Let’s go through some rapid fire bathroom mirror q/a:
Do you have side sconces over your sink?
The safe bet is to go with a circular mirror.
Is the bathroom wired for an overhead sconce?
Go with a square or rectangular shaped mirror.
Is it ok to mix metals?
Absolutely! Even if all other finishes in the bathroom are consistent, it’s totally fine to use a different finish for the mirror!
Is any mirror fine to use?
If it’s going in a full bath, the mirror should be labeled “bath rated” to avoid mold, be of shatterproof construction, easily hung, etc.. If it’s going in a powder bath, having it be “bath rated” isn’t necessary, and you can choose a mirror from really anywhere.
How do you decide simple v. ornate?
Well, you know I don’t believe in design rules, but unless you’re a maximalist, it’s a safe bet that if your hardware, cabinetry and plumbing fixtures are all show stoppers, then go with a simple mirror. If the hardware, cabinetry and plumbing are all very unremarkable, then try and knock it out of the park with a stunning mirror.
What about the size of the mirror?
General rule: same width as the vanity itself, but if that’s not possible, choosing a mirror that is 70%-80% width of the vanity is also fine.
One mirror or two?
There are those that say you should go with one large mirror to cover two sinks. However, I have seen separate mirrors hung over each sink with great effect by some designers. So I don’t believe in rules when it comes to this! If you go the route of multiple mirrors, using tall, skinny mirrors will emphasize verticality of the room. Using one large mirror tends to have the effect of opening up the room, since you get more reflection from the opposite wall.
How tall should the mirror be?
Between 30” and 36” will give you a good amount of space and plenty of visibility. The mirror should be hung to give the person at least a foot of clearance above and below his/her reflection.
These are just some basic guidelines to get the juices flowing. Send me your pics of your bathroom spaces; I’d love to see the role of the mirror in the room!