When you are looking to update your bathroom, you tend to think of the big remodeling projects you might need to do, like a new shower or vanity. Instead, think of replacing your bathroom mirror. The right mirror can completely transform the look of the space and bring your drab bathroom back to life.
It is important to measure your vanity counter before shopping for a mirror. The mirror should not be wider than the vanity, but it can be smaller. By coordinating the mirror to the width of your vanity you will create a balanced look in your bathroom. If you cannot find the exact size for your bathroom, choose one that is 70-80% smaller than your vanity so it is still large enough to be functional, but creates enough contrast to make it look purposefully done.
Width isn’t the only measurement you need to consider – also measure the height between the light fixture and the top of the vanity. If you need to replace your dated light fixtures, now is the time. When hanging a mirror, be sure to consider every user. The best way to hang it is to give 12-inches of space above and below the eye level of all users.
Double-bowl or extra-wide vanities are a popular trend in bathrooms and provide a few different mirror-style opportunites. You can either hang one large mirror that will cover the width of the entire vanity or hang multiple pieces, emphasizing the walls and shape of the room. When you hang one large mirror, it will reflect more light and make the room feel larger. This is a personal preference, but also can be important when designing ambiance for different spaces. For example, a powder room might benefit from soft lighting and a smaller mirror whereas a master bathroom that gets used for makeup might benefit from a larger feel.
When using smaller mirrors or multiple mirrors, make sure you leave room for sconces on the sides. Many people prefer this type of lighting due to it giving off softer lighting and less harsh shadows. Take it into consideration when measuring the size of the mirror and vanity so they don’t feel crowded.
Frameless mirrors are common in bathrooms because they are easy to clean, are less expensive, and give bathrooms a modern look. Framed mirrors, on the other hand, can become statement pieces. They often help tie together a traditional style, but many can have modern frames as well. A simple frame in a solid color with limited texture will work in any space if you are feeling overwhelmed with options.
Rounded mirrors soften spaces and look excellent above pedestal sinks. If you have a unique wall color or feature wallpaper, more of it will be visible with the rounded edges of your mirror.
If your bathroom is short on storage space, you may want to forego a mirror and opt for a medicine cabinet. The practicality cannot be beat. Medicine cabinets come in many different styles and can bring either a modern or classic look to your bathroom.
If you’re really looking for a unique piece, look into replacing your standard mirror with a lighted mirror. They provide excellent lighting and are incredibly stylish. Lighted mirrors are a stunning statement piece for any bathroom. They come with a higher price tag, but you can forget about buying the extra bar lights!