Some of the most popular types of mirrors currently available are made out of materials which have been available for centuries. Wood for example is a very popular choice for a mirror and can work well in either a modern or traditionally styled home.
Wooden mirrors can either highlight the natural beauty of the wood itself or can come in beautifully painted and stylised designs, where wood is used as a substrate material but unless you stripped the mirror bare you would never know it had been used in the manufacture of the frame.
Wooden mirrors come in every shape and size and make beautiful additions to any home. An extra large gold wreath mirror made of wood, for example, can add a stylish focal point to any room. The carved wooden surround finished in a warming gold colour sparks of opulence and austerity. And with mirrors like this being over two metres in height, they look superb when they are sited over a fireplace in a room with high ceilings or when they are situated in a hallway.
Because wood can be painted quite easily youâ€™ll find wooden mirrors in a plethora of colours and designs, all you have to do is choose a mirror which fits in with your home dÃ©cor.
One of the most important mirrors in you home is located in the bathroom. We all like to look good and the only way we can check to see we meet our own expectations is to look in a mirror. Bathroom mirrors can help when you are:
â€¢ Putting on make-up
â€¢ Brushing teeth
â€¢ Checking skin complexion
â€¢ Styling hair
â€¢ Styling eyebrows
Most of us donâ€™t even appreciate how often we use a mirror and will often look in a mirror many times over the course of a day without even realising it.
A bathroom mirror can do much more than simply showing you a reflection of yourself. Some bathroom mirrors also feature something which many people crave in a bathroom â€“ that much needed storage space.
Bathroom cabinets can feature a mirror but also have all the space you need for your bathroom condiments. And when the bathroom cabinet door is closed everything can be stored out of sight making your bathroom a chic place to be.
Some of the latest bathroom mirrors also feature built-in lighting so that you donâ€™t have to rely on the conventional lighting in the room and can hence get a clearer, more accurate, view of your reflection.
Mirrors are no longer just used for viewing your reflection. New mirror designs have been hitting the shop floors all the time and mirrors are now also used for designer purposes to add a touch of class to a room. At home you might have a simple plain mirror which is used to view your reflection in the bathroom or even a large decorative mirror in the living room over the mantelpiece to add some style to your interior decor, but have you heard of a leaner mirror?
Leaner mirrors are the new vogue and are a great way to spice up your interior decor. A leaner mirror is basically an oversized mirror which is leant against a wall and is usually large enough to provide a full length reflection of the user.
Most leaner mirrors are used in a bedroom and their primary function is as a dressing mirror. Their large frames and their stunning looks make them the perfect way to accessorize the room and add that je ne sais quoi that a simple mirror would struggle to replicate.
If you are looking for a new type of mirror why not try a leaner mirror for size.
Thereâ€™s no better way to step into spring than taking stock of your home and making the necessary adjustments to make it a beautiful place to live. And one of the easiest things to do to give a room the feel of a complete makeover without all the effort is to add a mirror.
Many people choose to hang a mirror over their mantelpiece. And because of this you will find that there are a large variety of overmantle mirrors currently available. The traditionalist in you might prefer a classic styled gold antique mirror which will suit period homes perfectly. For the more modern home a large funky modern mirror which also acts as a piece of artwork might be right up your street. The important thing here is to look at the furniture and decoration you already have in your room before making a choice.
If you have an Edwardian home with high ceilings and your decoration and furniture reflects this, a classically styled mirror is of course a good choice. Whereas if you have a modern home with a modern fire surround a mirror which can also act as a piece of art will work well.
Itâ€™s also important to look at the wall where the mirror will be situated before making your choice. Overmantle mirrors traditionally fit over a fireplace, so the wall where it may be situated will naturally be a chimney breast. If this is the case make sure you measure the width of the chimney breast and also the width of your mantlepiece and then choose something which doesnâ€™t overwhelm the wall but is also not too small that the wall and mantle dwarf the mirror. A mirror which is as wide as the mantle usually works well in situations like this.
Man has always been fascinated with his reflection, which until quite recently was only able to be seen in water. The first mirrors were made from polished stone or metal and gave little more than a vague resemblance of the person looking into to them. With advances in glass manufacture, mirror design progressed rapidly, and in combination with metals such as mercury, tin and lead, mirrors as we know them today were finally created.
Today, almost all mirrors use glass in their design, with the majority coated with a fine leaf of metallic foil, which provides the reflection.
Plane mirrors are flat mirrors, which reflect the light without changing the image, but there are also other types of mirrors such as convex and concave mirrors, which distort the light and hence the reflection we see.
Mirrors are now available in many different designs and their use has spread from solely being there to see a reflection, to being one of interesting design and modern art. From contemporary to traditional, youâ€™ll now be able to find a type of mirror which suits your home and tastes perfectly.