If certain parts of your garden always seem to be too shady - perhaps they’re made gloomy by overhanging branches or just don’t get much time in the sun - then an outdoor mirror might be the best solution to bring in a bit more light. As well as bouncing sunshine into darker corners, mirrors can create the illusion of depth, which is particularly useful for virtually extending the space in small gardens. Of course, just like indoor mirrors, they can also simply be an attractive decorative feature for your home.
Acrylic vs Glass
Mirrors have been made from glass for over a thousand years, which was a big improvement on the polished stones used beforehand. Nowadays, manufacturing techniques have been refined to give near perfect reflections. But modern mirrors can also be made from acrylic, which is a great alternative for outdoors.
Acrylic mirrors are made from a type of plastic that is 10 times stronger than glass, so it won’t shatter if knocked in the garden. It is also 80% lighter, which makes it easier to install on your outside walls - it can be screwed or even glued to a flat surface. Acrylic sheets can also be cut to size with a knife so they’ll fit perfectly in the desired space.
Though heavier, glass is a harder material than acrylic. This makes it more resistant to scratches, which may be caused by passing animals, branches or weather. So with glass you will have a crystal clear reflection for much longer. To keep glass looking new, you will need to polish it on a regular basis. Alternatively, you can leave it to weather naturally for a more rustic aesthetic.
A Style for Every Garden
There are a variety of designs available so you can find the perfect mirror for your tastes, be it a Gothic centrepiece or more subtle sheet mirror. Many are designed to look like windows, so they will blend into the wall on which they’re placed. Rather than drawing attention to themselves, they will reflect back light, creating the feeling of additional space. For a natural feel, we offer shabby chic models and trellis mirrors, around which you can grow plants to extend the beauty of your flowerbeds. Our mirrors, especially the sheet ones, are available in many different shapes and sizes to fit where you need.
It’s all an Illusion
Trompe-l'œil is an optical illusion where perspective is forced to make flat objects appear to exist in three dimensions. You can bring a touch of this to your garden, either as a fun talking point or simply to extend your space with a bit of trickery. Our illusion mirrors are built into the frames of windows or garden gates, which appear to be slightly ajar and opening onto unreachable worlds beyond. You and your guests will be forever doing double takes!
The Primrose Promise
At Primrose, we’re only satisfied when you are thrilled with your purchases and our service. All our outdoor mirrors - and indeed every product we sell - is covered by the Primrose Promise. This includes a best price guarantee, minimum two year warranty and 30 days to return.