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How to Select a Powder Room Mirror

This beautiful mosaic mirror was created by a husband and wife team.  It will compliment a range of wall colors.
This beautiful mosaic mirror was created by a husband and wife team. It will compliment a range of wall colors.

 

It’s likely the first and last thing you see when visiting the powder room: the Mirror.  Yet so many people play it safe by using a mirror and light fixture from the same collection.  That is just plain boooooring!  There are so many fantastic mirrors out there of all shapes and sizes, finishes and styles.  So let me give you some tips that will help you select something stylish and unexpected in this great little space. 

 

 

 

Classic, classic, classic.  A Chinese Chippendale mirror can be used in the most traditional or electic of homes.

Classic, classic, classic. A Chinese Chippendale mirror can be used in the most traditional or eclectic of homes.

 

This Funky Faux Bois (fake wood) Mirror from Stray Dog Designs is a modern way to bring nature into your room. It's available in 13 colors but I think the white would look great on any color wall.

This Funky Faux Bois (fake wood) Mirror from Stray Dog Designs is a modern way to bring nature into your room. It's available in 13 colors.

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Powder Room Mirror Selection Guidelines

It can be difficult to select a mirror but if you start with size and shape and move onto style and finish, the process will be a snap. 

Size - Make sure to measure your available space. 

  • Side to Side:  Make sure you have an inch or two extra between the mirror and light fixture or the corner. 
  • Up and Down:  You want it a couple of inches above the sink or backsplash and under any wall-mounted light fixtures

ShapeRectangular is the most common choice but octagonal or oval mirror adds some interest.  Round and square mirrors need to be pretty large for the scale to work and you may not have the space.

Style- Give consideration to the style or theme you have created but don’t overdue it.  If other elements of the room are super detailed, then go with a simpler mirror or vice-versa.  Mirrors with chunky frames are dramatic but they often reduce the viewing area substantially.

Finish and MaterialChoose a mirror finish that complements your lighting but does not match.  If your lighting is bronze metal, then consider a gold mirror or one with a stained wood finish. 

  

This lovely mirror is made in Syria and features carved walnut and mother-of-pearl inlay.  It's a bargain at $350.

This lovely mirror is made in Syria and features carved walnut and mother-of-pearl inlay. It's a bargain at $350.

  

 

 

 

 

If you are a minimalist, then this one is just up your alley.  The addition of the nickel bar and cables elongates the mirror and makes it much more stylish than your typical frameless mirror.

If you are a minimalist, then this one is just up your alley. The addition of the nickel bar and cables elongates the mirror and makes it much more stylish than your typical frameless mirror.

 

So when it’s time to select a powder room mirror, find something that’s add interest, color and texture to your room.  It will really elevate the look of your powder room. 

~Lorrie

 

 

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