Image from Etsy Shop: “Revived Vintage”
I have been a fan of the Hollywood Regency and shabby chic look for quite some time now. I particularly like the up-cycled bright, bold look of the vintage Syroco mirrors. If you are unfamiliar with Syroco mirrors, they were popular mirrors that were made by The Syracruse Ornamental Company in the 1940’s-1950’s and became popular again in the 1970’s. They were inexpensive mirrors at the time made out of a plastic like material placed into a stylized mold and finished with a metal that resembles gold.
The look of the original gold Syroco mirror doesn’t really fit in with today’s style (at least not my style). In fact, the Hollywood Regency style can sometimes be a bit over the top for my taste. However, I do enjoy the up-cycled looks of the Syroco mirrors. I particularly like the bold, electric, highlighter colors such as cobalt blue or hot pink.
The mirrors come in many different styles — from super over the top with curly cues and flowers galore. They come in square shapes, oval shapes, large and small. My favorite style is the large, oval whimsical looking mirror.
The details and the textures are by far some of the best I have seen on any of the Syroco mirrors. It isn’t too gaudy — and yet — it stands out in a gorgeous, substantial way.
Many of these mirrors can be found already up-cycled on Etsy.com or Ebay.com. Many sellers will even customize the color and varnish for you. The above white frame is actually a chalkboard, which many people use for weddings. It is also possible to find chalkboard/mirror combinations which I find extremely attractive. They can be useful for home parties, for restaurant menus, or just for a warm, inspirational saying now and then.
Whether you’re going for the shabby chic or Hollywood regency look or not, these mirrors will add color and style to any room.