Rules For Hanging A Mirror Over Fireplace (The Do’s And Don’ts)

Mirrors are commonplace within home design. With the right measurements and equipment, it is okay to put a mirror over a fireplace. In addition to this, other aesthetics within the room can be significantly enhanced by a mirrored fireplace.

How Big Should a Mirror be Over a Fireplace?

To optimize the look of your room, it is recommended that a mirror be two-thirds the width of the mantle. It should not be larger or wider than this; an oversized mirror may reflect more light but can make your ceiling seem shorter.

Instead of choosing a small mirror according to the size of the fireplace, you can select larger mirrors so long as they do not exceed the width of the mantle.

The average mirror height should be 4-5 inches below the cornice. Ensure that there are at least 3″ – 6″ gaps between the top of the mantle and the wide edge of the mirror. The long side of the mirror frame should not exceed the length of the fireplace.

Where should the Mirror be Placed Above a Fireplace?

Mirrors emit positive energy with the light they receive from windows and other objects. So, where and how you should position the mirrors is important to your room’s aesthetic appearance and energetic feel.

One of the best techniques is to put the mirror 4-5 inches above the fireplace and center the wall on the sides. In this way, you can achieve the desired symmetry and harmonize the balance of the room. 

If the idea of a mirror over your fireplace appeals to you, first of all, you should calculate the ratio of the mirror and the fireplace dimensions. 

Using the correct measurements instead of guesswork will ensure that your mirror is correctly positioned. If you are in doubt, it is recommended that you place the mirror a little higher to bring in more natural light towards the ceiling.

With the measurements you make and the size and style of the mirror you choose, you can create a beautiful ambiance within your room. 

The main point to be considered is the ratio between the wall, fireplace, and mirror. If these ratios are well calculated and adjusted to the size and shape of your mirror correctly, you can create a relaxing room with a light and airy feel.

You may be wondering whether if a free-standing or wall-hanging mirror is best for your mantle? Although a standing mirror on your mantle may create a chic-bohemian feel, it is not recommended for safety purposes.

Any number of factors could cause a mirror to fall unless it is securely fixed to the wall. To prevent this, some non-slip materials are sold on the market, but it is not 100% guaranteed that your mirror will not fall. 

To prevent damage to your mirror, or yourself, it is important to fix any mirrors you own securely to the wall.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Hanging Mirrors Above Fireplace

Of course, as in every job, there are certain rules you should follow when it comes to the placement and installation of your fireplace mirror. 

Although to is tempting to measure by eye and put hammer to nail, you should follow a few golden rules during the mirror hanging process. Doing so will ensure that your mirror is well anchored and looking its best.

The Do’s

The frame width of the mirror should be two-thirds of the length of the fireplace. This ratio provides the necessary balance to the finished look. For example, if you decide to place the mirror sideways, the wall will appear shorter. Conversely, if you install your mirror longways, the wall will look taller.

When it comes to choosing a model, choose one that gives warmth and comfort to the interior of your home. Rustic mirrors are great for this look. In addition to this, wider mirrors can add the appearance of a greater dimensional range to your fireplace when compared to circular mirrors. 

Use felt pads when you hang your mirror on the wall because when you take your mirror down, the wooden edges of the mirror may leave marks. Felt pads are a softer option that will protect your walls and save you from additional costs.

If you can, try experimenting with the look of multiple different types of mirrors. This will give you a more accurate idea of the style that best suits your taste. For example, while some plain and flat mirrors are suitable for small living rooms, more complex rectangular and square mirrors look great in large rooms.

The Dont’s

Do not tilt your mirror to face the fireplace, as this may cause an unintended appearance that may look awkward. In addition, mirrors that tilt or face the fireplace can close the environment, making it look cluttered and small. Instead, face your mirror flat against the wall and opposite open spaces or windows to maximize the effect.

Do not hang your mirror too high. Although a little extra height can add a superior feel to your room, it can reflect other images or items in your room, and you will not achieve the look that you want. 

Be careful not to make your mirror reflect the light from a ceiling light or chandelier. Otherwise, the light will reflect off the mirror, and it can create an uncomfortable effect. This may require you to position your mirror a little lower than desired, but the outcome will be worth it.

How to Hang a Mirror Over A Fireplace

Mirrors can be placed horizontally or vertically over fireplaces. Your choice is dependant on the size of the room and your taste.

When hanging your mirror of choice, the first thing you should do is to move any unnecessary objects or ornaments out of the way because you don’t want anything underfoot during assembly.

Ideally, you should only have your tools and the mirror itself nearby to prevent anything from breaking or causing any injury to yourself.

Pay attention to the weight of the mirror during installation. If the mirror is too heavy, holding it by yourself could cause an accident, so it may be best to call a friend or relative to help you. If you have a heavy mirror, you may need to use additional anchors to securely fix it against the wall to avoid it tilting or tipping unexpectedly. 

When attaching a mirror with anchors, do not release the mirror too quickly after fixing it to the wall. You should slowly release a heavy mirror after an installation, just in case the fixtures have not properly secured the weight. If your mirror moves at all during release, it requires more support.

Overall, you should not rush any mirror installation job. Doing so may result in an improperly secured mirror that will be vulnerable to falling. Instead, enlist help if you need to make sure you are using all the correct tools and fixtures.

Decorative Mirrors for Above The Fireplace

Decorative mirrors are frequently used in workplaces, meeting rooms, historical museums, and other such spaces to create a feeling of depth and space. 

Different types of mirrors continue to take their place in our unique and beautiful living spaces. So which one to choose? Here are a few of the most popular types of mirrors.

Beaudry Mirror

Beaudry mirrors contain history, with their arched ends and natural color palettes. They are most eye-catching and a great addition to any baroque environment. As a result, they are among one of the most expensive and highly sought-after mirror designs.

Arch Wall Mirror

Simple and classy. With dynamic metal arches, this mirror is a sleek yet imposing design that adds confidence to any room. In addition, this mirror, which is usually placed with dark tones, has a timeless aesthetic pleasing for any environment.

Sunburst Mirrors

A sunburst mirror can add a splash of flair to your fireplace, often used as an ornamental piece rather than for its reflective abilities.

Popular in the 1920s, sunburst mirrors are making a comeback. If you want to achieve that vintage art-deco feel, a sunburst mirror is an essential addition to your home.

Frameless Mirrors

Although frameless mirrors come in all shapes, they are most commonly rectangular. Frameless mirrors are a simple and understated addition to your decor, but it impacts the environment never-the-less.

Mirror Collections

Who said you could only hang one mirror over your fireplace? If placed correctly, a collection of smaller mirrors can be a decorative showstopper that adds dynamism to your space.

Mirror collections such as the 3 piece Tanner Accent Mirror or 2 piece Dima Mirror can add a touch of elegance and class whilst maintaining a modern edge.

Wrap Up

It is okay to hang your mirror over your fireplace so long as it is done accurately and is in the best interests of your environment.

If your room is small, it is recommended to hang a mirror over a fireplace as a central piece, as it brings in more light and can make your room appear larger.

It is best to take your time selecting and installing the right mirror to avoid any accidents or making any decorative faux pas.