Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bathroom Designs- Mirror Wall

Since we finished tiling the floor in the master bathroom a few months ago, not much has changed in there.  Once we brought the space up to an essentially functional level we moved on to list of pressing projects around the house.  But now we're thinking it's time to circle back around and to finish our bathroom.  

The first step to wrapping things up in here will be to reinstall the woodwork-- that's right, we still have no baseboards!  With my new mitre saw and nail gun, cutting and attaching the boards shouldn't take too long and will be a quick, satisfying job (I say that, but I still need to DO it:)).  But the pressing question for our final project in the bathroom is what kind of mirror do we want over the vanity?

One idea I love is to create panels of mirror covering the whole wall, with each mirror framed in with wood trim.  (Full disclosure: in one top corner of our vanity wall there's a spot that's pretty lumpy from back when we extended the wall 10 inches to create a bookshelf.  We did the drywall ourselves, and it turns out sanding joint compound is maybe my least favorite job ever... so I never did sand it enough to make it look right.  Which is why a plan like this, which would cover the entire wall, is essential.)

Memento Designs

Better Homes & Gardens

House & Home

Another great option would be to cover the whole wall in a large piece of mirror or even a group of smaller sections to create one big mirrored surface.  The bonus here is that it would lighten the space by reflecting the window across from it and make the room feel larger.  I love these next two photos, which show mirrored panels held together with pretty brass mirror tacks.

Bradshaw Designs

Tracery Interiors

If we did install a single piece of mirror to cover the space, a fun way to add interest and personality could be to hang a mirror on top, or in our case a pair of them.  I'm currently obsessed with the one below...

Huntley & Co

Gerald Pomeroy Design Group

One final idea I've been throwing around lately is to install a medicine cabinet over each sink.  One look at the state of our countertop would tell you that we could certainly use a little more storage space, and I always love how a medicine cabinet keeps things within easy reach.  But I don't want to give up the idea of the whole wall of mirror...  So now we're thinking maybe we have the huge mirror cut with two spaces for installing the medicine cabinets...  Since we would want mirrored cabinets, the overall effect would look like we had hung two mirrors on top of the large one, just with hidden storage inside.  

Crisp Architects 

Here are a couple of mirrors that would be so pretty hung as a pair over the larger mirrored background.  I love this Venetian one from Wisteria.

Or this pretty Ribbon Panel mirror:

Medicine cabinets most often come with simple mirrors and clean lines, which I don't mind.  Here's a pretty one with a little bit of a twist.

Home Depot

And then you could go all out with this gorgeous Afina Medicine Cabinet.  Amazing.  Yes, please.



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