1. Bold and Gold
A classic from the 1870s, this French gilded mirror is very elegant. Frame details include beading and a piecrust edge, and the mirror is mercury glass. It’s 37-by-52¼ inches and sells for $2,800 at Tone on Tone antiques shop in Bethesda (240-497-0800; tone-on-tone.com).
2. Wooden Wonder
Inspired by the arched pediments of Parisian windows, the antique black Gisele mirror adds character to a front hall or over a fireplace mantel. It’s hand-carved of solid wood, the glass has a beveled edge, and it is also available in aged oak and antique white finishes. It retails for $1,029 at Ethan Allen in Rockville (301-984-4360; ethanallen.com).
3. Boho Chic
A refined take on the natural fiber wall-hanging trend, this round, jute-accented mirror adds texture to a space. Artisans carefully wrap the 25-inch diameter steel frame in natural fibers, so each mirror is unique. Find it for $99.99 at World Market in Rockville (301-816-2480; worldmarket.com).
4. Circle Time
A mirror as well as a piece of contemporary art, this beauty has an iron frame and spokes adorned with burnt metal discs. The Kensey mirror, from Arteriors Home, is 48 inches in diameter, projects 41/2 inches and is priced at $1,320 through Urban Country in Bethesda (301-654-0500; urbancountrydesigns.com).
5. Global Goods
A great addition to an eclectic décor, the Fara mirror is hand-carved and features a hand-painted antique blue finish. The 20-by-48-inch mirror can be mounted vertically or horizontally. It’s available for $349 at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598; potterybarn.com).
6. Showy Seashells
This shimmery mirror would look right at home in a serene bedroom or beach house. The frame features a classic chevron pattern expressed in hand-cut pale blue and ivory capiz shells. It measures 27-by-38 inches and costs $495 though Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie in the District (202-966-9700; neimanmarcus.com).
Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.