March 01, 2024 6 min read

One of the quickest and easiest ways to switch up the feeling of your space is by adding a mirror to one or both sides of the wall.

When placed at the right angle, mirrors are great at reflecting natural light which can help to make your room feel larger and brighter.

Mirrors also serve as unique accent pieces when paired carefully with the rest of the furniture and decor.

And let's not forget their foremost and important purpose of helping you get ready every day. 

Now when it comes to getting a wall mirror for your space, whether it's for your bedroom, bathroom or living room you must choose one that fits perfectly in your wall.

A mirror that's too big will look too bulky or feel overpowering on the rest of the furniture pieces in the space while one that is too small will look disproportionate.

To make sure you're getting the perfect mirror for your wall, you'll have to consider factors such as mirror size, shape style, functionality and placement of the mirror amongst others.

 

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Wall Mirror

 

1: Size

The size of the mirror and the size of your wall are the first things you should consider. Measure the wall space where you intend to hang the mirror and also consider the proportions of the wall and the surrounding furniture. For example,  A large statement mirror or multiple display mirrors will fit perfectly into an open stretch of wall. And if your wall already has a few furniture pieces in it like wall cabinets or TV consoles, then make sure to keep the mirror slightly smaller than the furniture.

If you're still confused you can follow this simple rule of thumb. The mirror should be about three-quarters or two-thirds of the furniture's width and this applies also to pieces of furniture like benches, sofas or credenzas in the living room or hallway. There's an exception to this rule which only applies to vanity mirrors which are typically attached to or hung above a dressing table. When picking out your vanity mirror the size should match the width of the dresser or should be slightly narrower by a few inches. The mirror should not be bigger than the dresser so it doesn't look odd.

Another exception to this mirror size versus wall size rule is for when you want the mirror to be the focal point especially if it's in your office space or living room. In this case, you can go for a mirror that's larger than the surrounding pictures frames or art pieces.

 

2: Functionality

What purpose do you want your mirror to serve? Is it purely decorative, or do you need it for grooming or to reflect light? For functional mirrors, such as those in bathrooms or entryways, you need to consider factors like moisture resistance and ease of cleaning. You should also know that sticking to the regular mirror patterns is best for functional use while for living rooms and offices, you can go for artistic types of mirrors that add to the beauty of your space.

 

3: Placement and Lighting

Think about where the mirror will be placed to sources of natural and artificial light. Mirrors can enhance light distribution and make a room feel brighter. Experiment with different placements to maximise light reflection and create a sense of spaciousness. For example, you could place your hallway mirror just beside the door, your living room and bedroom mirror beside a window and for bathrooms you can get a vanity mirror with lights since most bathrooms lack natural lighting.

 

4: Shape

The shape of the mirror is another thing you need to consider when choosing a mirror that will fit perfectly on your wall. The most common and traditional mirror shapes are square, rectangle, round or oval. These shapes work best in bathroom vanities. But if you want to experiment with irregular shapes, make sure it complements the overall decoration theme in your home. You can try geometric shapes for office spaces, full-length mirrors for your bedroom and maybe a cluster of small mirrors for your dining room.

 

5: Style and Design

Choose a mirror that complements the style of your room. For example, a sleek, frameless mirror suits modern decor, while an ornately framed mirror fits well in a traditional setting. Consider the frame material and finish, such as wood, metal, or acrylic, and whether it matches other elements in the room. For instance, if your TV console is made of distressed wood, it'll make sense and look more appealing to get a framed mirror with the same type of distressed wood. Or if your wardrobe cabinets have gold accents on them then a mirror with a gold stain metal frame would be the perfect match. You don't have to go overboard with it. The trick is to make sure you match your mirror to at least one piece of furniture in the room to promote cohesiveness.

 

6: Consider the Room's Color Scheme

Another way you can match your mirror style to your room's decor is by matching the colour scheme. Ensure that the mirror's frame or design complements the colours already present in the room. A mirror should enhance the existing decor rather than clash with it. For example, if you have an ongoing neutral colour scheme with brown, white, black and navy blue as your colours then your mirror frame should fall within any of these colours. Using a pink framed mirror will disrupt the balance and look odd.

 

7: Quality and Budget

Lastly, invest in a mirror of good quality that will last long and provide clear reflection. However, balance quality with your budget constraints. There are options available at Hollywood Mirrors where you're guaranteed to find the best value for your money.

 

How To Choose The Right Mirror Shapes For Each Room

 

Living Room or Office

For offices and living rooms, mirrors with unique geometric shapes or maybe a cluster of mirrors would make the perfect focal point on your wall. But if you want to maintain a more traditional look and still make a statement, then go for a large rectangular living room mirror with bevelled edges or antique frames. 

 

Bedroom

Full-length rectangular or chivel mirrors look great in bedrooms as they provide a head-to-toe view and can be utilised for checking your outfit. If you happen to have a dressing table in your bedroom, then you can pair it with a rectangular or square-shaped vanity bedroom mirror with lights.

 

Bathroom

Bathroom mirrors need to be functional. You'll need a mirror that offers a large viewing space. Rectangular, square or oval-shaped mirrors are the most commonly used for bathrooms. Rectangular mirrors offer a more structured and traditional feel. Square-shaped mirrors give off a more contemporary vibe while oval-shaped mirrors add elegance to the space.

 

Hallway/Entryway

Hallway or entryway mirrors are often added to create a welcoming effect and the shape doesn't matter, so long as it's doing the job of reflecting light and brightening the space as hallways tend to be dark. Depending on how big or small your hallway is, the mirror can serve as your last-minute viewing point before you head out the door. For big hallways, a long rectangular mirror would be a great fit and for smaller hallways, a cluster of mirrors can help bounce around the light but won't be of much help for the last-minute outfit check.

 

Dining Room

Mirrors in the dining room can be quite a nice addition to the surrounding furniture. They're not relied upon for a functional purpose and are mostly used for their aesthetic appeal. When choosing a mirror shape for your dining room, consider the surrounding furniture and light fixtures so it blends perfectly with the room's decor. Typically, rectangular, round or square shapes work well in almost any space and would also be nice in a dining room. Or you can opt for a collection of smaller mirrors or one with an unusual shape to add visual interest to the room.

 

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect mirror for your wall shouldn't be something to worry about. Just make sure to keep in mind the size, shape, style and placement of the mirror.

Also, choose a mirror that resonates with your style and preferences. Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles or experiment with unconventional designs if they speak to you.

If you're looking for mirrors of different shapes and sizes for any part of your house, then Hollywood Mirrors has got you covered. From hallway mirrors to Hollywood vanity mirrors, you're sure to find the best 

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