There are two types of people; those that analyse a living space and buy a suitable wall mirror for it, and those that excitedly purchase wall mirrors and have no idea where to place them! Well, as much as you love the gorgeous new piece you’ve bought, only the right placement will allow it to truly shine.
Yes, wall mirror placement is everything when it comes to hanging up the piece as it can either bring the whole room together or drag it down. This holds true in cases where the wall mirror matches your home interior style and other decorative elements but the wrong place is chosen to put it up. So, how does one figure out the best wall mirror placement in their home? Here’s everything you need to know before you hang your new mirror(s) up.
Finalise the Room – Where to Place Your New Wall Mirror
A wall mirror can be used in just about any room of your home. Of course, not all rooms are suitable for accommodating different kinds of mirrors; the size, type, and style certainly matter. For example, a large accent mirror would be suitable for a living room space while in a small bedroom, it would look out of place.
With similar guidelines in mind, here are some ideas to pick the best room or area for your wall mirror.
Open up Space
Living and dining rooms serve as good places to hang a wall mirror to open up space and brighten the area. Consider large, horizontal mirrors placed over the couch to add aesthetic appeal and centralise the room.
Create a Welcoming Entryway
You can’t go wrong with a wall mirror in your entryway; combine this with a matching or mirrored console table and you’ve got yourself a beautiful, homely space for guests to walk through. It also adds functionality to the area, allowing you to catch a quick look at yourself before you head out the door.
Reflect Decorative Elements
The right placement and angling of a mirror can reflect a particular feature of the room to highlight it further. Whether it’s a unique piece of wall décor on the opposite side of your TV room or a fancy lighting fixture in the bedroom, wall mirror placement is often chosen to showcase more than just the piece itself.
Give a Glimpse into the Next Room
If the angle is right, placing a mirror at the end of a hallway or entry to give a glimpse into the next room creates a bit of excitement for an otherwise dull space. This is a particularly suitable place for wall mirrors if they reflect vibrant and visually pleasing areas of the next room.
Don’t Place Mirrors Opposite Doors
The last thing you want for yourself or visitors is to get startled by walking into a room and suddenly seeing your own reflection. This can happen when you place a wall mirror right opposite a door or archway between two rooms.
Create Less Energy in Your Bedroom
Since mirrors are said to give off energy in a room, your bedroom wall mirror should be placed where you can’t see your own reflection when you go to sleep. Similarly, it’s best not to hang a bedroom mirror near the window as reflecting movements of swaying trees or lights can disrupt a peaceful night.
Get the Height Right
Before you can decide on the height, you have to evaluate the space around it. Generally, it is (aesthetically) less desirable to place a mirror too close to furniture. There should be at least a 20 cm gap between the mirror and furniture piece in order to create a less cluttered and more uniform looking space.
Secondly, you have to consider the functional and decorative factors. If you want both, the height of the mirror needs to be at eye level and preferably placed over furniture that is short in stature. For taller pieces of furniture, keep a gap of at least 10-15 cm and centralise the mirror over it. Remember, the key to getting the height right for wall mirror placement depends on the effect it gives the surrounding area. As long as it looks balanced, and the mirror adds functionality to the room, you’ve got it right!
Should it be Placed Vertically or Horizontally?
Not all mirror designs and shapes are versatile but there are lots of rectangular-shaped wall mirrors that can be hung in a vertical or horizontal position. If you have purchased a piece of this nature, it can cause quite a dilemma to choose which way to hang it.
To figure out the best direction to put up a mirror, consider the factors listed below:
- Room Dimensions – A horizontally-hung wall mirror will look out of place in a tall room and will not do a good job of balancing it. Similarly, a wide room with a vertical, full-length wall mirror will not accentuate the space as well as a horizontal piece would.
- Existing Wall Fixtures – Depending on the available space between existing fixtures or permanent wall fixtures, you may be forced to hang your wall mirror a particular way. Remember not to ‘squeeze’ a mirror into a cramped space that leaves the piece too close to furniture as this ruins the overall aesthetic.
- Functional and Decorative Goals – If the room dimensions and existing wall fixtures permit the wall mirror to be hung either which way, the next factor to consider is functional and decorative goals. For example, a vertical wall mirror provides more functional angles for viewing oneself while a horizontal mirror above the couch adds more visual appeal to the room and less functionality.
Let Feng Shui Guide You
By following the basic principles of feng shui to create balance and harmony, you can find the perfect wall mirror placement in your home! This means finding a place for the mirror that will centralise the room and harmonise its surroundings. Basically, you don’t want to pick a place where the reflections you see from different angles create bad energy. For example, a wall mirror placed in front of the stairs does not comply with the principles of feng shui and instead, brings more attention to an area that is not necessarily good for the art of striking a balance in your home.
The energy that bounces off mirrors should be used wisely to feng shui your home and not create a sense of chaos. This means avoiding wall mirror placements that reflect other reflective surfaces or mirrors, as well.
Choose a Spot Near a Window
Not only is this visually appealing but it also reflects more natural light into your home and that’s always a good thing! You can easily create a cozy corner with an armchair by the window and a decorative mirror for a backdrop on the wall adjacent to the window. This will reflect light perfectly and brighten up the entire space.
You could also hang a wall mirror across the room to reflect windows for a wider angle of light reflection, however, in a sitting room, this can cause unwanted glare when you want the curtains drawn or blinds pulled up. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, your interior design, and the type and size of the mirror in question.
Never Miss a Chance to Add Functionality + Beauty
Decorating home interiors with wall mirrors has been around for generations. Today, however, you have a plethora of options in virtually any style, shape, and size, motivating homeowners to lay emphasis on beauty over functionality. Well, Luxe Mirrors is here to encourage you to get the best of both worlds! With the right placement of your wall mirror, you can add functionality and beauty to the room.
Take a look at these quick tips for the best wall mirror placement in your home:
- Place mirrors at eye level for more functionality
- Choose a full-length wall mirror to place along your bedside between your closet and bed for convenience
- Hang a wide mirror above the buffet in a dining room; suspend with a forward tilt to add more depth to the room
- Place a mirror over a console table in your entryway or on one side of your living room for a functional and aesthetic setup
- Hang a bathroom vanity mirror above the sink; make sure that the width of the mirror is narrower than the vanity below and it is centred equally between the light fixture and basin
- Place mirrors along walls that open up space and add dimension to the room; avoid reflecting bare adjacent walls as it creates a dead-end look
Use the tips and guidance above to find the perfect wall mirror placement in your home for good feng shui, much-needed functionality, and the best visual it can offer!