A "beveled mirror" refers to a mirror that has undergone the process of cutting its edges to a specific angle and size in order to produce a framed look. This process leaves the glass thinner around the edges of the mirror, while the large middle portion remains thicker.
The bevel around a mirror can range in size from 1/4" to 1-3/4" (see illustration at left to view to view the look of a beveled mirror edge in profile). You can also have the edges of the mirror polished to create a sleek, "finished" look.
A beveled mirror works in many rooms. Custom beveled mirrors add a touch of elegance above a sideboard, in a dining room, over a fireplace or in a formal living room or library. With or without frames, they easily blend with the decor of the room in which they're placed without dominating it. Beveling is normally applied to mirrors that serve as a focal point in the room.
Frameless beveled mirrors are a wonderful choice in an entryway, dining room or bathroom because beveled mirrors don't need an extra frame...the beveled edges give the mirror a frame-like look without weighing it down with a heavy wood or metal frame. This results in an impressive mirror that blends easily with any decor.
Another popular design option is to apply beveling to bathroom mirrors. Beveling a bathroom mirror turns a normally bland bathroom necessity into a classy design statement. Beveled foyer mirrors and fireplace mirrors are becoming increasingly popular home design options for homeowners interested in updating their home decor, due in part to their superior ability to make a room appear lighter and feel larger.
It's easy to buy custom cut beveled mirrors at Dulles Glass & Mirror in our online glass and mirror store. If you're buying a custom cut mirror, shop online and be sure to select the "Beveled Edge" option in the Edging section while customizing your mirror. You'll then be able to select your preferred bevel size – it's that easy!
There is an additional cost involved in choosing a beveled mirror, but the increase in cost is normally not significant enough to be the determining factor. Here at Dulles Glass & Mirror we have the machinery to cut and bevel our mirrors on-site, so you know it will turn out just the way you want it.