The harsh waves pound against the hull of a small boat as it twists and turns through the stormy ocean, a row of portholes protecting the people inside from the water and wind. In some portholes are anxiously watching faces that gaze out at the destructive, angry sea. The porthole gives an unrivaled view of the water without having to go on deck and get soaked. The passengers inside feel both protected and cozy, as the ship is always dry and the portholes let in no water. With their propensity to protect passengers and let them see out into the water, portholes have become a symbol of travel on the ocean as well as protection from it. Ocean themed items can be made of anything once the metal rim of the porthole is place around it in a fitting manner.
The porthole rim is used commonly to place materials in for great effect on their aesthetic value. When placed in the frame of a metal porthole, pictures and photographs become much more appealing. Another material put in a rim is that of the mirror. A porthole mirror is compact and a pleasing round shape, enabling it to be placed in a ocean themed home with great success. A porthole mirror is unique in that its shape and size allow it to fit on walls that regular rectangular mirrors could never dream of fitting. Small bathrooms especially do well with a porthole mirror and can be used where a large mirror simply cannot fit.
A porthole mirror can withstand dropping and cracking better than most mirrors, due to the enduring metal rim of the porthole that sits around the edge. The sturdy porthole mirror can be placed comfortably in a room where a mirror would otherwise be dangerous or unwise. A porthole mirror can also be attached to a moveable joint from the wall, such as the type used in a vanity. A porthole mirror is given even greater portability when its rim is welded to a metal stand. A mirror of this type has the size and shape to be easily used as the mirror within a woman’s makeup compact.
Mirrors placed in hallways are usually frowned upon by decorators, but the roundness and clean appeal of this mirror works to its advantage when placed in a hall. Because of the way light plays on a round surface, this mirror may highlight and reflect small details back to the owner that would otherwise go unseen in a square mirror. The worry of dropping this mirror is minimal, and transporting it is much easier than moving rectangular mirrors. The sharp edges of a normal mirror are buffered significantly by the metal rim. In this manner, children can touch the mirror with little regard to injury. If dropped, the metal rim will also absorb much of the shock and protect the glass, saving your nautical decor .
Looking in a mirror can be less intimidating when the mirror is smaller, rounder and more forgiving. Bronze is the most used metal when crafting the rim for these mirrors - bronze resists sea corrosion and rust, as well as general decay due to exposure.