Antique mirrors: Which shape should you choose?

If you sometimes purchase a mirror only to find it looks muddled in your room when you hang it, this article might explain why some of those doubts persist.

Which shapes work and which don’t

The two most popular shapes for bespoke mirrors are circles/ovals and squares/rectangles. Rarely will you ever see a triangular mirror purely because we associate that shape with potent concepts of danger and warning. Circles are said to bring a sense of reassurance and safety, so people choose this shape to convey harmony and calmness to a room. Square and rectangular mirrors carry connotations of robustness and strength that transmits a feeling of permanence. Oval mirrors differ slightly from circles in that they are widely used as antique mirrors in union with ornate frames that make a bold statement.

Interior design considerations with shapes

When you plan how to use bespoke mirrors in your home, you should consider how the mirror’s silhouette will appear in isolation or as a set. A standard circular mirror without a frame would be an example of a simple profile. These shapes would work eloquently in isolation or as a set, whereas an abstract, antique frame is characterised better as a standalone mirror.

How to know which is best for your home

There are no hard and fast rules to how you design the interior of your home, but these are a few pointers to help if you get stuck. We offer bespoke mirror consultation, design and installation, so complete our online contact form or call us with your enquiry.