Welcome to Friday Fever, your weekly guide to whats hot right now and the future pieces that are sure to make waves in the interior world.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all...I know its cliché but it would have been remiss of me not to start a post about mirrors without this famous Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs quote; Side note, iv'e never actually seen the movie, I'm not culturally versed in all things film. As anyone that knows me will attest, I miss film references in conversations all the time and I can guarantee that if you listed your top 10 movies of all time I would have only seen 2 of them max.
You may be thinking what is this woman going to tell me about mirrors this week that I don't already know? Mirrors are simple right? You pick the size that you want, hang them and thats it. They are instant gratification, giving you a punch of interior style for a small price and relatively little effort. However mirrors in the interior world have had an upgrade. Not satisfied with just reflecting your image back to you, mirrors have upped their game.
Multitasking Mirrors are going to be a big thing for 2019.
This luxury smart mirror above made in 2017 by FRED Technologies is internet enabled and can do everything your smart phone can do and more. This smart mirror was revolutionary in 2017 but stunted in the amount of operations it could perform. Sure this mirror could read you the news, show you the weather and play your favourite song, but hey so could your phone. The tech on this and other smart mirrors has increased tenfold in the last year and 2019 sees the release of some pretty exciting pieces from the likes of MasterCard who are going to bring smart mirrors into changing rooms, to Panasonic's re-developed virtual makeup mirror. When you think smart mirrors think beyond the logical and into the modern day useful. Think mirrors that have been incorporated into furniture, act as entertainment systems, have inbuilt smart reactive lighting, or a hovering drone mirror to help you check the back of your hair.
Technology in mirrors isn't new, there have been lights in mirrors since the 1930's and you currently have TV's that look like mirror when not in use, but the leap over to your mirror letting you know if your vitamin D levels are running low, that you may need to see your GP about that new mole, or if you could just use a few more hours sleep is startling.
If a tech mirror isn't your thing and you're a sucker for the simple like me (I have an obscene number of mirrors around the house and buy them where ever I go) then paving the way for the traditional mirror lover in 2019 is a move away from the common rectangle and onto the oval, or irregular shaped mirror. Here are a few that I've got my eye on this week:
Mirrors are not just pretty accessory pieces for your home, no matter how much tech they have in them. Mirrors of all ilks are the perfect partners in helping you create character, light and space throughout your home with only the tiniest bit of effort, and if you don't have several I would question why not? Whats stopping you bringing in a bit of instant reflective joy into your home?
Mirrors allow light to bounce and create space but also draw your eye to the many wonderful things in your room. A useful tip when hanging mirrors is to always make sure they are reflecting something interesting back at you. You never want to walk past a mirror and see a blank wall in its reflection, not only is this dull, but if you've just walked passed a blank wall why on earth would you want to see another one reflected back at you?! Make sure your mirrors are positioned to catch a glimpse of a light fitting, interesting wall hanging, cleverly positioned plant or painting on another wall. Try this trick out in your space and watch your room come alive with character with only the smallest of effort required from you. Let me know how you get on in the comments.
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