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6 Bathroom Mirror Ideas

6 Bathroom Mirror Ideas

The importance of the bathroom mirror is often underestimated. It serves much more than a practical purpose as a guide to shaving or applying make-up; it is also an integral part of the bathroom design, which can be used to reflect light, and help the room to feel more spacious. This is particularly important in small bathrooms.

Changing the mirror is also a great way to update a tired bathroom without too much hassle and disruption, or requiring a large budget. It can be installed in a few hours with some general-purpose tools. Here is some inspiration to help you get going.

Buy the largest mirror you can afford

The bathroom is usually one of the smallest rooms in the house, and a large mirror can really make a huge difference. The usual place to install it is above the wash basin and vanity unit, but you could consider installing extra mirrors opposite a window or entrance to bounce some extra rays of light around the room. 

Make sure the mirror is well lit

The mirror should be properly illuminated, both for practical reasons so you can carry out detailed tasks such as applying eye make-up and shaving, but also to make the most of it as a decorative feature. You could install wall lights either side and above the mirror, or opt for a backlit version, that is operated with touchless technology.

Install a pivoting mirror for extra flexibility

A tall mirror that is mounted on a pivot on a vanity unit countertop allows you to alter the angle, and make the best use of natural light in the room. It also means that the mirror is set to the side of the basin, allowing room for extra decorative tiling or a bigger backsplash area. 

Make use of different shapes to update the bathroom

If your bathroom lacks visual interest, choosing an interesting shaped mirror can create the extra focal point that it needs. On trend shapes include circular mirrors with minimal framing, and mirrors with wavy edges. 

Choose the right frame

The style of the frame may depend on the size of your bathroom. Larger rooms can absorb heavier or darker coloured frames, especially if you have a retro design in your bathroom. A smaller or more contemporary style bathroom may suit a modern frameless mirror better. Otherwise, a coloured frame which picks out accent colours in the décor can look good.

Go large

Another trend is to install a full length mirror behind a freestanding bath. This can really alter the dimensions of a room, and flood it with light. Choose a gilt frame for that perfect touch a boho luxury. There is also a trend for installing an entire mirror wall in shower rooms to aid with carrying out tasks such as hair removal. 

In a smaller bathroom, integrating the mirrors with the doors on a vanity cabinet can work well. Look for modern mirrors with built-in de-misting features and touch-sensitive backlighting. 

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