Ideas for choosing the best bathroom mirror for your unique style
Of all the places you may hang a wall mirror, there’s no mirror as important as the one you install in your bathroom. Your bathroom is a direct reflection of your style and the bathroom mirror is a direct reflection of, well, you. Once you have created your distinct look with wall color, tile choices, plumbing fixtures, a vanity and flooring, the bathroom mirror is an important focal point. Not only does the mirror need to work seamlessly within the space, it also needs to fit within the confines of any architectural or installed fixtures, including wall sconces, bathroom vanities, windows or crown molding.
Mirror shape is likely one of the first places you’ll begin to shop for bathroom mirror ideas. Rectangular bathroom mirrors are the most common because you can see your entire reflection and the symmetrical design fits in to mimic the rectangular shape of a bathroom vanity. If you want to bring more playful shapes into your design, consider choosing something different for powder room mirrors or for a master bathroom mirror. Round,square,oval or arched mirrors are excellent choices, especially if your bathroom is on the smaller side.
Once you have determined the shape and size of mirror for your bathroom, you should decide whether your space would look best with a framed bathroom mirror or frameless. A framed bathroom mirror adds a decorative element to your room, but keep in mind, it will minimize the mirror’s reflective surface area. Choosing a framed bathroom mirror opens up many other options and you can shop for frames in popular finishes like nickel, matte black, rubbed bronze and chrome.
When you have narrowed down the shape, size and mirror type, you can begin to shop by unique mirror features. Adjustable features can adapt as you need. You might search for bathroom mirrors with lights that are dimmable, LED-enabled or feature touch illumination. You can also shop for bathroom mirrors with shelves for toiletries or decorative accents and you can look for mirrors that swivel or have a medicine cabinet to hide knick-knacks.
No matter the type of bathroom mirror you’re after, don’t make the mistake of making a choice simply based on how it looks. You will want to find a bathroom mirror that addresses style, dimensions of the space, and added features that will enhance the way you use it to get ready each morning.
A: The size of bathroom mirrors is entirely dependent on style, proportion, and personal preference. You might want an oversized mirror that spans the wall behind your vanity. Or you might want something proportional to your sink area. Alternatively, you might want something that is smaller because of the dainty size of your bathroom. The most important thing is to hang it at a height where your reflection fills the mirror, and it is centered over any fixture below it.
Q: What are some tricks for stopping a bathroom mirror from fogging up?
A: The best way to prevent fogging is to add a protective film that moisture won’t adhere to during showering. You can do this with a variety of products found right in your bathroom. Apply either: shaving cream, shampoo, or a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to your mirror and wipe it down, so the reflection is dry and smooth. You can also apply a defogging window product made for car windows.
Q: Why do some bathroom mirrors rust and are there options that don’t rust?
A: If your bathroom mirror is rusting, it is probably made of metal that is not suitable for wet areas. Sometimes we find the perfect style of mirror and forget the elements at play over time. Metals that stand the test of time in moisture rich environments include gold, silver, platinum, and stainless steel. Older mirrors may rust because of the type of metal that the back of the glass was first treated with to create a reflective surface.
A: Behind the glass of the mirror, a channel is built to house the LED lights. Because LED can be manufactured with a small profile as well as a constant glow, it is a perfect addition to a mirror. It can render skin tones beautifully and mimic daylight color temperatures. A great LED mirror can feel like a great photo shoot in the morning.
A: Depending on the mirror type, it can be recessed into the wall or surface mounted. A recessed mirror will be flush with your wallboard and will require a professional installation by a contractor. A surface mounted mirror will hang directly on your wallboard with secure brackets, often included in the kit for the mirror. Check your mirror specs for the type of installation when you order.
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