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Should You Put a Mirror in the Dining Room?

Mirrors are like pieces of art, and they can make a world of difference in any room. The bathroom, entryway, and bedroom are popular areas that have mirrors. Should you put one in the dining room?

Your dining room style should determine whether you put a mirror in it or not. Setting a mirror in a narrow dining room can widen it. It can also bring light to a dark dining room, and if these suit your needs, install one.

This article discusses where you shouldn’t hang mirrors and whether you should put a mirror in the dining area. I will also explore how high you should hang a mirror in a dining room and how you hang one.

Where Should You Not Hang Mirrors?

Selecting the correct mirror for the right room may pose a challenge, but you don’t need to overthink it. While you can place a mirror in any room and home, some areas shouldn’t have mirrors.

Some guidelines simplify where to place a mirror within a room. The following guidelines come from design principles, Feng Shui, and superstitions:

Across from clutter

Your mirrors should reflect happy energy and light rather than piles of toys, mails, and other clutter. Also, try not to hang mirrors in your home’s “drop zone,” where people dump shoes, coats, and laptop bags when they enter the house.

Another terrible spot is opposite your laundry room—clothes often pile up and spill over, and there’s no need to see the clutter twice.

Directly opposite or above your bed

Feng Shui experts say that a mirror in this position is a weight hanging over your head. It can disrupt peaceful feelings and contribute to insomnia.

Mirrors can create illusions in the darkness of half-light. For example, you may find it hard to sleep if light bounces off the mirror and projects weird images directly into your eyes.

Directly across from the front door

If you want to receive good energy into your home, keeping your front door ready to receive it is crucial. Feng Shui teaches that a mirror in the entryway right across from your entrance may bounce back good energy when it enters.

You can still hang a mirror in your foyer, but ensure to place it on a perpendicular wall that catches the light.

In the kitchen

Mirrors facing the stove are a terrible idea because of splatter. It is also impractical to hang mirrors in a spot that is always smokey and steamy.

Finally, it is your home, and the choice is yours. As long as a position is functional and makes you happy, you can hang your mirror there.

Should You Put a Mirror in the Dining Room?

People have been using mirrors as dining room décor, and it won’t change anytime soon. Every wall space is precious, and it can hold better objects like photographs and artworks. These are more likely to promote a family bond and the tradition of eating together.

Regardless, mirrors are just as important in your dining room for these reasons:

  • Mirrors with decorative frames add style
  • To lighten up a dark dining room
  • To spotlight the head of the table
  • they reflect your art or chandelier
  • mirrors also widen a narrow dining room

Chief among the reasons for hanging a mirror in your dining room is space enlargement and increasing the amount of light entering. The locations to place a mirror in your dining room vary, and the mirror style can accentuate the room’s design.

Some style tips to follow when hanging a mirror in the dining room are:

  1. Place the mirror to reflect a significant feature of the dining room or natural light.
  2. Hang the mirror at a standing height rather than a sitting height.
  3. Group the mirror with décor like candles.
  4. Place the mirror so that guests don’t see themselves when eating.
  5. Instead of one large mirror, you can use a small one as part of a collage.
  6. If you want a large wall piece, go for a rectangular mirror with a simple frame. Select a gold-framed mirror or one with a more ornate design for a glam look.
  7. Before hanging a mirror, consider the objects the mirror will reflect.

The mirror you choose should reflect the style and furnishings of your dining room. Mirrors are a great way to fill up empty spaces, and the right choice will transform your dining room.

How High Should You Hang a Mirror in a Dining Room?

Now that you know mirrors can be in a dining room, you should consider the factors involved in hanging them correctly. The height determines whether the occupants of the dinner table will feel at ease or tense up under scrutiny.

The consensus for hanging mirrors, including a dining room mirror, is to set it at eye level. This translates to approximately 57 inches to 65 inches from the floor. Other things you should consider are:

  • Not all mirrors are hung on an imaginary straight line. Tilting some mirrors is a fantastic way to make the mirror display more of the room.
  • Check the back of the mirror to see how to place it; some mirrors lean against the wall instead of hanging off it.
  • Maintain safety by ensuring the mirror’s back hooks have corresponding clips on the wall.
  • If you hang your wall mirror above furniture, the furniture’s height will determine how high you hang the mirror. Therefore, you may need to place your mirror higher or lower.

     Keeping at least four inches of space between the mirror and furniture. The extra inches will provide a visual break and prevent the mirror from towering over the furniture.

How Do You Hang a Mirror in a Dining Room?

How you hang a mirror in your dining room mainly focuses on the location. For example, setting it on the wall closest to your dining table gives the room a more open feel and a brighter look.

Choice locations include the head of the dining table, over furniture like sideboards and buffets, and along the side of the dining table.

Traditional dining rooms have the head of the table (fireplace mirror) and opposite the sides of the table as the best locations for hanging mirrors.

If you have an open-plan home, you have more flexibility as to where you can hang your mirror. However, facing the long side of the dining table works best for this design.

Remember to place your mirror where it will reflect beatifying pieces or artwork. Hanging mirrors opposite windows will reflect light into the dining room.

Setting an Anchor Point

While this requires some measurements, it takes little time, and the results will please you. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Position the mirror where you want it and center it to a piece of furniture beneath it or on the wall.
  2. Draw the mirror’s outline on the wall with an erasable marker or pencil.
  3. Draw a vertical line passing through the center of the top and bottom lines (connect them).
  4. Find the midpoints between the center line and the mirror’s right and left sides, respectively.
  5. Draw two more vertical lines to connect your mirror’s top and bottom outline to the midpoints in step five.
  6. Measure approximately one-third from the top of the mirror down, and mark these lines as your anchor points.

To enjoy a mirror’s full potential in your dining room, choose a size and style that suits the area and hang it correctly.