5 Top Tips For Hanging Mirrors Above Fireplaces

For many homeowners, the fireplace is often one of the epicentres of the home where they spend a lot of time. The idea of hanging a mirror above it is to enhance the positive features. We’ve put together 5 top tips to help you choose and hang your mirror (s) in the most effective way over your fireplace.


So, first things first, absolutely! We’ve been doing this for hundreds of years, and the design of mirrors has improved tremendously over that time. Mirrors above the fireplace are a timeless décor strategy.


The first choice when selecting a mirror for over your fireplace is its shape. When considering the shape of your mirror, think about the other elements in your space. If your furnishings have many straight lines and minimal details, soften and balance out the hard angles with a round mirror. Circular styles look particularly stylish above a fireplace, where the curves of the mirror contrast with the straight lines of the mantel. If you’re looking to create more of a statement, choose a classic, strong rectangle that will add instant depth and interest.
You can also play with grouping a collection of mirrors in different shapes for a vivid display. Two or three simple square mirrors with different yet co-ordinated frames (e.g. painted in the same colour) can make a dazzling display in any size of room.


The next point to think about is how big your mirror should be. When it comes to sizing a single mirror for above a fireplace, look for something that adequately fills the space between the top of the mantel and the ceiling. A key guide to choosing a size for your mirror is to follow the ‘rule of thirds’ whereby you take the height of your mantel piece, double it, and you have the ideal height that the top of your mirror should be hung at. The width of the mirror should never be wider than the mantelpiece or fireplace.

A large mirror above the fireplace makes that area of the wall disappear, reflecting back the features in front of it. A plain mirror with a bevelled edge or simple, narrow frame makes a good choice for a small room. Hanging the largest size that will fit over the fireplace offers an unbroken image to visually enlarge the space.


Adding a frame around a mirror enhances the visual appeal of the space and can help to tie it in nicely with any décor themes. You can also use rustic mirrors which add a lot of texture and warmth to interiors. Framed mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and colour meaning there’s one suited to complement any space.


Don’t position the mirror too high or hang it on a tilt. Avoid positioning the mirror too high over the fireplace so it can’t be used functionally. Placing it too high means it could be reflecting the ceiling, a bare wall, a doorway etc which makes for awkward viewing angles. But, depending on the thickness of the frame, you can hang your mirror higher so that you don’t get a dark shadow cast on your décor.

Hanging a mirror a few inches above the mantle helps in reflecting the decorative items places on or over it. When a mirror is hung over the centre of the mantel you can place accessories like scented candles either side of it.


The hardware needed to attach a mirror securely must be chosen depending on the weight of the mirror and the type of wall behind it. For dry wall, you can hand a mirror on ‘J’ hooks, and for a brick wall, you can hang the mirror by drilling holes into it and inserting plastic or metal anchors into the holes.

A top tip is to also attach felt pads to the wooden frame on the back of the mirror. This technique helps avoid dark marks on the wall that wood stain or paint can leave behind when the mirror is taken down.

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