If you ever wonder about the colors of different objects, you probably won’t be wondering about the color of a fruit, the trees, or the color of your car. Even though colors might have long names such as Moccasin, Khaki, Lavender, and many more, we can categorize them into the several most commonly found categories red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, green, blue, brown, black, white. You might be wondering about the color of the water for example? Or why is the sky blue? Or maybe if mirrors have color?
What is a mirror
First, let’s start with a basic description of the object. A mirror is an object that reflects, the light bounces off a mirror and shows the objects in front of it. Mirrors reverse the direction of the object in the opposite, equal angle from one which the light shines.
We can observe such phenomena in nature like the surface of the water, which reflects the object. We can also build a mirror from materials such as metal, glass, silver, aluminum, and others. Nowadays one of the most preferred materials is silver as it has great reflectivity. The metal is a thin layer which is the first one of a complete mirror, usually, a glass is applied on top of it to protect it and keep its properties.
What is a color
Light is electromagnetic radiation. There is a specific spectrum that can be perceived by the human eye, which is usually in the range of 400-700nm, just below infrared light and above ultraviolet light.
The color is defined as visual perception of the visible parts of the light, it can have hundreds of different names, but most used are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and similar. The categories of colors and physical specifications are associated with objects through the wavelengths of the light that is reflected from them. It depends on the object’s light absorption and other properties.
Do mirrors have color
If color is actually the reflection of light from an object that the human eye perceives, then mirrors should not have a specific color because they reflect the object’s colors.
A mirror can be called a non-diffuse type of white surface, however, if we measure it, mirrors actually are a little bit green. You might have seen this effect when you put few mirrors together or if you pay a closer look at them you might see green color. The green effect is due to that most mirrors can reflect back green light more than other colors. This is most likely due to its building materials, such as the glass or the layer of metal that reflects the light.