The earliest mirrors were just reflections in things like water and shiny objects, like those made from obsidian. Some of the earliest recordings of mirrors were around 6000BC in what’s now known as Turkey, while polished stone mirrors came around 4,000 years later. But the most recognizable form of today’s mirrors—metal and glass—made their appearance in the first century AD.
Fast forward hundreds and hundreds of years to 1835, when Justus von Leibig invented the silvered-glass mirror, which is a fancy way of saying it’s coated with a reflective substance. Because of his innovation, mirrors became advanced enough to undergo widespread manufacturing, and silvering is now seen with today’s mirrors.
Although there are many different shapes and sizes to mirrors, they essentially come in one of five forms:
Even when mirrors first came into being thousands of years ago, they weren’t just used to look at oneself. People figured out pretty quickly that mirrors could be manipulated for light and aesthetic purposes, and easily brighten up spaces (an important concept when electricity wasn’t around to fill in the blanks).
And now, even though we have electricity, we still use mirrors and their reflective properties in the home to brighten up spaces and make rooms look bigger. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to position a mirror across from the door, at the end of a long hallway, or tilted to catch the sun. This allows the mirror to catch the most amount of light possible, and reflect it back into the room.
If you need more tips or ideas on how to strategically place mirrors around your home, be sure to visit our mirrors section on the Harkraft blog, too.