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Floor Length Mirrors – At The Crossroads Between Looks And Function

Recently I’ve fallen in love with the idea of having a floor-length mirror somewhere in my home. I haven’t decided yet whether the hallway or the bedroom is the best place for such a design element…or maybe it could look nice in the living room…In any case, it would be more than just a decorative mirror. Given the dimensions, floor-length mirrors are also very practical.

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Long mirrors with wooden frames are particularly attractive. Take this one for instance. It’s a ligne roset mirror with a slick and elegant design. Its frame is made of natural-varnished solid walnut and it has a black lacquered steel support which makes it possible to place the mirror anywhere without the need to attach it to a wall.

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The Flag mirrors designed by U. Asnago are interesting in a different way: they have this trapezoidal shape that makes them stand out and allows them to be both practical and decorative. They have frames made of ash wood and they can either be hanged or leaned against a wall.

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Floor-length mirrors that lean against the wall are charming in their own way. They have this casual look that gives them a certain laid-back look without necessarily diminishing their elegance. A good example is the Rimmel mirror designed by E. Gallina. You can see it here with an ash wood frame.

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You wouldn’t expect a floor-length mirror to be round but here it is, the Giove mirror designed by T. Colzani. It has a frame made of solid canaletta walnut and it can either be hanged on the wall or leaned against it.

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If you thought a round mirror was unusual, check out this oddly-shaped one from the Camus Collection. It has an asymmetrical form and it’s supported by a single tapered leg on one side, which is part of a seamless frame.

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This is the Succession series, a collection of mirrors and stools that share in common large, leather-covered cushy frames. The floor mirror is unusually robust, featuring a frame that looks more like a shell which extends to the back, enveloping the mirror like a cozy and comfortable cloak.

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Floor-length mirrors are excellent on hallways. They offer the possibility to see oneself from head to toe and to accurately asses an outfit in its entirely plus you get to also see your shoes in relation to the clothes you’re wearing. In some cases, this gives a boost of confidence.

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Closets and dressing rooms also make the most of full-height mirrors. That’s actually a must-have feature in a space like this. After all, it would be impractical to get dressed without seeing how you look like.

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Of course, mirrors are much more versatile than that and this means they can fit in just about anywhere. This includes the living room. This of a floor-length mirror as an opportunity to make the room seem bigger or to accentuate a beautiful view or a decoration or piece of furniture that you’re really proud of.
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Mirrors look nice in pairs and this doesn’t only apply to small, wall-mounted mirror but also to large ones like the two you see here. Each one is big enough to be practical on its own but when paired like this it becomes clear that the choice is as much aesthetic as it is functional.

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When choosing a floor-length mirror, try to think beyond the obvious. Think of it as a multipurpose piece. Prioritize its function based on the space you plan to put it in. On a hallway it might be more important to get a mirror that fits or one that lets you see yourself from head to tow while in the case of a living room mirror the looks could be the focus.

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The bedroom is secondary to the hallway when it comes to floor-length mirrors and spaces where they fit best. That’s because a bedroom usually includes a dresser and sometimes a vanity. It’s practical to have a large mirror to look into while getting dressed and ready.

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Of course, when a mirror is primarily decorative, any room can make the most of it. Consider adding a large mirror to the dining room in case it’s not as bright and open as you’d wish it were.

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I find it best to let a floor-length mirror lean against a wall rather than to screw it on. This way you have the freedom to adjust its angle and position and even to move it around whenever you get bored with the decor and the dynamic in the room.

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