How To Select A Bathroom Vanity Mirror That Is Best For Your Space
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How hard can it be to choose a bathroom vanity mirror? Well let me tell you, it's difficult! Buying mirrors was one of the very last things that we needed to do for our bathroom. I went to several of our local home improvement stores and could not find mirrors that I liked or mirrors that were the correct size. I started to search online, and in no time, I found THE mirrors.
They were Vintage Pivot Mirrors from Pottery Barn, and since they were online, I had to buy them sight unseen. I liked the photo on their website so much, I figured this was a no-brainer.
When they arrived, I brought them over to the house and gave my husband the go-ahead to install (without seeing them out of the boxes they were shipped in).
I went to see them as soon as they were installed. I was so excited. This is what I saw:
I told myself in my head that I loved them. I tried to convince myself that they were perfect. I mean, I had found them, ordered them, received them, brought them to the house, and my husband installed them. The last thing that I wanted to do was decide that I didn't like them and send them back for new ones.
I mean, so what that the pivot function didn't work because the mirrors hit our faucets? I wasn't going to let that bother me......
And so what if they were too narrow? I could totally live with narrow mirrors and mirrors that whacked the faucets.
No, I couldn't!! I HAD to have my husband uninstall these, pack them back up, and then take them back myself to Pottery Barn with two kids in tow.....
What an ordeal! Pottery Barn made the exchange as easy as pie. I soon selected mirrors from their store that complemented our Newport 365 Bronwen Widespread Faucets just as I hoped they would.
I chose a design very similar to the ones that I had just returned. Originally, we ordered the vintage pivot, but I exchanged them for a vintage fixed in a satin nickel finish. They were the same height, but a few inches wider (major score since they covered the holes in the wall from the first round of mirrors) and they did NOT hit our Newport 365 Bronwen Widespread Faucets.
TA-DA!!!! Much much better. See how this subtle change makes a huge difference?
The mirrors that were all wrong for our space are on the left, and the new mirror is on the right.
My two biggest tips when choosing mirrors for a bathroom are:
1) Make sure the mirrors are wide enough for your vanity. Choose a mirror that spans wider than your light fixture to balance the space (especially if you have a wide sink top).
2) Make sure any of the mirror features do not obstruct your faucets. (i.e. a pivot function that can't pivot because of your faucet)
It seemed unnatural to have mirrors that did not function as they should in the bathroom. Even if we never used the upward pivot function, I didn't like the juju the mirrors were giving as they were trapped behind our faucets.
But now that we have the vintage fixed mirrors installed, all is right in my bathroom world!
Mirror mirror, on the wall, who's the whackiest mom-of-two of all? Wait...don't answer that!