We’re in the peak of Summer so we thought it would be fitting to write about sunburst mirrors. Possibly one of our favourite mirror designs the sunburst is made for your Summer interiors however these versatile designs can also look fantastic featured all year round in your home offering a stunning burst of light. We’ve always appreciated sunburst mirrors however when doing some research we discovered there is more to sunburst mirrors than actually meets the eye.
The sunburst mirror has a fascinating history that dates right back to the 17th Century. During the 17th Century the Catholic Church began to use monstrances above the alter these elaborate designs were made up of decorative stands surrounded by glided rays of sunshine demonstrating what we know today as the sunburst style.
These monstrances were often found in churches in Italy featured above the altar. The very first mirrors were very small and convex and it wasn’t until the late 17th Century that mirror production became more established and mirrors eventually increased in size.
In the early 19th Century mirror production had finally taken off as a decorative accessory and mirrors were extremely popular in both Europe and America. We can’t be fully sure as to when the first sunburst style mirror in the same design we know today was first produced, however research suggests it could be any time within the 19th Century.
From petite to grand and oversized these stunning mirrors are a real piece of art that will instantly enhance any home. These round mirrors with adorning frames continue to captivate us and can easily double up as piece of wall art. These are numerous examples of just how versatile these mirror are; they can work on their own as an accent or can be pieced with other styles creating a dramatic high impact.
These mirrors work exceptionally well in entrance hallways; try positioning above a console table to create a striking focal point that will instantly catch the attention of guests. The mirror would look equally at home featured on a plain wall; they offer fantastic bursts of light therefore if you have a narrow and long entrance hallway a sunburst can help create the illusion of increased space.
In your bathroom consider replacing a traditional cabinet with a large sunburst style mirror. Traditionally mirrors should be positioned above your sink; a sunburst style will add an unexpected air of elegance enhancing the overall feel of your bathroom. Complement the mirror with flanking wall light to create the ultimate focal point. These style mirrors can also make stunning unique overmantle mirrors as well as looking great positioned above your bed choose a simple more petite style for a more refined look or a lavish framed design for a more dramatic feel.
Traditionally sunburst mirrors were finished in gold however these mirrors are now available in a wide range of finishes including; silver, bronze and black colours as well as wooden and even mirrored glass finishes offering a contemporary feel.