The best hallway mirrors

Big, beautiful and baroque or modern and minimal? Finding the best hallway mirror is all a matter of taste

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Our poor hallways can often be the last thing we think of when it comes to redecorating, but with all they do for us, we think that’s a real shame. As the last thing we see before we leave the house, and the first thing to welcome us back when we return, it’s a very important space indeed, and one that deserves the utmost care. But luckily for us, that needn’t mean expensive remodelling, messy painting or anything too strenuous. Just one standout decorative flourish can make all the difference — and for us, that means a hallway mirror.

The best hallway mirrors inspire admiring oohs and ahhs, not just from guests, but from you. We’re talking outlandish, oversized, but gorgeous mirrors that reflect loads of light and create space where it’s sorely needed; industrial metal mirrors and salvaged-look window mirrors for the coolest pads; ultra-trendy copper frames and baroque-look pieces full of flourishes to welcome you into the house with fanfare. Of course, the style is completely up to you, but we like to think we’ve picked something for most tastes, whether you’re a modern design maven with a soft spot for Scandi chic or a staunch traditionalist look for the finishing touch to a Period home.

If we were to offer one bit of advice, it would be this: size up your space and pick accordingly. If you’re working with a tiny space, go for a mirror that’s large and unfussy enough to reflect the maximum amount of light (opposite a window or door is usually a good bet) and create the illusion of space, but not so large that it’ll overwhelm the walls and feel claustrophobic. Equally, if you have quite a lot of wall space to work with, a smaller mirror may look lost, so don’t be afraid to go big.

1. Large Metal Framed Window Mirror

This extra-large mirror takes our top spot for its surprising versatility

Specifications
Best for: Creating space
Colour: Neutral
Dimensions: W137 x H180 cm
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Reflects lots of light+Creates illusion of space
Reasons to avoid
-May overpower small hallways 

This enormous statement mirror is the ultimate meeting of style and utility, making it our favourite mirror for hallways. Its oversized window design reflects light beautifully, so it’s best placed opposite a bay window or door for a bright entranceway, or at the end of a long narrow hallway to create the illusion of more space. The metal hardware is carefully neutral, neither warm nor cool, so it’ll fit into almost any scheme as long as there’s enough room on the wall.

2. Umbra - Copper 'Prisma' wall mirror

A contemporary copper mirror to brighten up your walls

Specifications
Best for: Striking decoration
Colour: Copper
Dimensions: W42.5 x H56.5 x D8.3 cm
Material: Steel
Reasons to buy
+Trend-led copper finish+Really unusual shape
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit traditional schemes so well 

If you’re looking for something a little different to update a drab or dated hallway, you’ve found it. There’s something a little space-age and a little Art Deco all at once about the Prisma mirror, making it a real standout piece, with of-the-minute copper and geometric lines. If you only have a small space to work with and have found yourself in the market for a mirror that does double duty as practicality and decoration, we’ve found it all in this trendy looking glass. 

3. Black Silver Wide Framed Mirror

A dramatic and drop-dead gorgeous addition to any hallway

Specifications
Best for: Making a statement
Colour: Silver
Dimensions: W125 x H215 cm
Material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+Elegant oversized option+Light and bright silver finish
Reasons to avoid
-Will overwhelm very small spaces 

This oversized hallway mirror might look like something you’d find in a dressmaker’s studio, but ultimately, we think that’s what makes it just perfect for placing near the front door. If you’re prone to last-minute outfit, hair and makeup checks before heading out, this elegant full-length mirror is spacious enough to provide the big picture of your ensemble, shoes included. While you’ll obviously need a wall big enough to lean it against, it’s not necessarily just for larger hallways, as the beautiful brushed silver effect of the frame and the large mirrored surface conspire to reflect loads of light, and the fact that it doesn’t need to be hung is a huge bonus for renters who are loath to touch the walls. 

4. Design Project by John Lewis No.120 Circle Mirror With Shelf, Black

Matte, metal and ever-so modern — what’s not to love?

Specifications
Best for: Surprising storage
Colour: Black
Dimensions: Dia. 82.5
Material: Steel
Reasons to buy
+
+Suits a surprising number of themes +Handy included shelf
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy: make sure you get help to hang 

With its powder-coated steel frame, exposed bolts and clean lines, this metal mirror is perfect for industrial room schemes, although we think its cut-through circle design is just as apt for an elegant Art Deco salon, making it surprisingly versatile for such an unexpected piece. If your hallway is more of the modern persuasion, the stark monochrome effect of this mirror is a nice change from the usual wooden-framed fare, and the included shelf is that rare thing: a good-looking storage solution. If you’re short on space, you can use it for keys and other hallway accoutrements, if not, why not use it to display your favourite vases or figurines? 

5. John Lewis Ornate Leaf Wall Mirror

This aptly Champagne-coloured mirror is a celebration of all things fabulous

Specifications
Best for: A timeless touch
Colour: Champagne
Dimensions: W82.5 x H122 x D3cm
Material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+Great in Baroque themes+Surprisingly versatile gold shade
Reasons to avoid
-May be a bit fussy for some 

This amazing baroque mirror is a clever meeting of elegant and opulent, adding a hint of richness to any hallway wall. If you have a true-to-period Victorian property, this would look fantastic hung at the bottom of the stairs, but even in contemporary schemes it could ably stand alone as a feature, with the intricate moulding adding tons of interest, and the lustrous cool-toned gold proving a surprisingly versatile shade to work with. Reviewers are universally smitten, praising this mirror’s ability to turn a good room into a great room. 

6. John Lewis Fusion Swirl Mirror

This high-quality mirror is a statement-maker for sure

Specifications
Best for: A modern statement
Colour: Black
Dimensions: Dia. 114cm
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Huge statement piece +Unusual, beautiful frame
Reasons to avoid
-Very large and heavy 

This vortex-like mirror is pure drama, so if you’ve only got room for once statement piece in your hallway, make it this one. While there are round mirrors aplenty on the market, including some of the lovely picks in our list, it’s the swirling wire frame of this one that sets it apart. It’s enormous, which of course goes some way to explaining its offbeat charm, so make sure the space you have to work with its big enough that it won’t be overwhelmed, but other than that, go nuts! 

7. Gallery Classic Ornate Oval Mirror - Grey

For a fairytale look in a modern home, look no further than this detail-oriented mirror

Specifications
Best for: A traditional look
Colour: Grey
Dimensions: W38.5 x H52 x D3 cm
Material: Resin
Reasons to buy
+On-trend grey shade +High-end look
Reasons to avoid
-Again, may be a bit fussy for some

Another baroque beauty, this ornate oval mirror bridges the gap between antique and modern with its lovely moulded details offset by the ultra-modern soft grey paintwork. If you’re working with an otherwise uninspiring space or particularly cramped hall, this is an easy, instant way to inject a bit of personality, and you’re sure to get admiring comments from everyone who passes through. Thanks to its delightfully feminine flourishes and very reasonable price, it’s not just great for the hallway either - why not treat yourself to another one for the bedroom?