There’s evidence we used mirrors as long ago as 4,000 BC. Back then, they were made of polished black obsidian or metal adorned with intricate carvings.
Like the beautifully decorated mirrors of ancient times, a decorative convex mirror is more than just a practical furniture item. Their distinctive shape makes them more akin to an art piece than functional decor. This means they look as good in homes as in offices and other commercial spaces.
If you’re a commercial interior architect or designer looking for unique decoration ideas for your next client, read on.
Kitchens, especially staff kitchens in commercial buildings, can be dim spaces. They often boast small windows and cramped layouts—think galley kitchens in a city condo.
If positioned correctly, convex wall mirrors make for excellent light-boosting office or corporate decor. They reflect sunlight into a dark space, making it brighter.
Use a round-frame convex mirror to contrast and soften the harsh edges of countertops, cabinets, and floor or wall tiles.
Bathrooms, whether in corporate or commercial properties, are functional spaces with people using them daily. While the decor items placed in bathrooms need to be hardwearing and useful, there’s no reason why they can’t also be attractive.
Instead of going for a traditional square or rectangular mirror, why not choose a large round or oval convex mirror? It will add some character to what is usually a dull space.
As a bonus, due to their unique physical attributes, convex mirrors reflect the area of a face or body the user wants to focus on.
Every office needs an inspiring feature wall. It’s the perfect space for visitors and employees to take photos for social media in front of, making it a great marketing tool. In a home, feature walls add character to forgotten spots like stairwells and hallways.
Get creative with convex mirrors by creating a mirror gallery. This involves hanging dozens of the best mirrors you can find in all shapes and sizes on the wall. The more eclectic you make the arrangement, the better!
Waiting Rooms or Staff Lounges
Has a client tasked you to decorate their waiting room or staff lounges? Buy a mirror fitted with convex glass and hang it above the fireplace. It will become a focal point of the room and can be easily decorated to suit any festive season.
If the staff lounge in your latest commercial project is small or windowless, place an oversized convex mirror opposite the doorway. This will provide the illusion of more space inside the room.
Use a Decorative Convex Mirror in Your Next Design Project
Using a decorative convex mirror in an interior design layout can be challenging for even the most seasoned decor professional.
Given the unique attributes of this type of mirror, there are a few rules to follow: namely, use them sparingly (in most cases) and keep them small. But at the end of the day, you’re only limit is your imagination.
For more advice on using glass in interior design projects, contact the team at S. Albert Glass Co. They’ve been the go-to custom glass supplier for architects, interior professionals, and builders in the Washington, DC, area for over four decades.