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Choosing the Right Mirror For Your Home

Aug 18, 2008
When considering redecorating your home it is essential to choose the right mirror. Mirrors can make or break a room's 'look'. Quite often a low quality mirror is hung as an after thought once decorating is complete, which can leave something lacking from the fresh new look the home owner desired.

Having been involved in the retail of mirrors for a number of years I am truly convinced that dull small rooms can become bright, airy and spacious for a minimal expenditure.

I have come to believe that the best place for a mirror is on a wall perpendicular to a window. This can adds vast improvement to a room by not only reflecting light but adding a feeling of space. A mirror draws peoples attention to it and therefore the area around it so it is important to coordinate effectively.

Mirrors also go very well with plants, as a plant's presence is in effect doubled when placed in close proximity, adding to the overall greenery of the room.

Ornate and antique mirrors with hand crafted wooden frames should have a source of artificial light such as a lamp placed nearby to accentuate it's intricate design at night. These can often be a centrepiece to a room allowing you to plan your décor around it. Worried about the price? Well don't be, as thanks to modern technology hand crafted designs can now be machine moulded using a resin resulting in the same consistency as wood. It can then be decorated using traditional methods such as silver or gilt leaf by hand.

Choosing a mirror for a child's bedroom requires very careful consideration as safety is an issue due to the danger of broken glass. This can be avoided by purchasing a mirror made from perspex as these are shatter-proof and don't require necessarily require drilling to hang. Added benefits of this are that they weigh only a fraction of the weight of a normal mirror, can be made in any size and come in many funky designs, increasing their appeal to children.

A more advanced technique to help decide on a mirror is to take a digital photograph facing the wall you would like to place it on, and upload it to an image package such as Photoshop on your computer. Then copy in an image from a mirror retailing website. This can also help you to get an idea of size as well as color. Should you not have access such a digital image product a low tech alternative method that can be used is to cut a very large piece of card or stiff paper in a rectangular shape and hang it in the approximate position you would like your mirror to go. Stand back access the size. Does is look big enough? Would a narrower rectangle be more suitable?

As a final tip I would suggest always taking the width of the frame into account when ordering the glass size, as some frame designs can easily measure 6-8 inches in width.
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