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Mirrors Shopping Guide

Looking at ourselves in the mirror is something we do at least once a day, at least for those who care at all for how they look. It's a valuable piece of furniture that has to be in your home. Unless you’re like Narcissus and you'd rather gaze at a pool of water. That's another story.

Mirrors can be more than just looking glasses. They are also accent pieces that will bring a different perspective to any room. If these versatile furnishings are what your space needs, then this guide will help you make mirror shopping an enjoyable and stress-free activity.

1. Determine what you will be using the mirror for. Mirrors have multiple uses. Aside from serving as looking glasses, they can also be used as decorative pieces. If you want a decorative mirror, select one with an interesting frame that adds character to your home atmosphere. The design can either complement your theme or round it out nicely.

Mirrors can also be used to bring in more light to spaces with limited lighting. A carefully positioned piece will maximize light in dark areas. You'll need ones that can be tilted at various angles to be able to take advantage of the light source. Get larger mirrors to light up more space.

If you have a small space, use mirrors to give an illusion of a bigger room. A large mirror on one wall would make your room look twice as big.

2. Get an idea of the size of mirror you want. If you're planning to get a wall mirror, measure the space where you want to put it. If you want a mirror that comes with a dresser or a vanity, what size would make use of your space wisely? A large room would look sparse with a small wall mirror. Similarly, a small room would look crowded with a gigantic dresser with a mirror on top. Get an estimate of the size you need if you can’t get the exact measurement.

3. Choose a style that goes well with the rest of your furnishings. A beautiful vintage piece would look out of place in a modern home design, no matter how exquisite it looks. To make it easier on you, shop for a mirror according to the style you want. Choose from modern styles to rustic country designs. Make sure that the piece you choose will not stick out awkwardly amidst your other furnishings.

4. Budget is an important consideration. It determines the kind of mirror you get. Pieces with hardwood frames cost more than those with engineered wood frames. However, they’re a durable investment and can be passed on to your children. Ornately designed pieces would be more expensive than simple ones that sport a contemporary style. But then don't limit yourself to what your budget can accommodate. Look for sales and promos to take advantage of. Research the best deals so that you can get what you want at a price you can afford. It requires a little patience and time, but your effort will be well worth it.

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