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 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 Origin of the Sunburst Mirror

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 monstrance's 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 monstrance's 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.  

Sunburst Mirrors In your Interiors

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 sunburst 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 sunburst styles creating a dramatic high impact.

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Sunburst 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. Sunburst mirror 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 sunburst 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.

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Sunburst VS Starburst

Between the 1950's and 60's the sunburst mirror got a slight makeover similar to the mirror pictured below these mirrors became known as starburst mirrors.

Usually they featured smaller circle pieces and other decorative features on the rays of the traditional sunburst mirrors. These mirrors however are still often referred to as sunburst mirrors. When you hear the term starburst mirror it is likely referring to a sunburst mirror but perhaps may have further decorative features.


We hope this guide has offered some greater insight into the history of these fascinating mirrors.

We've put together a sunburst mirror pin board featuring some of our favourite sunburst styles along with fantastic inspiration on how to use sunburst mirrors in your own interior.