Enlarging a space, bringing in light, or making everyday life easier… The mirror has several interests. But for it to reveal its full potential, you have to know how to place it in the room. Hanging on the wall, put on a piece of furniture, or on the floor, the effect is different. The mirror returns the light, but can also dazzle if badly positioned in space. Its location about a window is essential since it reflects the light coming from this opening. The mirror, therefore, combines aesthetics and functionality. Discover 13 ways to place it in style in a room.
1- A face-level mirror combing your hair in the entryway
Before you exit the house in the morning, there’s nothing like a space to check on your hairstyle or makeup. By installing a mirror at your face level and near the front door, you avoid having to make a detour to the bathroom. Adapt its height according to your height. For family accommodation, you can choose a full-length version, so that young and old can admire each other! And to optimize the entrance, opt for a model with a storage compartment or install a shelf below the mirror. Thus, you can put your keys there, but also an elastic band or a barrette to restyle your hair.
2- Placed in a corner, the mirror changes the perspective of the room
With its reflective function, the mirror is the ally of small rooms. It opens up spaces by giving the illusion that they are more prominent. Positioned in the corner of the room, this mirror thus makes its angle disappear and changes the perspectives of the place. Like a window, it gives the impression of openness. To maximize this effect, you can install several models on different wall sections. Be careful not to fall into too much either., at the risk of obtaining a “Versailles Hall of Mirrors” effect! It is better to favor a large mirror in a specific corner than several small ones scattered throughout the room.
3- Hang the mirror horizontally to enlarge the room
It’s not just the place of the mirror in the room that matters. Its orientation is just as important! Hung horizontally, it enlarges the room and stretches the space widthwise. The longer the selected model, the more this effect is reinforced. If you don’t want to buy a new model, rotate a rectangular mirror you already have, and you’re done!
4- The bathroom mirror, an essential above the sink
In the bathroom, the mirror is one of the basics. Its most classic location is above the sink, but it is also possible to install it in other places, especially near natural light sources. It is thus more comfortable with making up as in broad daylight because the rendering is more realistic. It is also possible to opt for backlit models for optimum brightness for windowless bathrooms.
5- A mirror door to see yourself on one level
There’s nothing better than a mirror door in the dressing room to save space and make dressing easier. You can plan your outfits and check their rendering in the same place. This gives you the distance you need to see yourself on the same level. If the mirror is placed on the back of the door, it disappears when you no longer need it and avoids having to close the cupboard to admire yourself. In a dressing room with a sliding partition, the mirrors are installed on the bedroom side and enlarge the space.
6- Place the mirror on the floor
Without hanging, the mirror is placed directly on the floor. This saves you from having to inaugurate a nail, or even several depending on its weight. This technique is ideal for tenants. If you opt for an XXL mirror, it is also possible that hanging it is neither valuable nor aesthetic. By placing it directly on the ground, you also offer yourself the necessary perspective to admire yourself from head to toe. Established in the bedroom, the dressing room, or the entrance, this element takes on its whole meaning, whether to choose your outfit or check one last time that everything is fine in the morning.
7- Turn a chest of drawers into a dressing table with a mirror
Mirrors are independent objects that can be used individually. But it is also possible to associate them with another piece of furniture. Placed on a chest of drawers, a small sideboard, or a desk, a mirror transforms them into a decorative dressing table. It’s a reasonable solution if you don’t have the space or light to get ready in the bathroom. You can store your makeup and supplements in the drawers or counter. This solution is also possible for a teenager who shares the bathroom with the rest of her siblings, but wishes to have her independence—Hunt for a mirror or repaint one to match the furniture to save money.
8- The mirror above the fireplace: a timeless classic
Traditionally, the fireplace and mirror go hand in hand. This duo never goes out of fashion, whether hung conventionally or placed directly on the top. This makes it possible to enlarge the room, the fireplace often being at the heart of the space, and bring in light. Adapt the style of your mirror to that of the fireplace. On a classic coat, break the codes with a graphic model. Opt for a mirror with old charms for a modern fireplace, such as a speckled mirror.
9- Mirrors suitable for all family members
In a family home, mirrors adapt to everyone! The little ones do not necessarily have the size required to look at themselves at the same level as you. It is, therefore, necessary to think of placing mirrors at their height, whether in the entrance or even in their bathroom. You can also install it in their bedroom, next to their wardrobe. This helps them gain autonomy in choosing their outfit in the morning. And who says more mirrors in a space also says more light! You can choose to duplicate a mirror you already own – many brands offer several sizes for each of their models – or create an eclectic wall decoration with mottled models.
10- The mirror facilitates beauty
Putting on earrings or attaching a necklace can be a real challenge depending on the jewelry chosen. With a mirror, you can help yourself to your reflection. Place it next to your jewelry box, on a dresser, for example, rather than in the bathroom. Indeed, if you use the mirror above your sink and drop an earring, it may get lost in the drain…
11- Using the mirror as a wall decoration
The mirror has a practical aspect – it allows you to see yourself, reflects the light, and enlarges the space -but also purely aesthetic. With models with worked frames, the wall decoration gains a luminous touch. You can find them in stores, flea markets, or even transform a mirror that you already have with paint or a new patina. Above a bed, in the dining room, or even to decorate the large living room wall, they slip in everywhere. In a minimalist interior, let them be the stars of your decoration. For a more bohemian atmosphere, combine them with paintings and other photographs.
12- Place the mirror in such a way as to multiply the patterns
Playing with the reflective function of the mirror is essential. This makes it possible to highlight a beautiful light, an atypical point of view on a space in the room, or even a pattern. The mirrors seem to create an infinite universe with the wallpapers, like a window to another world. This use also creates continuity in the practice since even if the mirror takes up space on the wall, it completes the imposed lack. Suppose you install it on a white wall in front of a partition decorated with wallpaper. In that case, it becomes an element of wall decoration, bringing a touch of color by reflecting the pattern.
13- Install the mirror facing the window to gain brightness
It is essential to enhance all the natural light sources in a dark interior. Place a large mirror on the wall opposite the window to do this. The light is thus reflected and diffused throughout the room. Depending on the height of your opening, adapt that of the mirror and its inclination. However, too direct light can dazzle, so observe how it changes in your room over the day before fixing this accessory permanently.