Great ideas for your bathroom mirror

Ideas for the bathroom mirror: The perfect design for the right effect

A beautiful mirror should feature in every bathroom. We take a look in it every morning to prepare us for the day ahead. Make-up, a shave, grooming or a hair check – it needs to be able to do a lot, and look good in the process. This article explains what factors you should consider when choosing your mirror.

Bathroom in grey with large mirror above the wash basin
Its wide shape and illuminated edge make it the focal point of the room, without looking showy.

Rectangle or circle? Choose the perfect shape

Marble wall with round model
The round shape creates the ultimate contrast with the pendant light.

Classic models are rectangular or recessed into a medicine cabinet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can turn this key bathroom element into an eye-catcher. Be brave and enjoy the reward of a beautiful head-turner.

A variety of shapes are available:

  • Circular or elliptical: A large, round shape produces a soft and harmonious effect, but still stands out. 
  • A collection: Hang several square mirrors to make a larger square, for example. There should be a bigger surface in the middle to ensure you get a good view of yourself. 
  • Geometric shapes: Parallelograms, rhombuses, hexagons and octagons blend in well with minimalist interior design.

Mix it: Ideas for mirrors with colour and material

The mirror above the wash basin should have a clear surface with a realistic reflection so that people can recognise themselves. But if you want to incorporate additional design elements into the room, then you can consider a colourful mirror surface in orange, gold or pink. 

Even classic models can have a bold character. The frame is often crucial here, and there are various factors to consider:

  • Frame thickness: Thin frames look elegant and modest, whereas thick frames with or without decorations are a striking eye-catcher. 
  • Material: In spa-like bathrooms, wooden frames add to the relaxing atmosphere. Aluminium, by contrast, has a cooler effect and is a fundamental element in industrial design.
  • Colours: Frames in matt black, white or silver can emphasise a bathroom’s modern look, while colourful aluminium frames create an interesting accent.

Spot on: Draw attention to the mirror using light

You have two options: You can choose a mirror with integrated lighting or provide an external light source that puts you in the right light. If the mirror is backlit with indirect lighting, it creates an understated and pleasant effect, which is also nice for relaxing in the bath tub.

One drawback here: The brightness might not be sufficient for applying make-up. If this is the case, you could consider installing another spotlight or LED light strip above the mirror to use when doing your make-up or shaving.

When choosing the light source, you should also bear the following aspects in mind:

  • Warm or cool: The light temperature will determine whether a light looks warm or cool. For an accurate view, opt for cold light between 4000 and 5000 lumens. For relaxing under the shower, go for warmer light with 3000 lumens. If you want the best of both worlds, choose a lamp with adjustable colour temperatures.
  • Protection rating: The chosen model should at least have the IP 65 rating to ensure the bulbs work safely and seamlessly, even in high humidity and with water splashblack.

So... How does your mirror look?

It can be a functional element that effectively incorporates the shapes and colours of the room’s overall design. But choose an interesting colour, shape or lighting element and it can also become a real eye-catcher. It’s up to you to decide which model will bring a smile to your face in the mornings.

Frequently asked questions about choosing the bathroom mirror

Which shapes do bathroom mirrors come in?

Mirrors are available in every shape imaginable. Square and rectangular ones are timeless classics, while round models have a calm and harmonious effect. Unusual shapes – hexagons, rhombuses or parallelograms, for example – can be a striking alternative to the classics.

How crucial is the colour of a mirror?

The colour is important: A loud colour will put the mirror in the spotlight, while frames in black, white or silver have an elegant and understated effect.

Which type of mirror works well in a spa bathroom?

A round shape with a wooden frame adds to a harmonious interior design. When it comes to beauty treatments and facial care, the bigger the better.

Which type of mirror will emphasise a room’s minimalist style?

Frameless mirrors or models with a thin, matt black frame emphasise the practical and clean nature of a room.

What do I need to consider when choosing lighting for a bathroom mirror?

For applying make-up, choose a mirror with cold light between 4000 and 5000 lumens. For relaxing, warm light with 3000 lumens. The integrated or external lighting should have the minimum of an IP 65 protection rating.

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