the stained cathedral glass rim and antique mirrored glass center and smoked oak frame bring out the character and craftsmanship customers crave,” says Rupert.

When decorating with antique mirrors, consider where you use them carefully. They are less ideal for functional spaces like bathrooms, but great for adding character as a decorative piece.

4. Colored glass mirrors

colored mirrors on a wall

(Image credit: Giovanni Botticelli)

Stained glass mirrors have their moment in the spotlight, adding more interest to the typical reflective glass material with stained glass that adds a touch of Art Deco flair.

“We are seeing a strong trend towards hand-blown and colored glass for mirrors that retain their character,” says Rupert Bevan (opens in a new tab). “Colored glass is growing in popularity as customers seem to be moving away from off-white and back to colour. It can be more decorative and add a clean light to a room, and it has more intrinsic value than normal mirror glass.

Colored glass is usually mouth blown, which limits the size. Color pigment is added to glass at the melting stage of glass manufacturing. The colored glass is then silvered to create a colored mirror.

So what color trends are we seeing in mirrors right now? “The popular colors for colored glass that I’m seeing right now are pink and green,” Rupert adds.

5. Artistic frames

A mirror with an artistic frame

(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez. Design: Tiffany Howell, Night Palm)

Just how you frame a work of art, use your mirror the same way and create a statement out of something that is often overlooked. In this example, by Tiffany Howell of night palm (opens in a new tab)an intricate frame, designed to look like two feathers coming together, is the real work of art and brings character to the neutral color palette.

6. Asymmetrical shapes

Asymmetrically shaped mirror

(Image credit: Derek Shapton. Design: Barbara Vokac Taylor)

In all aspects of the house, as well as the shapes of mirrors, we adopt irregular shapes, uneven and asymmetrical shapes. “Asymmetrical mirrors are on the rise and have quickly become the latest must-have home accessory,” says Jen and Mar of indoor fox (opens in a new tab).

“We are seeing this move towards organically shaped homewares as people seek to bring a sense of calm into the home.”

In this bathroom, designed by Barbara Vokac Taylor (opens in a new tab), this organic modern style has been adopted. “A rectangular mirror seemed too rigid to me,” explains Barbara. “The sculptural form adds a subtle, elegant energy to the space,” she adds.

7. Architectural mirrors

Upper East Side living room with mirror on the wall

(Image credit: Stephen Kent Johnson. Design: Ries Hayes, 1stDibs 50)

Finally, mirror trends are all about thinking outside the box, with mirror panels on one wall, stretching from floor to ceiling, or in this example by Interiors of Ries Hayes (opens in a new tab)through the fireplace mantel, making a real statement in the living room and an interesting modern fireplace idea.

Mirrors that use floor-to-ceiling length can really create an illusion of space, reflect light in a flattering way that helps elevate your decor, and add some drama to an otherwise drab room. Think about how it frames architectural features in a room, like a mantel or fireplace.

Where to hang a mirror in the house?

Hanging a mirror is an art form. Strategically placing mirrors where light naturally falls is one of the oldest but best interior tricks in the book. It enhances natural light and makes the room appear much bigger and brighter.

“A carefully placed mirror in front of a window will echo the natural light and greenery in a smaller room, helping to bring the outdoors in,” advise Jen and Mar.

Another way to hang your mirrors is to group them. “The grouping of mirrors creates a feeling of extra space and allows light to reflect into the room. Using mirrors of varying sizes will enhance the decor and create a focal point in the room. This technique works especially well on large open walls like the living room, a narrow hallway, or above a table.

Finally, when hanging the mirror, proportions are key. Leave enough distance between the ceiling and the furniture and in case of grouping, there must be an equal space between each mirror.

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