A bathroom mirror might not seem like it needs that much consideration but the type of mirror that you chose for your vanity can have a drastic effect on the overall feel of your bathroom. There are plenty of things to keep in mind when choosing your bathroom mirror. There are also plenty of options so once you have it narrowed down, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Consider the following when shopping for your bathroom mirror.
Base the size of your mirror on the size of your vanity. You don't want it to be too small but a mirror that is too large will take over the wall and can make your bathroom appear off balance. Also measure the height. You don't want to purchase a mirror and come home to find that it is too tall to fit or awkwardly short.
Decide if you want a rectangular mirror or oval. These are the most common shapes but there are also plenty of unique shapes to chose from. You can really treat your mirror as a piece of art in your bathroom so don't feel limited by shape.
If you chose a large mirror, a frame might not be necessary if it takes up the full length of the vanity and touches both the edge of the vanity and the ceiling. However, if your mirror is smaller a frame can really make the mirror look custom as it will match the cabinetry or décor of the bathroom.
If you have a framed mirror, make sure that the color coordinates with the rest of the bathroom. Many match the frame to the color of their vanity cabinetry but you can have a little fun and chose a color that contrasts with the colors of your bathroom in an aesthetic manner.
Chose a mirror that has a little character if you are looking to make a statement in your bathroom. For some bathrooms, a simple mirror is best but if your design allows, a unique mirror will truly wow guests and boost the overall theme of your bathroom.
Not sure about your options when it comes to purchasing a mirror? Take a look at these bathrooms that contain unique statement making mirrors.
This thick and detailed mirror frame fits in this bathroom for a few reason. It contrasts well with the red and white tile and also matches the finish of the sink and fixtures. The design of the frame doubles as a piece of artwork in this small bathroom that really helps to pull all the small details together. The size is also perfect for the vanity and allows for lights to be placed on each side.
A mirror is also a great way to gain a little extra storage in your bathroom. This bathroom has a pedestal sink that looks great with the design but leaves little room for storage. A small mirror on a wooden shelf adds just enough shelving to make up for the lack of counterspace without taking over the space. If you have a shelf that is similar in size and shape to the one in this bathroom, consider making a mirror yourself. You can customize the paint color and chose just the right size mirror for a quick project that can really add a great element to your bathroom.
This red and white bathroom is extremely modern so a fun shaped mirror really fits in. A single mirror may not have been enough for the length of the vanity so instead of adding a second mirror or choosing a larger mirror, three mirrors have been placed on top of each other. This is another example of how mirrors can be used as artwork in a bathroom.
Your mirror gives you the opportunity to chose colors and finishes that might not work in the rest of your bathroom. In this example, a metallic finished mirror looks great against the tile. The vanity has more neutral tones, which helps to balance the room. These metallic finishes might have been too bold to use on the vanity or throughout the entire room but by using them on the mirror, the owner still got the colors that they wanted without the design coming off as tacky.
When it comes to double vanities, many opt for a single large mirror. But these wooden framed mirrors help to create a more custom look and also allow for extra storage to be built in between them. If you are having custom cabinetry constructed for your bathroom, be sure to consider having custom mirror frames built as well for a uniformed look.
If you do add a large and frameless mirror to your bathroom, make sure that the size is perfect. A large mirror like the one pictured will look awkward if it is just an inch too long or short for the vanity. Also make sure that it reaches the ceiling. This will help to reflect light and create a seamless look.
As you can see, your mirror can have quite an effect on the look of your bathroom. Have fun while looking for mirrors for your bathroom and remember that you are not limited to just a basic rectangular mirror.