How To Choose The Perfect Mirror
How to select the perfect mirror for your space
1. Quality. Make up your mind to only buy quality constructed mirrors. Inferior quality may seem like a bargain, but in the long run, it's never worth the money you seemingly save. When you hang a mirror in your home, or a picture for that matter, you need to know it is safe to do so. Will it really be a bargain, for example, if it comes crashing down on top of your painstakingly prepared thanksgiving dinner or God forbid your treasured family and guests? Not so much, eh? Believe me, I've seen the horror on the faces of folks dragging these so called, 'bargains', to my shop in the hopes that I can fix them. Unfortunately, plastic is plastic, and it just can't be trusted or repaired. So, lesson number one is buy quality, wood constructed framed mirrors that don't melt over the heat from fireplaces, candles, or direct sunlight through window glass.
2. Size. Measure twice, buy once. Look at your space. Decide how much area you want the mirror to cover both height (top-to-bottom) and width (side-to-side). Get a pencil if you need to and mark a light line where you think the borders should be. Just a short dash is all that is necessary, and make sure it is light enough to be erased later on. Get a tape measure and measure the dimensions (height and width) and do it at least twice, three times for 'good measure' if you aren't used to using a tape measure. Write the measurements down, on a pad, or notebook that you will carry with you when you shop.
3. Taste. Look at your furnishings around the area. What type of wall is it going on? Is it a wood-paneled wall? Is it a painted wall? Is it a brick wall? This will help you determine what type of mirror will look best in your space. If you are looking for guidance this is the information that a designer will need to know when helping you select your mirror. Be ready to describe your space and the furnishings in it if you need design tips. Is it a dressy, formal space or a rustic, more relaxed area? The more information you have, the better. For example, is it for your dining room buffet, is it going over a sofa, a bathroom vanity, or a fireplace mantle or is it just to balance out another area of your home? Try to get a visual of what type and style of frame the mirror needs to be in to make your unique setting look it's best. Frames are available in many styles, sizes and shapes, and it's easy to get overwhelmed if you don't have a general idea of what you need before you start shopping.
4. Budget. Have a general idea of how much you can comfortably afford to spend but don't be so rigid that you wind up dissatisfied with your purchase. I've seen people that had three hundred dollars budgeted, but fell in love with a four hundred dollar model, instead. They stuck to their guns and bought the budget friendly model but were never completely satisfied and ended up regretting it. They should have waited and saved the money to buy what they absolutely loved to begin with. A quality mirror will be a part of your life for years, and years, so buy what you absolutely love, even if you have to wait a little longer to get it. There are plenty of sites that can give you ideas on how much to budget depending on the style and size mirror you need. Just remember to select the perfect mirror buy only quality construction. Search for and buy solid wood construction and real gold leaf mirrors to avoid potential safety hazards and skip the so called 'bargain' drama.
Just remember, when choosing your perfect mirror you should focus on quality construction.