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15 Cool Ways to Use Mirrors in Your Home

15 Cool Ways to Use Mirrors in Your Home

Use Custom Mirrors to Light Up and Expand Your Space

Mirrors are one of the most forgiving ways to add style to a space. They do double duty by bringing in more light and adding a more open feel at the same time. Unlike windows, mirrors can easily be moved to update their reflection and effect on a room.

Ask any interior designer and they’ll tell you that one of the best ways to bring more light into a space is to add a mirror. Size and placement matters of course, but mirrors are such a forgiving addition to home décor that it’s hard to go wrong. Mirrors are simple to keep clean with a feather duster and a spritz of glass cleaner now and then, and the variety of sizes and shapes available make it easy to match your personal style.

At Budget Glass, we offer custom standard or beveled edge mirrors, as well as a variety of sizes ranging from 18×24 to 36×72. Choose from clear mirrors, tinted mirrors or even an etched design.

High-quality mirrors from Budget Glass are ideal for use in bathrooms, on closet doors, workout rooms, outdoor spaces and more.

15 Ways to Use Mirrors in Your Home

  1. Use in place of artwork – Instead of hanging yet another print or painting, hang a mirror! Framed or unframed, ornate or simple, it will add light to a dim room and help anchor the furniture.
  2. Use on adjacent walls – Let mirrors play off each other to brighten up a space. This will help a room (like a bedroom) feel more spacious.
  3. Use outdoors in a small patio or yard to add the feeling of more space Place a mirror at an angle that will reflect greenery or blue skies. You can even grow a vine around it for a “secret garden” feel.
  4. Use at the end of a narrow hallway to bring in more light and make it feel more spacious – Use a single large mirror to avoid a funhouse mirror effect.
  5. Hang a small framed mirror by the front door – Use it for a quick check before you leave the house. You can also add a full-length mirror for a complete once-over.
  6. Frame a mirror with a deep square or rectangular frame – This creates a mirror that will do double duty as a shelf.
  7. Add an ornate or framed mirror to a gallery wall Mix an attractive mirror in with artwork to add more visual interest to the space.
  8. Group similar sized mirrors together for a fun look Circle shaped mirrors are great for this since they can be hung in virtually any configuration without the design getting too picky.
  9. Place a mirror in between windows to add the illusion of additional windows If a window is oddly placed (talk to us, we can help solve your window problems) you can add balance to the room by “faking” it with a mirror.
  10. Add a framed mirror with a pop of colour – Bring instant visual interest to a bedroom, kitchen or living space. A bright red, cobalt blue or sunny yellow can add vibrancy to your home.
  11. Use a mirror as a centrepiece above a mantel – This adds instant style and as with furniture, will anchor the mantle as a focal point whether you prefer clean lines, an ornate metal framed piece, or anything in between.
  12. Add drama with oversized or floor to ceiling mirrors – This works especially well to open up a small bathroom.
  13. Add a mirror adjacent to something you want to see reflected – If used outdoors, it could reflect a water feature. Indoors, it could reflect a window or a favourite piece of art.
  14. Create an eye-catching pattern or mosaic – Play with shapes and textures and create an eye-catching design for that special place in your home.
  15. Let a mirror do double duty as a timepiece – A useful clock-turned mirror with clean lines is a thing of beauty.

 

Tips for Decorating with Mirrors

  • Hang mirrors at about eye level, with the center of the frame no less than 48-50” from the floor. If you’re very tall, hang the mirror so the centre point is around 65” from the floor.
  • When used as wall décor, mirrors should be two-thirds the size of the wall it is hanging on, or of the piece of furniture that it’s above.
  • Hang the mirror so the bottom is about 2-4” from the top of the shelf or furniture, so it appears as a cohesive part of the scene you’ve created with furniture and décor items.
  • Consider what the mirror will reflect. As well as adding visual interest, whatever the mirror reflects should make you smile when you see it.
  • Heavy mirrors should be hung by professionals. Our team at Budget is experienced with these more delicate installations.
  • If you’re DIY’ing the mirror installation, ensure that it’s straight by using a laser or bubble level. Mark the placement with a pencil before drilling any holes.
  • Use a wall hanger or picture hook on each end so the mirror will hang flat to the wall.

When you need custom mirrors created to fit a specific room in your home, the glass experts at Budget can help. We provide and install mirrors for a variety of spaces, offer a variety of pre-cut sizes and can cut custom sizes complete with openings for fixtures and outlets. Contact our staff today to discuss sizing, texture and placement for your custom mirror.

10 Jan 2018
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Three Easy Ways to Add More Natural Light to Your Office

There have been countless studies that prove natural light in the workplace helps foster more productivity and better overall health of employees. It has been proven that office workers who have more exposure to light have better sleep quality and a better overall mood. So, if your office is lacking in the natural light department, windows are your answer.

Here are three easy ways to up your office’s natural light exposure with windows.

  1. Add a Transom Window
    A transom window rests on a horizontal beam above a door frame or an already existing window. This type of window was originally used to add additional light without exposing the room to the prying eyes of outsiders. Today, we suggest adding a transom window to increase natural light in any room. In our opinion, the more windows the better.
  2. Add Mirrors
    Similar to our previous post on using mirrors to brighten any room in your home, the same can be said for mirrors in your office space. You can install large mirrors across from existing windows or in dark corners of your office to reflect even more light from outside.
  3. Pay Attention to Lighting
    Overhead fluorescent lighting is common in most workplaces, which can really put a damper on the overall well being of your employees. To combat this, we suggest boosting brightness with soft and subtle lighting that can be adjusted to work with existing natural light from glass windows. Essentially, you are enhancing the natural light coming into your office instead of blocking it. Place ambient lighting in dark areas of the workplace where natural light doesn’t reach such as hallways or small corners.

If your commercial office space is looking more like a dungeon, than a place that fosters productivity and healthy well being, it might be time to consider adding more windows to your office.

Contact us today and we can help you work out a plan to boost natural light through energy efficient windows and mirrors that will take your office out of the dark ages.

02 Oct 2017

5 Ways Mirrors Make Any Space Feel Bigger & Brighter

Mirrors in your home or business serve a lot of purposes. As decorative pieces they offer a clean and shiny look, but even more, they can create optical illusions. When placed correctly, mirrors can drastically increase the feel of a room by making it seem bigger and brighter.

Give your space a facelift with these 5 mirror tricks:

1. Mirrors in your home create texture.

You can add texture to your room by either installing mirrors with a textured frame, or  by simply positioning your mirror in a spot that reflects a textured object elsewhere in the room. This is a handy trick to add to extra “furnishings” without actually having to purchase more decor.

2. Mirrors in your home create the illusion of space.

Bigger isn’t always better, except when using mirrors to make a space seem larger. The simple formula is: the bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to fabricate. You can enhance this optical illusion even more by facing your mirror opposite a window. Reflecting the outdoors will bring in lovely natural light.

3Mirrors in your home improve light.

This tip is all about placement. Try installing your mirrors across from a window. As mentioned above, it will bring in a lot more natural light into the room and allow you to create the perfect angle of light allowing it to bounce throughout the room for added brightness.

4. Mirrors in your home can fake a window.

By placing a floor-length mirror in between two windows, you can fool the eye into thinking there are three windows instead of two.

5. Mirrors in your home – adjacent walls.

This tactic really makes a statement. By lining two adjacent walls with mirrors, they end up bouncing the light off of each other and around the room. This design works really well for restaurants, stores, and other gathering areas where you want to create the illusion of a bigger crowd.

So before you grab the sledgehammer and start knocking down walls, try a mirror first. We think you’ll be pretty surprised at how positively deceiving they can be.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you maximize your space with mirrors