10 Ways Mirrors Can Transform Your Bathing Space
Every bathroom needs a great mirror, so make sure yours is as fabulous as it is functional
Mirrors that double up as practical storage cabinets are a godsend in the bathroom. Choose handsome, frameless blocks of storage with simple mirrored fronts that hide a host of drawers, shelves and nooks for stashing your stuff yet maximising reflections.
If you are storing medicines and other first aid kit alongside lotions and potions, be sure to use a lockable cabinet so younger members of the family can’t gain access to the contents.
There’s nothing like a fancy carved mirror in burnished gilt to top off the bathroom – particularly when it’s huge and impressive like this one, hung amid stunning architectural proportions and complemented by additional metallics. Gold, bronze and copper are still flying high on the interiors radar, so seek out vintage designs at car-boot sales and in second-hand shops. (Or find stacks of modern-day versions on the high street.)
You could even upcycle a wooden frame with a can of gold spray paint – just make sure you neatly seal off the inside edges with masking tape so it doesn’t ruin the mirror.
I have a real soft spot for charcoal walls at the moment, and this deep, dramatic hue makes a seriously cool design statement teamed with a pure white bath and basins.
If you’re thinking of doing dark in the bathroom, you’ll need several mirrors dotted around to reflect natural and artificial light. These gold-edged, vintage mirrors are bold, curvaceous and spot-on for mixing up striking colour and finish. Combined with the inky walls and vintage-style sanitaryware, they create a real sense of glamour.
Be inspired by dark colours for every room in the house
In my view, it’s difficult to beat the classic styling of an original Art Deco mirror on a chain. These mirrors will inject just the right hint of eclectic chic if you don’t want to go for the full-blown vintage look.
It’s unlikely two second-hand designs will be the same, so pairing a couple up will really boost the effect. This allows the subtleties and slight design differences (and even imperfections) between each mirror to create an interesting montage that can’t be picked up on the high street.
If you aren’t one for antiques hunting, there are many pretty reproductions available new that will create a similar effect.
Sleek bands of cut-to-size mirror sandwiched between tiles are a simple solution for giving a bathroom a fresh and airy feel. Position the mirror at just the right height so all members of the family can get a good view and so the reflective surfaces can bounce light around all four walls to maximise the effect.
Offset with plain white fittings and a swathe of dark timber for a classic look. (And don’t forget to polish your mirrors regularly to maintain the gleam – on a large, continuous surface, it will really show up!)
It’s often the simple decorative touches that make the most impact. This dividing mirrored wall not only conceals the shower, it manages to bounce maximum light around this uplifting space.
The plain, modern mirror also creates a sleek, pared-back contrast with the curved bath and classic architecture, proving that mixing-and-matching your styles really can work wonders.
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Bathroom mirrors don’t necessarily need to be of the wall-hung variety. Reflective surfaces in all sorts of forms can help to create a shiny, happy, feel-good eau zone. So consider maxing out on the shiny stuff with mirrored storage, shiny chrome fixtures and glossy tiles.
Minimalists will adore the clean lines of this bathroom, which are enhanced many times over by the generous use of mirror above the dado rail stretching right up to the ceiling. And of course, mirrors are a decorator’s best friend when it comes to maximising space in a small bathroom, especially when teamed with pure white, wraparound surfaces on walls, floor and ceiling.
Ensure the bathroom is both functional and welcoming by consider any built-in lighting at the outset, before your mirrors are installed.
See some clever light-maxing mirrors in this Houzz Tour
This is multi-tasking at its best. If you don’t have space for a freestanding mirror in your bathroom – or even a sizeable wall-mounted version – why not make use of the back of the door with a tall mirrored panel? This is also a good solution if you don’t have space for a full-length mirror anywhere else in your home, either.
Be sure to keep some door space around the mirror free for the handle, and to clearly indicate that this is actually a door (you don’t want anyone misjudging the reflection as another space to walk into).
These slick, suspended, circular mirrors are beautiful for so many reasons. It’s not only because of the ingenious way they ‘float’ in midair, but because the fuss-free, frameless circles soften the graphic silhouette of the square basins and furniture.
This is a clever way of hanging mirrors when there is no full, solid wall on which to fix them – and shows how making a feature of the fixings, rather than hiding them, can look interesting, too.
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