How to Select the Perfect Mirror

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for home decor for your rooms.

There are tons of options at dozens of different price points to match every aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget on the market, and if you approach it without some idea of what you want, it’s all too easy to get lost and come out with nothing to show for it.

If you’re at a complete loss for what kind of mirror you want to buy, there’s a few things you need to consider. Join us today as we discuss five points you need to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect mirror.

Think about the scenes within your room

Unless your room is tiny, chances are you have a designated area for certain items or activities. Many designers refer to these little spaces within a room as vignettes, and they are paramount for creating an environment that’s cohesive and layered. 

For instance, you may have a space in your room where you rest that’s completely different to the space where you do your work or read over emails and letters. Interior designers love highlighting the distinction between these spaces by dividing a room up in any way they can think of, whether that’s by adding a rug, switching up the color, or even divider panels. 

You can do the exact same thing with wall art or mirrors. When choosing a mirror for this purpose, we recommend taking the vibe of your room as well as the space that you have available into consideration. Then, depending on the atmosphere you’re going for, incorporate your mirror to create little vignettes.

Consider your storage options

Although mirrors and storage aren’t usually lumped together, there are plenty of options that include recessed storage cabinets.

It’s important to assess your storage space when you’re on the market for a mirror, given that there are plenty of hidden storage options. If you perhaps need a little extra storage, especially if you’re looking to redecorate your bathroom or vanity setup, consider buying a medicine cabinet mirror to free up some valuable counter real-estate.

Medicine cabinet mirrors are a great way to maximize a small space. Although they’re often seen in bathrooms, there’s no rule against using them in the bedroom or dressing area! Experiment with placement and install a recessed mirror cabinet wherever you need a little extra space.

Think like an Interior Designer

Mirrors have long since been an interior designer’s best friend. Mirrors are elegant, luxurious, virtually universal, and they look great in just about every room. 

One well-known way that designers use mirrors is to create the illusion of more space. You can do the same in your home by displaying mirrors strategically to make your room feel more open and big. 

Whether you use a mirror to bounce light around your room, create a faux window to make your room feel clear and open, or use a tall mirror to draw the eye upward and make your ceilings feel ginormous, mirrors can be an incredibly useful tool for refreshing your space.

Reflect on size and scale

It might seem obvious, but when buying a mirror you have to consider the space or area where it’ll be displayed. It helps to have a vague idea of not only the size and scale of what you’re looking for but to also have an idea in mind for how your item will be displayed in your home. 

When shopping for a new mirror, it might be beneficial to experiment with size and placement. Take some time to think creatively about your space and think about how different mirrors can impact it. For example, does the room above really need one big mirror, or would 2 smaller mirrors look better? Ultimately, we chose the single large mirror to match the dark accents of the hardware throughout the room, but you could just as easily swap it out for a double vanity look.

We make it easy to find the perfect piece through our website, giving you the option to shop by room, style, and size all at the push of a button. Whether you need one mirror, or two, we have just what you need.

Match the aesthetic of your room to your mirror (and vise versa)

It might go without saying, but whenever you’re shopping for a new decor addition you should always take your style and room into consideration. 

Not only do mirrors come in a variety of shapes and styles, but they also come in plenty of different colors to suit every decor aesthetic imaginable.

We recommend keeping these things in mind when shopping for your new mirror and also recommend having an idea of what you want your space to ultimately look like. We love creating Pinterest boards to help us visualize the vibe we’re going for in a room and to see what other people have done in similar spaces. Whether you follow in our footsteps and go the digital route, or just keep an abstract idea of your room in mind while shopping, we guarantee that you’ll end up with a piece that perfectly complements your style and space. 

Don’t forget functionality

It’s all too easy to forget that, at the end of the day, mirrors are a functional piece of decor that incidentally enhances your space. 

When selecting the perfect mirror for your home, keep this idea in mind and go for something that won’t hinder your space’s functionality. For example, while we love the funky new mirror design options that have come out in the past few years, we have to admit many of them just aren’t one wants to feel like they’re in a funhouse when they’re just trying to get ready or head out the door!

While shaped and tinted mirrors are fun additions to your home decor, they aren’t exactly the most practical of pieces. So, we recommend taking this into consideration when shopping around for a new mirror for your room.

Ultimately, the mirror you choose is a reflection of your style and your space. We at Headwest believe there’s a beautiful high-quality mirror out there for everyone and try to make the shopping process as simple as possible. 

We hope these tips for selecting the perfect mirror help you along your journey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to chat and offer our unique advice. Until next time!