The placement of mirrors in the bedroom is something which requires careful consideration. A mirror reflects light back into the room and visually opens up the available space, which is an advantage in any room of the house. A mirror also serves a practical purpose, which is of course to allow us to see our own reflection. Checking how we look before we leave the house lets us remain aware of the impression we give to others, yet having to look at ourselves when we have just woken up is often not such a good idea! Mirrors in the bedroom should be positioned in such a way that they cannot be seen from the bed if at all possible. Where space is at a premium, over the headboard works well as the mirror cannot be viewed once in bed. Free-standing full-length mirrors are ideal for the bedroom as they allow for a full-body view that encompasses the entire outfit choice for the day. Smaller mirrors on dressing tables should be fitted with task lighting for optimum effect both visually and practically.