Whether you’re building a home from scratch or giving an older bathroom some much-needed love and attention, finding the right bathroom mirror can be a bit of a tricky task. You see, this tool is one of the hardest working and most practical things in your home.
Working on a functional purpose and design aesthetic level, the bathroom mirror can change the game when it comes to your home.
You might be on the journey of searching for your next bathroom mirror, and if you are, I definitely didn’t mean to overwhelm you! Because though there are a lot of things to think about, finding the right bathroom mirror for your place doesn’t need to be difficult.
Read on for 7 tips and tricks that will help make the process a little easier.
Tip 1 – Understand the purpose of your mirror and what you want it to do for you!
This might be an obvious one and you’re probably thinking I’m using it to see myself in – but really think about what you will be using the mirror for.
The bathroom might be your oasis, the place you go to relax, or it could simply be the place you brush your teeth each day. Try to take note of how you use your mirror.
Do you have any gripes with your current mirror situation? Is it too big, too small, not bright enough, at a weird height, always foggy?
And while you’re at it, think about who else may be using it. Is it something for your whole family, or just used by you and any visitors you have to your home?
You see, by taking note of how you use your mirror (and whole bathroom) you might realise some of its shortcomings, some of which may be rectified with your next mirror.
For example, if your bathroom is on the darker side, you could opt for a mirror that is backlit with LED lighting or you might have a bathroom that is quite small where a mirror with built-in storage might be the way to go.
Tip 2 – Team with the theme
Once you know the answer to the above, you can have a think about this. What is the style of your bathroom, or the vibe that you’re going for? Perhaps the room is purely about function and practicality, and that’s great, you’ll be able to find a mirror quite easily.
Or perhaps you’ve got a style or theme to your bathroom (and possibly your whole home), that you want to capture and enhance with your mirror.
Maybe you’re trying to create a beach house feel for your bathroom, or a luxurious, opulent vibe to your whole home, with so many materials being used to make mirrors, no matter your style or your home’s style, you’ll find something to suit.
Tip 3 – Mirrors of all shapes and sizes
This is a tough one because there are several things at play when it comes to finding the right size and shape mirror for your bathroom.
Some of the things you need to take into consideration include the wall space you have available, the height of your ceilings, the size of the mirror in relation to your vanity or sink unit, and the size of your actual bathroom.
You see, the size of the mirror is all about proportion. Whether the bathroom mirror is there to be practical or as a design element (there is no reason it can’t be both), your bathroom mirror needs to be practical and in proportion to your space.
A mirror too small may render it non-functional, and awkward looking, a mirror too large may make your bathroom feel smaller than it is.
When it comes to the shape, this can help completely change the look and feel of the bathroom.
Do you want practical and traditional, where a rectangle shape can work, or do you want to create a nautical softer feel with a round mirror; or are you looking to create a real focal point for your bathroom, where perhaps something a bit different, like an oval-shaped mirror might grab attention?
Tip 4 – Someone is going to have to clean it
Ok, we don’t mean to be party poopers, but the reality is, the mirror is going to have to be cleaned by someone, and because you’re the one on the hunt for the mirror, chances are you might be the one who does the cleaning of it too.
Though it’s one of the smaller realities to think about, depending on the type of mirror (and its size), some mirrors can be harder to clean than others.
Remember to take things like the design and materials used to make the mirror into consideration, because some things are just easier to clean than others, for example, a mirror without a frame is going to be a lot easier to clean than one with an ornate and intricate design.
Also, consider its size and possible placement for this, a large wall to wall mirror will be very practical, but someone is going to have to reach all areas of it to keep it clean and in good working order.
Tip 5 – Keeping up with the times: Mirror Types & Innovation
There are so many types of mirrors out there and that’s exactly why we recommend making sure you really think about our first tip and how you use the mirror. It will help you narrow down the options here because they are almost endless.
From a basic standpoint, there are frames and frameless mirrors. Each can give its own look and feel to a space, with a framed mirror being a bold option, and a frameless mirror often fitting into a space in a seamless manner. However, this is just the beginning of mirror types.
There has been a lot of innovation in the mirror space, particularly in the bathroom.
Some of the other mirror types you might come across include mirrors with built-in storage, such as medicine cabinet with the mirror as the door, or ones with ledges on the front; mirrors with lighting built-in, either front or backlit, where your mirror could act as the source of light for the entire bathroom; mirrors with demister pads built in to stop them from fogging up; and even smart mirrors, with built-in screens!
Knowing what you want to use your mirror for (along with your budget) will help you work through these different types available.
Tip 6 – Take note of the Materials
The bathroom experiences all sorts of climates, from hot, humid, dampness to crisp, fresh coldness. Make sure you’re purchasing a mirror that is made from quality materials that are built to withstand these changes.
When you shop from a reputable retailer that specialises in mirrors, particularly bathroom mirrors, like Luxe Mirrors, you don’t need to be too concerned with the materials used to build their mirrors, as they only stock mirrors that are up to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of them.
Tip 7 – Don’t rush it
Finding your bathroom mirror is a process and one that should not be rushed. Make sure you take the time to learn how you currently use and want to use your mirror, and make sure you work within your means, both financially and spatially.
There is no point in buying a mirror that will not fit the space you have available, or that you can’t use practically.
Before you commit to a mirror, try hanging one temporarily, in the space to get a feel for it – practice makes perfect!
And make you measure!
Trust us, if you think about these 7 things, you’re going to cover all your bases when it comes to finding your next mirror – each of these tips will help the next one and will ultimately leave you with a checklist of what you’re looking for.
And if you’re still stuck looking for your next mirror, check out this informative article from the team at Luxe Mirrors. Experts in all things mirrors (not just bathroom ones), the team can help you find what you’re looking for.