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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Or Mirrors on mirrors on mirrors. Who are we to judge? We've done it all!

A bathroom surrounded by mirrors on each wall, with a brass mirror hanging over the sink.
Project Collected. Photographed by Lee Kriel.

Mirrors are a versatile and essential element in any interior design, as they can add depth, light, and style to any space. However, selecting the perfect mirror for each room and hanging it correctly can be a daunting task. In this blog post, we will provide you with some tips on how to choose the right mirror for your space and how to hang it.

Consider the size and shape of the mirror:

The first thing to consider when selecting a mirror is its size and shape. A large mirror can make a small room appear bigger, while a small mirror can add a decorative touch to a larger room. Additionally, the shape of the mirror can influence the overall style of the room. Ornate mirrors work well in traditional-style rooms, while sleek and minimal rectangular or square mirrors are perfect for conveying a modern touch.

Project Mohr. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Determine the purpose of the mirror:

The purpose of the mirror will also influence its size and shape. If the mirror is intended to be a functional piece, such as a bathroom or dressing room mirror, it should be large enough to provide a full reflection of the person using it. On the other hand, if the mirror is intended to be a decorative accent, it can be smaller and more ornate.

Mirrors can also be used to make a smaller space appear larger by reflecting a light source, whether it be natural light or artificial. If the purpose of the mirror is to make a space seem larger, consider a longer mirror, such as a floor-length mirror. We like to place longer mirrors above nightstands with lamps to achieve the illusion of higher ceilings.

A bedroom enveloped in blue with a tall headboard and floorlength mirrors hung above two oval nightstands. Large lamps sit in front of each mirror.
Untitled Project. Photographed by Dori Mundt

Consider the style of the room:

The mirror should complement the style of the room. For example, if the room is decorated in a bohemian style, a fun, fringed mirror makes a statement. Alternatively, if the room has a modern, minimalist style, a simple slim-framed mirror would be a good choice.

A cloud shaped mirror with fringed rope hanging underneath reflects the rainbow wallpaper in this little girl's room.
Project Revive. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Determine the placement of the mirror:

The placement of the mirror will also influence its size and shape. If the mirror is intended to be functional, for use to check one’s appearance, we recommend hanging it at eye level. Take into consideration all parties in the home that would use the mirror, and make sure everyone is able to see their reflection (We have seen many a tall husband unable to get the full view from the height of a floor-length mirror).

As mentioned previously, if the purpose of the mirror is to make a space seem larger, consider placing the mirror opposite of a natural light source. This also helps bring more natural light to a room, making the space feel lighter and more inviting.

A blue bar with a large ornate mirror hanging above refelects the natural light coming in from the window on the opposite side of the room.
Project Vibrant. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Now that you've chosen the perfect mirror for your space, it's time to hang it. Here are some tips for hanging your mirror:

Use the right hardware:

Make sure you use the appropriate hardware to hang your mirror. For heavier mirrors, use heavy-duty picture hangers or wall anchors. For lighter mirrors, use picture wire or sawtooth hangers.

A narrow striped wallpapered bathroom boasts a sleek round mirror in a polished nickel finish.
Project Vibrant. Photographed by Lee Kriel

Determine the height:

The height at which you hang your mirror will depend on its purpose. For functional mirrors, such as bathroom or dressing room mirrors, the mirror should be hung at eye level. For decorative mirrors, the mirror can be hung higher or lower, depending on the desired effect.

For instance, a decorative mirror can be placed above a fireplace to create a statement, as if it’s a piece of art. If you’ve got the room, go for two to make the room feel like it goes on forever. Talk about a statement!

Two Mirrors stacked above a grand fireplace photographed from above makes this sitting room feel massive.
Untitled Project. Photographed by Helen Norman.

Use a level:

Make sure your mirror is level before hanging it. Use a level to ensure that your mirror is straight. No clown mirrors in here!

A bamboo shaped framed mirror hung in a nautical bathroom featuring blue pufferfish wallpaper.
Project Carefree. Photographed by Lee Kriel

In conclusion, mirrors are an important element in any interior design, and selecting the right mirror for your space can enhance the overall style and functionality of the room. By considering the size, shape, purpose, and style of the mirror, and following the appropriate steps for hanging it, you can create a beautiful and functional addition to any room in your home.

Below is a round-up of some of our favorite mirrors. Shop the full collection here!


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