Where to hang a large mirror in a living room

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Where to hang a large mirror in a living room
A mirror in decorative framing (the mirror image by Jan Will from Fotolia.com)

When placed correctly, large mirrors can add a decorative touch to your living room. Mirrors have been used as an interior decorating element since the late 1600s, when elaborately framed mirrors began to be produced.

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Height

Mirrors should be kept at or around eye level in most cases. Hanging a mirror any higher or lower impedes people's ability to view themselves, negating the intended purpose of mirrors. Exceptions can be made when using a mirror primarily as a decorative piece -- hanging it above eye-line is more acceptable than below, as most decorative items are placed above eye-line.

Area

Mirrors are commonly used as wall hangings in entrance areas. If the front door opens directly into the living room, try hanging a large mirror to the left or right of the door. If the front door opens into another portion of the house, hang the mirror at the end of the hallway or near the doorway leading into it.

Reflections

Mirrors can become a nuisance if they're placed inappropriately. Avoid placing large mirrors where they may reflect a television, computer monitor or other electronic display. Also avoid placing them where they will catch distracting sunlight glare from east- or west-facing windows and sliding doors.

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