Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Posted: October 2, 2014 2:11 pm

Okay, so I’m entering the scary, yet intriguing world of blogging.  Why? Well, a few reasons.  I think it might be rather therapeutic for me to get a few things off my chest from time to time, and my dearest husband has learned to tune me out so efficiently that I can no longer even PRETEND he is listening.  Secondly, there are a lot of days that I’m stuck in the muck-digging out from the hot mess of vendor issues, missed delivery dates, damaged product, miscommunications, etc. that I forget how great my job is supposed to be. Clients are constantly reminding me that my job “must be so fun” so I thought, maybe I should write about the fun parts, to remind me that they still exist; focus on the positive- you know, that crap.  Thirdly, I’m narcissistic, snarky and sarcastic, traits that translate so well to the written word, so why not!

So today’s topic… bathroom mirrors.  So excited, RIGHT?!

I’ve had three requests in as many days to help choose bathroom mirrors, for three wildly different people. So are there rules, regulations and guidelines for mirrors? Sure, anything that makes you look young and thin, right?  Until the day they make that mirror, we’re just going to have to settle for  reality and choose mirrors that suit our space and tastes. So, my first recommendation, choose mirror that is appropriately sized.




Consider the vanity/sink, wall and room.  Perhaps you have the world’s tiniest wall hung sink, do not use the world’s tiniest mirror to go with it.    I know you can’t see the whole mirror, but you see enough to tell that it makes everything in there look too small for the room.  The proportion is terrible. 

too small

good size mirror





For smaller (30″ or less) vanities/sinks/pedestals, you really want a mirror that is close to the size of your vanity, within a few inches, in width.  See?  Much better.


Okay, now that’s settled, can we move on to style?  How about frames?  I like both.  I think it totally depends on the room and the style of the space (typical designer answer, right?).  I will elaborate on some guidelines. If you want the mirror to be more of an accessory to the room, something that adds a defined decorative element, you will probably want a frame.  If you would rather that other elements take center stage, such as the tile, faucet, lighting, etc., or you simply don’t want something extra to clean, nix the frame.  WARNING:  mirrors without frames are more susceptible to the mirrored backing flaking away on the edges.  We’ve all seen mirrors like that, and as a general rule, a frame will offer more protection.

Boho Bath


Oh, let’s not forget the ever elusive perfect color. As a general rule, you probably should not be mixing multiple metallic finishes in a bathroom, so your mirror frame, if metal, should match the faucet, but, like so many design rules, there are exceptions.  For example, if you’re going rustic, boho, industrial or the like, you can get away with say a chrome faucet and a mirror with wrought iron accents. See what I mean?  This boho bathroom uses a brushed nickel faucet, oil rubbed bronze sconces and one of the mirrors includes an elaborate brass frame. I’n it perty?








As for wood tones, I think they can mix and match, but you really need to stay with the same undertones.  Undertone?  What’s that?  THAT is a whole other blog post, but suffice it to say, if you have a warm light cherry vanity cabinet, you should probably use a warm tone frame also.   This vanity has a really warm rub-through under the painted finish that allows the mirror frame to work perfectly.



As much as I would love to give you every detail of picking the perfect bathroom mirror, I think this is an excellent place to start. Besides that, my day is done here, which means it’s time to start my other job as a personal chef/live-in maid wife. Until next time, let me leave you with this…

“I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but sometimes their ideas are absolutely awesome!” – Anonymous