It’s clear why mirrors are a fashionable and popular choice when it comes to decorating the home and giving rooms a focal point.
They reflect light, make a small room seem larger and they’re also vital for checking your appearance before heading out the door.
However, it’s essential to hang them properly or you may well end up with the opposite result from what you intended!
When considering what mirror to choose and where to hang it, think about how you use the room, where the windows are placed, and if you intend to use the mirror for decorative or practical purposes.
Here are 10 tips for best practice when hanging mirrors in your home.
It’s important to have the correct hardware to hang your mirror. At some point in our lives most of us can admit to balancing a mirror on a nail and some wire. But this can distort the reflection, and be potentially dangerous too.
Check if the mirror comes with the necessary hooks/clips/brackets already attached.
Also check what type of surface you are hanging your mirror on to.
Make sure the surface is even, and consider all the necessary tools you will need. If drilling into a hard surface, this may include a drill (and the correct drill bits), a spirit level, fixing screws and raw plugs, and most importantly a stud detector to make sure you don’t drill into any wires.
Weight and Size
How heavy is the mirror?
Ensure the weight bearing capacity of your chosen wall, piece of furniture or door is suitable for the weight of the mirror. Is the mirror framed?
A lot of bathroom mirrors are frameless and, if not too heavy, could be hung using adhesive tabs for a quick and easy method.
If it is a particularly big or heavy mirror, think about letting the experts hang it!
Before you hang your mirror, take a moment to consider what it will be reflecting.
We frequently place mirrors on an empty wall, wanting to fill the space.
Pause first to consider if you really want the over filled laundry basket in the hall to be the first thing you see when you enter the house!
If you have a favourite painting, a window with an engaging view of the outside or a striking piece of furniture that you are proud of, try hanging a mirror opposite these instead.
This will help make them more of a feature in your room. You can also try placing objects in front of the mirror to see them at all angles – this is particularly good if you have a sculpture or figurine you want to show off!
In the dining room, a mirror can be used to great effect, but hang it high enough so that people can’t see themselves eating as this can make some feel uncomfortable, in the same way that positioning a mirror opposite a shower or toilet can.
Do you have a room in your home where you would like to benefit from the amount of light it gets?
Those with south-facing lounges should try hanging a mirror opposite the window – it will immediately make the most of the afternoon light and trick the eye into thinking there are two windows in the room.
Or, if you have a room that gets the morning light, try placing a mirror on the adjacent wall instead.
Mirrors are perfect for amplifying light and the larger the mirror, the lighter the room; even those dark corners will get highlighted!
No windows? Try a window mirror instead. These cleverly crafted mirrors will create the illusion of a window and space.
Mirrors are versatile and don’t have to be confined to the wall.
If you are working with limited space, mounting a mirror on a door is very practical and can help brighten a small space. Placing a mirror on the door of your wardrobe is a perfect example!
For something a little bit different, you could also try placing a mirror behind your bookshelves to add depth, or invest in mirrored tables, chairs and coasters to reflect light and add a little twinkle!
To create a streamlined design in your room, try and match the décor of your mirror to a few elements already present.
More elaborate styled mirrors work well with curved pieces of furniture and rooms with higher ceilings. Frameless and less ornate mirrors are ideal for minimalistic decoration.
Keep in mind that if you can’t afford decorative art for your home, a mirror with a carved or elaborate edge is an equally effective way to tie in the décor of your room.
The frame of a mirror, especially if particularly bold or ornate, can transform the feel of your space. A sophisticated, vintage style gold frame will have an entirely different impact on a room than a plain white frame.
However, if a mirror’s frame is too thick and there isn’t enough space around the mirror it can feel like they are trapping light, which reduces the effect.
Thanks to modern industry, we can buy mirrors in an array of shapes and sizes.
Simple round frames provide chic charm and create a relaxed and softened space whereas a mirror with strong, linear elements creates a classic and more traditional look.
Grouping mirrors together can be a great way to decorate and make a statement in a room.
A plain wall can be transformed into a glittering gallery, drawing the eye and maximising light. You don’t have to stick to the same frame or shape either – try experimenting with different colours and patterns.
Have a large stairwell or hallway in your home? Use this space to get creative!
Using mirrors to adorn and decorate your home with should be straightforward using these tips as your guide. It’s time to buy a new mirror!
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