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‘Reflect’ on the all the possibilities of decorating your home with mirrors

Posted: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Michele Mittelman, owner of Preferred Glass and MIrror, shows a display of various mirror colors.

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If the inside of your home is looking a little drab these days, you might be considering redecorating.

However, before you go out and spend thousands of dollars doing that, you might “reflect” on decorating with mirrors.

Mirrors offer a fairly low cost and efficient way to create an entirely different look and feel in your living space — and there is an incredible variety of mirror options available.

For some insight into this, we turn to Scott Mittelman, who, with his wife, Michele, owns the local Preferred Glass & Windows.

Preferred Glass

Preferred Glass & Windows has been serving the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas since 1969. “We service literally anything pertaining to glass,” Mittelman said. And he added that 75 percent of their business is with residential customers — local homeowners. The company’s expertise covers windows and doors, shower doors, glass table tops, all glass repairs and, of course, mirrors and mirrored closet doors.

“Whether brightening an otherwise dark living room or entry way, adorning a fireplace or wet bar, a wall of mirrors adds a note of beauty and elegance to almost any room or space,” he said. 

A larger space

“We can help you create the illusion of a larger room with custom mirror designs,” Mittelman said. For example, one-quarter inch clear mirrors with polished edges will enhance your home’s (or your business’) appearance. Mirrors bring light and depth to rooms, he said. They make a small bathroom feel larger and open up a cramped dining room. They can “bring the outside inside” by reflecting a backyard landscape on a family room wall.

“I had a customer once, who lived by the ocean. But he couldn’t see the ocean from his living room. We put a mirror on the wall, which reflected a view of the ocean into the living room,” he said. He added that the same effect can work for views of the mountains or skies.

You can also dress up an office waiting room or retail space with floor to ceiling mirrored columns and walls — and sandblast a company logo on a mirror.

Types of mirrors

Mirrors can be added to any location and can be fabricated in any shape or size, Mittelman said. “They can come beveled or not beveled, etched with V-groove designs, sandblasted and with chipped and frosted edges,” he said. They also come in many different shapes and colors, including clear, peach, gray, bronze, black and “antique mirror.”

Mirrored doors

“Designers and builders use mirrors in a model home to enlarge space,” Mittelman said. For example, instead of putting a wooden sliding closet door in a bedroom, you can install mirrored wardrobe doors. It makes the room look larger, lighter and brighter. It also serves as a full length mirror for dressing. This effect can also be achieved by putting a mirror on the single door of a closet or bedroom.

“Mirrored wardrobe doors come in many different styles, as well,” Mittelman said. “They can be beveled, not beveled, framed or frameless, and there are many different frame choices, from chrome to stained wood.”

Overlays and art

Preferred Glass & Windows can also add accent overlays, which are called beveled mirror strips. These come in two, three and four-inch widths. They are often used to cover seams where mirrors meet each other, as well as create framed borders around mirrors.

“We can also cut a mirror to house a mirrored glass switch plate or vent cover,” Mittelman said. “And mirrors can also be randomly grouped on a wall to design a custom art piece.” 

Tricks of light

“Many people are putting mirrors on top of dressers to display a vase or perfume bottles,” Mittelman said. “And another popular place to hang a mirror is on the wall behind the stove.” You can also put a mirror behind a candle to reflect its soft, flickering light.

“Many people also take old wooden window frames and put mirrors in them to hang on their walls. You can also create an old, distressed look by installing an antique mirror in cabinet doors,” he noted.

Planning

“When designing a room with mirrors, it is important to layout the mirrors first,” Mittelman said. The scale of the mirrors should be proportionate to each other and the wall space. Avoid a small mirror on a large wall.

And be sure to install your mirrors securely. “Preferred Glass & Windows does not install mirrors using clips,” Mittelman said.

“Clips are very displeasing to the eye. We install mirrors with both mastic and channel, and use different kinds of channel, depending on whether the mirror is beveled or nonbeveled.” The channel can be hidden or exposed and it can come in several colors, including chrome, brushed nickel, gold and bronze, he added.

Mittelman explained that one of the best parts about “remodeling” with mirrors is that installation is fast and low-impact. “Most mirror jobs are done very quickly — the majority in several hours or less,” he said. “There is no big dumpster outside.”

Preferred Glass & Windows has many different mirrors on display in its showroom. And, whether it is fabricating a small piece of mirror or installing a wall of mirrors, the company can help you. The showroom is located at 23032 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus, CA 91350 (at the corner of Bouquet and Soledad). Call 661-255-1170 or visit www.preferredglassandwindows.net.


jwalker@the-signal.com
661-287-5524

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