You picked the perfect mirror that reflects your style and matches your decor. But where do you put it? Decorating with mirrors brightens your space and can make it seem larger. But mirror placement can be confusing.
The large reflective surface means the mirror draws attention to other features in the room, and you don't want to emphasize the wrong things. Height and positioning relative to other items in the room are also considerations.
We've put together a guide for mirror placement to help you find the perfect spot.
Pick Your Room
Your entryway benefits from a decorative mirror. Plus, it gives you a chance to check your look before you leave. Position the mirror above a console table to create a command centre in the entryway.
Avoid placing the mirror right in front of the door. It can be startling to see a reflection of yourself as soon as you walk in the door.
Living and dining rooms also benefit from mirrors. The mirrors give the rooms a decorative look and can make them feel larger.
You can also highlight any features you love in the room. A mirror in the dining room could reflect a beautiful chandelier or an antique curio cabinet.
Some rooms aren't well-suited for mirrors. Design experts often recommend not putting too many mirrors in the bedroom.
Mirrors can have an energizing effect, which can on some cases goe against the restful ambience you want in a bedroom. If you want a full-length mirror for getting dressed, mount it on the inside of your closet door so you can hide it.
Consider What It Reflects
The most basic characteristic of a mirror is its reflection. It can be a powerful decorating tool, but it can also highlight the wrong things.
When choosing your mirror placement, consider what it'll reflect. Is it something you want to highlight?
If you position it across from the table that collects clutter, you're amplifying the clutter. That's not the effect you want your mirror to have.
Look around your room to find the things you want to highlight. This might be a unique architectural feature in the room.
You might also want to highlight different textures, such as a natural wood piece or a soft fabric feature.
Now, look at the area opposite those things you want to focus on. Find a suitable space on a wall in that area.
No matter where you want to place the mirror, have someone hold it in place before hanging it to see what it reflects. Look at the mirror from different angles to see the reflections to make sure they're appealing.
Position Near Windows
One of the biggest perks of decorating with mirrors is boosting natural light. The reflective quality amplifies the light.
To maximise that benefit, you need to position the mirror near windows. If you put the mirror on the same wall as the window, it can't catch and reflect the light.
Instead, place the near across from the windows. This lets it capture the full light.
Another option is to put it on an adjacent wall. This placement plays with angles to catch the light and spread it into the room.
Select the Height
The height of the mirror affects what it reflects and how functional it is. A mirror hanging at eye level makes it decorative and functional.
If you're placing the mirror above furniture, a general guideline is to go 6 to 8 inches above the furniture if it's roughly 35 inches high. Go with an 8 to 12 inch spacing for shorter furniture. If the furniture is taller, leave only 3 to 5 inches between it and the mirror so the mirror isn't too high.
For a mirror that goes on the wall by itself, aim for the top to be around 55 to 65 inches off the floor. This measurement works well for mirrors that are at least 40 inches tall. Smaller mirrors may need a lower placement to look balanced.
The height really comes down to what feels right for you. Test out different heights to see what makes the room look balanced and proportional.
Look at Vertical vs. Horizontal Placement
Many rectangular mirrors can go horizontally or vertically on your wall. Which is better? It depends on your goal.
Vertical placement works well in tall rooms. It can also help elongate the room.
Horizontal placement complements a wide room well. You can also use the horizontal placement for a small room to make it feel wider.
Consider a Grouping
Instead of hanging a mirror by itself, group it with other wall decor pieces. You might hang a cluster of mirrors together for greater reflection.
Another option is to place the mirror with framed artwork or canvases. This creates different textures to draw attention. You get the metallic look of the mirror balanced with colourful paintings or prints.
Test out the arrangement on the floor before hanging them on the walls. Keep the spacing consistent between the pieces.
Pay Attention to Feng Shui
Feng shui is the idea of aligning the things in your home to harmonize your surroundings with your energy. It's based on the idea that what's going on in your home reflects what's going on inside of you. Using feng shui to place items in your home can help you feel more balanced.
Certain mirror placements may hurt the feng shui of your home. One of those is placing a mirror so it faces a staircase.
Stairs are difficult for feng shui. If you put the mirror across from the stairs, you're amplifying that trouble spot.
Another thing to avoid is mirrors facing one another. It creates an endless reflection that bounces off each other. In feng shui, that translates to constant energy bouncing between the mirrors, which can create a chaotic feeling.
Perfect Mirror Placement
Like artwork, mirrors are flexible in their placement, but some mirror placement options work better than others. Consider what the mirror reflects and what look you want to create when choosing the mirror location.
Explore our collection of mirrors to find the perfect addition to your home. With these mirror placement tips, you'll know exactly where to hang it.