When it comes to conversations, one subject is usually everybody’s favorite: themselves! And today’s technological advances are offering the largest, most far-reaching stage for the human ego in history. Nevertheless, the selfie, which most of us think of as a new development, isn’t really new at all. One of the first recorded accounts dates back to pioneer photographer Robert Cornelius in 1839. What is new is posting them on social media, where hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of people can see and share them.
The selfie, by definition, requires a certain amount of awareness of and comfort with one’s appearance, and that may be one of the reasons why Michelle Lamb, Editorial Director for The Trend Curve™, says mirrors are in the early stages of a resurgence in home décor. For 2016, the most popular versions will be personal sizes, or those formatted to suggest an 8×10-inch picture frame. Menu‘s mirrors sit in stands that allow them to be oriented vertically or horizontally.
Watch for mirrors in new settings, too, like in family rooms or on the dining table. Allstate Floral added hand mirrors to place-settings at the recent Holiday & Home Expo at the Dallas Market Center.
Wall mirrors will also get a boost, especially when they take on unusual shapes or have lacy patterns. Full-length mirrors are not forecasted to have the same popularity. But don’t rule out mirrors that cover a cabinet door.
Meanwhile, the use of other mirrored surfaces will spread to sconces, clocks, lamps and accent tables. Stelton‘s sconces—inspired by Versailles, but with a Danish-Modern design sensibility—amplify light. Like all mirrors used in smaller living spaces, it also gives the illusion of more space.
And all of this will help reinforce the belief that our homes are, in the truest sense, reflections of ourselves.