It is rare to come across a bathroom without a mirror, right? A well-selected mirror complements the interior of a bathroom. First, before choosing a mirror, will it fit where you want it to be? How well will it blend with the theme of your bathroom? What do you want it to look like? There are countless designs to select from and here is a guideline for choosing the right one for your bathroom.
The Size of the Mirror
The function will remain the same no matter what size the mirror is but that doesn’t mean that it should not be taken into consideration. If you wish to acquire a vanity mirror, its width should not be bigger than that of the vanity. A slightly smaller width, from 70 to 80 percent of that of the vanity will be perfect. If you want it bigger, then a width equal to that of the vanity will be the ideal size.
When it comes to the height, one that is a foot higher and lower than your eye line is advised. However, a perfect placement will be 4 to7 foot from your floor. The point is to choose on that creates a balanced look in your bathroom.
Most of the common mirrors we have all come across are in a rectangle shape. It is common, yes, but if you have a pedestal sink, a round mirror best blends in. It is simply because of the fact that the pedestal sink has curved edges, leaving negative spaces around and so does a round mirror! Also, if you want more display of a cute or exquisite wallpaper or wall, choose a round mirror since it does not cover up most of the wall like a rectangular one would do. Other mirrors are also shaped according to their frame, so you can choose whichever you like.
Frameless mirrors are becoming more popular simply because of the ‘floating look’. A framed mirror brings out a vintage appeal and will be a good look for a bathroom design that has fewer details. A frameless mirror, on the other hand, is used by homeowners who want a modern look. With a more decorative bathroom, a frameless mirror will be perfect. It is also a good choice if you want something more pocket-friendly.
Apart from the framed and frameless mirrors, you can also get a custom mirror. With this one, the mirror and the frame are purchased differently as opposed to the framed mirror that comes complete with a frame. Installation of a custom mirror is slightly expensive than the others because work becomes double.
Style and Taste
Inset mirrors- to give your bathroom a more stylish and modern look, insert the mirror into the wall or tiles. It is a good way to frame the mirror with its surrounding and yet look lavish.
Wall to wall mirrors – sometimes it doesn’t hurt to bend the rules a little bit. A wall to wall mirror can make a small bathroom look larger than it is. If you go with this approach, the mirror should be well lined up with anything below it and should be above the toilet. It should fit well to avoid looking like it was a bad size choice.
Multiple mirrors – if your vanity is wide, you can choose and fit multiple mirrors. They can be tall and have small widths emphasizing the height space of your bathroom and giving it a more vertical look. It is also okay to have one large mirror to fit the vanity space. As long as there are multiple sinks used in the vanity, it is okay to use either.
Suspended mirrors – you don’t necessarily need to hang your mirror on your wall in case of an obstacle or if most of the bathroom wall is used up. You can have a mirror that will look okay if hung from the ceiling or that can be mounted on a counter.
As much as mirrors are for reflection purposes, they also have other functions that are lighting and storage.
If your bathroom lighting is natural, that is window lighting, ensure that the size of the mirror will be big enough to reflect generous amounts of light into your bathroom. To some extent, the size of the window will be the determinant for the size of the mirror. If it is small, choose a big mirror and place it opposite the window for maximum reflection of light however little. If the window is big don’t choose a mirror that is too big but if you have to, place it at an angle to reflect enough and not too much light.
On the other hand, if you choose other modes of lighting like sconces, choose a mirror that is about 60 percent your vanity size. This allows for space on the sides to fit sconces for proper lighting. A bigger mirror will also be best for a poorly lit or a wall with the dull painting.
Storage mirror cabinets are another approach for selecting bathroom mirrors. You can have an inset cabinet mirror where you can store grooming products or/and medicine. If your bathroom can accommodate one, then it is a perfect way to have it serve two purposes at the same time.
After selecting a mirror of your choice, you want to make sure that you know what and how you are going to mount it to the wall. For one that you don’t wish to change in the near future, use a permanent mount like glue. Use a lesser powerful glue for semi-permanent installation and mirror brackets for a temporary installation.
There are some factors that will limit or increase the many choices there are for bathroom mirrors. Your taste and the diverse styles are some of those factors. If you make a selection care to know how, where, why and for how long it is going to stay up there.