The first mirrors were made around two and a half millennia ago from highly polished metals like copper and silver. In the Middle Ages, people progressed to using glass mirrors. The craft of mirror making has come a long way since then, as you can see from our wonderfully varied and extensive range of decorative mirrors. A mirror is a brilliant accessory for adding a sense of depth, space and light to a hallway as its reflective surface will turn a cramped space into somewhere that seems much larger and full of light. And, of course, mirrors have a functional purpose, too, enabling you to see clearly what you look like before you head off to work or to socialize. Whether you want a beautiful makeup mirror for your bedroom, a clean looking frameless bathroom mirror, or an ornate mirror for a glamorous hallway or resplendent dining room, you will find exactly what you need in this range. Read on to find some suggestions for ways to install mirrors in your home, and a few inspiring ideas for types of mirrors you might like to explore.
A huge oval mirror in a sumptuous frame creates a wonderful centerpiece for a master bedroom, a dining room or a sitting room. Choose something with filigree effects, crystal elements or elegant wooden carvings for maximum opulence. An over mantle mirror is, of course, a traditional feature in a grand living room, and you can add an instant touch of charm to your home by hanging a curiously wrought mirror above a fireplace or a hall table. A mirror can be a work of art in its own right, and the addition of an ornate mirror is a fantastic way of decorating your home.
When selecting a mirror that is going to be a decorative centerpiece, make sure to think about how it will fit in with the wallpaper, carpets and other furnishings in the room. A big, burnished gold frame for your mirror will look classically elegant when paired with cream carpets, white walls and dark wooden beams, for example. However, the same mirror frame will have more of a glam and decadent effect when it is placed in a room dominated by pink or light green hues. Though a black mirror frame is always a great choice as it will fit in with any kind of decor, it is definitely worthwhile exploring other frame colors and styles as finding the perfect frame design can totally transform a room.
The hallway is the space where your guests may linger as they take off their shoes, fix their hair before heading in to your house party, or chat to you as they take your leave after a dinner in your home. As such, it is crucial to make your hallway as welcoming as possible with some fresh paint, some attractive art on the walls, a handy hall table and - of course - a handsome mirror. Even a small round mirror, placed at one end of your hall, will make your hallway look twice as long as it does without the mirror. In addition, your guests will definitely thank you for providing them with a handy mirror so that they can see how they look on entering and leaving your home. Place a gorgeous lamp beside or above the mirror to ensure that you give your hall maximum illumination, as the mirror will reflect the beams of the lamp and create a resplendent effect.
When you are trying on outfits, it always helps to have a large standing mirror close by. A big beveled or cheval style mirror is ideal for placing in a corner of your bedroom so that you can model all of those carefully selected outfits with ease. Opt for something with a simple dark polished wooden frame for a rustic effect or try a mirror with a modern mosaic frame if that fits in better with the decor in your bedroom. We have a great selection of tall mirrors for dressing in front of, whether you want a standing swing mirror or something in an appealing rectangular frame that can be affixed to the wall beside your wardrobe. Some mirrors can even be provided with dramatic curtains so that you can pull a cord and reveal the mirror in all its glory whenever you need to use it.
You can also place a dressing material inside your wardrobe. For example, if you have a large full-length wardrobe that opens with a hinged wooden door, a tall rectangular mirror can be screwed in to the inside of the door. This is so convenient when you are choosing outfits and trying to decide which one looks best on you.
Another interesting option to explore here is a foldout standing mirror, which consists of three large hinged panels that can be adjusted to suit your needs. This type of mirror can also double as a changing screen. Another advantage of any kind of fold out mirror, moreover, is the fact that the surface of the glass can easily be tilted to experiment with different kinds of lighting or to enable you to focus on one particular part of your outfit.
One great way to add a chic touch to your bedroom is to install a makeup mirror that is illuminated all round the frame with outsized light bulbs. This will make doing your hair and makeup as easy as can be and will also capture the essence of retro Hollywood charm. Even a small square mirror will look instantly glamorous with the proper illumination, and you can custom make your mirror by winding fairy lights around it instead of light bulbs. Moreover, if you want to be able to see every detail of your face as you get ready for work or for that all important party, make sure to check out our collection of magnifying mirrors. Some of these come in swing mirror form so that the front of the mirror will give you a 'regular' mirror effect whilst, when the mirror is swung round to show the other side, it will magnify your reflection by 5x, 10x or even 20x. Keep the mirror brightly polished so that you can enjoy a satisfying experience every time that you sit down to perfect your makeup.
A bathroom without a mirror is so hard to navigate. Whether you are shaving or putting in contact lenses, styling your hair or applying a facemask, a bathroom mirror is absolutely essential. We have mirrors to suit all types of bathrooms, from futuristic looking metal framed mirrors for ultra modern bathrooms to oversized wooden mirrors for ample sized, historic looking bathrooms. Our bathroom mirrors are all very easy to keep clean and hygienic, which of course is very important in the often damp and steamy environment of the bathroom.
Whether you have a classic blue or white bathroom or something that would look better with eye catching and contemporary bright yellow home decor accessories, our selection of mirrors is sure to have something that will fit right in. Some people like to have an oval or rectangular full-length mirror installed in the uttermost end of their bathroom. This is particularly useful if it is your custom to get dressed in the bathroom. When browsing bathroom mirrors, then, it definitely pays to think about how you are going to use the bathroom, how a mirror might enhance this room, and what types of frames and styles will best suit your bathroom decor.
Whilst we do have plenty of luxurious mirrors from top designers for sale, we also appreciate that sometimes all that you need is a budget friendly, functional mirror that will help you to get ready in the morning. And so, we have also put together an inspiring collection of affordable mirrors. Some of them are simple and frameless (and thus ideal for guest bathrooms or downstairs toilet facilities), whilst some are wonderfully colorful. Many even come in pretty wacky designs. So, if you are decorating on a discount, do not hesitate to check out this exciting range. There is no reason why you cannot achieve a gorgeous look for your living space without breaking the bank.
The above tips and ideas for using mirrors are all applicable to residential properties. However, our mirrors are also superb choices for people who want to decorate their bar, hotel, restaurant or office. For example, you could bulk buy a large batch of circle shaped mirrors to install in your hotel bathrooms to ensure that they all have a unified design. Or, you might want to choose a gleaming oval mirror in a delicately carved golden frame to hang above the fireplace in your hotel bar, to enhance its unique rustic feel. Spaces where employees need to get ready - such as dressing or locker rooms - should always have mirrors installed for convenience. And, if you run a gym or a swimming pool it is a good idea to at least install a few rectangle shaped mirrors in each of the changing rooms.
Hanging on the wall, perched on a nicely polished hall table, or standing in the corner of a bedroom: these are all traditional ways to display the mirrors in your home. However, there are also plenty of ways to get creative with mirrors if you would like to. For example, a wall completely covered with mirror tiles can be a cool addition to a modern bathroom. A mirror can also be a fun alternative to a glass tabletop. You can install mirrors on the ceiling of a bedroom or a large dining room to create a sense of space. Many restaurants, moreover, create a wonderfully spacious effect by placing large rectangular materials over the entirety of one wall - including placing mirrors over the doors. Or, you can create a mirror 'box' that is made up of 6 square mirrors assembled together to form a cube. This 3D style mirror is great for placing in the center of a large bathroom or in a communal changing area as it enables several people to stand around and use the mirror at once without getting in each other's way. So why not start to think a little creatively about the placement of mirrors in your home or business?
Not all mirrors are made from plain glass. If you want to create a fun effect, you can always explore the exciting world of mirrors that have glass with a light blue, pale green or rose gold tint. These types of mirrors have more novelty, decorative value. But, they can definitely add an enchanting effect to a bedroom or bathroom, especially when they are matched up with an elegantly shaped, gleaming metal frame. A rose tinted mirror in a silver frame is great for giving your bedroom the magical, decadent feel of an eighteenth century boudoir, for example.
There are so many reasons to add a mirror to any room in your house. The addition of a carefully chosen mirror, will help to make your hallways seem more spacious, add a touch of opulence to a master bedroom, enable people to shave in your bathroom with the utmost ease and ensure that you can see yourself full length in your party dress before you head out to enjoy yourself. Our range of mirrors is so inspiring to browse: you are sure to get plenty of ideas for your home as you sort through the extensive collection of mirrors available here, ranging from the rustic to the contemporary, the simple to the truly decadent!