Small details make a big impression, and more so in well used areas of your home. Using the right mirrors can make or break a bathroom design, creating an open feeling and enhancing the light fixtures. Find out how to decipher your style and discover the best mirrors for your Virginia bathroom remodeling project.
The Ideal Placement
Mirrors span the wall above the vanity, but are not limited to that area. Think about how the natural light pours into this room and consider hanging mirrors across from that space to spread sunlight around. Even a row of small framed mirrors will help to reflect natural light into the balance of this room.
Pay attention to privacy as well. Adding a large mirror could make more of the room visible from the exterior, unless you install frosted privacy glass or adequate window coverings. Be sure that mirrors do not encroach on privacy.
Remember to keep mirrors off of the door for safety. Mount them securely onto the wall with brackets and clips designed for this function. Mirrors are much heavier than artwork, so avoid using a simple picture hook or mount and opt instead for something substantial attached to wall studs.
Light fixtures and storage systems can be mounted onto or through mirrors, creating a built in look. Provide your electrician or contractor with this design up front to ensure that all boxes and mounts are properly installed to suit this attractive design.
The Ideal Size
This depends entirely on your bathroom design. Virginia bathroom remodeling projects that aim for a traditional look often have dual sinks. This set up calls for dual mirrors, large enough to crown each sink, yet not overpowering. More contemporary bathroom designs lean toward larger mirrors that span from corner to corner, transforming an entire wall into a reflective surface. The trick is to find the size that brings balance to your design.
Pay attention to the function of your bathroom as well. Bathrooms that double as dressing rooms should be fitted with taller mirrors and wall-mounted shaving mirrors, while utility bathrooms or main floor powder rooms can get away with minimal mirrors.
The Ideal Shape
Personal taste often dictates the ideal shape. Mirrors come in a myriad of shapes, from the standard square or rectangle to curves, ovals, circles, geometric shapes and free-form mirrors. Designers can combine mirrors of different shapes to create a pattern or accent an architectural feature, ending up with a custom shape that adds beauty and style to your bathroom.
Function plays a role here as well. For mirrors above the vanity sink, you need to choose a shape that offers an adequate view. Installing a long, thin mirror or wavy mirror strips may add to the design, but will present an impractical surface for basic function. Shaving or make-up mirrors are often circular or framed to provide a safe edge for pulling in and out of the wall mount. And winged mirrors boast a larger middle section, with curved side mirrors to provide the wing shape.
Choosing the right mirror for your Virginia bathroom remodeling project may seem like an insignificant detail, but this small element makes a big difference. Find the mirror (or mirrors) that suit your tastes and the function, mount those mirrors in the ideal location and the entire room will be transformed into a bright, stylish space.