Mirror mirror on the wall… you make this room the grandest of all! But only if it’s chosen, placed and fitted with due care and attention. Mirrored glass is so much more than the functional pieces of old. Engineered for toughness and with ever more variety of size and shape out there, mirrored glass is now used for worktops, splashbacks and doors. Many of us love a mirror within a room design. So when you approach how to put a mirror on the wall, how do you make sure you get it right?
The Benefits of a Mirror
Firstly, why do we use mirrors in room design in the first place? These reflective surfaces have transformative properties. They disperse and refract light to make a dark space naturally illuminated. They help small spaces to appear larger, and add depth to modern square rooms. This is why mirrors have become more intrinsic in features such as sideboards and splashbacks.
Choosing your Mirror
But which mirror should you choose for a wall? Tall rooms are complemented by vertical mirrors, while long rooms prefer a horizontally-set mirror. Try something a bit different with groups of smaller mirrors to create a design feature. Ensuring you keep equal space between each mirror is key.
For South facing living spaces, place your mirror on the wall opposite the window. This will optimise afternoon light. Alternatively, should you want to maximise morning light in a bedroom, go for the adjacent window. In a dining area, consider how your mirror will reflect the artificial lighting in this room. Exposed bulbs in a chandelier, for example, can appear glaring if reflected too directly.
We’re sure you don’t want to incur seven years’ bad luck…nor do you want a hallway full of shattered glass. So safety in hanging your mirror is a vital part of how to put a mirror on the wall. Ensure you hang a mirror from two points, rather than from a wire across a single hook or nail as you may hang a picture. This will securely anchor your mirror and prevent knocks.
All About Angles
Fixing your mirror flat on a wall is not the only option. Consider a tilt to your mirror if it is positioned high on a wall. A slight downward tilt to the mirror will ensure that more of the room is reflected, and will bring more depth to the room design.
Getting it Done
How about top tips for how to put a mirror on the wall? There are two popular approaches; adhesive and screws.
An extra strong adhesive, suitable for mirrors, is vital. Generously apply to the back of the mirror in evenly spaced lines. Rest your mirror on the wall using temporary supports which will hold the mirror in place until the adhesive has set. Use a spirit level to ensure the mirror is straight, before the adhesive begins to set. You can help the mirror to remain in place by applying masking tape to the top. You should leave this set up for at least 24 hours to ensure the adhesive has set fully.
Again, temporary supports against the wall will help hold the mirror in place. Use a spirit level to ensure it is straight and mark the wall in the correct places for wall fixings. Once the holes are in position, insert plugs to accept the screws. When you screw the mirror into place, avoid over tightening the screws as this may damage the mirror and wall. Aesthetic screw covers will finish the look.
Mirrored features can be a great addition to any room design. Whether you choose a traditional wall mirror, or integrate mirrored splashbacks or shelving into your space, at Glass Inspirations we can help you make the most of this reflective material. Contact us today for more information.