Unlike the popular function of it, mirrors can also serve as an artistic touch to any room of the house. In fact, it is a widely known trick for designers and decorators all over the globe. Some even consider it a vital part of any design or style, for it aesthetically enhance an interior with the use of stylish frames. An interesting addition to a blank space in room mirrors also has many benefits for the room and its occupants as well. Mirrors bring light and depth into rooms, like decorative windows—which you can move around and change locations as you like.
Mirrors reflect and emphasize views and colors from art and/or adjacent walls creating special effects,” Celia Berliner, a designer says. “The mirror itself becomes the artwork in this minimal setup,” she adds.
No matter where you put one, mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, make space look bigger, and open up a room. A mirror can help focus the eye in a room, but it can also let the occupants of a room feel grounded.
Mirrors can be an art form, developed for it to suit better in the interior design category. Different types of decorative mirrors were produced, with different looks, styles, and functions namely: backlit, designer, and framed.
The backlit mirror is one of the most popular mirror types. They are usually installed in bathrooms, which uses LED lighting tubes that sit behind the mirror, outlining its perimeter. It gives off a subtle but sufficient light that makes it easier to shave, apply makeup or do whatever it is that requires a well-lit reflection. Through the LED lights, the mirror can create a glow, which can be a standout light source in the bathroom, giving off a relaxing ambiance.
Some people hate it when they hang lights directly over the mirror in their bathroom—it’s a necessity, but can be an eyesore most of the time. Also, they can take up valuable head space in a bathroom with low ceilings.
The subtle lights from the mirrors outlines can make the mirror stand out and come off the wall, creating a layer of depth, but still enough to let people use it for makeup, hairstyling, and other essential activities inside the room. At the same time, the lights behind the mirror give it depth, another dimension which makes the bathroom become more interesting and beautiful.
Because backlit mirrors are often powered by LED lights rather than incandescent ones, they use much less energy and last longer than ordinary light bulbs would.
Designer mirrors are mirrors specifically made to be an accent piece in any room. It can be designed as elaborately or as simply, depending on the preference of the buyer. Usually, they are placed in rooms which can showcase their grandeur, such as the living room or dining room.
There are many themes or motifs of a designer mirror, such as contemporary, custom color, ornate, traditional, or transitional.
Framed mirrors are to be taken in its most literal sense, it is a mirror enclosed a frame for more artistic value. The frames vary from the material, design, size, etc. It can be made of wood: most commonly ash, basswood, cherry, maple, oak, poplar, and walnut. Some can be made of metals—such as steel, silver, and gold. The frames can be hand carved, or machine carved, finished, or gilded.
Framed mirrors can accentuate the motif and overall decoration of the house, or stand alone as an accent focal point in a blank space or wall in any room.