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Mirror Buyer's Guide

How to Choose an Affordable Wall Mirror

Compared to most other home décor items, finding an affordable wall mirror or decorative mirror is pretty easy. There are only a few things you need to consider, and it all starts with where you want to put your new mirror.

Common Mirror Locations

Let’s take a look at some of the most common places you might want to hang a mirror:

  • Bathroom
  • Entryway
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Living Room

With regard to style, you may find some overlap in a few of these categories, but every mirror has its place and where you put it is just as important as why…

Mirror Use & Effective Location

Once you start to get a feel for a style that suits the room, you should consider how you intend to use the mirror. Here are some common uses:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Make Small Rooms Feel Larger
  • Add Light
  • Reflect Light
  • Reflect Specific Objects
  • Cosmetic Distraction
  • Décor Only

Chances are good that you’ll use your mirror in at least a few different ways, but you can sum it up by answering this question: Do you intend for the mirror to be the focus, or will you use it to focus attention on something else (e.g., the room, your reflection, art, a light fixture, etc.)?

Filtering Out Mirror Styles

Both wall mirrors and decorative mirrors come in a wide range of designs, and deciding what looks best in your home depends on just two things:

  • Your Design Preference
  • Your Home/Décor Style

Rectangular, round, modern or traditional, mirrors come in literally thousands of shapes and designs. Don’t let this overwhelm you. It’s simple to filter out the mirrors that won’t work.

You can choose to match the mirror’s surroundings or use it in contrast to the prevailing style. In many cases, this is when the fairest mirror of them all will let you know, so to speak.

Popular Mirror Sizes

The most popular wall and decorative mirror sizes fall in a range of approximately 23-33 inches wide and 30-40 inches tall. Choosing the best mirror size for your space will depend on these three factors:

  • Wall Size
  • Intended Use
  • Stud Support
  • Of course, mirrors come in near-infinite dimensions, but weight and cost likely factor into size popularity as much as wall space or design.

    A Note on Mirror Thickness & Quality…

    Generally, mirror quality is judged by its thickness – and the thicker the better. A thicker cut means a stronger piece of glass, at the very least; in theory, anyway.

    Naturally, there are many more ways to judge mirror quality than on thickness alone. There is the glass component and there is the reflective component, and both can have a range of flaws; however, mirror manufacture has become so standardized that in most cases only a pro could spot a difference.

    It’s important to note, though, that thickness is not necessarily an indicator of performance. A thicker mirror may be more durable than a thinner mirror, but the reflection will remain the same.

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