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The Ultimate Guide To LED Mirrors

The Ultimate Guide To LED Mirrors

LED Mirror

LED mirrors come in many different shapes and sizes.  From small compact models to much larger bathroom mirrors, there is something for everyone and every need.  And with the many advantages of LED lighting, you can enjoy benefits and features that other mirror options can’t even come close to.

What Are LED Lights?

LED stands for: light emitting diodes.  Unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, LED’s use the movement of electrons to convert electricity to light.

The nature of LED’s offers some really big advantages to the consumer. While there are quite a few different choices, each with their own purpose and function, generally every mirror with LED lights will have the following benefits.

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-Save Electricity

Because they are much more efficient than other types of lighting, 300% more than fluorescent and 1,000% more than incandescent bulbs, they use much less electricity which means savings for you.

-Last For A REALLY Long Time

You won’t have to worry about needing to change bulbs. LED lights will last for many years and thousands and thousands of hours even when used all day long.

-A “Green Product”

The light they produce isn’t green, but they are an environmentally friendly product which doesn’t contain toxins or mercury.

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-Won’t Attract Pesky Insects

Since they don’t give off UV light, insects are not attracted to them as they are other types of lighting which is always a good thing!

-The Best Choice For Makeup

They emit light which is high quality, bright, and white.  And that makes them the top choice for makeup as all professional makeup artists know. If you don’t have the best quality light showing how you really look, you can’t make an accurate decision on the correct cosmetics to use.

-Shock Resistant

You won’t have to worry about your bulbs going out and needing to be replaced when there are vibrations or shocks like others would, as LED’s are very resistant to both.

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LED Mirror Options:

LED Bathroom Mirror/ LED Vanity Mirror

An LED bathroom mirror also sometimes called an LED vanity mirror is the perfect idea for anyone who wants an upscale look but also demands function. Instead of purchasing a standard bathroom mirror and then having to buy and install separate lighting, an LED bathroom mirror will give you both and with less hassle.

You won’t have to worry about replacing any bulbs for years to come, in many cases up to 40 or 50 years even with hours of daily use. And as LED lights are more efficient you will save money on your electric bill too.

These mirrors can look very elegant and are usually square, rectangular, or round. They come in many different sizes and both framed and unframed depending on your preference. Many people choose to go without a frame because they are really attracted to the fact that the lights are often around the perimeter of the outside edge of the mirror.

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When they are lit they give the appearance of the light itself framing the mirror. If the lights are set a few inches in from the edge they look as if they are framing the inside of the mirror, which can also be unbelievable appealing.

An LED backlit mirror like the one shown below is also another popular choice and as the lights are behind the mirror itself as opposed to in front they can look very luxurious. Not only do they look fantastic and help to drastically improve the look of your space, but many people also choose them for the fact that a mirror with LED lights will show true color.

Being able to show how you really look makes them superior to both incandescent and fluorescent lighting for applying makeup. They are also ideal for shaving as any man who has used one before can tell you, and of course for setting your hair too!

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LED Mirror Cabinet For Extra Storage

Many people love the idea of a LED vanity mirror but need more storage. If that’s the case, an LED mirror cabinet or medicine cabinet can make a great addition to your bathroom. A cabinet will give you a shallow space to conveniently keep items like medicine and toiletries.

The most common place to use on is above the bathroom sink that way the mirror can be used as the main bathroom mirror and all of your toiletries will be in easy reach when shaving, brushing your teeth, etc. Most LED mirror cabinets are lit only from the inside but some mirrors also have lights on the outside as well which can really add to their appeal.

Because the lights are operated by a sensor when you open the cabinet door the items inside will be lit up with soft ambient light, so you can quickly and easily find what you are looking for without any hassle.

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The size of the cabinet will determine how many doors it will have, as smaller options have one, larger choices will have two and possibly even three. The body of a typical cabinet is made from hi-grade aluminum which doesn’t rust and can be wall mounted or recessed into the wall if you want to save some space.

The shelving inside is usually made from glass which is adjustable and of course the number of shelves depends on the brand, size, and individual model. Some LED mirror cabinets have features like a concealed finger pull edge to prevent finger prints on the face of the mirror, a de-fogger, and a motion sensor on-off switch.

Another really handy one is an outlet inside the cabinet itself for charging things like electric shavers. Because your shaver is safely inside and not on the edge of a sink or counter top while charging you won’t have to worry about it falling and being damaged or broken. This is actually is a surprisingly common problem.

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LED Makeup Mirror

A makeup is mirror is typically a round or oval shaped two–sided mirror that sits on a stand and can be tilted to different angles. While one side is a standard 1x mirror with normal magnification, the other is magnified sometimes up to 15x however most people prefer somewhere around 5x- 10x.

This allows you to see your pores and skin very clearly. Some mirrors are not double sided and only have one. If this is the case the single mirror will be magnified. In the past without LED’s, lights would burn out quickly, get hot, and need to be replaced very often.

LED mirror lights on the other hand stay cool, use much less electricity, and last incredibly long. In fact many manufacturers swear by the fact that with LED’s you’ll never have to replace a bulb in your lifetime. The lights are installed around the perimeter of the mirror itself which really allows you to see your reflection very clearly no matter what the lighting in the room is like.

This makes them an invaluable tool for spotting blemishes, applying makeup, plucking unwanted hairs, general skin care, putting on contact lenses, and helping men to shave.

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Because they are most often used on top of a vanity, they are also sometimes referred to as LED vanity mirrors. Generally these mirrors have a stand and circular base made from metal with a number of different finishes like nickel, polished chrome, or bronze.

A smart move is to choose one which matches the fixtures of your bathroom if that’s where you are using it or the décor of your room. Some are made from plastic and you can even find mirrors that have a base made from acrylic for makeup storage.

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Wall mounted LED vanity mirrors are another option. They are a fantastic choice for someone who has very limited counter space or just likes the look. A wall mounted mirror is screwed into an adjoining wall and has either a swivel arm which can be folded back so it’s flat against the wall or extension arm which also saves space too.

A few mirrors have the option of being able to be used with a base, on the wall, and also as a hand mirror. There are even some mirrors which don’t screw into the wall but use a suction cup to adhere to it instead.

LED MirrorWhile many LED makeup lights are powered by an electrical cord plugged into an outlet, there are many battery powered models too which include both the table top and wall mounted variety. Not having to plug in your mirror makes it more portable and is often times way more convenient as where you are using your mirror may not always be in easy reach of an outlet.

It can also just be nice not having to deal with wires on a crowded vanity, table, dresser, or counter top. And of course you always have the option of using rechargeable batteries to make things even easier. Some models are actually rechargeable themselves and don’t need batteries, requiring a charge only every four or five weeks.

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While LED makeup mirrors are not tiny, they aren’t overly large either which makes them portable and easy to move, some people even bring them on trips however there are smaller travel-sized options. A portable vanity mirror is just like a full-sized one only smaller.

Usually they are also battery operated so you can use them anywhere. Some can run off of an AC adapter as well. They are also lighter in weight (because they the body and base are made from plastic) which is always a huge plus when travelling and the mirror and stand will be able to fold down into the base making it very small and easy to carry.

Many people use a portable mirror as their primary mirror at home so they can bring it on trips and not have to purchase more than one. It’s up to you!

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LED Compact Mirror

If you are going to be travelling you might also want to check out an LED compact mirror. These can either have one or two mirrors in a protective plastic case which fold down to close for easy storage and safe carrying.

They are either circular or square in shape and will have LED lights that are battery operated on at least one of the mirrors.  Some have them on both. Many models with two mirrors have one mirror which is magnified (some up to ten times) and another which is not; it depends on the specific model.

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An LED compact mirror is great for if you are going on a trip but also can be easily kept in your purse or even your desk at work. The them superb for applying makeup but also for plucking hairs, and even for men shaving.

Using one will guarantee that no matter how dim or even how bright a room is you will be able to see a true reflection of how you look that is both clear and well-lit. Usually you can use the plastic case as a stand and some mirrors will actually extend up pretty high for easy use.

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LED Infinity Mirror

An amazingly unique option is an LED infinity mirror. Unlike other mirrors these create an illusion that will have your guests totally perplexed. What’s the illusion? Just like their name suggests, it’s the illusion of infinity.

When it is turned off it functions as a typical mirror. However, when the LED lights are switched on, you see a tunnel of lights which appears to go on for infinity. Even more interesting, is the fact that when you move, the tunnel appears to move too! An LED infinity mirror can be a mind blowing piece of décor.

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The effect is created by using two mirrors one of which is fully reflective behind one that is partially reflective. The LED lights in-between these two mirrors are reflected successively creating the illusion of depth which really makes it look as if they go on forever into the space beyond your wall even though the two mirrors are only really a few inches apart.

Many LED infinity mirrors have features like infra red sensors that turn the lights on and off with the wave of a hand.  Some are battery operated while other plug into an outlet. There are also a wide variety of infinity mirror clocks, coffee tables, and even cocktail bars.


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As you can see, a mirror with LED lights is always the top choice when it comes to high quality lighting and getting the best reflection. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mirror for your bathroom, a compact one for makeup, or an infinity mirror used to make an optical illusion, they all will use less energy and provide soothing bright white light for whatever you choose to use them for. Once you go LED there’s no reason to have to change another bulb!

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The 5 Minute Guide To Standing Mirrors

The 5 Minute Guide To Standing Mirrors

Standing Mirror

A free standing mirror is a mirror which is not attached to the wall or a vanity. Instead it uses a base to stand upright on its own. There are few different types all of which can make an attractive and functional addition to your home as well as make your daily life easier.

Each type of mirror has its own unique strong points as they are designed for different uses. In general, a standing mirror is a fantastic choice if you are looking for a mirror which:

-Won’t Warp

Many mirrors which are screwed into the wall end up eventually bending or warping as a result. This can lead to a reflection which makes you look too thin or too fat. You always want a mirror which gives you a true reflection of yourself, not like something you would see in a funhouse; a standing mirror will give you that.

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-Allows You To See Your Full Reflection

There is nothing more annoying than having to stand on something, or back up really far to see your full refection, especially when looking at your outfit before leaving the house. Most standing mirrors are full length. This allows you to see your whole body as opposed to just part of it.

-Takes Up Very Little Floor Space

While some take up less than others, in general, their compact nature makes them ideal for anyone who does not have a lot of space. In fact many standing floor mirrors will take up less than a square foot, allowing anyone who has a small bedroom or lives in a studio apartment to enjoy all the benefits of a full length mirror.

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-Allow You To Free Up Wall Space

By using one instead of a wall mirror, you free up wall space for other décor like photos and paintings. Standing mirrors can also be a simple solution if you don’t have the wall space in the first place, for a full length mirror but still want to enjoy all the benefits of one.

Options Everyone Can Enjoy:

Floor Standing Mirror / Standing Floor Mirror

These are probably the most commonly seen type of free standing mirrors. They get their name from the fact that the frame will often directly rest on the floor. Some models have two short front legs under the frame. Floor standing mirrors are also supported by a foldable back frame similar to that of an easel. Many options will also have straps on the sides connecting the front and back for extra support.

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Floor standing mirrors are virtually all rectangular in shape. Usually they are found with frames made from wood in a variety of different stains and finishes. White standing mirrors along with black are extremely popular as they can easily match most décor.

Other materials such as metal are also available. A frame made from steel for example, can look unbelievably attractive with clean and sleek lines for someone who likes a minimalist or modern look.  Mirrors which are beveled can also be very appealing.

Most customers also appreciate the fact that the majority of floor standing mirrors require no assembly (the ones that do need only a minimal amount), allowing them to be used right out of the box!

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Standard size models usually are around 11”-14” wide to 51”-59” in height depending on the brand. Because they fold flat and are very thin, they are extra convenient should they have to be stored away in a closet or under a bed. Being lightweight also helps to make storage a cinch.

However, if you are looking for something bigger don’t worry, there are other options as well. Large standing mirrors normally are around 28”- 29” wide and from 72”- 77” high. A large free standing mirror can make for a stunning focal point particularly as many models can look much more expensive than they really are. Just remember to pick a frame color which matches or complements the décor in the room.

Standing Mirror

They also can be a very simple way to make a room appear bigger than it really is as they reflect more light due to their larger surface area compared with standard size models. This can also be a benefit if you want to add more light to a room as well! A large sturdy mirror like the one below can really make quite a big impression.

Standard size full length standing mirrors are most often used wherever you get dressed. For many people this is in the bedroom. The most common spot is in a corner which is perfect for the back frame, and makes use a place you would normally overlook.

Many people also use them in a spare bedroom which they use as a dressing room, in their walk-in closet, the hallway, and even the bathroom.  They also can be used in just about any narrow space if that’s what you need. Placing one in front of an unsightly wall panel or outlet is another smart idea.

Standing Mirror

A large free standing mirror would also work in the bedroom but also in the foyer or even dining room.  Leaning one against the wall is also an attractive way to go in any room. Some people even end up mounted them on their wall.

The choice is yours! And of course they are both also very popular with business owners who own boutiques and even salons.

Cheval Standing Mirror

Another option which falls into the standing mirror category is what’s commonly referred to as a cheval mirror. “Cheval,” means horse in French, and this type got its name for its distinctive base that has vertical bars held up by four feet, which resemble those of a horse. These have been popular since the 1700’s when they were invented, and for good reason.

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The design of cheval mirrors is not only different from floor standing mirrors by the fact that they have four feet, but also that the mirror and stand are two separate pieces. Making it more unique is the fact that the mirror itself is attached to the stand by a joint which can swivel.

This is one of the features which makes them so popular because it allows you to tilt the mirror to any angle you desire, enabling you to use it to see your entire body, or just part of it! Cheval standing mirrors also are an elegant stand alone piece of décor which can add to the look of any space.

Many are very reasonably priced and offer a fantastic return in beauty for their cost. Frames and stands come in a wide array of woods and also metal. When it comes to shape they are either oval or rectangular. Oval mirrors tend to portray a more antique or vintage look if that is what you are going for.

Some even have ornate carvings making more of an impression. Rectangular shaped ones can look very modern so you can definitely find one that will match your home. There are even mirrors made specifically for children.

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Because they are not one single piece, cheval standing mirrors will require some assembly. However, it is extremely minimal normally only requiring around fifteen minutes at the most. And while for some models you’ll need a screwdriver to do so, with others you won’t need any tools at all.

While they are not going to fit into super narrow spots like a standing floor mirror would, chevals can work just about anywhere you are looking to add some style. Most commonly this means the bedroom, bathroom, and many times the living room or dining room as they can complement antique furniture very well.

Since they can be detached from their stands, if you end up falling in love with your mirror and want to mount it on the wall, that is always an option as well!

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Standing Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Also sometimes called a standing mirror jewelry cabinet or even a standing mirror jewelry box, these are a brilliant way to keep your jewelry and accessories. The mirror on is attached to a cabinet door which opens up to reveal a hidden jewelry armoire notches with hooks, holders, and notches for all your rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry.

Being able to get dressed and accessorize with your outfit in one place can save a huge amount of time each and every day. Not only that but a standing mirror jewelry armoire will keep your things organized, free of dust, and from becoming tangled (which is always an annoying problem). Most are spacious enough to hold even very large collections.

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Because they are cheval style mirrors, the mirror and cabinet are attached to a joint which can swivel letting you adjust it to whatever angle you need or prefer, and have a base with legs to support them. To maximize the amount of jewelry they can hold, they are made to be rectangular in shape.

And as far as material goes, wood is the only option, however of course there are many types, colors, and finishes to fit every individual preference and need. Many models are even lockable with a key to keep your possessions safe.

It’s needless to say they make a great space-saving and functional gift idea for females of all ages even if they happened to be particularly hard to shop for! And don’t worry they only need a few minutes of assembly time. Over the door mirror jewelry organizers are another take on this idea if you have limited space.

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Free Standing Bathroom Mirror

While these are not full sized, not used for getting dressed, and should not be confused with the three types above, technically they are free standing and they are mirrors so we threw them in too. They’re actually used for applying makeup(and that’s why they are almost always referred to as makeup mirrors), tweezing unwanted hairs, skin care, and are fantastic for shaving as they are magnified so you can see your skin very clearly.

Some even have LED lights to help you do so. They are most often round or oval in shape and rest on a short stand and base which is placed on a bathroom counter or vanity.

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A free standing mirror regardless of the type is always a smart and good looking choice. With so many convenient features it’s not hard to find one you’ll enjoy owning and using every day. You can never go wrong with the value and function they provide!

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A Mirror Jewelry Armoire The Perfect Solution For Staying Organized

A Mirror Jewelry Armoire The Perfect Solution For Staying Organized

Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Keeping your jewelry organized and tangle free can be a huge hassle particularly if you own a lot of it. Even harder is finding a storage solution which can handle all of your jewelry but is also close enough to your mirror to make accessorizing convenient. The best solution is actually to keep your jewelry inside your mirror itself, with a mirror jewelry armoire.

A mirror jewelry armoire also sometimes called a jewelry armoire mirror is an extra handy piece of décor which can really make life a lot easier. Their basic design is pretty smart.

On the outside they function as a typical mirror but on the inside they’re quite different from every other type. The face of the mirror actually is a door which can open up to provide you with a large and well laid out space to keep your jewelry inside and has a magnetic latch to keep it closed.

While almost all mirror jewelry armoires are rectangular in shape to ensure they can hold the maximum amount of jewelry they do come in a few different types to suit your specific needs. They are made from wood but of course in different varieties, finishes, and colors. A jewelry armoire mirror can help you out in many more ways as well some of which are that they will:

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-Keep Your Jewelry Organized

Even though each specific model has a different storage capacity, the goal is the same: to provide you with the most convenient way to keep your jewelry and they do a great job. This is not only because they usually can hold a massive amount, often times much more than your entire collection but they also do so in a very orderly and organized manner.

With options like hooks for necklaces, cushioned ring holders, compartments and bins for watches and bracelets, notches for earrings, and more a mirror jewelry armoire makes staying organized as easy as it gets. They are also ideal for jewelry that is too big or won’t fit in jewelry boxes.

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-Save Time

Since the majority and most likely all of your jewelry will be in place you won’t have to waste time every day trying to find the exact item you’re looking for which can be incredibly annoying particularly in the morning before work.

Everything will be presented all at once right in front of you so you can make an effortless selection. And since all your jewelry is neatly organized you won’t have to deal with messy tangles either.

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-Always Look Your Best

Saving you even more time is the fact that not only are all your items in one place but they are right inside your mirror itself. Which means you can quickly accessorize or change jewelry to guarantee it matches your outfit perfectly.

You also won’t need to search specifically for a full length mirror jewelry armoire since most are full length anyway. This will ensure you’ll be able to see your entire body, outfit, and of course how well your jewelry matches so you’re sure to look fabulous from head to toe.

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-Keep Jewelry Secure

Most people don’t realize that these mirrors are also excellent for keeping jewelry out of harm’s way. While they are not a substitute for a heavy metal safe by any means, the inside of a mirror is not usually the first place, or place at all for that matter, which a thief would think to look for expensive items to steal.

In fact, unless you told someone you had jewelry inside no one would probably ever have any idea. Many armoires are also lockable with a key to keep out curious kids and of course others as well. Some are also lined with materials like felt to make sure that delicate items aren’t scratched or damaged while they are inside.

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Different Types of Mirror Jewelry Armoires:

There are a few varieties for consumers to choose from so that you can enjoy the benefits of owning one even if you have limited space or a specific preference.

A Standing Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Probably both the most popular and common type is a standing mirror jewelry armoire also called a floor mirror jewelry armoire (because they stand on the floor). These are also advertised as cheval mirror jewelry armoires.

This is because their body style is the same as a cheval mirror which means they have four legs for support and can tilt to any angle so you can adjust them to look at one area or your entire body. Some models will actually have a base with drawers instead of legs to provide even more storage space for other items as well.

Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Cheval mirrors are also known for their handsome good looks which can really complement a room just by themselves or by adding to its look as a whole. This makes a standing mirror jewelry armoire a phenomenal choice for anyone who loves the look of a standing mirror, wants one which is full length, and of course has the ability to both hold and keep their jewelry organized.

However unlike other cheval mirrors which can be oval in shape, you will normally only find these in rectangular form.

Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Choosing the standing variety will also give you the advantage of being able to place it in a spot where it is the most convenient. You can also use it to help to add some light and a sense of space to the room if you stand your mirror where it can reflect natural light into the room like from a window.

A standing jewelry mirror armoire can also be a lifesaver if you have limited wall space or just a very small space to work with in general. Because they are so eye-catching these mirrors can be used in areas of the room where they will be prominently displayed as a focal point but also work really well in corners which otherwise probably would not be used. And if you’re renting by using one of these you won’t have to drill any holes in the wall either.

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A Wall Mounted Mirror Jewelry Armoire

If you don’t have the floor space or just prefer the look of, or need a wall mirror, there is also a wall mounted variety which also offers all the same fabulous storage inside. These too are a great choice if you are looking for a full length rectangular mirror.

They can be used anywhere a normal wall mirror could and since they don’t too take up much more space they are very popular for use on the wall in walk-in closets and bedrooms where you would normally use a mirror to get ready for the day.

Mirror Jewelry Armoire

An advantage of the wall mounted type is that while it is true that the majority are rectangular in shape, you can also find them in other shapes and sizes as well. Smaller square mirror jewelry armoires are also an option for your wall and there are even wall mirrors which have a combination of a mirror and picture holders on the face.

You’ll also find that the frames on wall mounted mirror jewelry armoires are often more ornate as well and can have decorative carvings, designs, and shapes. Normally all wall mounted mirrors come fully assembled and are ready to use right out of the box but just simply need to be mounted on the wall first.

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An Over The Door Mirror Jewelry Armoire

Yet another option is an over the door mirror jewelry armoire. These will come with metal hooks which hang over the top of the door and attach to the back of the mirror. Some wall mounted models will come with hooks so you have the choice of being able to use them on the wall or over the door as well.

An over the door mirror jewelry armoire will save you both floor and wall space plus of course the space where you would normally keep your jewelry. They are a cinch to set up and normally only require you to attach the hooks to the back of the mirror itself using a screwdriver and then all you need to do is lift the hooks over the door and you’re done.

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Since they are portable if you have to you can always move them to a different location depending on your needs at the time. The backs of bedroom doors, closet doors, and bathroom doors are all very popular places to use one of these and they are also an excellent choice for university students who may be sharing a room.

Frames For Every Preference

While you won’t find metal frames, there are more than enough types of wood and wood finishes to choose from so you can get the triple effect  a functional mirror, jewelry armoire, and a fantastic looking piece of home décor that can significantly add to the beauty of your home.

Natural looking frame options like Cherry, Mahogany, and Oak for example always go great if you have furniture or décor of the same material or color. And of course there are all different shades of these from light to dark.

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Both black and white mirror jewelry armoires are both very popular since they are neutral colors which allow them to go with just about any style from more traditional to modern, theme, or color scheme. There are even some antique looking frames with ornate scrolling that really could be considered a piece of wall art.

When it comes to value, storage, and function a mirror jewelry armoire is your best choice. You’ll finally have all your jewelry in one place that makes keeping it organized and ready to wear easy. And you’ll save valuable time every day while adding an incredibly useful piece of home décor whose frame and looks will give your space an added touch of beauty whether used on the wall, over the door, or standing on its own.

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The Ship Wheel Mirror: An Insider’s Guide

The Ship Wheel Mirror: An Insider’s Guide

Ship Wheel Mirror

There are only a handful of mirror options that can be used successfully in nautical style spaces and beach homes. A ship wheel mirror however is one which is sure to provide both the look and feel you’re after. And with this guide you’ll soon be on your way to upgrading your wall space with this iconic choice.

A Symbol Of The Seas

The ship’s wheel is easily one of the most recognizable parts of a boat. It is used to steer the ship by controlling the rudder. Each wheel has anywhere from six to ten spokes that extend outward which are used as handles to make turning the wheel easier.

Fortunately for fans of nautical décor the circular shape of a wheel makes a perfect round frame. And as you could probably guess for obvious reasons they are sometimes also called a ship steering wheel mirror

Ship Wheel Mirror

Nautical Spaces And Seaside Places

Anyone who has a beach home or is trying to create a nautical style space won’t want to overlook adding one or more to their walls. They are also a favorite for use in nautical themed bedrooms for infants and young boys.

But of course they are also a fabulous choice for anybody who just adores the ocean or is into sailing. For seafood restaurants and bars with a coastal feel, ship wheel mirrors are a functional piece of décor that will add an authentic maritime look.

They can be used in any area of the home so whether you need something for any entryway, hall, bedroom or a vanity mirror for the bathroom they can add the seaside appearance you crave.

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Conquer Bare And Boring Wall Spaces Of Any Size

One of the biggest advantages of these mirrors is that they can create interest on plain looking walls and even spaces that are very large in size. They can do this not just because of their unique nautical style but also because of the spokes. Similar to with a sunburst mirror, these spokes extend outward around the frame in all directions.

This along with the length of the spokes gives the illusion that the mirror is much larger than it really is. So even if the actual glass of your nautical ship wheel mirror is quite small it can still totally transform the look of a wall space that is much more substantial in size.

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Materials And Colors

Authentic ship wheels are made from a handful of durable hardwoods such as mahogany and teak which allows them to stand up to rough daily use, years of harsh conditions at sea, along with being exposed to the salty seawater and air.

Just like the real thing mirrors are also made from wood, but because they are purely decorative and don’t have to deal with the abuse of the ocean they are available in a range of different wood varieties. You may want to choose a mirror that is unpainted to highlight the natural beauty of your wooden frame.

Another option which can make the frame of your wooden ship wheel mirror standout is to choose one that includes metal details as well. Painted mirrors come in many different colors but one of the most popular combinations is always blue and white which is representative of the nautical theme.

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The Wear Without The Use

Many consumers prefer a new looking mirror. However if you want something that looks like it has been travelling on the high seas for many years that is an option too. A distressed ship wheel mirror is made to look like it is much older than it really.

For maximum effect the wood may look scratched and worn, the metal can be rusted or have a patina, and the paint can be chipped and peeling. But of course this wear and tear is just for show. Distressed mirrors are in fact brand new and make an ideal choice for those who prefer more rustic or vintage style décor. They are also a much cheaper choice than purchasing an actual antique.

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Frame Extras Add Emphasis       

Some mirrors may include some extra decorations on their frame to add even more of an emphasis. Real seashells and starfish can be glued onto the face of the frame. Nautical rope may be wrapped around it in a decorative manner or a bit of fishing net can be draped over it. Depending on the mirror you choose it may have one or several of these extras.

But of course if your mirror doesn’t have them you can always add them on your own later from items you’ve purchased or even collected on the beach. Sometimes images of marine life, sailboats, and the sea are hand-painted on the frame as well.

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Two In One

Serious nautical collectors or those who simply want something a little different might want to consider a mirror which is actually a cross between a ship wheel and a porthole. If you don’t know already, a porthole is a circular window on a boat that’s usually surrounded by a sturdy metal frame with hinges and latches to keep out the water.

A porthole mirror looks just like a real porthole but has mirror glass replacing the window. Some creative manufacturers have realized that they can combine both of these favorites into one by placing the round porthole mirror in the center of a ship wheel. By doing so the ship wheel acts as a decorative frame.

Ship Wheel Mirror


No Need To Stop With A Wheel

Once you install your mirror there are many other pieces of décor you can use to complement it. From wall art to ocean artifacts and even bedding the nautical theme has a lot to choose from.  And once you get started these can be a lot of fun to shop for and collect. In fact it can actually be quite addictive.

There are also a couple of other mirror types you may want to use as well that will work your ship wheel and particularly when furnishing or upgrading a large space or beach house. A porthole, driftwood, seashell, or nautical rope mirror would all be excellent choices. And don’t overlook adding standard ship wheels, life rings, fishing nets, and other boat-related items to your walls either.

Ship Wheel Mirror


You won’t get any more nautical than a ship wheel mirror. Regardless of how close or far you may be from the sea this symbol of sailing, ocean fun, and beach life will have you tasting the salt in the air and hearing the crash of the waves in no time.

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