This is one of the most common places that’s neglected for good mirror placement, as homeowners tend to be lax and forget about the vanity once it’s already in place. But all it takes is less than an hour of work, and the aesthetic of the bathroom can be vastly changed.
The two most important things to keep in mind are the size and layout of your bathroom. Smaller bathrooms tend to take smaller mirrors (and the opposite, naturally, for larger bathrooms), but the same can also be applied for awkwardly-spaced bathrooms. The available space tends to be less and calls for smaller mirrors, while open-spaced bathrooms tend to have the room to accommodate larger mirrors.
The type of mirror you choose also has an impact on the bathroom’s overall feel. For a spa-like appearance, choose a mirror that has a minimalist appearance, such as one with a pale frame, a frameless mirror, or a rounded mirror. And for a Dickensian look, choose a mirror with a heavy, dark wooden or metal frame.
Mirrors in the bedroom tend to serve one of three functions: to gauge personal appearance, add in light, and enhance the décor of the room. But unless you’re completely remodeling your bedroom, you’ll have to pick a mirror that works around the existing furniture and color scheme.
The mirror doesn’t have to match everything exactly, but it should coordinate or complement the design that’s present. For example, if your bedroom is large, airy and open, pick a mirror that proportionately fits the dimensions and doesn’t overpower the room. And if your bedroom is more on the cozy side, small mirrors arranged together on a wall, one large with two small mirrors on either side for the vanity, or one standing mirror with a couple of small wall mirrors will suit it better.
There’s almost no place more perfect for mirror placement than on the walls in a hallway. If they’re long and narrow, use a small, horizontally-wide mirror to make the space seem bigger. And if the space is dark, placing a mirror at the end of the hallway will instantly catch the light from an overhead source and brighten the area. These tricks also work for staircases, especially winding or spiral staircases. Just make sure to place mirrors at, or just above, eye level for maximum effect.
Although mirrored furniture has to be carefully and regularly cleaned, the benefits it provides far outweigh any cons. It’s timeless, easily elegant, fits in anywhere, brightens dark spaces, and enlarges small rooms. And don’t worry if buying a piece of mirrored furniture outright is too cost-prohibitive: it’s more than easy enough to place a mirror onto any existing piece and either leave the surface as is, or cover it with a sheet of glass. One really nice byproduct of this is option is you can pick out any style and size of mirror to suit both your furniture and your budget.