Mirror tiles and lightweight mirrors

Mirror tiles are cheaper than sheet mirrors. To the quantity required add five per cent for cutting and breakages. Use an ordinary glass cutter to cut the tiles.

Fixing is with self-adhesive pads. These are pressure sensitive on each side and are placed at each corner on the back of the tile. There are usually four pads to the standard small tile. Larger tiles may have more fixing pads.

Remove the backing paper from the pads and press the tile firmly, but gently, on to the surface. The surface should be gloss painted as the tiles adhere more firmly to this type of surface. The slight resilience of the foam pads provides a degree of safety, since the tiles are not under tension once in position.

Mirror tiles are ideal for use in situations where a broken reflection does not matter and, in some cases, may give an unusual effect. As they can be easily cut, mirror tiles are useful where there are irregular areas.

There are several types of lightweight mirror. These are made of silvered acrylic sheeting. Available in thicknesses of 3mm and 6mm, the sheeting is unbreakable but scratches easily. For use as a mirror the 6mm grade is most useful as the 3mm sheet is really only strong enough for use as a decorative covering and not as a functional mirror.

Lightweight mirrors are useful in bathrooms as condensation does not form on the surface. It is also an advantage to use a lightweight mirror where the mirror is to be mounted on a door.

This type of mirror can be mounted on to 13mm chipboard and fastened with a double-sided tape or special acrylic sheet adhesive. The mirror is either fixed with mirror screws, the holes being drilled carefully with a blunt twist drill, or secured using impact adhesive. If the mirror is small, light self-adhesive pads can be used.

Mirror effects

The interior glass most often found inside the home is a mirror. Convention has tended to confine these largely to the utilitarian bathroom cabinet and the small, wall-hung mirror.

Large mirrors reflect light and give added dimensions to a room. For that reason, mirrored halls and galleries are to be found in many stately homes.

The trend today towards ‘compact’ modern living means that mirrors can be used to open out areas and create the feeling of dimension that is lacking in reality.

A dark, narrow hallway, decorated in light, receding colours, can be made to look much wider if one wall is covered with mirrors. Either sheet mirror or mirror tiles can be used. Not only will an extra sense of space be added, but all available light will be reflected, making the area brighter.

Small bathrooms can be made to look twice as large if one wall is a complete mirror. This gives a further illusion of space if the mirror is fitted flush between the joints of the ceramic tiles, or at right angles into the corners. Modern bathroom cabinets may have a mirror on one or on both doors. This idea may be extended to an entire wall of storage units, faced with mirrors.

A window alcove with a dull outlook may be made more interesting if blocked in and backed with a mirror or mirror tiles. Well-lit, it will provide a three-dimensional display area for attractive ornaments, glassware or plants.

An interesting feature can be made of alcoves, backed with a mirror, if lit with concealed lighting.

Mirrors can be placed between wall-mounted book shelves or behind shelving used for books and storage.

In the kitchen, especially in the small kitchen, a breakfast-bar area can be given added width by using a mirror-tile surround. This might extend the vista and prevent the ‘shut-in’ feeling of sitting close to a wall.

A mirror placed at the end of a dark hall will reflect light and increase the sense of width. The area under a stairway might be opened out, cleared of any clutter of cupboards, and turned into a mini-office and telephone area.

Mirror tiles used to face the wall area would help to reflect light and make an interesting feature of an otherwise dead area.

10. November 2011 by admin
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