Mirror Types and Their Uses

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Mirrors and interior design go hand in hand. When using the services of Mirrors Sydney for interior design projects, it is helpful to know what is out there. There are many different types of mirrors, and they come in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

In fact, the better you know what’s out there, the better you can implement your knowledge in your interior design projects, and the placement and type of a mirror as well as the size and shape of it have a lot to do with the outcome of your project in many different aspects.

Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, you can add depth to a room, light to areas where there’s trouble with even lighting, antique looks, contemporary styles, elegance, and many other qualities.

In this article, I’ve outlined some of the main types of mirrors that are available, and some of their uses as well to help you fill out your interior design projects and get the exact effect that you want from your hard work.


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Most Popular Glass Types


First on the list, we have silvered glass. Silvered glass is simply a more direct term for the common mirror. Silvered glass refers to the type of glass that comes with a thin coating of silver nitrate, (a salt found in silver) and usually a layer of paint on the back.

This type of glass is used just about anywhere you can think of, and is also commonly used for interior design in homes and offices. Silvered glass is the most common used type of glass for accenting and decoration.


The most common type of silvered mirror, is a plane mirror, which is a flat surface. There are also curved mirrors, both concave and convex, as well as antique mirrors. The antique mirrors have a layer or tent at the back to achieve the effect of deterioration.

Just to give you a better idea of what the difference between concave and convex is, a concave mirror reflects light inward to a focal point. The concave mirror is also known as a converging mirror. It bulges inwards, and they are used to focus light for the most part.

Concave mirrors also make good mirrors for grooming, because they provide a magnified image, and they show different image types depending on their distance from an object.

If you wish to use a concave mirror, and your desire is to focus the light to a designated area, there are ray diagrams online available to be able to gauge exactly where your focal point is and exactly how to position your mirror to reach the desired effect.

Convex mirrors bowls outwards, providing a wider field of view, and projecting the light outward. The passenger-side window of your car is most likely a convex mirror. Convex mirrors are also the same mirrors used for security and convenience stores, office buildings, grocery stores, and at the end of hallways to broaden things.

Convex mirrors were a popular luxury item in the 15th century, and they were known as “sorcerer’s eyes”, or banker’s eyes because of the broad field of view they provide for security.

There are also non-reversing mirrors, acoustic mirrors, and two-way mirrors, but they are less commonly used, and more project specific types of mirrors. For instance, two-way mirrors are used in police stations, so that you can only see through from one direction, and acoustic mirrors are used to distribute sound instead of light.

Non-reversing mirrors on the other hand do exactly what they say they show you your image without the image being reversed like the common mirror. This effect is created by placing two mirrors perpendicular to each other.


Various Mirror Sizes

Mirror size are important factor when you’re decorating different areas. For instance, a larger mirror will give an expanding effect to a smaller room, while a wide wall mirror or leaning mirror will expand the room as well. Anytime you want to make a room look like it has more room in it, try a big mirror.

Smaller mirrors are very good for grooming, makeup application, shaving, and the like. Smaller mirrors are also very useful for patterns, designs, Feng Shui and make easy decorations for any area of the house.

Smaller and larger mirrors are also quick fixes for blemishes or damages if they are at a height where it makes sense to use a mirror.


Frames and Frameless Mirrors

Frameless mirrors are the most common ones used in creating patterns and designs with multiple mirrors. Modern and contemporary designs both implement the use of frameless mirrors, and they come with or without beveled edges, which are made to mimic the effect of a frame anyway.

Frameless mirrors are a favorite of many, and frameless mirrors work well in bathrooms because they provide a larger mirror surface.

Mirrors with frames are great because along with the incorporation of a frame, comes the addition of many different styles and colors to choose from.

Frames are mostly made of resin, wood, tile, metal and acrylic, and metal and wood frames are usually a bit priceyer than the resin acrylic lens. Wood frames and metal frames are the best ones to buy for durability.

In the, whether you want to use framed mirrors or frameless mirrors is going to be a preference issue, or a vanity issue in most cases. Most people choose between the two, because they either like them better, or they better fit the job. Just use your better judgment, and you will always come out good.


Lighting Enhanced Mirrors

Built-in lighting is in effect that is commonly found in bathroom and vanity mirrors, and these types of mirrors make excellent displays, and they are the best mirror to use for personal grooming rituals. There is usually lighting on the top, the bottom, or surrounding the mirror, depending on the style chosen.

For each project, you should put a good amount of time and consideration into choosing the appropriate mirrors, because in the end mirrors can make or break a design. The good thing is, for the most part, whatever you feel belongs there, probably does.

One thing a lot of decorators and amateur decorators. Both could agree on, is that the concept of adding a mirror to your interior design project usually comes right along with exactly where to put it. I hope this article helps!