Check Out These Mirrors Inspired by Famous London Architecture
Deciding on the right mirror for your home can be a tricky task with so many styles available. There are already so many guides on what colour and shape will suit your interior décor, we thought we’d take a new approach and look at exterior décor for a change. We decided to use London as our inspiration as there’s such a wide range of architectural styles in the city. From original Georgian and Gothic buildings, to art deco and modern builds, every inch of the city has something different. Keep reading to discover our picks for London mirrors.
Inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, this style features huge colonnades and simple geometric forms often made of pale stone. The façades of the British Museum, and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square are iconic examples of this, which Londoners are sure to recognise. The mirrors we think reflect this style best are our Fenton White Leaner Mirror and the Austen Full Length Mirror. Both feature understated designs while still achieving the grandness associated with classical styles.
Gothic architecture is a well-known staple of most historic European cities. The vaulted ceilings, arched windows and elaborately carved detailed make this style instantly recognisable. Westminster Abbey is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, while St Pancras station also features Victorian Gothic details. This arched window mirror would bring an attractive Gothic style to any garden, while the Somerley Arched mirror also adds a touch of the contemporary.
Highly opulent and elaborate, Baroque architecture evokes a sense of royal extravagance. The dramatic details of the style make for spectacular statement pieces. Perhaps the most famous example of the Baroque in England, and one of London’s most iconic landmarks, is St Paul’s Cathedral. The stunning monument was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and stood as the tallest building in London until the 60s. We have a great range of ornate Baroque style mirrors here, including this stand out gold mirror with carved detailing. The Stratford extra large white mirror also features stunning plaster detailing on its six inch frame.
Popularised in the 20s and 30s, Art Deco architecture features geometric designs that evoke post-WW1 glamour. Compared to other styles, London is a bit lacking in Art Deco buildings, but we couldn’t go without mentioning Battersea Power Station. With its iconic white chimneys, and embellished towers, it forms the largest brick structure in Europe! The bevelled edges on this all glass mirror exude Art Deco styling, while this Chrysler mirror features a classic fanned look. Either of these would make a stylish bathroom mirrors for London homes.
We wouldn’t be able to talk about London architecture without including some of the modern structures that tower over the skyline. The Gherkin and The Shard are two famous examples that stand out for their unusual shapes. The Gherkin’s playful form is instantly recognisable, while The Shard’s spire is almost reminiscent of the historic churches that surround it. We’ve chosen two unique mirrors that we think reflect this style – this full length starburst mirror and this segmented brick effect mirror. Both use glass in a playful contemporary way while still oozing style.
Whether you’re shopping for mirrors in London or anywhere else in the UK, we hope you’ve been inspired by our jaunt into architecture. If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out our design inpso blog!