Most interior designers would agree that the bathroom mirror is the kind of decorating detail that should receive far more attention than it does. It is also a relatively easy way to inject a dose of personality and style into even the most clinically stark bathroom.
Sometimes, changing or putting up the mirror in the bathroom can make the difference. It can be the update you’ve wanted for so long. It also is easier and relatively cheaper than buying a new sink or updating your fixtures. Moreover, it serves a function, reflecting the light which makes the room bigger-looking and brighter.
Whatever the case, choosing a mirror can be a fun, high-impact and low-effort way to decorate your bathroom. Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or simply updating the look of this commonly used room, a bathroom mirror can have a dramatic impact on the overall space. If you find yourself strolling on the mirror alley of furniture depots, but not sure which one to get, know these tips and reminders first:
Types of Mirrors
There are many types of mirrors you can choose from, depending on the design or its overall function. Some homeowners want to go for the more traditional option which is to utilize framed mirrors, while more modern households dare to use frameless ones. Using a frameless mirror in a modern space has become popular due to its “floating” effect and is preferred by homeowners with a more modern and minimalist feel to their homes. These are also easy to install or hang but are usually glued instead of hanged to eliminate bulky hardware which is visible.
Another emerging bathroom mirror design is a custom mirror, which is created when the mirrored glass and frame are picked separately for a custom look. Installation and hanging are a bit extensive as it now becomes a two-step process.
Ensure Proper Configuration
Of course, it goes without saying that you should choose a mirror that would fit your designated wall or space inside the bathroom. Use a tape measure to get the height and width measurements of the space on the wall where you will hang or mount your mirror. Mirrors in the store will often look smaller than they do when you get them home and into your bathroom.
Keep in mind that designers and contractors suggest that mirrors are 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) from the ceiling. It should also not be taller than your vanity. Experts suggest leaving 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of wall space on each side of the mirror as well.
Establish a Budget
One of the most efficient ways of narrowing down your options is by allocating a budget—how much are you willing to spend for a bathroom mirror. Usually, mirrors are priced between $50 to over $1,000, depending on the size and simplicity.
Before window shopping, set a budget before shopping so you know how much you can and is willing to spend. If you are buying a mirror just to update the space, decide on a range or a specific dollar amount that you will not go over. You can also designate a portion of your remodeling budget for a mirror. You can reduce the amount you plan to spend on paint, lighting, or other fixtures to accommodate.
Additional Tips: Purpose, Mounting, Warranties
Mirrors are no longer just for reflections anymore; they are also very functional. Remember to consider the function of it equally as you think of its look. Some mirrors can also serve as storage. Some can even double as additional lighting—which is ideal for cosmetic reasons.
Mounting can vary from hanging to gluing it in place. If you plan to keep your mirror on the wall for a long as you are in the home, use permanent installation, such as glue or liquid nails. Use wire or mirror brackets if you plan to change the mirror or move in the near future. The hardware is less expensive and much easier to install and take down.
Check out hardware stores, bathroom design showrooms, online retailers and home and garden magazines. It would also be helpful if you do some online research, reading product reviews. You can even talk to design professionals via email, or personally in stores. It is also a good time to ask about return policies and warranties. If you get the mirror home and into your bathroom and you hate it, or it breaks before you get it installed, you will want to be able to exchange it for something else.
At the end of the day, the mirror you should choose should reflect your style and your personality. Contact your trusted bathroom contractor to help you decide and install your newest bathroom upgrade.