What size should a bathroom mirror be

Framed mirrors for the bath: it’s not design magic, it just seems like it

A Pivotech mirror in a bathroom makes a major difference in the success of the room’s function and interior design. Mirrors help bring a room to life. Their ability to make a room appear larger and brighter enhances the overall atmosphere and makes all your other design choices look even better. Design done right with mirrors can make them seem magical, but it’s really the result of careful planning and strategic choice.

The need for careful choice is particularly true when it comes to selecting the size of your framed mirror. A mirror too small for the space ends up surrounded by blank wall; it looks odd and out of place. While a mirror too large dominates the anchoring point (usually the vanity) and creates an awkward, boxy effect.

How to choose the right size mirror

1. To determine the ideal mirror width, measure the width of the vanity you plan to install the mirror above and limit your choice to a mirror, including frame, this size or smidgen smaller.

2. To determine the ideal mirror height, measure from the base of the vanity up to the lighting. Determine if you want a gap between the top of the mirror and the lights or if you want them flush. To avoid water spots, consider placing the mirror about 15cm above the vanity.

3. Give attention to windows in the bathroom. Choosing a mirror big enough to reflect a window, without hanging over the edge of the vanity, dramatically increases the natural light in the bathroom. Better lighting bring out the best in every other design feature you include in your bathroom.

4. Informed by the information you uncovered in points 1 through 3, determine the amount of usable mirror space you want or need. With a thicker frame, you may lose a lot of usable mirror space , which may result in it being difficult for two people to use the mirror at once. Pivotech’s framed mirrors are sleek, elegant and minimalist. They complement today’s design preferences perfectly and maximise usable mirror space.

5. If applicable, measure the recessed space where you intend the mirror to go. Generally, recessed spaces best accommodate a large, custom frame-less mirror, as the walls will naturally frame it. However, you can choose to treat it as just another wall, measuring the width of the space and determining frame thickness, one mirror versus two, etc., just as you would a flat wall.

6. Once you’ve determined the dimensions you think you want for your new bathroom mirror, cut a large piece of paper that size and tape it to the wall where you want the mirror to go. Give it a critical eye. Test what it looks like if the mirror is flush with the vanity or if you create gaps all the way around. You might want to try a couple sheets of paper to see what it would look like if you install two mirrors rather than a single, longer mirror. This practical visualization helps you to make the best choice when it comes to size.

Whether new construction, adding a new bathroom or renovating and existing one, mirrors offer a fantastic design solution. Mirrors aren’t magical, but their ability to enhance the stylish shower screen, tiles and other design elements in the bathroom makes them seem like they are.