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What Do You Think Of Lean-Against-The-Wall Mirrors?

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They're over sized.  Some are very ornate, others clean and modern.  Are these over-sized-lean-against-the-wall mirrors just for the young and beautiful? For the hopelessly narcissistic?  For dogs and cats to check themselves out?  What do you think of them?

Ready for my opinion?  Okay, on the one hand, yes.  On the other hand, not quite a yes.  I guess that's a maybe?  So where would I put a floor-length-lean-against-the-wall mirror in my small space?

In a closet?  Perfect!!  

Well, if I was fortunate enough to have a spacious walk-in closet, great. 

But if not, I could always fall back on the open-rack closet and place a lean-to mirror right next to it.

In a bedroom?

For me, the answer is a definite yes:)  In fact, this is where I do have an over-sized mirror that leans against the wall.  My dog checks out herself in it more than I do!



In a bathroom?  

Face it, most of us who live in small spaces also have small bathrooms.  But, hey, let's dream here a little!  It's free.

A daily full body view in the bathroom is an inspiration to keep resolutions to go to the gym.  People living with tiny bathrooms may have to do with a mirror mounted on the door.  But for folks happily (well, I hope you are) living with large luxurious bathrooms, the design possibilities are heavenly.



In an entryway?  Fabulous!

I could floor (pun intended) guests with my classy taste right from the start.  Or lean an over-sized mirror in the entryway just to check myself before going out into the world. 



In a kitchen?  Seriously?

I'm drawing a blank here.  Even if you had the room in an apartment kitchen, would you give up kitchen space for a floor length mirror?

In a living or dining room? 

Now this is where I draw a big, big maybe.  A living room, in my opinion, is the place where I love to entertain guests.  There is something disturbing about talking to a guest and discovering their visual, and probably mental, attention is focused on her- or himself in the mirror.  It's just distracting.  But that's just me.  Clearly, these next rooms show it can be done very tastefully.



In Summary

Like all mirrors, but more so, a floor length mirror propped against the wall visually expands the room by reflecting light.  It reflects  other elements in the room which also adds more visual interest.  It's suitable for almost every room and just about any wall.  My floor length mirror in the bedroom faces the window.  It reflects the lovely pine tree tops and the ever changing colors in the sky and brings nature indoors.

Design styles in floor mirrors range from the baroque to Hollywood glam to lovely painted  shabby chic to a clean, minimalist modern.  (For even more glam, add string lighting around the mirror.)  Be aware that direct sunlight on the mirror can give a harsh and near-blinding glare. Another consideration is to anchor the mirror to the wall, just a safety precaution.

Okay, your turn!  Back to my original question:  
What do you think of Lean-Against-The-Wall
Floor mirrors for your apartment or smaller space?  
What room would put it in?  
Or not at all?

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