When we wake up and rub our eyes in the morning, the first thing we do is head for the mirror to start our day.
The last thing we do before bed is wash away the day in front of the mirror.
Like lighting, mirrors are one of the most important elements in a bathroom scene. Because they are so integral to the bathroom’s ambiance and play an important role in our everyday life, why settle for something standard?
Here are a few ways to go big – perhaps literally – with your bathroom mirror.
Fun with frames
One way to add a touch of class to a bathroom is with a framed mirror. Depending on the style of the space, a framed mirror can make a dramatic statement or simply pull the room together.
Carved wood frames are uncommonly found in bathrooms, and lend an antique style to an otherwise sterile space. As long as the room has proper ventilation, you don’t need to worry about moisture damaging the wood.
But the frame doesn’t have to be wood – consider metals, too. Polished brass offers a bright, yet warm, finish to a bathroom for an on-trend modern look. Antique brass is timeless, and could play well to one of 2017’s predicted trends: mixed metals in the bathroom.
Instead of the standard rectangular shape, opt for a circle or teardrop silhouette to add softness and sophistication to your bathroom.
A cheerful and shiny sunburst adds fun and function to a small powder room, while two large teardrops placed side by side add the perfect amount of shimmer to a double vanity.
Other shapes like ovals and hexagons add just the right amount of visual interest without crowding coveted wall space.
Speaking of wall space, if you’re adding an oversized mirror to the mix, hang two small pendants or a mid-size chandelier in the middle of the bathroom instead of installing wall sconces. The hanging light fixture will make the bathroom appear larger without overcrowding the wall.
Talk about texture
Because bathrooms are so often sleek and shiny on their own, adding texture can create a warmer environment – perfect for either a guest bathroom or relaxing master suite.
Hang your mirrors with blistered rope for a nautical vibe, or use an antique frame with obvious color variation for a more worn-in look.
Nailhead trim around mirrors also offers a little more texture without sacrificing style. Opt for large nailheads to make a small statement, or several smaller ones for a more uniform style.
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