Mirrors are a common sight in our homes, whether to provide an easy reflection-checking spot or just to act as design pieces to create a beautiful interior. Different styles of mirror can bring different effects and can match with different designs, from ancient, antique gothic furnishings to sleek, minimalist contemporary surroundings. But mirrors belong outside too! Both at home and at work, there are many opportunities to mount mirrors outside for style, function, or both! Let’s take a quick look into some of the best types of mirrors to use in various outdoor spaces:
In The Garden
Mirrors in the garden need to evoke a certain sense of fantasy and magic. The garden mirror must be a portal to another world, one occupied by all sorts of wonderous beasts! A large ornate or antique wooden mirror nestled amongst the trees or shrubbery is the perfect way to add a magical sparkle to your garden area! A metal mirror with a twisted or gnarled appearance could also work, either in a plain matt black or for a flashier effect, opt for a faded and antique finish on a brighter colour like gold or silver.
By The Patio
The patio or decking is your prime point for hosting friends and family outside for those summer parties and evening drinks. Creating a unique and interesting patio space can be challenging but adding a mirror to this space can really help, both to brighten the area and to provide an easy functional mirror for your guests to use. Try using a window mirror or an archway to feign the appearance of an extra entrance to your home; just don’t let your guests get too merry, or they may walk straight into it!
For Work Environments
Work environments employ the use of mirrors outside regularly, but there are almost exclusively used for function over style. The best mirror for your outdoor work environment depends on what your company does, but most often mirrors are used to provide an easy place for drivers and employees to scan the work area for obstructions or dangers. Convex mirrors outside warehouses, for example, allow large lorry drivers to see around corners and reverse safely out!