Bathroom Mirrors Buyers Guide: What to Consider Before Purchasing
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The odds of buying the right bathroom mirror for your home are pretty small if you don't know what you're looking for.
Bathroom mirrors are often much more than simply a spot on the wall to watch yourself brush your teeth. A good bathroom mirror will suit your bathroom needs while also matching your interior and complimenting the style and design of the space.
Of course, part of the reason behind the difficulty in choosing the right mirror is that there's simply so much available to choose from. For example, while traditional mirrors will always have a spot in the modern bathroom, high-tech smart mirrors are becoming increasingly commonplace with a wealth of new features.
Still, traditional mirrors have plenty to offer and come in a massive variety of styles, shapes, and sizes.
With all of this in mind, making that choice of the perfect bathroom is all the more critical. Thankfully, we've written this handy guide to make the choice easier.
The What and The Why
Ultimately, making the choice of the perfect mirror for your bathroom isn't going to come down to whether it's the best mirror but whether it's the right mirror.
For us, this choice comes down to two key questions to ask yourself:
- What kind of style suits the room?
- What type of functionality does this mirror bring?
Asking yourself these questions will help you massively and make the purchase of the perfect bathroom mirror all the easier.
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On the surface, choosing the right style of bathroom mirror seems like a relatively simple process. Most bathrooms stick to a template of style and design cues to make adding decor quite simple. This is especially true for modern bathrooms, which should logically always match modern bathroom mirrors.
The reality, however, is quite different. Most bathrooms have key exceptions in their design, making the line between clashing and contrasting styles very thin indeed. For example, combining a simple modern mirror with a beach-style interior will prove easy to blend, with the style working to easily complement each other. Conversely, matching a decorative mirror in a more contemporary style with something like a farmhouse interior would lead to less...desirable results.
A simple rule to follow when choosing the right bathroom mirror is often to stick with something minimalistic. Sure, it's fun to go big and have something inventive and wild to make an otherwise dull bathroom suddenly have some personality. Still, the reality is that there are often much better ways to make a bathroom more attractive.
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Traditionally speaking, a bathroom mirror is designed to be a piece of decoration or a space to do some personal grooming. Some people also like to practice their personal affirmations in the mirror as well.
However, as time has passed, the nature of the humble bathroom mirror has changed somewhat. Now, with the advent of smart mirror technology, the bathroom mirror has become an altogether different beast entirely. Still, the traditional mirror will take a while to be wholly replaced.
Regardless of whether it's a smart mirror or a traditional design, most bathroom pieces require some measure of functionality to justify their position in the space. As such, it's essential to consider the functionality of your bathroom mirror as much as possible.
For most, the bathroom mirror is a great way to squeeze extra storage space in a bathroom. Allowing toiletries and bathroom essentials to be placed somewhere discreetly until they're needed.
Other popular options for bathroom mirrors include ledge mirrors, which often feature a shelf at the bottom of the mirror to allow for some limited storage space while keeping everything visible.
These are often in-built design pieces but are an essential consideration if you're looking for a bathroom mirror with as much functionality as possible.
If you would like some more help choosing the perfect mirror for your bathroom, then don't be afraid to give our team at West Mirrors a call. Our friendly group of experts would be more than happy to provide some advice and recommendations!