During the final touches of any home addition design, many would agree that the most overlooked items are the mirror or the bathroom vanity mirror. Technically, the moment you look at it, you tend to see a reflection of everything else around you before you even see the actual mirror itself. Though treated that way sometimes, a great looking mirror is one of the most important components in any room, most especially in the bathroom. When it comes to its style, size, and shape, you will never run out of choices and here are some tips that you can use to be able to take home the best mirror perfect for your vanity area.
Sizing Your Mirror
There are two things that you should look into when choosing the size of your ideal mirror: Proportion and Function. To achieve a balanced look in your bathroom, visualize the size of your mirror based on your vanity space.
Ideally, your vanity mirror should not be bigger or wider than the space itself. The easiest and safest way to pick one is by choosing a mirror that is almost as wide as the space you wanted it to be placed.
Some opt for a custom-sized mirror because you won’t find a pre-made vanity mirror that will exactly fit the width of your bathroom vanity area. The perfect functional vanity mirror should only reach at least 30 centimeters over and under your eye line or whoever will be using the bathroom. Hence, the more height you apply, the better, because it can provide a wider viewing angle and space.
Single vs. Multiple Bathroom Sinks
If you have a bigger bathroom designed to cater more people, you have to have a wider and spacious vanity area, even more, if you have multiple sinks. This leaves you with the option of either using multiple mirrors or just a single vanity mirror that is wide enough to service the entire room.
You can have multiple skinny and tall mirror if you wanted to give the bathroom a bit of an upright view. With this, you have to consider the height, especially if you have a high ceiling. Although, you still have the option of using one large vanity mirror you’re okay seeing more of your bathroom’s opposite walls. Also, you are free to use multiple mirrors even when you only have one sink. In fact, when you place a mirror at the center of the sink and then add another mirror symmetrical to your center mirror, it actually balances the look of the room even more.
Consider A Bathroom Appeal
Having sconces in between a vanity area is one of the reasons why smaller mirrors are being chosen and installed. Technically, you can install vanity lights anywhere within your bathroom nook, but having them beside the mirror provides more light for the face which is more functional and convenient.
If you prefer to use a more stylish approach in sizing your vanity mirror, ignore the size of the vanity and instead use mirrors as wall accents. This will not only give you a better view of your entire bathroom, but it also makes a compact bathroom looks twice its actual size.
If you’re thinking of having a custom-sized mirror that will exactly fit wall-to-wall, expect that it may cost you more compared to having a stone or tile behind or surrounding your mirror which is much more affordable.
Framed or Frameless
Frameless mirrors are widely popular, not because they look stylish but because they are also less expensive. They can also transform a traditional-looking bathroom into an avant-garde space with a clean, fresh and spa-like appeal and ambiance. While mirrors with specific and detailed frame suit the classic areas where other decors and elements are as distinct and intricate as the entire bathroom façade.
Maybe this time you’ll see your vanity mirror in a different perspective and will have your home remodeling architects DC help you make the right decisions for your bathroom area paying attention to every element and style.
The right mirror on your wall can give the whole space a brand new life. Since mirrors will only reflect what’s in front of them, choose the wall with care. The reflection becomes a part of your room. Feng shui practitioners say that mirrors should only be placed facing certain directions, and not indiscriminately on any wall. In any case, choose the wall with care.
Mirrors perform many functions. Use one to augment, define, or accentuate what is already present in your space, or place it where it reflects a favorite view. You can also use a mirror to open up a room or to add some light.
The three most important things you should look at when selecting mirrors are shape, size, and style.
Find a Shape That Works for You
As you might have already realized, shape plays an important role in defining any space. It can create a mood, accentuate what is already there, or give an illusion of something else.
- A long horizontal shape will serve to accentuate width, as it helps sweep your eye along a long line. A tall vertical shape will call attention to height as it makes your eye travel up.
- An angular shape such as a square or rectangle will help give an orderly restrained look.
- Use a rounded or curved frame for a softer or maybe even whimsical look, depending on the style of its frame.
- You can even create a shape by grouping several mirrors together just the way you would with photographs or framed art.
Why Size Matters
The size of your mirror can influence the impact you want to create. The selection of size should also be based on whether you want the mirror to be a focal point, an accent, or merely act as the background.
- A single small mirror on a large wall will look lost and insignificant. Choose a size that is appropriate for the wall you have selected.
- If you want your mirror to be a focal point in your room, make sure it is large enough to stand out, but also define it by choosing a frame that makes it even more noticeable.
- If you want your mirror to become part of the background, you should choose one that is extra large so that its function then becomes to make your space appear larger. Don't give it a frame that draws attention to itself.
- Smaller mirrors can be used as accents, catching light here, reflecting an interesting object there. They can also be used in groups. If you do plan to use smaller mirrors in groups, remember that together are acting to form a much larger shape and these could act as a focal point in the room.
It Is All About Style
Your mirrors can reflect the style you already have in your room, but you can also create great impact by choosing a style that is unexpected and for that reason acts as an accent. While the shape and size of a mirror matter, the frame plays an even greater role in determining style.
A perfectly placed wall mirror can make a real difference in the look and feel of your home. That’s why we want you to be confident in the exact shape and size of the mirror you order.
Our wall mirror sizes are measured by outside dimensions. That means our frames are measured from the very outside edge instead of the size of mirror placed in it. We measure our products this way so that you know the total amount of space the frame and mirror will use and can accurately visualize your mirror all the wall in your home, including the width of the frame. We have such a variety of frames, from small thin modern moldings to larger antique style moldings, a mirror of the same size can look quite different with different frame moldings. We use outside dimensions to give you the most accurate measurements no matter what style frame you choose. The outside dimension width is listed first followed by the height. You can change the orientation of the mirror to fit the style of your home when you hang it
For our round framed mirrors the outside dimension listed on our site is the diameter of the circle from any point on the outside edge through the center. Our round framed mirrors are perfect circles so the length and width are exactly the same.
For our oval framed mirrors the width listed is the widest part of the frame measured from the outside edge through the center, and the height is the tallest part measured from the outside edge through the center.
For our rectangle mirrors the width is measured by connecting any two points on the outside side edges of the frame with a horizontal line. The height is measured by connecting two points on the top and bottom edges of the frame with a vertical line.
As you browse our mirrors, you will notice the description of each item lists the width of the frame itself.
If you want to know the size of the mirror included with your frame, subtract the width of the frame from the outside dimensions.
For example, one of our best sellers, Sante Fe Oval in Antique White has outside dimensions of 14in x 18in. The actual frame is 1 3/8in wide. So the size of the mirror is 12 5/8 x 16 5/8.
We provide the frames’ outside dimensions to give you the most accurate measurements so you can plan your wall space appropriately. We encourage you to use these measurements to create an outline on your wall so you can accurately visualize your mirror on the wall and know that you are getting exactly what you want.
Mirrors are great for decor. Not only do they look beautiful, but they can also make a room feel much larger than it is. When picking one out for your space, consider size, shape, and style.
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You can combine beautiful metallic mirrors with canvas prints or metal prints on your wall or choose to have a stand-alone mirror to brighten up any room.
Whether you will be using the mirror for styling yourself or for decoration purposes only, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before placing it:
- How high do you need to hang a mirror?
- Where will it be placed?
- Will it be placed above any furniture?
- Will it stand on it’s own or will you hang other items alongside?
The key is balance. A small and delicate piece of furniture will look odd below a huge and overpowering mirror and a small, thin mirror over a large and heavy dresser will go unnoticed.
How High To Hang a Mirror?
The ideal space between a mirror and the furniture below it is six to eight inches if your furniture is approximately 35 inches high.
If the height of your furniture is below 35 inches, then an eight to 12-inch space is ideal.
If your piece of furniture is around the 40-inch high range, then you’ll only need about three to five inches between the bottom of the mirror to the top of your furniture piece.
If you want to choose a mirror to go above your headboard, make sure there is a five to 10-inch space between the top of the headboard and the bottom of the mirror. You’ll also want to make sure that what is reflecting from the mirror is visually appealing as it will also serve as “art” above your headboard.
If the mirror will be standing alone (without furniture beneath it) and is over 40 inches tall , you’ll want the top of the mirror to be 55 to 65 inches above the floor. Make sure you measure and tape the area for reference before you hang. This will ensure you are happy with the placement. The same goes for hanging a picture as well.
Another option is to lean the tall mirror against the wall. This will make the room look twice as big and serve as an interesting decor piece.
Ideally, you’d never want to place a mirror above eye level as seen in the image above. It won’t serve any real purpose and it won’t look balanced on the wall or amongst other items.
Also, keep in mind that when you isolate the mirror from the other pieces such as canvas prints or photos, they will act as two separate decor pieces.
See our chart below for reference on how high to hang a mirror.
How High to Hang Your Mirror Above Furniture
Where to place a mirror
When thinking of where to place your mirror, it’s best to figure out if it will be standing on its own or amongst other items on the wall. If you choose to position it amongst other items, there are several beautiful gallery wall ideas to choose from. However, it is important to make sure all the items go well together to create a cohesive look.
Rectangular mirrors work best on their own depending on the width. You never want to have a mirror that is wider than the furniture below it because it will overpower the decor. Rectangular mirrors are best when they are placed in the center of the width of the furniture.
Circular mirrors tend to look great with other pieces of art amongst them. You can either center the mirror and have items around it or have the mirror off-center and keep items to the right or left of it.
There is no wrong or right when it comes to the additional decor pieces around the mirror. Check out these living room wall decor ideas to find what works best for your space.
Now that you’ve figured out how high to hang a mirror, you get to move on to the fun part: decorating! Choose from a variety of styles and unique color combinations for every room in your home and figure out ways to display your vintage or modern mirrors. The possibilities are endless.
Filling your wall space with art sometimes seems daunting, but there are some simple ways to determine what size frames you should buy for your different wall spaces. You want the art to be noticeable but not overwhelming. Think about where people are likely to stand when viewing the art inside the frame as well as how big your wall is. Instead of taking the whole wall into account, consider only the sections needing a focal point, such as above a sofa or fireplace.
Measure the height and width of your wall space with measuring tape. Break your wall into sections to determine where to place art. If your entire wall is 15 feet long but has two windows, measure only the space between the windows. If you want to place framed art above a sofa, measure the length of the sofa to determine the width of your wall space.
Determine where people are likely to stand when viewing the framed picture. As a general rule, the diagonal measurement of the art should be about equal to the viewing distance. For example, if you’re putting a picture over a sofa, people are likely to stand about 3 to 4 feet away because of the couch dimensions. When you determine how far away people are likely to stand, you can better calculate the best frame size.
Calculate two-thirds of the height or width of the wall space. For example, if your space is 6 feet wide, two-thirds would be 4 feet. This is your first guideline for the size of your frame. It doesn’t have to fill two-thirds of the entire space, only two-thirds of the distance in one direction.
Mark a rectangle with painter’s tape on the wall in the size that you calculated as two-thirds of your wall space height or width. Stand back at a typical viewing position to see if the frame looks too big or too small. Measure the diagonal of the rectangle to see if it comes close to the distance you were standing from the wall. If the painter’s tape frame seems too big, break it into two smaller frames with about 4 inches in between. Sometimes two or three frames work better than a single frame to fill large areas, such as above a sofa.
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- It’s better to have frames that are slightly farther away than the diagonal measurement of the frame rather than closer than the measurement. For example, if the frame measures 26 inches on the diagonal, the art would still work if people stood 3 feet away. It won’t work as well if people are likely to stand 20 inches away.
- Hang your frames so the vertical center is about 60 inches from the floor, which is an average eye level.
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As a rule, the mirror should measure several inches less than the vanity or sink area. For example, if you’ve chosen a 48″ single sink vanity, you will want to select a mirror that’s width (frame included) doesn’t exceed 48 inches. To make sure the mirror doesn’t overpower the room, aim for 42-44 inches total.
Also, how big should a mirror be over a buffet? For furniture less than 30 inches high, hang the mirror as close to eye level as possible, which ranges from 57 to 65 inches from the center of the mirror to the floor. Go slightly lower than this when hanging a mirror over a buffet console in a dining room.
Likewise, people ask, can a bathroom mirror be bigger than vanity?
The mirror should be long enough vertically to allow everyone a decent reflection. Typically, the mirror should not be wider than the sink or vanity. Basically, the mirror shouldn’t be conspicuously far above the sink nor, unless it is a very large mirror, too close to the sink.
Should vanity lights hang over mirror?
Over–Mirror Lighting Height In those situations, a wall-mounted vanity fixture above the mirror is an option. Install the light above the medicine cabinet or mirror at a height of about 75 to 80 inches from the floor. The bathroom vanity light height impacts how well you can see your reflection.
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How to Choose the Right Mirror For Your Space
Our process of choosing style, shape, size, and grade!
Mirrors are one of those small design elements that make a big difference, but when it comes to choosing the right mirror for a space, there are a few rules we like to stick to.
Our team has learned a lot about how to select mirrors, and today we’re going to walk you through our process of choosing the right style, shape, size, and grade!
Here’s are a few things we always consider when choosing a mirror:
No. 1: Size
There are a few rules of thumb we abide by when choosing the size of a mirror.
Over a piece of furniture:
If we’re selecting a mirror for above a piece of furniture, we like the mirror to be smaller than the piece below it to allow for some breathing room.
When the mirror covers the whole piece of furniture below it, it can take over the entire feeling of the look. However, if the mirror is a few inches shorter than the piece of furniture, it’s easier to layer a lamp and decor on top of the piece and create a balanced vignette.
On the wall:
Hanging a mirror on a wall is a great way to make your room feel bigger, but you don’t want the mirror to dominate the entire wall. If we’re hanging a mirror on a narrow wall, we like to leave a few inches of wall space outside of the mirror to create balance.
In the bathroom:
Choosing the right sized mirror for a bathroom is all about the elements surrounding it.
If you’re doing a new build and you are choosing your lighting, plumbing, and electrical, you have the flexibility to customize the layout, and can decide to do one large mirror or two smaller mirrors. Whereas if you’re remodeling, you’ll likely have to work around the current electrical and sink placement.
Typically, if we have two sinks, we do two mirrors with sconces on either side. We like the mirrors to at least cover the length of the sink, so if the sinks are close together, sometimes sticking with one, longer mirror is a safer bet.
In a new build, we try to mix up the layout of the bathrooms throughout the home for a more custom look and feel. For example, if we do two, small mirrors with side sconces in one bath, we might do one long mirror with an overhead light in the other.
No. 2: Shape
When it comes to selecting the right shaped mirror for a space, there a few things we like to account for.
Over a piece of furniture:
We like to get creative with our mirror shapes over pieces of furniture, and often choose more unconventional shapes.
If we have a dresser with soft, round, edges, we tend to contrast it with a square-shaped mirror, whereas if we have a piece with harsher edges, an arch or circular shape can create the perfect contrast.
In the bathroom:
In a bathroom or powder room, the first thing you have to consider is the surrounding lighting.
If the electrical in a remodel is wired for two side sconces, we’ll likely choose a circular shaped mirror rather than a square-shaped mirror, and if it is wired for an overhead light, we typically choose a square-shaped mirror.
We have done a circular mirror with an overhead sconce in the past when the space has called for it, but it can be harder to find the right balance and make it work functionally.
No. 3: Style
Choosing the right style of your mirror has a lot to do with the elements surrounding it, and since we gravitate towards transitional looks, we tend to create a mixture in each vignette. Here are a few things to note:
In the bathroom:
There is a difference between bathroom grade and non-bathroom grade mirrors (we’ll get to that later,) but when it comes to style, bathroom-grade mirrors are typically more streamlined.
Also, sometimes by the time you have lighting, plumbing, and all of the other elements that constitute a bathroom, doing a really detailed mirror can be distracting to the eye. For both of those reasons, we tend to keep mirror styles simple in a lot of our bathroom spaces.
We do, however, still like to play with style balance by using the mirror to play off of or contrast modern or traditional elements in the space.
A word on finishes: When it comes to mirror finishes, we tend to think of a mirror as a standalone. Meaning that even if we decide not to mix metals on lighting, plumbing, and hardware, we may still choose a contrasting finish for the mirror.
Sometimes choosing the best proportionate mirror for your space can be challenging. There are no wrong sizes when choosing your mirror, but if you need tips and help on where to begin, this article will definitely get you on the right track.
Bathroom Vanity Mirror
The standard bathroom vanity sizes are 24 in., 30 in., 36 in. and 48 in. wide for single sink vanities and 60 in. or 72. in for double sink vanities. Standard bathroom vanity heights are 32 and 36 in. The standard bathroom vanity depth is 21 in.
As a general rule, a vanity mirror should measure several inches fewer than your vanity sink area. For example a 30 in. wide vanity should be paired with a 26-28 in. wide mirror. As far as the height, it depends on your ceiling height and your personal eye level. Standard vanity mirror are usually 28-34 in. high.
• Hang the mirror 5 in. to 10 in. above the sink.
• Hang the mirror a few inches above the highest part of the faucet.
• Center the mirror in between the vanity lighting and the sink.
Full Length Dressing Mirror
In order to show a reflection of your entire body from a distance, a full length mirror must be at least one half as long as your height. For example, if you are 64 inches tall, the full length mirror must be at least 32 inches long, or you will only see part of yourself in the reflection. If you choose to lean a mirror against the wall, standard sizes generally start at 64 in. high.
Standard Full Length wall hanging sizes are 36 in., 40 in. and 48 in. H.
Leaning Floor Mirror sizes are 64 in., 70 in., 76 in. and 83 in. H.
Accent, Console or Couch Mirror
To choose the best width for an accent mirror, estimate between 50- to 75-percent of the width over an accent table, console, or couch. Accent tables are generally between 30 to 36 in. high. Mirrors should be approximately the same height but can be six inches taller or shorter. To estimate the total exact proportionate width of the table calculate width x 0.625 = the perfect width mirror for the table, console, or couch.
- Rooms with high ceilings look stunning with extra tall mirrors.
- There are no absolutes in design, but a good rule of thumb is to leave at least 1 foot above and below your mirror installation.
- For furniture less than 30 inches high, hang the mirror as close to eye level as possible, which ranges from 57 to 65 inches from the center of the mirror to the floor. Go slightly lower than this when hanging a mirror over a buffet console in a dining room. Because people are mostly sitting in this type of space, the natural eye level is lower.
When choosing the size of the mantel mirror or even works of art, use the natural line of the mantel as a guide. The opening of the mantel and vertical side supports of your mantel are the ranges you want to aim for. The mantel is below 50 in. wide, and its natural lines are 46 in. & 32 in. wide. You generally want to stay around those sizes if you desire a well proportioned mantel mirror.