How To Choose The Perfect Bathroom Mirror
When it comes to choosing a mirror for your bathroom all mirrors are not made equal.
You want to make sure that you choose one that is designed especially for the bathroom. Remember, a bathroom mirror provides a function and has to withstand the wet, humid conditions of the room. Ordinary mirrors that you can buy generally have a wood or metal frame which could warp or rust in the damp.
Choosing Your Mirror
Consider the size of your bathroom:
A large bathroom can generally take a larger mirror. You want your mirror to be proportionate to the space it is in. Perhaps you have a master en-suite with a double vanity. In this case, you could choose two matching mirrors hung side by side or a wider mirror that stretches the length of the unit.
If you have a smaller bathroom or en-suite you can use a mirror to help create the illusion of having more space.
The Size Of Your Sink Or Vanity Unit:
As a rule of thumb, you don't want to choose a mirror that is wider than your vanity unit. Say for example your vanity unit is 50cm wide choose a 45-50cm (frame included) mirror. Any bigger and you might overpower the room.
You don't want a bathroom that is too dark. Mirrors can help to disperse light. Where possible, position your mirror across from a window to maximize the amount of natural light in the room. For bathrooms that do not have much natural light, mirrors with built-in lighting can be a clever solution.
Think about layering task lighting (for showering, shaving, putting on makeup etc.) and ambient lighting (to create a cosy atmosphere).
Colour temperature is key. The lower the number of Kelvins (the measurement of light temperature) the warmer the light, the higher the number the cooler, or bluer, the light. Whether you choose warm or cool lighting is down to personal preference. Warmer lighting can feel cosy and is flattering on the skin. Cooler lighting is crisper and better for completing tasks.
A mixture of both would be the optimal solution and why we supply mirrors that allow you to switch between Cool & Warm light.
Often overlooked, but dimmable lights in a bathroom can add ambience & help save on electricity costs. Plus they are perfect in the mornings or middle of the night when you just can't face flicking on the big light.
Forget the old fashioned medicine cabinets you have in your head. Bathroom mirror cabinets these days are both stylish & practical. Perfect for smaller areas that don't have a lot of room for storage. If you are building new or retrofitting your bathroom you could even recess some cabinets (such as our Knox mirror) into the wall so they add less bulk.
Hope you find this helpful and as always if you need any help in choosing a bathroom mirror the team here would be delighted to help you.