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home and garden interior decorating

How high should a mirror be above a mantle?

Last Updated: 7th February, 2020

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Above the mantel: Position it at least 4-5 inches above the top of the mantel. "But depending on the thickness of the frame, you may want to go higher so you don't get a dark shadow cast on your decor," notes Downs.

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Accordingly, how many inches should a mirror be above a buffet?

Ideal Hanging Height For furniture less than 30 inches high, hang the mirror as close to eye level as possible, which ranges from 57 to 65 inches from the center of the mirror to the floor. Go slightly lower than this when hanging a mirror over a buffet console in a dining room.

One may also ask, how do you hang a mirror over a mantle? When hanging a mirror above a fireplace mantel, leave a 4”- 6” gap between the bottom of the mirror and the top of the mantel, depending on the size of the frame and the shape of the mirror. When in doubt, always err on the side of hanging the mirror slightly lower on the wall.

Similarly one may ask, should I put a mirror above my fireplace?

"Just don't hang a mirror there. When placed over a fireplace, a mirror is too high to actually be used as a mirror. More importantlyit's going to reflect what is across from it. Placement over the fireplace means it could be reflecting a bare wall, a light fixture, a doorway.

How do you decorate a mantel with a large mirror?

Double Reflection. For a new take on the mirror-above-the-mantel look, try this unique fireplace mantel decorating idea: Layer a small mirror over a larger one. Hang a large, plain mirror above your mantel and then place a smaller, decorative mirror in front.

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What is the formula for hanging pictures?

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Preparation
  1. Determine what type of wall you have: drywall, plaster or masonry. To see if you have drywall or plaster, push a tack into the wall.
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How big should entryway mirror be?

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What should I hang above my fireplace?

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  3. Family Photos. Image Provided by: Pursuit of Handyness.
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  6. Wreath.
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  8. Window Pane.

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How big should a picture be above a fireplace?

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How do you hang a picture above a fireplace?

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How do you style a mantle?

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  5. Elevate Smaller Decor.
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Can a mirror be wider than a fireplace?

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Should mirrors be hung vertically or horizontally?

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How do you attach a mirror to a wire?

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How do you hang a heavy mirror on a brick wall?

Drill the holes for your anchors. Wear safety goggles since small pieces of brick and mortar will likely be flying off the wall and drill bit. Clean out the holes with compressed air. Place the end of the anchor into the hole and gently tap it in with a rubber mallet.

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How do you hang a frameless mirror without clips?

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  4. Cut the double-sided mounting tape to the sizes you wrote down.
  5. Use your fingers to remove the peel-off backing.

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How high should mirror be above console?

Ideal Hanging Height
For furniture less than 30 inches high, hang the mirror as close to eye level as possible, which ranges from 57 to 65 inches from the center of the mirror to the floor. Go slightly lower than this when hanging a mirror over a buffet console in a dining room.

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