Mirrors are one of the most functional and versatile accessories you can add to your home. Providing an element of openness and light, they not only accentuate the flow of your home from room to room but create an illusion of space, all the while enhancing existing features. And if that wasn’t enough, they are incredibly practical.
Whether you’re considering purchasing a mirror or already have one (or a few), at Luxe Mirrors, we know that the placement of your mirror can make or break a room – and is something that isn’t always easy to get right. We’re here to help you find the perfect place for your new wall mirror.
Read on to see the things we always take into consideration when finding homes for our mirrors.
Deciding On A Room
Did you purchase your mirror with a specific room in mind? Or did this mirror scream out to you to take it home? Either way, deciding on the right room for your mirror is the first and arguably most important step in getting the most out of it.
While most areas of your home will benefit from the addition of a mirror, some popular places to consider include:
A mirror can enhance the natural light of a living room. Depending on its placement, say perpendicular to a window, it can appear as a secondary window without creating any unwanted glare. Mirrors can also be an alternative to artwork, with their ability to reflect other design features of your home.
A mirror in your entryway serves both a practical and welcoming purpose. It can create warmth and a sense of homeliness by giving an insight into the style and aesthetic of your home, while also allowing you to catch a final glimpse on your way out the door.
A well-placed mirror can give the illusion of light and space even to the darkest of areas. Hallways that are dark and narrow can certainly be enhanced with the addition of a mirror, but ensure you consider any light sources before placing a mirror in this area. We don’t want to cause mysterious shadowing and reflections.
Mantelpieces And Fireplaces
Many homes have mantelpieces or fireplaces, both decorative and functional. A great way to capture the warmth of this area is to add a mirror above. Often these mantelpieces will have an architectural design quality about them that can be complemented further by the design of the mirror you choose.
Mirrors can be used to harness the energy, and an area like the dining room can benefit from the positive feeling a beautiful mirror can bring. Being a place where people come together with friends and family, this energy should be taken advantage of. However, be sure that your placement won’t allow people to watch themselves eat in the reflection, as this can be quite distracting!
Your bedroom is a place for relaxation, so the different types of wall mirrors and its placement are particularly important. Often a full-length mirror is one that works well in this room – if your space allows for it. Suppose you are a light sleeper though you may need to be more careful with your placement and consider any lighting reflected by the mirror.
Things To Reflect On
Shapes And Sizes
The size of your mirror can often help you with your decision of which room it will work in. Some areas won’t be practical – for example, a small mirror on a large blank wall won’t give the best result, just as an oversized mirror won’t do a small wall space any favors. There are ways to work around the size and shape of your mirror, though, so if it is a bit too small for an area, you could consider grouping it with multiple mirrors (one is never enough!) or incorporate it into a gallery wall amongst prints and photographs.
Height Of Placement
The actual height at which you place your mirror is an important aspect of placement. You need to take the area and purpose of the mirror into consideration. If your mirror is going to be above furniture, you should ensure a gap between the top of the furniture and the bottom of the mirror. The size of this gap is dependent on the height of your furniture, but an excellent place to start is space between the two of around 20cm – this gap can be larger for lower furniture, or smaller for taller furniture. In addition to this, you should consider your eye level for the height of the mirror placement. This way, you can make sure it isn’t too high or low, and your mirror will serve both styles and practical purposes.
As mentioned above, hanging a mirror at eye level not only increases the functionality of the mirror, it also helps you control what the mirror is reflecting. This is important for your placement because you want to enhance the features of your home. Ensure your mirror won’t be reflecting anything you don’t necessarily want to see twice, such as lights from electronics or that pile of papers on a table. Instead, take note of the areas you would like to enhance, light features, architectural designs, even paintings, and other artworks that make beautiful reflections for your mirror. It will also make your mirror work overtime by being both a work of art and reflecting one!
One of the most beautiful things a mirror can bring to any room is light. It can help enhance it and fill your space with more warmth. To take advantage of natural light in your home, you need to be able to place your mirror near a window. The best way to do this is by placing the mirror perpendicular to the window, this way it can capture the light, and increase the brightness of a room without adding any glare, which depending on how much natural light the room receives, can sometimes be caused if a mirror is on a wall opposite to the window.
Home Style And Aesthetics
You want your new mirror to work with the décor and aesthetic of your home. While this aesthetic can change from room to room, it is something to consider when deciding on the best place for a mirror.
Whether you’re a big believer of feng shui or not, some very practical design elements come from it. For those not aware, feng shui is the practice of creating balance and harmony using the energies of your environment. Applied to interior design, we want to create harmony and harness the positive energy of your home. That way, we can create a positive environment for you to thrive in.
The reflection of your mirror, as mentioned above, is one of the most useful design elements that can help in creating this balance. We want to ensure our reflections are not chaotic or bringing attention to areas we don’t want to focus on. Avoid placing mirrors where stairs are reflected, as well as where it may reflect a dark area of your home. Another key placement to avoid is where a mirror may reflect another mirror – this can create a never-ending reflection that is seen to increase the energy of your home, rather than harmonize it.
Beauty, Illusion, Light, and Functionality – Mirrors Can Add it All
While most homes incorporate mirrors, mainly for practical purposes and convenience, at Luxe Mirrors, we know the true power a mirror can add to a home. On their own, they can be a piece of art, but when you incorporate them into your space, they can create a light, the illusion of space, warmth, and openness, and reflect the things that you see as beautiful – including you! Let us help you find the next mirror for your home.
One Final Tip
- Don’t rush the process of finding the right place for your new wall mirror. Try putting the mirror in different places for a few days at a time. This way, you can see whether there are any little nuisances you may not have noticed initially. This way, you can find the perfect home for your wall mirror.