A bathroom mirror should serve both form and function. The function is reflection. The form is you.
It is more than a mere piece of shimmering glass. It should be sized and shaped to help you look your best.
“That space, that mirror, is where you prepare yourself to go out into the world,” said Radka Sumberova, design consultant for Suran Built Inc., an award-winning remodeling design firm based in Crystal Lake. “It is part in taking care of yourself.”
Mirror function differs depending on the bathroom, she said. In a powder room-type bath, a modest-size mirror serves as a quick-check station for touchups. In a full or master bath, a larger mirror allows for more thorough primping and polishing, maybe even an outfit review.
The mirror can also make a smaller bath area look larger by its reflection of space.
Some points to consider:
-- Figure your height and the height of your family members so it meets everyone’s needs. One trick is to tape a piece of cardboard, cut roughly to size and shape, to the wall and move it around to find the best location.
-- Above the sink, the usual place in a full or master bath, center it between the light above and the backsplash.
-- Pay attention to lighting. Direct, it can produce too much glare. Too indirect, and you get annoying shadows.
-- Make sure the anchors or mounts can support the weight.
Sumberova said a mirror is also an import element in your bath décor. It does not always need to be framed, but if you do, it can be traditional, contemporary or anything in between.
“It’s very personal. It can be a focal point, or very functional and just flow with the rest of the décor,” she said.
Suran Built Inc.
30 N. Williams St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014