Decorative Mirrors for your Entrance Hall

Wow your guests with an entrance hall where your mirror is the star of the show.
Decorative Mirrors for your Entrance Hall

Last update: 26 October, 2018

Having a mirror in your entrance hall is essential. We admire our reflections in them, smooth our hair, then give ourselves one last look before we go off to enjoy our lives. But what is the best type of mirror to have? Let’s take a look at some decorative mirrors you can have in your entrance hall.

Of course, there are lots of different shapes and designs, so it’s essential that we choose the right type to suit the style of our homes.

The entrance hall is the first room we see when we walk into someone’s house. It is the first clue as to the style of the house as a whole, and tells us what we are likely to find in the rest of the rooms.

In this article, we’ll present some different ideas on how to choose your perfect mirror. So keep reading, you might just find them useful!

Functional mirrors

No one can deny how important it is to have a mirror in your entrance hall. They are functional, but can also help to add extra character to your decor.

Functional mirrors are simpler, and maintain a sense of balance, with a solid shape and outline. They are not extravagant or ostentatious, but are simply made to fulfill a purpose.

While they also have a decorative function, they are in no way ostentatious. So, what are their principal characteristics? There are several different types:

  • Geometric shapes: rectangular, square, circular etc.
  • Frame: simple, without too much extra detailing to attract the eye.
  • Frameless: a simple mirror, entirely made of glass with no frame.
  • Size: they can be any size, small or large

Simple and interesting, that’s how functional objects should be.

Functional mirrors are both useful and beautiful.

Vintage mirrors

The more classic, rococo or elegant style mirrors can all be classed as vintage.

How might we describe these mirrors? They are the stars of the show, and attract attention- the exact opposite of functional-style mirrors.

The frames that accompany these mirrors are more extravagant, more elaborate and detailed in their design. They inevitably call to mind the French baroque style.

You might want to choose a gold or silver frame. Their sumptuous, ornate quality is immediately obvious. These frames are so elaborate they almost look like sculptures.

So what decorative motifs might we find? Here are a few examples:

  • Wreaths
  • Flowers
  • Geometric shapes
  • Flowing lines

Contemporary mirrors

This style offers so many different possibilities. Following the example of contemporary art, mirrors of this type have many different styles and qualities, and are designed to break all the molds.

So what are the characteristics of the contemporary style mirror? Here are a few examples:

  • Irregular mirrors: these mirrors are often divided into many different parts. They are characterized by variety, rather than regularity.
  • Shatter-effect mirrors: multi-faceted shatter-effect mirrors don’t have one smooth surface or outline, but tend to break with the usual structure.
  • Starburst mirror: made up of circles of varying sizes, these mirrors are more decorative than functional.
  • Mirrors with original frames: the frame be of any number of shapes, and have any number of different finishes.
  • Optical illusions: the frame might have a strange effect on your eyes, attracting even more attention than the mirror itself.
Modern mirrors are the perfect finishing touch for a chic and stylish entrance hall.

Modern mirrors

The modern style came about at the end of the 19th Century. The ideas that have emerged since then have been ever-present in the world of art and also, of course, in the world of interior design.

The use of plants and other long, flowing shapes conveys a dynamic, elegant and innovative feel all at the same time. The resulting look is really original.

The artistic style still attracts the eye, but not because it’s overly different, in the way that a contemporary mirror might be. It is more because of its delicacy and the quality of its finish. 

So what types might you find? Straight or curved, they are subtle, with circular and irregular shapes.

Geometric mirrors

In general, mirrors come in standard geometric shapes. These are the types you’ll normally find on the market:

  • Square
  • Rectangular
  • Circular
  • Oval

The type you go for will depend on the feeling you want to convey. So choosing the right mirror can make you feel good every time you walk into your house.

A square or rectangular mirror will help create a feeling of stability, integrity, rationality and order. What’s more, it will go perfectly with almost any design or style of entrance hall.

A round or curved mirror, on the other hand, will create energy, and will direct your gaze more towards your face when you look in the mirror.

So, what do you need to avoid? You should avoid triangles, trapezoids or any shapes which generates tension.

Classic round mirrors will add a sense of style to your entrance hall.


Obviously, there are a lot more types of mirrors than the ones we have looked at in this article. However, these are the most interesting types, and the ones that will go best in your entrance hall.

Remember, a great mirror can make you feel good just by looking at it. So why not wow all your friends with an artistic and stylish mirror?

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