Serafina. Bathroom Mirrors. December 19th , 2017.
Once you've selected your bathroom suite you`ll want to pick accessories, fixtures, also fittings to show it off at its best. A mirror is an essential bathroom fixture and the type that you choose will depend on how you and your family use the bathroom, your bathroom may even benefit from multiple mirrors with each mirror used for a different purpose.
It's also worth bearing in mind that using mirrors in a bathroom is a great way of creating the illusion of space, making a small space seem larger and brighter. Irrespective of the type of mirror you buy, there are five things to consider when buying a mirror: size, style, quality, ease of cleaning and price.
Mirrored Bathroom Cabinets: Bathroom cabinets are available in both contemporary and traditional styles and most styles feature a mirror. The mirrors are commonly attached to the cupboard doors, sit on the door panels or occasionally fully hide the cupboard also the style you pick depends on the size, feel or look of your bathroom.
If more than one person at a time is likely to be using the room a paneled mirror with more than one section might prove useful. Many modern cabinets feature integrated lighting and shaver sockets, which is useful if you plan to apply makeup or shave in front of the mirror. Bathroom cabinets come in many styles and finish so picking one to coordinate with your bathroom suite should be fun.
Non‐illuminated Bathroom Mirrors: This type of mirror is available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles. They can be hung anywhere and are useful if you need more than one mirror in your bathroom.
Mirrors commonly come framed in wood and these look lovely in naturally themed bathrooms whilst beveled and etched glass frames give a mirror a more traditional look. A simple unframed mirror is a perfect choice for the minimalist bathroom whilst some mirrors feature built–in glass shelves, ideal for storing makeup or smaller bathrooms where storage is limited.
Illuminated Bathroom Mirrors: An attractive mirror makes a really nice focal point in a bathroom and one that lights up serves a dual purpose helping to create a feeling of space as well as provide somewhere well lit for shaving and makeup application. It is worth bearing in mind that all illuminated mirrors require a mains electricity supply.
Illuminated bathroom mirrors come in two types; the lights are either mounted externally and sit above the mirror or down the sides, or they are built into the body of the mirror and sit behind the glass. Where the lights are visible the mirror is likely to have a more traditional appearance.
Mirrors with integrated lighting can look particularly striking with lights mounted down the sides, around all four sides, in a circle or even to give an infinity effect. When the lights sit behind the glass the mirror is flat making it easy to clean. Illuminated mirrors can be switched on and off via a small pull—cord, by touching the mirror or via a motion sensor.
Some mirrors feature a magnified section, which is helpful for close up tasks and some have a really practical 24‐hour digital clock, useful for timing the kids brushing their teeth or making sure everyone leaves the house on time. Back–lit mirrors often incorporate a de—mist pad, a small pad that sits behind the glass and warms it very gently so that it doesn´t mist up when the bathroom gets hot and steamy.
Shaving Mirrors: These useful mirrors are perfect for small bathrooms or en‐suites and they can be attached to a wall above a basin or beside a window, where they fold flat. They extend when pulled, can be angled and have two sides; a standard mirror which is great for shaving and a magnifying mirror which is useful if you have poor eyesight, are applying makeup or using tweezers. Some shaving mirrors feature halo lighting, which is particularly useful when combined with magnification.
• Bouncing light off bathroom mirrors or shiny surfaces is a great way to make a small bathroom look bigger and brighter as lights reflected in mirrors creates a feeling of spaciousness.
• If your bathroom is somewhere to relax and unwind mirror‐reflected candlelight is a great way to create intimate atmospheric lighting.
• For a designer look if you have an alcove get a piece of mirror cut to the same size and fix it to the back. Light from above with a down–lighter and mount glass shelves in front. This type of shelving is a great way to create extra storage space.
Makeup is best applied using natural light or in front of a mirror that throws light evenly onto your face. Lights mounted on the mirror or down the sides are therefore best.
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