The Best Statement Wall Mirrors & How To Hang Them

The Best Statement Wall Mirrors & How To Hang Them

Mirrors aren’t just for checking your make-up or making a room feel bigger – they can also make a real statement and play a pivotal role in the final design of a room. From Balineum to Jérôme Faillant-Dumas’ Invisible Collection, they’re getting more interesting, too. We asked three design pros to share their tips, before rounding up some of our favourite mirrors for all budgets.
Photography: ELIZABETH HAY

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“Mirrors can help open up a small room and make it feel larger. They reflect the light and the surrounding space, the colours, the finishes – plus, they add another layer of texture to the scheme,” says interior designer Alison Henry. Awkward spaces, in particular, says Alison – like rooms with sloping ceilings or a corner too small to fit a piece of furniture in – can easily be opened up with a mirror.

A mirror can also act as an interesting focal point, while also reflecting the maximum amount of light back into a room. “If hung correctly, it can help reflect the light emitted from the ceiling fixtures, as well as creating a show-stopping feature,” explains interior designer Laura Stephens. As for the shape, this has the power to define the identity of space – especially in bathrooms. 

“Choose a mirror with a more organic shape to balance out any strong, linear elements such as the countertop or sink unit. Incorporating a warm, natural material into the frame, such as raffia, timber or bone, quietly offsets any hard finishes and softens the overall feel, too” explains Clara Ewart, head of deign at Kitesgrove.  

The mirror itself is also important: “Use antique glass to make the surface softer. Remember, a mirror doesn’t have to just be practical – it can also help create an atmosphere and add interest throughout,” adds Laura. “A mirror can be hung like a piece of artwork – not only is it cheaper, it’s good for adding some extra drama.”

To make it more of a feature, try putting something in front of the mirror – for example, some flowers or a sculpture which you’ll be able to see from all sides. Candles or candlestick lamps also add more reflection and movement of light. 

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