Mirrors can be the center piece of a stylish bathroom. The bathroom mirror should always function as an accent which compliments the overall bathroom design. Once you have decided on the look and feel of your bathroom style, consider which mirror size, shape, and design will best finish off the bathroom space.
Types of Mirrors and Their Benefits
- Two Frameless Rectangular Mirrors. In a bathroom that has wallpaper with a busy or ornate pattern, tone down the noise and balance the wallpaper with two simple, rectangular shaped mirrors.
- One Large Mirror. When a bathroom has dark or bold paint or is on the small side, use a large rectangular mirror to create the illusion of additional light and space. Large mirrors also help to breakup visual clutter and create a neater look and feel.
- Large, Oval Mirror. When a vintage or clunky vanity is the focal point of the bathroom, a large, oval mirror can be used to soften the size and sharp edges of an oversized vanity. If you notice that your bathroom has an excess of sharp lines or corners, the organic shape of oval mirrors can create a contrast that will translate into a feeling of comfort.
- Get Gilded. Add a feeling of richness and luxury to any bathroom space with the addition of gilded or gold framed mirrors. The primary mirror can either be framed out with a gold border, or smaller, accent mirrors with gold frames may be hung on smaller walls.
- Wall Mirror. Mirrored walls will have an instant and positive impact in a bathroom, especially one that is small. They can be used to amplify the light from a window, and create the illusion of extra space. However, be mindful of clutter when installing a mirrored wall, as it can reflect the clutter on counter tops, giving the illusion of twice the clutter.
Types of Mirror Styles
- When your bathroom redesign includes a clean, contemporary style with distinct lines, frameless mirrors are a great choice. Giving the appearance that the mirror is floating against the wall, frameless mirrors compliment a contemporary remodel. Lighted mirrors are also a popular choice for contemporary bathrooms, as they are framed with built in lighting. Another option that successfully accentuates a contemporary bathroom is the use of a mirrored subway tile as a visual feature or a back splash.
- Redesigning a bathroom with a traditional style allows for several mirror options. Venetian mirrors provide an ornate appearance to a traditional bathroom and typically feature designs etched into the mirror surface. Captain’s mirrors can take on the style of any bathroom depending on the color and texture of the strap that is used to hang it. Framed wall mirrors can also provide a finished and elegant appearance that is commonly associated with a traditional style.
- Incorporating functionality with your mirror selections can add aesthetic appeal and value to any bathroom remodel. For example, mirrored bathroom cabinets offer both style and function without eating up too much space. Stylish makeup mirrors can be placed on counter tops as a design feature that provides function.
Maximizing mirrors in bathroom redesigns also means taking advantage of other reflective surfaces in order to maximize the mirror. Using shower glass enclosures coupled with large mirrors will open up bathrooms and create a fresher, cleaner feel. Installing reflective, glossy subway tile as accents and trim pieces reflects light even further. To get inspired using reflective surface such as glossy marble or subway tile, visit our Utile Inspiration section.