A bathroom without a mirror is like a house without a kitchen. It may take a second to notice what’s fundamentally wrong, but you certainly will notice. Of course, not all bathrooms are the same, nor is every mirror, so it can be a challenge to find the best mirror for you and your bathroom. Your mirror will have a significant impact on how your bathroom looks and feels. To get started, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits and drawbacks of framed and frameless mirrors, so you can decide which is the right choice for your aesthetic and preference.
Frameless Mirrors are a favourite here at House of Mirrors. These mirrors are essentially large sheets of finished mirrored glass, and they’re are becoming increasingly popular in modern bathrooms. Along with frameless, glass shower doors, frameless mirrors are a perfect complement to a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic. The sleek, clean frameless look is ideal in a powder room, as it won’t overcrowd the small space. But an oversized, frameless mirror can also be the perfect match for a larger bathroom, as it can be custom cut to take up the full wall above your vanity.
Extending from the top of your backsplash to the ceiling, these mirrors will also stretch across the entirety of the wall horizontally. Giant, mirrored walls offer the fullest reflection of any bathroom mirror. They also dynamically brighten the room and serve to visually double the space, making your bathroom instantly feel grander and more luxurious.
On the other hand, frameless mirrors don’t offer any storage. Some people feel they’re a little too simple or look boring. Finally, frameless mirrors are often installed using glue, which makes them hard to move and can quickly lead to big problems if mistakes are made.
Framed Mirrors are a classic and beloved choice that fit almost any bathroom. While you can use an off the shelf framed mirror from the same place you got your vanity, the selection of mirrors is often poor and boring. Framed mirrors comes in all shapes and sizes. From simple rectangular wood frames, to elaborately carved or painted frames in a variety of unique shapes, we feel that mirrors should be treated with the same reverence as a piece of art, and offering a wide selection of decorative framed mirror is a part of that ideal.
The perfect complement to flamboyant, traditional, or antique style bathrooms, the right framed mirror is able to coordinate wood work, stone, ceramic, and glass in order to stunningly combine and bring together all the other aesthetic elements and materials. Framed mirrors work especially well in pairs, and they are the natural companion of the double sink vanity.
Installing a framed mirror is simple and reversible, so mistakes can be easily rectified, and the mirror or frame can be updated or replaced at any time.
However, framed mirrors aren’t perfect for every bathroom. In smaller rooms, the frames can look bulky and dwarf the mirror itself. The frame is also just another thing that will need to be kept clean. Finally, the packaged framed mirrors that come with pre-made bathroom vanities tend to be quite small, so they can offer less visual coverage. Of course, we recommend choosing a grander, beautiful framed mirror rather than defaulting to an off-the-shelf, department store option.
The experts at House of Mirrors love working with Calgary homeowners and interior designers to match you with the perfect mirror for your bathroom. Come into House of Mirrors today and visit the largest mirror and glass showroom in Alberta, or bring your ideas for something extra special — our artists can craft a custom mirror just for you.