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Trend Spotted: Round Mirrors

Trend Spotted: Round Mirrors
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Round mirrors have traditionally taken a backseat to their more widely used cousin, the rectangle, but times are definitely changing. Recently interiors featuring round mirrors seem to have all but taken over our Pinterest feed, particularly new incarnations of the now-iconic captain’s mirror hanging from a leather strap, first dreamed up by Tyler Hays at BDDW. Once we started looking, we realized that decorating pros like Thom Filicia and Bunny Williams, to name just a few, have long been putting these circular wonders to work, and we’re not just talking sunburst mirrors. But why a round mirror, anyway? Keep reading to find out.

If you can spare the space, try replacing your standard medicine cabinet with a round mirror to add elegance and polish in the bathroom. Photo by Manuel Rodriguez.

If you can spare the space, try replacing your standard medicine cabinet with a round mirror to add elegance and polish in the bathroom. Photo by Manuel Rodriguez.

An ornate oval-shaped mirror turns the mantel into a major moment. Photo by Tony Vu.

An ornate oval-shaped mirror turns the mantel into a major moment. Photo by Tony Vu.

Frame a wide set of windows with a pair of small sunburst mirrors to create well-rounded symmetry. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

Frame a wide set of windows with a pair of small sunburst mirrors to create well-rounded symmetry. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

Adding New Dimension

A room’s composition is naturally made up of straight lines and right angles, which is what makes a round mirror’s silhouette such a welcome addition above a boxy chest or a linear mantel. As always, the bigger the piece the greater the impact, with mirrors boasting diameters of 36 inches and larger sure to wow.

Anchoring a Gallery Display

The same idea applies to a gallery wall, where a larger round mirror used in the center, or even small ones sprinkled throughout the arrangement, can visually break up the rectangles and squares of the other frames and add more interest to the overall look.

Medicine Cabinet Alternative

The bathroom is probably the last place you’d expect to spot a round mirror, which gives it that much more oomph. In the guest bath of his lake house, Thom Filicia hung a petite round version between two round sconces, creating a trio of circles, while the duo behind Pencil and Paper used a gilded version to majorly glam up the powder room. We’re taking notes.

An antiqued Venetian glass mirror makes a subtle statement when paired with patterned wallpaper and a poppy console. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

An antiqued Venetian glass mirror makes a subtle statement when paired with patterned wallpaper and a poppy console. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

A petite corner feels suddenly elevated with the addition of a gilded mirror. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

A petite corner feels suddenly elevated with the addition of a gilded mirror. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

Here, the wooden round mirror is just another part of the gallery wall. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

Here, the wooden round mirror is just another part of the gallery wall. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.

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