I’ve always loved a major fireplace moment – loads of marble, dramatic cornices, beautiful tile and the piéce de résistance – a mirror so tall it touches the ceiling. So I feel rather lucky that I get to create a major moment of my own in our dining room. But hunting down the perfect mirror for over the fireplace is proving to be a rather daunting challenge.

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Finding 70″+ mirrors are not a dime a dozen. I want something with personality, something with the perfect proportions, a gorgeous frame – period appropriate detailing…it’s a bit of a needle in a haystack situation.

The traditional look involves a 19th-century French Louis Philippe gold leaf gilt mirror most often with some sort of crest. This look is timeless classic and stunning. But perhaps also a touch predictable??

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What if I went white on white? Using a mirror with tone on tone is a bit more understated and a touch more modern, don’t you think?

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Then there’s the decision of scale. Do you like the look of a smaller scale option, or a mirror that runs the full width of the fireplace.

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And then there’s the antiqued mirror option. I love how they can almost look like a piece of art.

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Or perhaps a cleaner, less ornate option would be best. Are you starting to see my dilemma?

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And we haven’t even discussed price point yet. While new, “inspired by” mirrors can run around $200, an authentic antique can be in the thousands upon thousands of dollars. The perfect mirror could certainly be worth it as I plan for it to be there for the rest of time. So do I pick a big box store option or continue to hunt through my favorite vintage sources like Chairish and 1stDibs. I remain torn. I will definitely keep you posted on where I land!

Here are a few of the (many!) options I’m currently considering.

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What do you think?

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4 Comments

  1. Go antique if funds allow. It will hold its value and outlive modern equivalents. Plus it will have a natural patina you just can’t fake. Love your blog. Claire x

  2. Try Elsie Green. They have a lot of french antiques and also can hunt for somehting specific as they go over to France a couple times a year.

  3. I personally prefer narrower margins than the mantel/fireplace, & dependant on yr ceiling height etc, & if u have decorative cornices/mouldings etc, why not buy some ready made edging or tiles from yr hardware/garden shop & make yr own frame – 1) it’s unique to yr taste & 2) giant mirrors are much less expensive when just buying the plain mirror – think of it as yr blank palette…
    Kindest regards,
    Romantics…