Bathrooms contain a lot of elements and items that need to work together to create a functional and cohesive space. Besides the necessary fixtures, like bathtubs and sinks, you have great freedom when it comes to choosing the décor items. And one such decorative element that no bathroom can function without is a mirror.

Bathroom mirrors are produced in such a wide variety of designs, sizes, and shapes that they can complement any style. From chic vintage bathrooms to contemporary-style ones, you’ll be able to find the perfect mirror to accessorise your unique space. If you were wondering which mirror to choose for your bathroom, follow these steps to have a clearer idea of what you need.

Consider the Available Space So You Can Choose Accordingly

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The first thing that should be taken into account is the space you have for the mirror. Since most people decide to go with mounted bathroom mirrors because they’re practical and easy to incorporate into the bathroom design, it means that the wall space needs to be measured. You can go as big as you want or need with the mirror size but for a balanced look, the mirror should be chosen according to the size of the other elements in the bathroom.

If you have a vanity, the mirror is typically mounted above it, which means the two should match in size. Usually, the mirror isn’t larger than the vanity unit and, for a harmonious look, the two should have the same width. This, of course, is the best solution if you have them custom-made because you might not be able to find a mirror that’s the exact width as the vanity.

Another approach is to purchase a mirror that’s a bit smaller than the vanity. In this way, it’ll look neat because they won’t overpower each other. Also, be careful with wall vanity units because they take up from the wall space, which leaves even less space for a mirror. You don’t have to worry too much because no matter which size you need, bathroom supply stores offer a wide variety of mounted bathroom mirrors that will beautifully fit any space.

Regarding the height of the mirror, it should be a little above the eye line but feel free to get as much height as you can. Bigger mirrors tend to open the bathroom and make it look more spacious. On that note, depending on your bathroom’s configuration, you could go for a mirror that takes up the entire wall. It will definitely make the bathroom feel bigger and brighter.

Choose the Most Suitable Shape to Enhance the Bathroom Look

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Mirrors come in various shapes, the traditional one being rectangular. Just like with the size, you should choose the shape of your bathroom mirror according to the other predominant shapes in the bathroom design.

Rectangular is mostly chosen for bathrooms that feature other elements in this shape. That could be the vanity, bathtub, and shower. It’s a common shape so you can find it in numerous styles.

Square mirrors are another typical design that works well in all spaces. It creates a symmetrical look and perfectly complements a square vanity that’s either mounted on the wall or rests on the floor.

Round mirrors are chosen because of their aesthetics. They create a sense of perfection that no other shape can surpass. They would work best with elements with slightly rounded edges that give an overall softer look but the beauty lies in the fact that round bathroom wall mirrors can be styled to look good with anything.

There are other available shapes, such as teardrop and arch mirrors that can work in most spaces if chosen properly. Different shapes can give a different vibe to the entire bathroom, so make sure that you choose according to the look you’re after.

Determine a Budget So You Can Stick to It

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Since mirror prices can vary greatly depending on the store, size, and style, it’s best to set a budget so you don’t spend more than you can afford. We oftentimes want to get the exact model that we imagined but that may not be in line with how much we can spend. Look for bathroom mirrors online and consider your options before splurging. You’ll maybe find a sale or discounts that can save you some money.

Consider the Bathroom Style and Pick the Ideal Mirror

Frameless vs. Framed Bathroom Mirrors  

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It’s essential that the style of the bathroom is reflected in the mirror you choose. The frames play a big role and it’s them that make one mirror more suited for one décor than another. If you prefer to go frameless, the accent should be on the shape. Frameless mirrors are often cheaper, save space, and render that clean look many want. Also, they’re mostly used in modern bathroom designs.

With framed bath mirrors you can experiment as much as you like. They can create a nice focal point that won’t go unnoticed. Their price is higher due to the extra material and intricate design. The frame makes them bulkier which means you need more space if you want this type. Framed mirrors are considered to be more traditional but with the numerous options, you can find one to match any bathroom style.

Lighting Shouldn’t be Ignored When Choosing a Mirror

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One way to accentuate the mirror’s design is by the use of lighting. There are mirrors that come with installed LED lights. They are usually frameless and beautifully light up the entire space. Another option is adding sconces around the mirror. This works well with smaller mirrors that have extra space on the sides. Adding a stylish sconce on both sides makes it more aesthetically pleasing and functional. There’s no limit to what you can do with the lighting in the bathroom but you mustn’t disregard the power that it has on the entire bathroom look.