In fairy tales, mirrors often have magical powers. In reality, they can also be used to conjure up larger, brighter, atmospheric interiors. A mirror is one of those items of equipment that can be both practical and very decorative.
Mirrors can be used to illuminate dark rooms, e.g. corridors and hallways. Often natural light does not reach them, and artificial lighting is not able to penetrate all corners. In an interior like this, you have to fight for every beam. Mounting a large mirror in the right place, opposite the light source, will make the rays reflect off its surface. This will make the room brighter. The bigger the mirror, the better. Candles, lanterns or small lamps (e.g. LED Christmas tree lamps or glowing cotton balls) can be placed around or near it. This will create an atmospheric atmosphere in the room. It is worthwhile to additionally paint the walls with white paint and equip them with bright furniture. In contrast to other colours, white reflects and does not absorb light. It will enhance the illuminating effect of the mirrors.
Mirrors also help to optically enlarge the space. It is advisable to place them on the wall opposite the window or door. In this way, the mirror reflection will optically enlarge the room by the space behind the open door or the exposed mirror.
An interesting solution that can be used to make a small bathroom optically gain a few square meters, are three-dimensional mirrors with a depth effect. There are LEDs around the surface of the mirror. They make a person who looks in the mirror feel like he or she is looking into an infinitely large room or a deep corridor. Such a mirror will perfectly complement the modern, industrial or club arrangement of the bathroom and hall.
There are many ways to make decorative use of mirrors. Inspiration is worth looking for in art. Three rectangular or square mirrors are enough to make a kind of polyptych out of them. In painting, this name is used to describe a painting painted on several planes. These planes are arranged next to each other. Likewise, you can hang mirrors. They should have the same height and narrow, uniform frames. Mirrors can be placed next to each other in a short but even distance. If the room is small and the walls are close together, mirrors can be hung on three walls. The practical benefit of such a solution is that then we will see our reflection from three different perspectives. In order to achieve the desired effect, it is necessary to take care of precision, mirrors must be hung at the same height, at the same intervals from each other.
The multiplication effect can also be used in other ways, for example, to lay a mosaic of small, regular mirrors on the wall. In this case, it is best to choose frameless mirrors. One wall may also have mirrors of the same shape, for example round, but in different sizes.
Lovers of minimalist aesthetics, who do not confine themselves to its simple shapes, can play with contrast. Among the elements of equipment, the form of which is subordinate to the function, there may be one maintained in a diametrically different style. For example, it could be a decorative mirror in a gold or silvery frame with irregular Baroque shapes. Such a convention game can bring interesting results, will certainly give the interior a unique character.
The mirror can be integrated into wall-mounted portraits and photos. To achieve the desired effect, place both the mirror and the photo in the same or similar frame. A person who sees his or her reflection in the mirror will find himself or herself among the other images on the wall.
When we get bored with white office writing boards or notes attached to the fridge, we can start taking notes on the mirror. Special coloured, washable glass pens are available for sale. They can be used to make notes and drawings. This way, the mirror will look different every time. The pens can be wiped off the mirror with a dry sponge.
Mirrors, especially in rooms where they are not usually placed, can make some people feel uncomfortable. To prevent this, mirrors in the living room or bedroom can be partially covered. For this purpose, it is worth looking for solutions such as ethnic curtains woven using the macramé method or decorative uplifted, perhaps translucent, fabrics, revealing only part of the mirror.
A dirty mirror with visible streaks will not perform its function properly. The reflection in it is usually blurred and distorted. However, the dirty surface of the mirror is not very aesthetically pleasing. Keeping your mirrors clean is not difficult. Wash them like any other glass surface with a glass cleaner and a washer that adheres precisely to the surface of the glass and removes excess foam and water from it. Vinegar diluted in water (at a ratio of 1:4) may be used instead of the liquid. After washing, the mirror should be wiped and polished with a paper towel, preferably with circular motions. If the mirror frame is wooden, dust should be wiped off with a dry cloth, and special wood preservatives should be used for impregnation and care. Note that such mirrors, unless the frame is made of exotic wood species, should not be hung in rooms with high humidity (such as bathrooms and kitchens, for example).