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Mirrors Buying Guide

Mirrors Buying Guide

A Brief History

Mirrors we know today are very different from how they were in the middle ages. In these times they were just slightly convex disks of metal that reflected light off their extremely polished surfaces. The traditional method of putting aluminium or silver behind a flat sheet of glass came into use in Venice during the 16th century. The modern method of coating a glass surface with metallic silver was discovered in 1835 and current mirrors are made by spreading a thin layer of molten metal onto a plate of glass. Mirrors have been used for many years in households for decorative and functional purposes. Primary forms of mirror were hand mirrors, full-length frames did not appear until the 1st century. From the late 17th century mirrors were seen more as a decorative piece with frames made from ivory, silver or tortoiseshell.

Where is a Mirror Used?

Mirrors can come in any shape, which allows for the versatility of its use. From small mirrors used in make-up compacts to full-length mirrors in wardrobes. Inside the home mirrors are often used above fireplaces, above sinks in bathrooms and as part of dressing tables.

Features of a Mirror

Other than for decorative or reflective purposes, mirrors can be used to make a room look bigger by reflecting the space. They can make rooms appear more spacious and are especially good to use in narrow hallways to open the space up.

Choosing a Mirror

Matching a mirror to other furniture in your house is important. Look at the woods and colours already in your home and choose a frame, which complements these.If you want to buy a wall mirror then you must look at how much room you have. Freestanding mirrors are useful as you do not have to permanently fix it to your wall.

How to look after a Mirror

To clean a mirror without getting streaks it is best to use paper towels. Use either window cleaner, or if you don’t have any then vinegar works just as well and leaves your mirror extra shiny.