How to incorporate a full-length mirror into your space

Mirrors are known to interior designers as a tool with a great reputation for bridging pleasing aesthetics with functionality. Full-length mirrors, often considered practical, can be incorporated into a room in creative ways to do more than just reflect one's image. In addition to hanging behind the bathroom or bedroom door, what are some inspiring full-length mirror ideas

Before we embark on the how's and where's of full-length mirror styling, let us give a few general pointers. If you've laid your eyes on a mirror that you love but aren't sure if it fits in perfectly with your decor, listen to your inner voice and get the mirror. Beauty manifests itself in the slight differences and brings personality to your interior design style.

Where: The Living Room

Living room with hard wood floors, a cream colored area rug, couch with throw pillows, two arm chairs, a wall of widows with drapes, built-in bookshelves, and a fireplace mantle with a full-length mirror leaning horizontally above

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Traditional living room decorating concepts are wall-to-wall mirrors or hanging full-length mirrors on an empty wall. During the middle of the last century, plenty of our grandparents had ornate wall-to-wall mirrors mounted in their living rooms. It's time to move on from the past and explore the modern.

How: If you have a mantle in your living room, your space is about to get a lot more interesting! Of course, hanging or leaning a mirror above a fireplace or mantle isn't a novel idea. But how about taking a framed full-length mirror and hanging or leaning it horizontally? This maneuver will visually impact your room by expanding the length of your mantle and increasing your ceiling height. 

How: In our mind's eye, balance looks very much like a seesaw on a playground. You can only have balance when two people of equal weight are on the seesaw. Position a full-length mirror opposite a window for light reflection and symmetry. The mirror reflection captures light and circulates it through the room as if there is another window in its place.  

If the living room isn't a good fit for the mirror, consider the dining room as an option for a large mirror. There's good reason to do so!

Where: The Dining Room

Dining room with an over head skylight, large wood table, cream colored chair and floor, a palm tree in the corner, and an ornate full-length mirror at the head of the table


The dining room can be an odd space depending on where it is in the house. Sometimes the dining room is a separate space with a window, and sometimes it is merely an extension of the living room or kitchen. 

How: The dining room can sometimes seem cramped because of the large table and chairs furnished to serve guests. This becomes more evident without the benefits of a window. To help open up the space, gently lean an antique framed beveled full-length mirror behind the head of the table. The mirror becomes a harness that grabs onto and rebounds any light in the room, making it brighter as it amplifies the volume of the space, making it feel airier.

Where: The Bedroom

Farmhouse style bedroom, with a jute rug, white comforter on bed, a rustic grey night stand with candles, a small lamp, a cream colored side chair and a grey framed full-length mirror behind the nightstand
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Putting a mirror in the dining room is a somewhat new concept, but spotting a full-length mirror in a bedroom is like setting your eyes on a frying pan in the kitchen. There's nothing remarkable about the placement location.

How: Let's try to move away from carelessly hanging a floor-length mirror on the closet door and forget it exists until it's time to get dressed. Easel mirrors are great because they come with their own stand unless you're a DIYer and prefer to make one. Set up an easel mirror in a bland, dark corner of your bedroom watch it fill with light and style. 

How: Get a gorgeous, framed full-length mirror and hang it partially behind a nightstand next to the bed. Bedrooms don't often have a ton of space to work with, and the pairing infuses laid-back energy and washes the room in calming light.

Where: The Entryway 


Entryway with an arched full-length black mirror, behind a black door, an area rug, a light colored wood bench and a row of coat hooks on the wall

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We don't spend a lot of time in the entryway of our homes, which can be a tiny foyer or hallway area. But similar to the bedroom, we want to give it an intimate, welcoming vibe, especially for newcomers to our home.   

How: The entryway is a sort of catch-all space for coats, removing shoes, and storing keys for safekeeping. Hanging a full-length mirror, like our Black Raised Lip Metal Elongated Heptagon Shaped Mirror above a table or console decorated with softly lit lamps or seasonal decor, makes the entryway feel warm, spacious, and less narrow. 

How: Having proper lighting in an entryway is essential for coming home late at night or on a cloudy, gloomy day. Lean a mirror adjacent to the door or a nearby window to reflect even the smallest bits of light.   

In the end, you have to live with and love your space. Do the research and test out styling two or three full-length mirror ideas per room before making the final decision. Whether you decide to wall mount or lean a full-length mirror, make sure it looks purposeful in whatever room it's in.