We love styling with mirrors because they famously brighten a room and make it appear more open and airy. They are reflective (duh) so they help bounce light around and can make even the darkest rooms look brighter. Suffice to say, there is nothing but love for mirrors over here. But there is something that has been bothering me lately. Why is it that full-length floor mirrors are harder to style than wall mirrors? I see wall mirrors in rooms all day long but there isn’t as much to show for floor mirrors. Is it the vanity aspect that tricks us into thinking that they have no creative styling merit in a room? I know I personally need a full-length mirror because I want to see my entire outfit head to toe before I go on with my day. And if that’s wrong then I don’t want to be right! But I have to admit that the classic mirror hung over a closet door isn’t the most ideal or ~sexy~ styling moment. So this had me thinking…what are the cool ways to style full-length floor mirrors that feel intentional and fresh? SURELY these mirrors can’t be all for naught, right? As I am contemplating procuring a new floor mirror for my own home, I decided to do some research on how I can style one in a way that feels intentional and cool. Wanna see what I came up with? Well then, follow me!
1. LEAN AN OVERSIZED MIRROR
Whenever something is oversized in a room, it is DEFINITELY going to come across as intentional. If space permits, an oversized mirror can be an excellent way to take up empty wall space and it easily packs a huge design punch. Mirrors of this scale are much more affordable than large sale art and they do double duty as they’ll help brighten the room (and I’m not mad that they are great for mirror selfies, too). In Suzanne’s bedroom above, Julie Rose used this oversized mirror to take up space on an awkward wall and it completely brightened the space. Adding that cute little side table and plant also helps to make the space feel put together. In Julie’s own words, “There are no ceiling or wall lights in this room. So it all comes down to lamps at night and reflecting the natural light as much as possible during the day which this amazing arched floor mirror does that job very well.”
If you really want your mirror to be a focal point in your room, you can’t go wrong opting for an oversized ornate mirror. In my living room, I have this one (they also have it in full-length size) and it brings in just the right amount of vintage Victorian charm. And bonus! These massive mirrors are built to be leaned because of their size and weight, so you usually don’t need to drill thousands of holes into the wall. Partners of design enthusiasts all over, rejoice! There is no need to pull out the power drill for these babies. But also safely first so just make sure:)
1. Modern Glam Large Full-length Floor Wall Mirror | 2. Gleaming Primrose Mirror | 3. Emmy Black Floor Mirror | 4. Estelle Floor Mirror | 5. Selene Extra Large Floor Mirror | 6. Arched Metal Mirror Full-length Floor Mirror
2. USE IT TO FILL A NARROW WALL SPACE
Any long, narrow wall space in between two doors can be difficult to style, so why not hang a long mirror?
For Julie’s bedroom makeover, she mounted a long and narrow mirror from Rejuvenation on the wall between her closet and bedroom door. This helps break up an otherwise blank wall in a very simple but impactful way. Also, since this mirror directly faces a wall with a window, the natural light bounces off of it effortlessly which is always a good thing in a smaller bedroom. I also have to note how she chose a matte black framed mirror so it really pops against her light walls and complements the black accents she has sprinkled throughout the room.
For extremely tight spaces, #1 is a great option (it is only 14″ wide!). #2 and #6 are simple and versatile because they can be either leaned or mounted. If you are looking for one that’s a little more unexpected, #5 will definitely turn heads.
3. CREATE MOVEMENT WITH AN ARCH
If your home doesn’t have a ton of architectural interest (I can relate) and you want to create some movement to contrast 90-degree angles everywhere, an arched mirror is an effective way to do so. In Keyanna’s office above, she leaned a simple arched floor mirror on a small wall cutout and it instantly added movement to the space. It’s a classic shape that easily creates visual interest.
1. Handmade Rattan Mirror | 2. Manocorro Arched Full Length Mirror | 3. Natia Ebonized Oak Arch Floor Mirror | 4. Metal Vintage Style Leaning Full Length Mirror | 5. Curvy Floor Mirror | 6. Aperture Floor Mirror
#3 has an ebonized finish that is really divine and I love the two stand-alone legs, too. #5 has a sort of inverse arch which is equally cool and interesting. #1 is a lovely handmade option and would be perfect in a boho-style room.
4. KEEP IT HIDDEN
Beloved EHD contributor Malcolm Simmons is always surprising us with his unexpected and refined designs. In his bedroom reveal, he created a curtain wall so he can choose to hide his full-length mirror if needed. Now I know I am making a case for showing off these bad boys, but this genius hack offers the best of both worlds (cue Miley Cyrus). You can unveil the mirror to check yourself out or simply open up the space, or close the curtains to make the space more quiet and relaxing. SO GOOD. If you want to try this out, here are some of our favorite wall-mounted mirrors:
1. Oversized Metal Framed Mirror | 2. Floating White Lacquer Floor Mirror | 3. HOVET Mirror | 4. Infinity Mirror | 5. Kate and Laurel Rollo Capsule Framed Wall Mirror | 6. Metal Framed Full Length Mirror
For an affordable option, #3 is great and has tons of raving reviews. #2 also has a very thin frame, so it could almost blend into walls effortlessly. Because I love a more round shape, my eye is one #5 and #6.
5. EXPLORE A DIFFERENT HUE
One thing we often take for granted when it comes to mirrors is color. We are used to mirrors being traditionally “clear”, but in fact, a mirror can have any color hue. Now, bold colors like blue or green might be out of most of our comfort zones, but an amber or rose-colored mirror is interesting and will create a layer of warmth. In the above living room, the oversized amber-colored floor mirror is super unexpected, it complements the neutral tones throughout the room, and adds a contemporary flair. This hack might be a small design risk but when done right it’s SO GOOD.
There aren’t a ton of readymade options on the market (which makes them even more special) but I really love the shape and color of #1. #2 on the other hand has a gradient that is subtle and inviting. Although an investment for sure, #3 is clearly special, has a really interesting shape, and would look awesome in a contemporary home.
So which styling trick is your favorite? Are you team full-length mirrors or do you think of them as a design faux pas? Tell me everything. xx