Where to place your mirror on the wall
A mirror, as with all home decor items, can set the feel and tone of a space and have the ability to create a mood. This is why it is important to make the right decisions about a mirror for your home, and ensure it is hung or placed in just the right spot. Below, we’ve included our favourite tips and tricks that should help guide you when placing a mirror in your living room.
Where should a mirror be placed in the living room?
Mirrors act as both a styling piece and a functional item in your home. When it comes to choosing a place for your new mirror, you need to consider both the hanging height (if it is wall hung) and its overall position within the room.
Mirrors have the ability to open up spaces - making a small room feel larger and a dark space look lighter - so it’s important to maximise this opportunity. Placing mirrors opposite a window will ensure you’re making the most of natural light that floods the room. Reflecting an outdoor vista can also help bring the natural vibe indoors. However be mindful of placing a mirror in a spot that will catch the rising or setting sunlight, as this can overwhelm the space. Another idea is to placing your mirror opposite objects of interest - such as art. This helps to create reflections of those items; allowing the colours and shapes to move throughout the space.
If you choose a wall-hung mirror you can create a feature by hanging it over a mantle, cabinet or couch. Aside from allowing it to reflect something visually appealing, it’s important to hang your mirror at an appropriate height. Eye level works well in most cases, but higher or lower can also suit depending on the situation. E.g. a mirror will be slightly above eye level if it’s hung above a mantel or tall boy. Always ensure that you’re enlisting the help of a professional to install your wall-hung mirrors, and are using brackets to secure wall leaning mirrors.
How do I choose a mirror for my living room?
Choose a mirror as you would any other decorative or functional item in your home. It’s important that the piece you choose complements the other elements and style of the room. Mirrors add visual interest and depth to your space, and they are a great addition to a room that already has bold interior choices. A frameless mirror serves to complement those focal pieces, as opposed to competing with them.
What type of mirror should be in the living room?
Choosing what type of mirror depends on your space, as well as the other furniture items it will sit alongside. You can choose anything from a small, decorative wall mirror to an oversized wall-leaning mirror. Take into consideration your other furniture items, as well as blank spaces in the room, and decide from there.
Perhaps your living room is already full of art, and you’d like a wall-hung mirror to reflect the colours? A subtle shape, such as a circle, can enhance the space without overwhelming other items. Or maybe you’d like to create a focal point with your mirror? A more eye-catching design, like our Olympia Arch, benefits from being hung in a feature position, e.g. above a bar cart or cabinet. If you have an alcove or narrower space it would benefit from a floor-standing mirror. Full-length leaner mirrors, such as our Indio Leaner, can be used in narrow or smaller spots in living spaces, e.g. stacked behind a side-table to add detail and depth within the room. A long horizontal mirror fits in well over a wide wall, above a sideboard or a bar. It will work in that wide space, and help sweep your eye across in a long line.
Are there different grades of mirrors?
As with all furniture items, mirrors - the glass, frames, and backings - can vary in quality. It’s important to purchase a mirror from a trusted company or supplier; ensuring it’s well made, accurately reflects its surroundings, and will last for years to come. At Sunday Made we use modern multi-coated 5mm mirror glass which is manufactured with rigours quality control and what’s called ‘silvering quality float glass’ to provide high quality, corrosion resistant products.
To learn more about our product offering and view our mirrors styled in-situ, check out our range here.