Tips for using mirrors in your bathroom decor
Mirrors contribute so much to interior design. They not only add another surface for color, texture and patterns, these reflections also help open up a space. Mirrors work double time in the bathroom. You need them for function, as they help you wash up and apply makeup. However, they also disperse light throughout the room and create the illusion of additional space.
Don’t skimp on the bathroom mirrors. Of course you will want to place one above your vanity. The is the one you will use most often. But what about when you get ready in the morning? You’ll also need a full-sized mirror to display your entire outfit. In addition, consider mirrors in place of artwork. Let’s dive deeper into mirror placement and style options.
Above the vanity
If you only have one mirror, place it above the vanity. Some people shave in front of the mirror, while others fix their hair in front of it. Depending of the size of your vanity you will have more space to lay out your toiletries.
Pedestal – Pedestal sinks are great for vintage rooms. However, they don’t have much surface space, so they have limited functional use. If you have a pedestal sink in your bathroom, a tall rectangular mirror would work well. Another option is to simply set up another area with a mirror to complete the rest of your daily beauty tasks.
Vanity – Larger vanities have ample counter space to house toiletries and accessories. Small vanities benefit from a rectangular mirror, similar to the pedestal sink. However, if you own a double vanity, you’ll want to use an oversized mirror or two smaller options. If you choose to buy two mirrors, oval or round styles are preferable if you have other soft lines in the room, like those in clawfoot tubs.
Against the wall
There are a variety of styles of floor-length mirrors. If you are following a vintage aesthetic in this room, opt for a Old World-style mirror set on a framed base. These swivel on their stand to conform to different angles. Or you can also choose one that is installed directly on the wall. Either way you’ll have another place to get ready in the morning. For a sleek look, choose a frameless option. If you want a mirror with a frame, match the finish, color or pattern with the rest of the decor in the bathroom.
On the walls
Helping disperse light – To capitalize on lighting when you are adding a mirror, put it on the opposite end of the room from your light source. If you have a window on the far end of the room, place a large mirror on a parallel wall. The mirror will reflect the sun’s rays and help light your room.
Creating a larger space – People with small bathrooms can make the room seem large quite simply. Just install an oversized mirror, or several smaller mirrors, on the wall that is opposite from the door. This way, when people come in they won’t see where the room ends, just more space.