Time to hit up your local thrift shop: You need a vintage mirror. Aside from adding charm and a certain old-school flair that’s guaranteed to be a conversation-starter, these pieces are a great way to fill up an empty wall when traditional artwork won’t do. Small-space dwellers will note another benefit of large mirrors—they open up a room and make it feel instantly larger.

This particular small-space hack comes with a ringing design celeb endorsement. Nate Berkus recommends using bigger mirrors to visually trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it actually is, sharing this insight via a recent Instagram post.

 

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“Looking to invest in something special for your home?” he writes. “There’s always a place in your home for a big, beautiful vintage mirror. It always makes the room feel taller.”

While Berkus’s mirror of choice is a mid-century French oak piece from Paris, the beauty of this styling tip is that it’s customizable. If you’re big on color, look for something simple with a wood frame you can sand down and paint over in the saturated hue of your choice. If you love the antique look, hit up a vintage fair to hunt for a gilded option.

Or if you’d rather forgo the process of tracking down the perfect vintage piece altogether, you can always buy online. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite larger mirrors (both contemporary and old school) that are prime for perusal—you’re sure to find one to fit your style.

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Brass Orbit Mirror, West Elm ($549)
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Modern minimalists, there’s nothing about this sleek, contemporary piece you won’t love.

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Gleaming Primrose Mirror, Anthropologie ($448)
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Mimic the character of an older piece without the work it takes to source one via this gold mirror.

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Randaccio Mirror, TRNK ($999)
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If you’re looking to fill the space above your mantel, opt for something round to contrast with the horizontal line of the shelf.

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Palmetto Arch Floor Mirror, CB2 ($799)
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The organic silhouette and slight patina on this arched mirror will infuse any corner with unique charm.

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Midcentury Walnut Framed Mirror, 1st Dibs ($650)
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Take a page from Nate Berkus and choose a real vintage piece. This simple mirror is peak mid-century modern.

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