Size of bathroom mirror and sconces

rosemintMarch 13, 2014

I have a 24" wide vintage console sink. I'd like to
hang a 24 x 36" frameless oval mirror with a sconce on
each side. But I've been reading about the "rules"
for placement, and it seems the mirror plus sconces
should not be wider than the sink itself. Does that mean
my idea won't work?


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Aw hooey. Position everything on the floor the way you like it, and hang that way. I don't believe you necessarily need to follow rules just as long as things aren't too high, low, far apart, or close, and scale is appropriate for what you're wanting to,do.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 1:53AM
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Sometimes the rules don't work for your situation. Do a mock up and see what proportions are pleasing to your eye, as patty_cakes suggested.

Here is an example where the sconces are outside of the sink's width. Still darn cute!

Traditional Bathroom by San Francisco General Contractors Upscale Construction

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 10:04AM
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Thanks, pattycakes! That makes more sense.
And Alex, that picture is very helpful.

I notice that the majority of sconces are chrome.
Does anyone like a white finish? I'm concerned about
the chrome rusting.

Another question: If the mirror is oval, what's the best shape for the sconce backplates? Most of the ones I've seen are either round or rectangular.


This post was edited by jacquelynn on Thu, Mar 13, 14 at 17:27

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 5:24PM
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I think a polished 'version' of chrome would be just as good.

I love this fixture! Just an example of a style that would keep with the vintage look but isn't necessarily shiny chrome.

Here is a link that might be useful: light fixture

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 6:29PM
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Pattycakes, that fixture is beautiful! Thanks again.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 4:32AM
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I think picking a finish is dependent on your taste and the style you're going for in the room.

I picked a satin brass for my bath fixtures because I wanted some warmth mixed in with the distressed/satin nickel plumbing fixtures I'll have. Obviously, I'm not someone who matches finishes.

Here are some porcelain ones that are adorable for a vintage bathroom, if that's the direction you're heading. Glass shades, too! Important for cleaning toothpaste splatter. And, up to 100 watts bulbs. That's something I looked for, as well. I needed adequate light in my dark bathroom.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bellacor-and they're have discounts avail

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 9:28AM
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Alex, I appreciate your comments. And Bellacor is a great
resource! Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 2:47AM
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