Mirrors are one of the most important decorative elements of any interior design or home decorating scheme. A mirror is essentially an object which reflects an image. When focused directly through the lens of a camera or its projector, light which reflects off of a mirror will reveal a replica of whatever is in front of it. Mirrors inverse the direction of this image by an equal but opposite angle, thus reflecting light upon it in the exact opposite direction. The use of mirrors in interior design has been prevalent for centuries due to their ability to reflect and change the light, allowing rooms to appear larger and airy while hiding any flaws in the physical structure that may exist.
Mirrors in the bathroom appear larger than usual because they are placed in such a way as to focus and reflect light rays coming in through the vanity area, which is placed to the side. It makes them appear to recede from vanity, although this is not always the case, as the bathroom mirror’s shape can cause this effect. Mirrors placed on the left-hand side instead of the right-hand side are the ones that appear to shrink in size, while those placed on the right-hand side almost appear to expand. Therefore, it is important to understand the effects that mirror placement from Unley Glass has on the light to choose mirrors accordingly.
A mirror facing a wall will diffuse reflection; that is to say, the light reflected off of this mirrored surface will spread over a large area rather than focus on a narrow spot. A mirror with a smooth surface is said to have a diffuse reflection, while mirrors with an irregular surface have an edge to them; mirrors with a smooth surface but an irregular edge are referred to as being ‘asymmetrical’ and have an edge that is either very sharp or very soft. Mirrors with a very high degree of reflective quality (for example, those with very high coating thicknesses) will have a diffuse reflection, while mirrors with a low degree of reflectivity will have a sharp edge to them.
A convex mirror is one in which the mirror surface has a slight curve to it, allowing light rays to focus on a central point rather than spreading over a large area. For mirrors that are concave in shape, this is very helpful because the concave shape allows for the greatest reflection and the most flattering look. However, a convex mirror with an irregularity in shape will also allow light rays to focus on an area better served by a differently shaped mirror. Mirrors in Mirrors Adelaide with sharp or pointy sides also aid in the spread of light rays and help create an overall ‘widen’ appearance.
Mirrors are generally made of either glass or plastic, though some are made from special materials only. While mirrors can have any smooth surface, the most popular are either frosted or have a semi-glossy reflective surface. These mirrors from Unley Glass reflect light in a waveform, allowing the light to bounce back from the opposite sides. Mirrors are generally good at adjusting their reflecting power based on the intensity of their viewing angle and physical size. If a large mirror is placed near a bright window, it will help make the appearance of the window wider and thus better able to reflect the sunlight that comes through the window.