The bathroom mirror is a fundamental tool in our daily preparation and hygiene routine. Apart from its principal function, some mirrors come with extra advantages, like magnifying, or illumination properties. Mirrors are also decorative elements that come in all sorts of colors and shapes, which can help to lighten and open up your bathroom space.
Here’s how to make the best choice possible when considering a lighted makeup mirror or other type of mirror for your bathroom.
First, always choose mirrors that have bulbs with humidity protection; if you choose a lighted makeup mirror. Of course, you can always choose another type of mirror, but these are especially convenient because they come perfectly lit for shaving or makeup application.
If you are trying to choose between lit and unlit, consider the fact that a lit mirror will give extra light to your bathroom, as well as giving you a practical place to shave or apply makeup. Otherwise, you could also place more bulbs or lamps in other parts of the bathroom to achieve an even, bright illumination.
Some mirrors come with LED lights that can change colors when activated by hand motions.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a lit mirror, know the dimensions of your bathroom and where light fixtures are. That way, at the store, they can help you know what strength or brightness of lights you will need.
Second, it’s helpful to take into account the restroom design. Mirrors can be purchased as a bathroom accessory, to place next to a chair or atop a makeup table. You can also choose one that has a magnifying function, which can help you get those very last hairs when shaving, or that perfect foundation finish when applying makeup.
Other mirrors are purely for decoration, and may come in different shapes or sizes.
Normally, there are various shapes available ovals, circles, squares, and rectangles. Custom designs like zig-zags or swirls can also be found on some online stores. Depending on what looks the best with your bathroom design, you can choose a mirror shape (or several smaller mirrors for a custom shape), and then decide between adhesive and non-adhesive mirrors.
Mounting a mirror is the next consideration you’ll make. Adhesive mirrors don’t require you to hang anything with nails or screws and won’t leave holes in the wall. If you’re in a rental, those might be the best idea.
Also, if you have a tile backsplash or tiled wall where you want to mount the mirror, an adhesive is probably the best way to go, so as not to damage the tile in any way.
Non-adhesive mirrors may be heavier and require a solid mount. If you’re going to be purchasing a larger mirror, it’s probably a good idea to hang it will nails or screws, as self-adhesive may not be able to hold the weight and thus causes a hazard to those using the restroom and mirrors. In these cases, it’s better safe than sorry!