How to Choose a Bathroom Mirror

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Even though we all use them to check out the hair, makeup, or a quick glance over, I find that it’s easy for people to overlook the placement and type of bathroom mirror you choose when designing a space. It’s one of those items that are not exactly on the top of the list, yet we know it’s an important décor accessory to have in our bathroom.

bathroom with two vanities with mirrors and a free standing tub

How to Choose a Bathroom Mirror

Bathroom mirrors do more than just tell us how amazing we look. They can also add a touch of personality to our bathrooms. Truth is, without a mirror in our bathroom, the space may feel lost or empty, don’t you think?

white vanity with two bathroom mirrors

In the past, most bathrooms were equipped with just a large mirror secured over the vanity area with clips. Over time, trim was added around the mirror for a more built-in look. Today, homeowners are swapping out the large wall mirror and adding a more customized look.

With all the different choices in sizes, styles, and shapes available to us, it can get overwhelming to narrow down and find the perfect bathroom mirror. In today’s post, I am sharing tips on how to choose a bathroom mirror and what to consider before getting one.

bathroom tub and vanity with mirror

How To Choose A Bathroom Mirror

How to find the right size for your bathroom space

Of all decisions you need to make when selecting the right mirror for your bathroom, finding one that is the right size is probably the most important. The size of your mirror depends largely on your vanity. You need to create a balanced look between the mirror and the vanity. The size of the mirror should be relative to the size of the vanity. For vanities with a single sink, your mirror should be slightly smaller than the vanity. For a double vanity, you can’t go wrong with two mirrors (placed over each sink) or one single large mirror to cover the majority of the space over the vanity. There are so many options out there for you, plus don’t forget that you can also add a vanity light fixture!

bathroom with cabinet, toilet and mirror

How to make the mirror complement the existing decor

When shopping for a mirror, it’s important to know what style you want for your bathroom. Is it traditional, modern, rustic or minimalistic you want to evoke in your space? Perhaps you are mixing styles and want to create more interest or make more of a statement.

Believe it or not, the mirror can be a focal point in the bathroom and complement the vibe of the entire space. In my guest bathroom above, I decided on a blueish/gray framed rectangular mirror to hang on my neutral wall. This mirror complements the other accessories that I have in the space ( rug, artwork).

wicker baskets with silver framed mirror

Other factors to consider

  • For additional space in a small bathroom, choose a medicine cabinet with a mirror and plenty of storage. Or if you have a large bathroom then feel free to add multiple mirrors to complement the space.
  • There are many shapes of bathroom mirrors available. The most common is the round and square shape.
  • If you are adding lighting to the sides of your bathroom mirror such as sconces, make sure you account for the space needed. You want to make sure that your mirror and sconce fit within the width of your bathroom vanities. Plus there are lots of vanity mirrors now that come with mirror lights built in, which would definitely save space on your wall.
  • If you choose a framed mirror, you need to decide on the finish you want the frame to have. Some choices for framed mirrors include chrome, brass, wood, or nickel. Remember, it’s okay to mix and match metals in your space as long as everything complements the room design.
  • If you’re wanting a more modern bathroom, then frameless mirrors are a perfect choice.
  • If you are looking to update your bathroom, try updating your mirror first. It’s a quick, easy, and affordable way to refresh your bathroom without breaking the bank.
  • You want to hang the mirror so that it is eye-level for most users. Hang the mirror so that the mirror is a few inches higher than eye level for the tallest person using it.
  • Round mirrors are a great complement to pedestal sinks because the shape in the mirror mimics the curve in the sink.
bathroom with two white vanities with mirrors

As you can see, you can easily enhance your bathroom’s style and décor by using some of these tips to choose a mirror. Just as you would with other accessories and décor items in your home, don’t be afraid to get creative and have some fun with your bathroom mirror selection.

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