Shopping Guide: Shopping for Full-Length Mirrors

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If you want to see what you really look like, a full-length mirror is essential.

“I don’t know how else you’d see how the shoes match the outfit,” said Ryan Korban, a New York-based interior designer who has created boutiques for a number of fashion brands — including Balenciaga, Aquazzura and Fivestory — as well as homes for fashion-world clients like Alexander Wang. “Oftentimes the shoes are the most important part.”

But a nondescript mirror tacked onto the wall or the back of a door isn’t what he has in mind. “It should be something that complements or enhances the interior design of the space,” he said.

A well-designed mirror with interesting details, he noted, does more than merely reflect its surroundings: It becomes a decorative feature of a room.

Ideally, he said, “it feels almost like a piece of art” — albeit a multifunctional one that allows you to check your footwear.


  • Where should you install it? “The bedroom or by the closet is good, but I often find they’re best in a home’s entryway,” Mr. Korban said. “They’re helpful for that last look before you go out.”

  • What kind of lighting does a full-length mirror need? “You don’t want it directly over your head,” he said. “You want it from the sides” — from sconces, windows or lamps.

  • Can you use a mirror to visually enlarge a space? Yes, especially when you position it to reflect the view out a window. “It does help open a space up,” Mr. Korban said. “And it doubles the sunlight.”


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Self-supporting mirror with rubber edge and wooden storage ladder

About $200 at Umbra: 800-387-5122 or umbra.com


Mirror with brushed-brass frame and marble-cube base

$6,995 at Slash Objects: slashobjects.com

Optical illusion mirror with clear and colored glass in a wood frame

$3,300 at Bower: 347-694-8709 or bower-studios.com


Mirror with bent-tube, powder-coated aluminum frame

About $350 at Menu: 760-230-6010 or menudesignshop.com

Danish mirror with oak-post frame by Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm

From $479 at Design Within Reach: 800-944-2233 or dwr.com


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