Upon Reflection: Using Mirrors As A Design Statement

A mirror will lighten and brighten any room – especially a bathroom. Of course, every bathroom needs a decent mirror, so choose carefully, position it for maximum effect and it will be a fabulous design statement. A carefully positioned mirror can double the perceived size of a tiny bathroom and takes up next to no space.

This post sees us getting inspired by a variety of mirror ideas – some are wall-fixed, others are purely freestanding accessories that can be swapped or moved around to update your style whenever you fancy a change. Remember to take professional or expert advice when installing fixed mirrors, especially large-scale or full-wall size… safety is always paramount!

New Looks … Go Full Width

We think this positioning of a mirror is extremely clever indeed – the temptation would be to have a couple of square mirrors, one above each basin. However, by extending a mirror to the full width of each basin and vanity area, the look is much more elegant – and of course, in such a layout there is the advantage of a great reflective view too. These are Mozart Black Matt porcelain wall and floor tiles. Keep the overall scheme monochromatic but add a warmer touch with wooden cabinetry to create a very successful look.

Sleek & Simple

This all-white bathroom couldn’t be much simpler … the lines are clean and crisp, and our Bernini Marble Effect tiles create a sleek, sophisticated look. The addition of a mirrored panel is simple and straightforward; a high street glazing company or glass merchants will be able to provide a sheet of mirrored glass cut to size and with screw holes drilled. Mount the panel using mirror screws (which have a domed cap for a neat look). Other fixing options include mirror plates or a mirror fixing kit with brackets.

Hanging Around

A circular mirror is a design statement in itself, but teamed with an angular basin and smart tiled panel (try our Metro wall tiles to re-create this look) it adds a great curvy contrast. We love the way this little bathroom looks smart, stylish and timeless – the mirror is an investment which can easily be swapped and moved to another room in the home for a new look if you want to update in a few years. For more reflective looks, try the range of decorative mirrors by OKA.

Side By Side Style

I can’t resist flagging up these suggestions for feature mirrors in a bathroom, two by Oliver Bonas – always a great source of accessory inspiration, and a quirky one from Red Candy. These have the makings of a collection, I think. The surge in popularity of rose-gold and red-gold finishes for bathroom fittings means there’s a great choice of co-ordinating accessories around too, from toothbrush holders and soap dishes to shower heads, taps and bathroom shelves, hooks and shower caddies.

Mirrored Headboard / Rebecca Hughes

Mirrored Headboard / Rebecca Hughes

Reflective Inspiration

So … if our design-statement mirrors are proving to be a source of creativity, take a look at interior designer Rebecca Hughes’ idea for a mirrored ‘head board’. This idea would be equally effective in the corner of a bathroom or even a kitchen. Work on the basis that if you’re spending a lot of time putting together a gorgeous home, adding mirrors will bounce light around, reflecting different view and angles in a pleasing and creative way. See other examples of her sophisticated design concepts here.

Simply Black & White

And finally, if you are looking for something different to spark off the design process for a new bathroom, consider these black accessories from Soak. The square mirror teams perfectly with the basin framework and ladder towel rail. Apollo Hexagonal wall tiles and Ofelia floor tiles are both from our ranges here at Tile Mountain.

Will you be adding mirrors to your bathroom this year? We’d love to see how your restyling efforts turn out, so share your images with us by tweeting us on @TileMountainUK or tag us on Instagram!

Next time, we take a closer look at how to create your own period drama with some of our heritage-inspired tile suggestions.

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.