Installing wall mirrors in your home is a great way to give a fresh look to a room. You can choose from various designs and shapes of mirrors to match your sense of aesthetics and interior decor. However while choosing a mirror there are several attributes that you ought to look into so that you make the right choice. Different mirrors of varied shapes, sizes, styles, have special uses and attributes. Knowing various features of mirrors will help you in making the correct decision.
• Type and quality of glass
Since mirrors are made of glass, the type and quality of glass is very important. Concave, convex, silvered are some common types of mirrors. Concave mirrors reflect inwards and are ideal for grooming as they offer magnified images while convex mirrors reflects outwards and offers a wide and distant view. These are ideal for use in places where visibility otherwise is limited. Silvered glass is coated with silver nitrate and paint on the back side and is most commonly used for interior designing purposes.
• Size of mirror
Mirrors come in different sizes. However, you ought to remember that bigger the mirror, more will it add an element of space to a room. But the size you choose would largely depend on where you are installing it. For your bedroom you can have standing full length mirrors to check on your appearance or larger mirrors for more visibility. Mirrors in the bathroom should be able to provide you with a closer look for better grooming.
While choosing a mirror, you also have to pay close attention to the frame. You can also go for frameless mirror options. In case of framed ones, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Frames are made from different materials like wood, acrylic, resin, wrought iron, copper, etc. Metal and wood frames are more expensive but are also more durable. Whether to opt for a frame or not also depends on where you are installing it and its functional aspect. Mirrors in bathrooms can be frameless as one needs more mirror surface while ones installed for adornment can have decorative frames.
Some mirrors come with an option of in-built lighting for additional illumination which may be required for mirrors in functional spaces like bathrooms. Alternatively you can also opt to install extra lights around the frame of a mirror for extra effect.