If there’s one thing about your home that anyone visiting you will judge in-depth – it’s your bathroom design. Houseguests are always snooping around, especially in the bathroom where they can linger alone in. But while you can shut the door to most of your home’s rooms and keep them out of sight, the same cannot be said about the bathroom.
So, if you want to leave the best impression, you need to work on your bathroom design. And when doing so, start with the element that gets the most attention – the mirror. The best bathroom mirrors help tie the space together and increase the functionality of the room. Some may come with modern features integrated in them, like LED lights and others may have a unique shape.
In any case, finding the right statement mirror is a seriously easy and affordable project that can have a big impact for your bathroom’s appearance. And here are some tips to help you with your search.
Consider Your Bathroom’s Existing Style
Since the mirror is usually one of the last things to add to a bathroom, you probably already have a specific aesthetic in place. So, when making your way through the wide array of bathroom mirrors, keep this in mind. If the space is more traditional, find a mirror with a classic wooden frame and a standard shape. Mirrors and cabinets combos are a good idea as they usually have a traditional design. If you have a vanity, make sure that the mirror complements it by choosing a model with a frame made of the same material the vanity is made of.
If you have a modern, minimalist bathroom, a frameless mirror with a sleek profile that seems to blend into the wall is the ideal choice. You can also choose a model with some cool technological features, like LED lighting or integrated speakers. You can also go for something unusually shaped to give the space some variety.
Size Does Matter
When it comes to a space that’s often limited like the bathroom, choosing the right size elements is always crucial. When it comes to choosing the size of your mirror, you need to think about both function and proportion. You need to make sure that it’s big enough for convenient use, but not too big to overpower the space.
If you have a vanity in place, make sure that the size of the mirror is suitable to that of your vanity. This helps create a balanced look. Typically, the mirror shouldn’t be wider than the vanity itself. The best look is to make sure that the vanity and mirror are equally as wide so that they line up perfectly. If you’re not able to find a mirror that you like with ideal proportions relative to the vanity, opt for a design that’s 70 – 80% as wide as the vanity. The goal is for the mirror to appear smaller than the vanity, but not shrunken.
When it comes to height, a functional mirror needs to reach at least 30cm above and below the eye level of the people using it. But the higher the better, as this allows more people to use it and can help open up space and increase it visually.
Pick a Suitable Shape
Most bathroom mirrors on the market are rectangular. And sure, these are practical and look great paired with a vanity, but there are many other shapes as well. A round mirror is a great way to soften up the hard edges and straight lines of a room like a bathroom. When hanged by a strap or chain from the wall, this type of mirror gives the space a nonchalant vibe, making it a good option for eclectic, vintage or rustic style bathrooms.
If you have a pedestal sink that has curved lines, a round mirror is an especially attractive companion to it. And since round mirrors are usually smaller and have more negative space around them, they are perfect if you have an interesting tile design or wallpaper decorating your wall.
Modern bathrooms with a futuristic and unusual design can also benefit from mirrors with odd shapes. Think honeycomb or something that seems to have jumped out of a Salvador Dali painting.
Don’t Overlook the Importance of Good Lighting
Vanity lighting is important for a space such as the bathroom where we’re trying to make ourselves look as best as possible. Good lighting around the mirror can help you see yourself in a real light. If you have a modern bathroom design, you’re in luck. All you need to do is pick a mirror that features integrated LED lights. These can be in the form of strips or recessed lights.
On the other hand, if you have a more traditional space, wall sconces are the best lighting choice. If you are to install sconces, you will need a smaller mirror to allow for some sconces to fit on both sides. You want the sconces to be directly above the vanity and not hang outside its edges.