The Dos and Don'ts of Decorating with Mirrors

April 19, 2014 2 min read

When used correctly, a mirror enhances any space with volume and style. Mirrors are especially important in compact spaces!

I always believe that a well decorated home will have at least one mirror on the wall among art and sculptural items. I utilise Feng Shui principles for mirror placement because it's an important element that has to be used properly.

Mirror Dos

  • Place a mirror in a location that makes most of its reflective qualities. Unlike other decorative wall objects like art, a mirror is a functional item that should be used to open up spaces. Dining areas, living areas, hallways and foyers are ideal spaces for mirrors.
  • Go big! When decorating with mirrors, the rule is go larger because the larger reflected surface makes the room appear larger.  It should make a statement.
  • If using smaller mirrors, they need to be anchored with furniture or objects so they don't look lost on a wall.
  • Hang mirrors how you hang art. They should be hung 150 cm from the center of the mirror to the floor.
  • In Feng Shui - a mirror should be placed where it will reflect chi (natural energy) to other parts of the home.
Mirror Don'ts
  • Never place mirrors opposite a door because they reflect the chi (natural energy) out the door instead of allowing it to flow throughout your home. This also applies to the end of hallways. Besides, who wants to be startled when opening a door?
  • Do not lean a mirror on top of furniture so that it reflects to the ceiling - what's the point of that? If it has to be leaning, make sure it still reflects into the room.
  • Avoid placing a mirror in the bedroom, especially directly in front of the bed. A mirror facing the bed directly depletes your personal energy when you need to be rejuvenating your body.