I will also suggest how you can use each of them in a way that will suit you
and your home.
Antique Decorative Oval
This one is an old and often valuable piece of furniture. The mirror is often spotted with
dark age spots as happens in silvering mirrors, but it is also sometimes replaced with a modern
The frame usually has intricate detail and is done in stone, bronze or gold. Small wonder it is
therefore that decorative oval mirrors are often quite heavy yet very delicate and require special
handling and placing.
They can be ideally mounted at the end of the passage over an antique cabinet/desk with a flower
vase atop or placed in your bedroom above you make-up cabinet.
Ornamental Decorative Oval
This one is very decorative with ornate detailing that makes it stand apart in any room. It
can be considered as a classical piece of furniture and can fit in any room with whichever style of
decor you have chosen. Ideally you can place it in the living room above the fireplace or at the
centre wall of the room.
Hardwood Decorative Oval
As the name suggests, the hardwood decorative oval mirror has a hard wooden frame with soft
contours. It is usually polished in attractive high gloss. The frame of this one can be left a
natural brown or painted in dark walnut finish. Give it an antique black and burnt orange finish
for an ultra-modern look. This one is perfect in the study or the bedroom.
Contemporary Theme-styled Decorative
It could be an Adam style oval mirror done in carved wood or wrought iron, with leaf drops and
floral design, or field style oval mirror carved with classic details like gathered wheat,
acanthus, and basket weave patterns.
Both are examples of the contemporary theme-styled decorative oval mirror. This type can be
choosy as the theme you choose has to be echoed throughout the room you place it in. It is perfect
in a bathroom, ballroom or alcoved balcony you relax in after a tedious day.
Swivel Decorative Oval
The swivel one looks perfect when suspended on a vanity used as a dressing table or hand
mirror. Sometimes it comes elaborately designed within a marble or wood headboard like in the solid
pine Valencia bookcase waterbed I saw once, which has 2 etched glass doors and shelves on either
side of a decorative oval mirror .You will most likely find an antique decorative oval mirror
in an antiquities shop, as its name implies.