If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom to make it as luxurious possible, missing out on investing in a luxury mirror to sit on top of your posh vanity is one mistake you won’t want to make. There are a number of different ways that you can use a bathroom mirror to make your preening space look more luxurious, and there are quite a few different mirror styles to choose from. Check out a few of our top tips on how to pick a mirror that will perfectly complement your bathroom’s luxury vibe.
1. Make It Big
As you cook up some mirror ideas, keep in mind that one of the best ways to project an air of being well-off is to make things big. Whether it’s your garage, your SUV, or your bank account, big things belie luxury, and mirrors are no different.
If your mirror isn’t taking up at least half of a wall in your bathroom, you’re doing something wrong. Keep in mind that a single huge mirror isn’t your only option; you can also deploy a whole fleet or smaller mirrors or big mirrors on opposite walls to create a spacious vibe in your bathroom.
2. Go for an Antique Option
They simply don’t make mirrors like they used to anymore. If you’re looking for a bathroom mirror that evokes a truly classy vibe, you might want to try an antique option that simply screams the Victorian era or early modernism.
If you’re going for a more rustic look in your bathroom, you might want to choose a vintage mirror that truly shows its age, but if you’re simply trying to export the incredible designs of the past into the present, an immaculately restored option would be a better fit. Keep in mind that some of the best types of scrollwork and other intricacies in mirror frame designs are only available if you decide to go for an antique option.
3. Use Metallic Materials
If you want to have a luxurious mirror without the associated cost, it’s possible to project an aura of luxury simply by choosing a metallic material for your frame. It isn’t even necessary to use real metal; if you want, you can make your bathroom look more luxurious by spray painting a basic wooden frame with gold or silver metallic paint.
However, it’s easy for the discerning eye to tell the difference between a faux luxury mirror and the real thing. While choosing a mirror frame made from solid 24-carat gold might be a bit too gauche for even the most snobbish tastes, a little bit of gold leaf might look good as an accent on your mirror frame, and properly polished brass can shine like the sun in the right lighting.
Plus, there’s also the option of using silver for your mirror frame. Silver is much less expensive than gold, and as long as you keep it from tarnishing, it gleams with the same grandeur of any other precious metal.
4. Deploy LED Backlighting
If you’ve taken a look at enough home design websites, you’re already well aware that a mirror backlighting craze is currently sweeping the design community. With the advent of LED lighting, it’s easier than ever to shove bright lights in the most surprising places, and many designers are choosing to take advantage of this technology by equipping round or rectangular mirrors with strips of LED backlighting, which creates a remarkably attractive effect.
You can take advantage of LED backlighting for your mirror even if you don’t want to replace your current feature. All you’ll need to do is find a way to push your mirror forward from the wall by an inch or two; a thin frame of lumber can work wonders for this purpose. Then, simply glue or staple an LED strip to the spacer between the mirror and the wall, and wire your LEDs to a light switch. Once you’re done, you’ll have access to impressive mood lighting whenever you want to show off the beauty of your luxury bathroom.
5. Try a Hanging Mirror
Speaking of trends, many hip home designers have also recently decided that hanging mirrors from interesting objects is the best way to make a statement in a bathroom. For instance, you could try hanging a big, round mirror off of a pair of antlers, or you could also use a repurposed industrial bobbin and some thick rope to give your guests the impression that your mirror is walking on air.
It’s certainly possible to buy a hanging mirror that’s already equipped with all of the hardware you’ll need to dangle it from your wall, but you might it to be more fun to make your own hanging mirror. In the end, you’ll only need an object that’s strong enough to hold your mirror’s weight and some form of rope or line to tie to the edges of your mirror. If you want, you can even simulate the aesthetics of a hanging mirror while securely attaching your mirror to your wall.
6. Set up a Wall-to-Wall Mirror
If you want to highlight the luxurious features of your bathroom to the fullest extent possible, you might want to try installing a wall-to-wall mirror in your bathroom. Unfortunately, these types of mirrors aren’t available in many interesting shapes, but they do make your bathroom seem much bigger while also projecting wealth.
While you’re at it, why not wrap your mirror all the way around your bathroom? This type of style was all the rage in the middle of the 20th century, and it’s one of the best ways to show off the true scope and size of your bathroom. Keep in mind that this type of mirror might be disconcerting to some house guests.