Decorative Bathroom Mirrors – Pros and Cons
November 27, 2017

Bathroom mirrors are a crucial part of your bathroom renovation. We are currently doing a mirror Month at on the ball bathrooms so feel free to check out our Pros and Cons of Mirrored Cabinets and any other of our bathroom tips. We are covering one of the hardest things to get right in a bathroom renovation the decorative bathroom mirror. Now should you go with a traditional vanity mirror or an updated bathroom look with decorative mirrors?




Decorative Mirrors Make a Statement

Decorative mirrors aren’t a new concept. We often are trying to get our guests attention whether with a beautiful piece when you open the front door or a large canvas in the living room. Bathrooms are now becoming the place for a decorative mirror piece and Perth, Western Australia is no different as we are going through a mini-boom of mirror options and the range is incredible. So if you are wanting to make a statement to the bathroom the mirror is crucial as its often the first thing you see when you look into the room.



They Create a Theme to The Room

Bathroom mirrors can be an important centrepiece to the room’s theme. For example, in a beach-themed bathroom, you can hang a decorative mirror with starfish or seashells around the mirror’s frame.
Even without a set theme, mirrors can add to the colour theme by matching existing cabinets. Some are stained, some are painted to match the cabinets. Some mirrors come with a black gloss or brushed silver frame to match the bathroom’s plumbing fixtures rather than the cabinets. And if you have a small bathroom, an elaborate decorative mirror provides a central focal point that makes the best use of the small space. Below we used the wood frame bathroom mirror to match into the wood vanity at a bathroom renovation in Thornlie.





Style Over Function

Decorative bathroom mirrors look great, but they may not function well. Some decorative mirrors have small surface areas, making it harder to check your appearance. This is especially true in the trend of using several smaller bathroom mirrors instead of one large mirror.

Other bathroom mirrors may take away the extra storage space you’d typically have if using a medicine cabinet with a mirror on the front.


The Bigger the Mirror the Harder the Lighting Options


Decorative mirrors that are uniquely shaped, large or have a bulky frame take up a different space than a traditional vanity mirror. This can affect your ability to place lighting in your bathroom. It may mean you can’t put lighting above your vanity, resulting in ceiling lights.

The other option to explore is the increasing popular strip light or LED mirrors that incorporate both to try and add light. Its crucial that the lighting part is done well as applying things like make up in poor lighting can be unwelcome annoyance.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at

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