Mirrors are one of those items that are always a guarantee that they will work in any room. They’re pretty great if you think about it. They make the space feel larger, they provide a lot of character, and they are fairly inexpensive. I think the mistake often lies in the selection of your mirror. You may not even realize it, but mirrors should be thought of as a piece of art. The shape, size, color, and type of frame are all very important when you’re selecting the right mirror. If it’s taking up valuable wall space, ya might as well enjoy looking at it right?
Where your mirror is being placed matters. Think about what it will be reflecting. If you want to bring in more natural light, get one that will reflect the light from a large window. Have a beautiful bookcase you want to see balanced on the other side of your room? Install a mirror directly across from your shelves and your brain will be tricked into thinking you have 2.
If you always need a quick check when you leave the door, add one to your entry way. Just remember that when placing it above a piece of furniture, it should never be wider than the piece below.
Need to fill some space in a corner, get a smaller decorative mirror, or even 3, and group them together. They make for a great filler in an area that you just don’t know how to handle.
The frame color and material is one of the first things you want to consider when choosing your mirror style. It’s this important detail that will make your mirror work with the rest of the room.
Not sure which size to go with? Just consider the size of the wall and the piece of furniture below it. If you want a large impact, go big. The bigger the mirror, the bolder the statement. For example if you have a large budget in your dining room, you can get a long floor mirror and turn it so that it is horizontal on your wall. This is now suddenly going to be a statement piece.
Next think about the shape of the mirror. Consider what you already have going on within the room. Is everything very geometric and you want to change it up? Get something with a unique shape. Just remember that it doesn’t necessarily have to be one long rectangle or perfect circle.
Last, remember that you want to avoid a mirror that has no frame. I mean, what’s the point? Try and think about the width of the frame itself. A nice thin frame is very modern and minimalist, while a bulky wood frame is very rustic.
When hanging your mirror on the wall, a great rule of thumb is placing your mirror 60-66″ centered above the floor (depending on your own height). This way you can actually see yourself when you’re looking into it. If it’s too low or too high, it becomes awkward and is very noticeable.
Don’t want to hang the mirror? You don’t have to. Get yourself a lovely little table or shelf that you can simply lean the mirror against the wall like a work of art. This is especially important to get a mirror with some flair. It’s really going to stand out when you use it in this way.
Want something big that you don’t have to hang, get a large mirror that you can lean against the wall directly onto the floor. Just make sure it’s nice and large so that it makes an impact in the space. This always looks great in bedrooms or corners of large rooms that can have a small arm-chair near it.
For now, start mirror shopping online and you will see how many options are out there. It’s nuts, and even a little fun.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles decorator and stylist. She regularly writes for the blog Rhiannon’s Interiors.