Properly Sized, Placed and Illuminated Mirrors Can Make All the Difference in a Bathroom
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Don't Overlook The Mirror(s) In Your Bathroom(s)

A Good Mirror Is an Essential Component In Many Rooms

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There Are Many Options for Size, Style, and Shape to Choose From

For many people, it’s easy to overlook a mirror. After all, when we look at one, we see a reflection of so many other things before we even see the mirror itself. But a good mirror is an essential component to many rooms, especially your bathroom. There are many options for size, style and shape to choose from. Our team members found the following guide to help you put things into perspective and to help you find the perfect bathroom mirror.

    Create a Balanced Look by Sizing Your Mirror

    When it comes to choosing the size of your mirror, you should consider not only the function but also the proportion. In order to create a balanced look, think about the size of your mirror in comparison to that of your vanity.

    Typically speaking, vanity mirrors are not wider than the vanity itself, with some exceptions that we will discuss later on. A common approach that many people take is making the mirror as wide as the vanity so the two line up flawlessly. Of course, this process is much easier with a custom-sized mirror because finding a pre-made mirror in the exact width of your vanity is not going to be easy.

    However, if the two are not the same width, another approach would be to make the mirror about 70 to 80 percent as wide as the vanity. In doing so, the mirror will only appear a bit smaller.

    With respect to height, a functional mirror should reach about a foot above and below the eye line of the people who will be using it. Please note, however, that the more height you can get, the better it'll be because it will provide more viewing angles and an open look to the entire space itself. Try to reach at least 4 to 7 feet above the floor.

    Should You Use Multiple Mirrors or One Single Mirror?

    If you have a large vanity, especially one with multiple sinks, you can use several mirrors or one single mirror that is wide enough to service both. Using several tall and skinny mirrors can give a room a more vertical look, emphasizing the height of the space (especially useful when you have high ceilings). Of course, using a single large mirror will open up the room by reflecting more of the opposite walls. Ultimately, the choice will come down to personal preference.

    Using several mirrors can still work even when there is only one sink. In fact, centering a mirror on the sink and then adding a second mirror-symmetrical to the first one can make the whole composition look more pleasingly balanced, compared with using just a single mirror.

    A Smaller Mirror Will Allow Room for Sconces

    Another reason to use smaller mirrors is that it'll allow room for sconces to sit in between. Vanity lights can be located in various places, but placing it on the sides of the mirror will light the face well, so it is both beautiful and functional.

    When leaving room for sconces, make sure that you choose a mirror that is closer to 60 to 70 percent of the width of the vanity (divided by the number of mirrors if you have more than one), so the sconces have room to sit above the vanity rather than hanging beyond the edges.

    Make Your Bathroom Feel Twice the Size with Wall-To-Wall Mirrors

    As a different approach to sizing your mirror, you can ignore the size of the vanity and instead, use the mirror to fill the whole wall, often running above the toilet as well. In doing so, you will have a larger mirror, which can go a long way toward making a compact bathroom feel twice the size it really is.

    In this case, you can run the mirror literally wall-to-wall (and typically up to the ceiling) or, you can extend it from one end of the vanity to the end of a nearby fixture. Make sure that it fills most of the wall to avoid looking like it’s simply the wrong size. Additionally, it should line up neatly with the objects below.

    On one hand, having a custom-sized mirror cut to fit perfectly wall-to-wall is a higher investment than purchasing a prefab piece. On the other hand, compared to running tile or stone behind or around a smaller mirror, it is often a relatively budget-friendly option. Depending on your budget and goals, it might make a lot of sense to use a custom-fitted mirror paired with a little splash of a splurge material found below.

    Framed vs. Frameless: What Works Best for Your Style?

    Frameless mirrors are a popular choice in bathrooms for various reasons. One is that they tend to be less expensive while often still quite stylish. Another reason is that they give a modern appeal, and bathrooms even in somewhat traditional homes often run a bit more modern to achieve a clean, airy, “spa-like” appearance.

    Frameless mirrors work efficiently in contemporary or modern and minimalist spaces without a lot of busy decors. Mirrors with elegant frames tend to suit traditional areas where the other elements are also very detailed and decorative.

    For a delicate balance that can suit nearly any space, try a mirror with that has a simple frame that is a few inches wide and of a textural material that isn’t too busy. This beachy weathered wood frame is a good example. It gives a pleasingly finished look without appearing heavier than the vanity itself.

    For an eclectic sensibility, an ornate mirror can look magnificent as a statement piece in a modern bathroom. Getting the mix just right, however, will take a good design eye, but the unique result will bring a lot of personality and drama to the entire room.

    Inset Mirrors Are Essentially Framed by the Surrounding Material

    A smart way to get the modern look of a frameless mirror and the sense of polish of a framed mirror is to inset the mirror into the tile, so it’s mostly framed by the surrounding material. Layering floating shelves over the top will give an additional modern flair and some useful storage.

    Round Mirrors Bring Some Softness and Relaxed Appeal to a Bathroom

    We’ve mostly looked at simple rectangular mirrors, but of course, there so many different shapes to choose from. Round mirrors can be an excellent way to bring softness and a relaxed appeal to a bathroom, which frequently has hard surfaces and crisp lines.

    Round mirrors are a great companion to pedestal sinks, as they often have curved lines themselves. Round mirrors leave more negative space at the “corners” than a rectangular mirror would, which makes sense because pedestal sinks leave some negative space around the pedestal base.

    A round mirror is also an excellent choice if you have an attractive wall finish to show off. It gives you enough mirror to see your face, but it also leaves a bit more wall exposed.

    Medicine Cabinet Mirrors Are Best When Inset into the Wall

    Sure, all of the previous mirrors were attractive, but what if you need storage space in your bathroom? Medicine cabinet mirrors are best when inset into the wall - that way they won’t be so in-your-face all the time. A professional can guide you during a site visit as to whether or not your wall cavity can house some inset or partially inset cabinets.

    Otherwise, try using some tricks to avoid letting that cabinet visually shrink the room. A cabinet with little or no frame can avoid feeling in-your-face. Additionally, adding some under-cabinet lighting (just as you might in a kitchen) will bring a glow that cancels out dark shadows and makes the whole sink area feel a lot more open.

    Suspended Mirrors - Your Mirror Doesn't Have to Hang Flat on a Wall

    If you have an unusual bathroom layout or an inconveniently placed window or obstacle, don’t forget that mirrors don’t have to be placed flat on a wall. Suspending a mirror from the ceiling or a window frame, or mounting it on rails rising from the counter, will allow you to place a mirror in a new, functional spot. Keep an open mind, and you can really open up some beautiful views.

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