Design Trick: Backlit Mirrors
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Image from In In Design Live Backlit mirrors are seemingly in every new restaurant and hotel. If you've been in new hotel or restaurant recently, you've probably seen a new trend in contemporary wall mirrors , in which the mirror is ringed in light and seemingly floating slightly in front of the wall. Ever wondered how to create backlit mirrors like these at home? The answer is surprisingly simple. 1) Create a spacer: Image from Engineer Your Space Spacers on your mirror or wall are essential to creating the "floating" mirror effect. In order for the "halo" effect to occur, you need to build a spacer to float your mirror a little bit off the wall. Attach a wood block to the top and bottom back of your mirror. Leave at least one inch between this spacer and the edge of the mirror (you'll need this space in step two). Alternatively, you can attach the spacers directly to the wall and hang the mirror from them. Either way, be sure to use wood screws or other appropriate hardware to make sure the connection between mirror, spacer and wall is strong enough to hold. Mirrors can be heavy after all. 2) Affix lights to the back of the mirror: LED Warm White Tape Light Kit Our LED tape lights make this step extra easy. Simply peel the backing and stick them to the mirror, abutting the outer edge. Once you've completely ringed the entire back of the mirror, trim the remaining light tape according to the product directions. For extra "float" effect, we recommend using frameless mirrors . 3) Hang your mirror and enjoy: Image from Design Milk This backlit bathroom mirror provides excellent ambient lighting in the room. There's no reason why the tricks of the design trade should stay locked up in high-end hotels and such. In a single afternoon, you can transform your bathroom into a sophisticated space to enjoy for years to come.