When we gaze into a mirror, we see a reflection of so many other objects before we even notice the mirror itself. However, a quality mirror is a must in many spaces, including the bathroom. Given the wide variety of bathroom mirrors available, I compiled this buying guide to help you narrow down your selections and find the perfect mirror for your bathroom.
The Importance of Mirror Size
Consider both practicality and aesthetics while deciding on a mirror's dimensions. When arranging your vanity and mirror, keep in mind that the two should be of similar scale. With a few notable exceptions that we'll get to in a while, bathroom mirrors are often not broader than the vanity they're mounted on.
It is customary practice to make the mirror the same width as the vanity. You may not be able to find a ready-made mirror that is precisely the width of your vanity, so having one manufactured to your specifications is a great help.
The mirror should be roughly 70-80% as broad as the vanity if the two are not the same width; this will make the mirror seem smaller without making the vanity look miniature.
A mirror simply has to be a foot or so above and below the eye level of its intended users. However, the higher you can make the ceilings, the better, as this will create better sightlines and make the room feel more spacious. Make an effort to get your feet four to seven feet off the ground.
Single vs. Multiple
Multiple bathroom mirrors, or a single mirror large enough to serve both sinks, are options for those who have an exceptionally spacious vanity. Placing multiple long and narrow mirrors throughout a room may visually extend the ceiling height and make the area feel more expansive. Naturally, a single enormous mirror reflects more of the opposite walls, making the space seem larger. The decision should be based on what suits you best when all is said and done.
If you just have access to one sink, you can still make use of several mirrors. When opposed to utilizing only one mirror, a composition using two mirrors can look more pleasingly balanced if the first mirror is centered over the sink and the second mirror is symmetrical to it.
It's essential to keep in mind that mirrors aren't required to hang in a straight line on a wall. This is especially true if your bathroom has a unique design, an inconveniently situated window, or an impediment.
You can put a makeup mirror with lights in a new, practical location by suspending it from the ceiling or window frame or by mounting it on bars rising from the counter. Having a curious and receptive mind can lead to breathtaking discoveries.
As an alternative to sizing your mirror to fit over the vanity alone, you may use the entire wall, including the space over the toilet, to reflect your reflection. This method allows you to use a 4-panel wall mirror, which can provide the illusion of more space in a smaller bathroom.
When this is the case, the mirror can go from one wall to the next or stretch from one end of the vanity to the other end of an adjacent fixture.
However, even if that's the case, it should still take up most of the wall space it's on so it doesn't look too small. And it should match up neatly with the things below. However, unlike ready-made mirrors, the cost of having one specially cut to fit your walls precisely is significant. A custom-fitted mirror with the lavish material below can make a lot of sense, depending on your budget and objectives.
Frameless vs. Framed
Several plausible explanations exist for the widespread use of frameless mirrors in this space. One benefit is that they are typically highly fashionable at much lower costs. Second, they lend a contemporary air to the area, which is especially welcome in the bathroom, which is why even in more classic homes, the bathroom design tends to be a bit more up-to-date.
Generally, a frameless bathroom mirror will perform best in a minimalist or modern setting. Mirrors with ornate frames work well in more conventional settings when the furnishings and accessories are similarly ornate.
Adding a mirror with a simple frame of a few inches in width and made of a textured material that isn't too cluttered creates a great balance that may work in almost any area.
To achieve the best of both worlds—the sleek modernity of a frameless mirror and the polished feel of a framed mirror—inlaying the mirror into tile is a creative solution.
As can be seen above, the bathroom mirror is installed flush with the tile, giving the wall a clean, modern aspect. Adding a layer of floating shelves on top adds visual interest and functional space.
To avoid overwhelming a bathroom with too many odd shapes, remember to keep their dimensions consistent so they can be centered between the existing wall fixtures without overwhelming the space.???????