As much as many of us hate to admit it, we all like to look at ourselves every once in a while, even if it's just a quick check before dashing out the door. But that's not the only reason why wall mirrors are popular in the home. Mirrors reflect the light and for this reason they can really open up a room, add more light and create a design feature on your wall. Wall mirrors offer an alternative to art if you're not sure what style of art is your taste, but they can still inject a bit of personality if you pick an interesting frame. Wall mirrors are most useful in the bedroom and bathroom where you'll probably need one to check your hair, face and clothes (if you care about that sort of thing!) but decorative wall mirrors can be used anywhere in the house – above the fireplace, in the hallway, even on an outside wall.
What size wall mirror should I get?
There are so many shapes and sizes of wall mirrors to choose from. For the bedroom you may want a full length wall mirror so that you can see your whole outfit as you get dressed in the morning, whereas in the bathroom you'll want a smaller wall mirror above the sink. Large wall mirrors can look impressive above the fireplace and if you like the vintage or decadent look, consider french-style mirrors with elaborate gold or painted frames. Oval mirrors are perfect for that "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..." fairytale look in your bedroom, whereas round wall mirrors could work well along a hallway or on a blank living room wall.
But really, the sky's the limit when it comes to mirror shapes and styles – there are so many frame designs and colours – and there are no rules about where you should place certain shaped mirrors in the home. Discover sunburst mirrors, window frame designs, contemporary and abstract shapes, collections of smaller mirrors put together and frames made of driftwood, rope and steel. All you need to think about is how big you want your mirror to be – a small mirror will be more decorative, while a larger wall mirror will actually be useful for checking your reflection, but could be imposing – and what style you want to fit with your interiors.
How to hang wall mirrors:
When hanging a wall mirror make sure you’re not drilling directly above or below a light switch or a plug socket, as there’s a risk of hitting a cable. You should also consider the type of wall you have, and ensure you’re using the correct type of fixing for the weight of your wall mirror.
- 1. Hold your mirror against the wall, and check that it’s level. Use a spirit level for rectangle or square mirrors
- 2. Mark where the top corners of your mirror are on the wall
- 3. Measure the halfway point in between the marks you made
- 4. If your mirror has a hanging cord, pull it taut in the centre and measure the distance between the apex and the top of your mirror
- 5. Take this measurement and measure down from your central mark from earlier. This mark is where you will position the hook.
- 6. Drill or hammer your fixing into the wall, making sure that hook corresponds with the mark, not the nail or screw