What came first, the mirror or its placement? Whether you are looking for a brand new mirror or trying to find a home for one you already have, finding the right place for it in your home can be one of the trickiest parts. However, we know a few tips and tricks that can help you find the perfect spot for a mirror in your home. Read on for some insider tips from Luxe Mirrors.
Why are you getting a mirror?
Mirrors are a versatile and functional addition to any home. Serving a practical purpose of helping you groom, they also have this ability to make a space feel lighter, brighter and larger. It’s no wonder that people are using mirrors to decorate many rooms of their homes now.
So are you getting a new mirror for a particular purpose? Or have you happened to stumble across the mirror of your dreams when you didn’t even know you were looking for one? Determining whether you have a purpose in mind or not is a good place to start your mirror placement journey.
No purpose in mind? That’s no worries, read on for some suggestions of where a mirror might work best, and why.
Room by Room
No longer kept to the confines of the bathroom, or inside closet doors, mirrors are now on the loose and can add a little somethin’ somethin’ to any space. Keep reading to learn about some of our favourite rooms to spruce up with a mirror.
One of the more practical places to add a mirror, a bedroom can benefit from this addition in many ways. Adding a full length mirror behind the door, or if the space allows, free-standing, can help you get your outift sorted for the day.
A bedroom in this space can also enhance the natural light of the room and make the space feel larger.
A popular option for the bedroom is a vanity mirror on a dressing table. Used both practically, perhaps to house your make and skincare supplies, it can also draw the eye and be the focal point of a room. Think Hollywood dressing rooms with the mirrors with light bulbs around the edges – hard to not take notice of them.
One thing to keep in mind is the placement of your mirror. Given it’s reflective nature, you don’t want it capturing any stray lights from electronics or streetlights, as this can be disruptive to your sleep.
You might overlook the dining room as an option to place a mirror, but this is a room of togetherness and gathering. Feelings of happiness and warmth characterise this room, and a mirror has an uncanny ability to capture the feel of a space and enhance this.
A mirror over a console or buffet cabinet can be a nice way to add this feeling of warmth to a space. Just try to make sure that someone’s reflection isn’t too visible from their seat at the dining table, the last thing we want is people watching themselves eat.
A favourite space for a mirror, the living room can benefit from a mirror in a number of different ways. For living rooms that have a lot of a natural light, a mirror can only increase this – try hanging one perpendicular to a mirror that captures that morning daylight, and watch that light spread.
A mirror can also take the place of art and paintings. Often it can be both expensive and time consuming to find the perfect piece of art, which your feelings may change about quickly. A mirror could take the place of this art, offering a somewhat more neutral decorating option that will still be a focal point of the room.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace or mantelpiece in your living room, a mirror can be a great way to finish off decorating your home, and just like a mirror captures the warmth of a dining room, it can capture this same warmth of a fireplace, making your home feel more homely.
This is an obvious option, and chances are you already have a mirror in this space. However, if your bathroom allows for it, the addition of multiple mirrors in this space can be particularly handy especially if you share the bathroom with multiple people, where they are possibly using it at the same time. It can also be handy in adding more light to the room, whereby the mirror’s ability to capture light will make this notoriously dark room a little brighter. If you want to get more helpful tricks on how to spruce up that dunny of yours with mirrors, here’s a great bathroom mirror buyer’s guide.
This may be our favourite place for a mirror. And this is for a few reasons. First up, a mirror on the way out the door gives you the chance to give yourself one last check on the way out, making it super practical.
Like we mentioned above, a mirror has a way of making a home feeling homely, and the addition of one above a console table at your entrance can feel welcoming and really tie a space together.
The other thing is that the mirror will likely be an extension of you, your style and the aesthetic of your home, meaning that it will give those an insight into who you are from the moment they step into your home!
Things to Think About!
So you know some of the rooms that can really benefit from the addition of mirror, but what about what you should think about when you’re searching for the mirror? We’ve put together some of the things to take note of and consider when you’re looking for a mirror today.
Size & Perspective
It’s important to make sure that you work with the space you have available to you, and be realistic. While oversized mirrors can work really well in some homes, they can also make a space feel cluttered and actually shrink the feel of the room.
If you’re searching for a mirror for a large bare wall, make sure you don’t opt for one that is too small. It might make the mirror dwarf in size, and make the room feel off balance.
Make sure that you measure the space you have available, and don’t stop at measuring it once, trust us, you can never be too careful.
Are you looking for a simple traditional shaped mirror, like rectangular or round? Or are you looking for something a little different to make a statement? Obviously knowing the space you have to work with will play a part in deciding on a shape, but don’t be afraid to experiment. You can customise mirrors in many ways, so you might find something that is unique for you.
Design & décor
Take consideration of the other design elements of your home, and especially the room it is going in. Are you trying to enhance the modernity of your house, maybe you could opt for a frameless, sleek rectangular mirror? Or perhaps, you want your mirror to be a true showstopper, which you may be able to find a mirror adorned with an opulent frame.
With many different materials able to be used to make mirrors with now, whatever your style, you will be able to find something to suit. Remember, you don’t need to settle when it comes to the design of your mirror.
If you have somewhere that you’re going to put your mirror in mind, make sure you take the surroundings, particularly what it may reflect into consideration. The last thing you want is to find out that the mirror reflects, and therefore draws attention to something particularly unsightly.
You could perhaps temporarily hang a mirror in a place to see if it is reflecting anything you don’t want to see more than once
Take your time
Remember to take your time and not rush the process. Finding the right mirror and the right home for it may take some time, and that’s ok, it’s better to be safe and make sure that you’ve found the right home for it, than to cause any damage to a wall or end up not liking the mirror you’ve chosen. Like we mentioned above, practice by temporarily hanging a mirror in the place that you think might be the final home, or if you don’t have a mirror you could use, consider cutting out some paper and putting this in the place of the mirror so you can see how it feels to have something in that space.
Finding the right home for a mirror in your home can be a difficult task, but now that you’re armed with some of the top tricks from the Luxe Mirrors team, it should help make the job a little easier. If you find yourself needing advice on finding the next mirror for your home, get in touch with Luxe Mirrors today, their expert advice will certainly set you on the right path.