Designer Tips on Hanging a Mirror

How to hang a mirror like a professional

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer

Mirrors work wonders for a room. They bounce light around the room and make it feel larger. They can even make a big statement. But to successfully make the most of a mirror, you’ve got to know a few insider design tips.

To hang or not to hang…

Some mirrors are made to be broken. Just kidding! But some aren’t meant to be hung on a wall and installing these mammoth beauties could leave them shattered.  Instead, pick a primo spot out of the traffic flow and prop this bad boy up to get a maxed out view of the room.

 

Some mirrors are meant to lean on the wall.

Some mirrors are meant to lean on the wall.

Photo courtesy of potterybarn.com

Hang it right

Installation is imperative when hanging a mirror. A wire ran across the back is simply not enough stability. Make sure each “d” hook has it’s own nail that is securely anchored into the wall. At least one screw should hit a stud. Also, use screws instead of nails in walls. They grip better.

Correct installation is imperative.

Correct installation is imperative.

Size it up

Nothing looks worse than a tiny mirror  on a big wall. Oversized is always better than undersized. Scale and proportion are your friends and something every professional designer knows all too well. That’s why we’re professionals;) Large spaces need large mirrors. If your wall is more vertical, your space will benefit from a taller mirror. Likewise with horizontal walls and wider mirrors. You can also group small mirrors together to have them read as one large piece.

Proportion is critical to a room.

Proportion is critical to a room.

Photo courtesy of BHG.com

Over the mantle

When hanging a mirror in this hot spot, aim for the bottom to be about 4” above the mantle. This is just enough to keep it connected to the fireplace, but high enough to leave wall space and room for decorative objects below.

A mirror over the mantle is traditional.

A mirror over the mantle is traditional.

Photo courtesy of mirrorlot.com

Frame it

Frames are very telling. They let me know if you’re  a straight off the shelf kind of person or are more detail oriented. The right frame can make a mirror a piece of art and incorporate it into the space. Make a mirror stand out with a gorgeous frame that compliments the design of the room. Or ask your glass professional if they can do a decorative edge.

Decorative frames make a big impact.

Decorative frames make a big impact.

Photo courtesy of BHG.com

Capture the light

If light is a concern in the room, double the amount by strategically placing a mirror across from a window. The light coming into the room will be reflected everywhere. Plus, when you look at the mirror, you’ll see a window, making the room feel even more open. Warning: don’t do this if your bedroom has an east facing window and you hate sunrises!

A mirror takes the place of a window.

A mirror takes the place of a window.

Photo courtesy of home-dzine.co.za

Over a table

Mirrors are a natural partner for a foyer table. To get the right size, select one about 2/3 of the size of the table. Height is a bit tricky. You need to have the mirror far enough above the table to display items and fill the wall space above. But you also need to keep it low enough to stay connected. Somewhere around 12”-18” should do the trick.

Mirror over a table adds interest.

Mirror over a table adds interest.

Photo courtesy of cullmankravis.com

Don’t…

  • Over do it. Too much of a good thing is possible. In most cases, full mirrors on closet doors are a no-go.
  • Install mirrors on bedroom ceiling. Just. Don’t. Do. It.
  • Forget about ambience. A dining room chandelier might cause glare when reflected in a mirror. Choose one that has a frosted or antique finish.
  • Be afraid to call in help. Professional installers can make hanging your mirror a breeze.

 

 

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