11 Nov All about mirrors
Confidently choose the right mirror for your room, your personal sense of style
At Pivotech, we nurture a healthy obsession with shower screens and wardrobes and spend a lot of time thinking about bathrooms and home storage.
We also spend a lot of time thinking about details and the finishing touches that really pull a room’s design together. Mirrors often make up one of the most practical design elements you can add to a room. They enhance any room in the home, not just the bathroom (although we are partial to how fantastically a Pivotech concealed frame mirror complement Pivotech shower screens).
A mirror can make a room look bigger, brighter and more interesting. Although they’re an easy choice, mirrors aren’t always a simple choice. We compiled a guide to mirrors to review the various features you’ll want to consider.
Mirrors, an introduction
The right mirror contributes functionality and style to your home. Mirrors come in a variety of forms, each one satisfying a different purpose. You’ll want to consider the size of the space you have available and what will meet your needs.
- Wall mirrors and mirror panels require a lot of wall space but bring more light and the illusion of more space to halls, dining areas and bathrooms.
- Small, swing-arm mirrors offer a great option for finer, more detailed tasks, like applying make-up. When not in use, just tuck them away.
- Mirrored panels on wardrobe doors allows you to check your outfit as you dress.
- A standing mirror can be a statement piece with detailed design and bring a dash of panache to your bedroom.
Choose the type of mirror glass for your purpose
- silvered – the most commonly used mirror in homes
- antiqued – as the name indicates, the mirror has been treated, or “antiqued”, to give it an aged and distressed appearance
- concave – preferred for hand and swing arm mirrors, the glass has been curved inward and enlarges the reflection
- metal – made from a highly polished metal surface, these “mirrors’ can’t shatter
- plastic – these plastic coated reflective surfaces a great option for safety
Size up your options
If you want to make a room seen bigger, or add dramatic flair to a foyer, bigger is often better. Consider a floor-to-ceiling mirror or a wall-to-wall mirror panel for maximum impact.
Standing mirrors and cheval mirrors are large options suitable for the bedroom. They give you a head-to-toe view for dressing to perfection.
Vanity and swing-arm mirrors are small but mighty. They provide a close-up reflection for plucking eyebrows or applying cosmetics.
Measure your room accurately before purchasing, and be aware that mirrors tend to look larger once installed
Life and style
Looking for drama or glam or wow-factor in a room? Want to soften harsh angles of square, blocky furniture or create some right angles in a soft, billowy room? Make it happen with a mirror.
Start by measuring the wall space carefully and determining what size and shape will work with you, not against you. Mirrors look bigger after they’re installed. If head to the showroom without a clear sense of the size you want, you may overwhelm the room once it’s hung.
Squares, ovals or round; swirls, sharp angles, arches; ornate, minimalist or sleek. Mirrors can be found in almost every imaginable shape in order to meet every taste and design sensibility.
Mirrors with right angles, like squares or rectangles, work equally well with classic or contemporary room design.
Rounded mirrors soften sharp angles of a dining table, desk or mantel. They deliver a more graceful flow of energy by allowing the eye to smoothly glide over the mirror frame.
Make a style statement with a sculptural shape. Highlight tall ceilings with arched mirror frames.
Venetian mirrors bring a touch of high fashion and glamour.
The framed, the frameless and the lighted
An interesting frame speaks style volumes. Generally, mirror frames can be aluminium, wood, acrylic, tile, plastic or metal. The type of frame you choose will depend on your design goals and your design budget.
One option growing in popularity is to reclaim antique mirrors by adding a fresh, designer DIY frame. Not only does this inject more of your personal style, it allows you to recycle and save waste.
Pivotech’s concealed mirror frame is a gorgeous blend of the benefits of the framed and the frameless mirrors.
Like Pivotech’s semi-frameless and frameless shower screens, frameless mirrors work perfectly for minimalist design in modern spaces. Frameless mirrors allow for more usable mirror surface in smaller bathrooms. Plus, fewer nooks and crannies means they’re easier to clean.
Too many bathrooms lack good lighting. More and more, homeowners are working around this by installing a mirror with lighting incorporated into the frame.
More than merely reflecting an image back, you want the mirrors in your home to reflect your personal sense of style and still be very usable and functional.