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.

Shape

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.

Frame

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.Frameless Mirror

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.Suspended mirrors

Function

As much as mirrors are for reflection purposes, they also have other functions that are lighting and storage.

Lighting

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

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.

A chef or cook without the essential kitchenware is like a car without fuel. Being in the kitchen without the right equipment might end up leaving most of the small tasks badly done, half-done or completely undone because of lacking the most important tools. These tools don’t necessarily have to be refrigerators or juice mixers or microwaves. Below are the ten must-have tools that every kitchen should be equipped with.

Top 10 Essential Kitchen Utensils

1. High-Quality Sharp Knives

They should not be necessarily many, you can go with one. Either way, they should be not only sharp but also high quality. When using a sharp knife, it will be hard for you to cut yourself because you will use less force as compared to when using a blunt knife. High quality does not mean expensive. You might get an expensive knife that has low quality and a less expensive one with high quality so make sure you choose quality over price.

2. Spoons and Spatulas

Spoons especially wooden ones are the best for sauces and salads. Fortunately, most of them come in a set of different types and sizes. They are better than plastic ones because they don’t melt and also don’t scratch your pans and pots especially the non-stick ones. For spatulas, silicone ones are highly recommended because they are heat resistant. Medium-sized ones will be the best choice since they give you a good angle to toss and turn your pancakes or other foods.

3. Cutting BoardsCutting Boards

Cutting boards come as plastic or wooden and in different shapes, sizes and quality. They keep your knives sharp and prevent the counter from getting damaged. Some plastic cutting boards come with rubber feet to prevent them from sliding from the counter as you use them. Choose one that is big enough to accommodate the amount of food you cut and allows for little extra space to avoid spilling.

4. Mixing Bowls

Instead of one, buy a set of mixing bowls so that they can serve different culinary uses as a go, for example, separating, whisking, mixing and storage. Choose non-reactive ones or even better stainless steel to avoid having food with funny tastes. You can also choose colorful ones to brighten up your kitchen. Buying in sets will also create space during storage.

5. Measuring Cups and Spoons

Most of the baking recipes require measuring cups or spoons because a lot of accuracies is key to excellent results. A set of measuring spoons that is stackable and has a nifty ring is the best when it comes to storage because it saves space. Also, steel ones will be more washable and durable than plastic ones. Buying two sets will be an added advantage because you will be able to measure same amounts at the same time. For a measuring cup, a bigger size than what you need will be best because it can also serve as a ladle or even better having more than one of different sizes.

6. Cooking Pans and Pots

We can agree that there is no kitchen without these tools. Without them, you will not be able to get that soup ready or cook those pancakes in the morning. Non-stick pans or pots are the best in quality when compared to the other ones and are also easy to clean. Stainless steel ones are also a good choice if you find the non-stick ones a bit unaffordable. Again, go for a set instead of individual counterparts so as to save space when storing them.

7. Sieve or Colander

This is one of the most using tools in the kitchen from draining pasta to sieving tea. For light-duty straining like washing vegetables, canned beans and draining pasta, you can use a plastic colander. A small or medium-sized fine-mesh sieve will be suitable for sieving dry ingredients and even other liquids like tea. Go for quality sieves and colanders to avoid them from getting burnt or melting from the high heat, wearing out easily or rusting. Also, buying sets will create more storage space.

 8. Kitchen TongsKitchen Tongs

It is hard to have a kitchen without a kitchen tongs don’t you think? It has multiple functions like tossing meat from a pan or grill and transferring them to a tray or plate without getting burned and tossing salads or vegetables and even pasta before serving them. It can also come in handy when you want to squeeze a lemon and ensure all the juice is squeezed out and even serve buffet foods that are of course dry.

 9. A Grater

Some graters come attached with a vegetable peeler so look for it instead of buying the items separately and save some money. A grater has multiple purposes from shredding cheese to other vegetables like carrots, potatoes, garlic, and ginger. In order to avoid a grater that will rust after a short period of time, buy a stainless steel one that is of high quality for longer durability.

10. Dish and Hand Towels and PotholdersHand Towels

Potholders will prevent your hands from getting burnt when cooking or getting stuff out of a hot oven, and towels will be used for drying dishes, counters, and hands when cooking or cleaning. For hand and dish towels, buy those which are cotton crafted and absorbent. Some towel sets come in different sizes and colors that will make your kitchen look beautiful, don’t forget look for the ones with good quality. It is okay to substitute towels for potholders but it is better to buy the potholders.

Conclusion

There are lots of other kitchen tools but the above are must-haves and without them, a kitchen cannot operate properly. For those who love spending time in the kitchen cooking, you can attest to the fact that a kitchen is not complete with these tools. Always choose quality over anything so that you don’t end up changing your kitchenware every other month. For a starter kitchen, don’t leave out any of these items out.