In the grand scheme of things, choosing a mirror when redesigning a room may be somewhere at the back of your mind. We don’t live in a world where they are as necessary anymore, thanks to the rise of smart phones, that not only have cameras built in, but can also come with mirrored cases. They just aren’t an essential like sofas and tables.
But wouldn’t you be freaked out if someone said they didn’t have a mirror in their house? While not at the forefront, mirrors still play a vital role in daily household life. They are their for the quick check before you go out of the door, the bathroom rituals, and the mini bedroom fashion show before a big night out. So lets be honest, we still need mirrors. Buying the right mirror (or mirrors) requires more thought than you may currently be giving it. Luckily, there are only a few questions you have to ask yourself.
The first thing you’ll need to ask yourself is what does the mirror have to do. And we don’t just mean “Reflect things”! Each mirror in your house is likely to have a different purpose.
- The living room mirror is likely to be for style more so than purpose. It can be big and ornate, but is likely to be wall hung.
- The hallway mirror, similarly, is more for style, but serves that of so vital purpose of giving you a quick look at yourself as you go out the door. It will save you from embarrassment at least once a month!
- The bathroom mirror is likely to be attached to a cabinet, either as a frontage or as a makeshift door. There are anti-mist versions available, so this may end up being the most expensive mirror in the house.
- A bedroom mirror, unlike the rest, will usually be full length. This is to allow for a full body look at yourself, as you rifle through your wardrobe to find the clothes you want to wear for the day.
In essence, a generic mirror is likely to underwhelm in any room it it placed. Thinking through all the possibilities will lead you to the best compromise for all of them.
Now for the practical considerations. While there is nothing wrong with wanting a floor standing mirror, or a big ornate centrepiece, not getting one that is the right size can cause a lot of headaches. So while you should measure the mirror you currently have (for size comparisons when out shopping), it is more important to measure the entire space you intend to fill with the new mirror.
Something else to consider is it’s placement in a room. For example, it isn’t a good idea to have a floor standing mirror in an area with heavy foot fall. Doing so leads to little annoyances like stubbing a toe, but could also lead to big annoyances like the mirror being knocked over. With wall hanging mirrors, size up if you’re going to need more support for a bigger mirror. One nail may have done the job so far, but a bigger mirror may need 3+ nails to keep it hung.
Finally, it’s important to keep things in line with your current style. Mirrors are supposed to melt into the background for the most part, so you will want to avoid one that sticks out. The best way to do this is to note down all of the style choices you have currently (colour, modern/traditional, bold/subtle etc.), and then take a picture of the room as is. Take the picture with you when you go shopping, and you’ll have an instant touchstone by which to judge all new mirrors by.
Izzy represents Diamond Interiors’ UK following. With her very keen eye for style and design, she is an absolute wealth of information and advice in the world of interiors. To read more from Izzy, visit her blog: