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Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

Posted by tikatoo (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 27, 11 at 20:11

Getting down to the fine details. Our now gutted bath had a large unframed mirror over the single sink and counter - no medicine cabinet. We loved it. It reflected the whole outdoors and expanded the room. Now putting in 2 sinks, going around a corner, longer counters, mirrored recessed medicine cabinets, 2 sconces surrounding the med cabs. We are concerned about the mirror being overdone or looking too '80's. It's a lot more mirror than we had and I'm worried it will be overwhelming or 'dated'. Will framing the mirror to match the cabinets look more contemporary? Or just glue it too the wall like the old one - frame-less? Or go with less mirror and let the med cabs stand alone? It's the details that are so hard to sort out!

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RE: Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

I just had this discussion with a kitchen/bath designer when I was purchasing some discontinued floor model vanities for the master bath. He suggested installing a frame for the mirrors and then having the mirror guy install mirrors with beveled edges. He said it would look more finished and pulled together than just purchasing ready made framed mirrors. I think he would have gasped in horror if I had suggested those plate mirrors I think you're talking about. Personally, I don't like them -- they look sort of "builder's grade" and dated to me, but it's really a matter of personal taste. If you love them, go for it!

But don't fall into the trap of picking what you had before just because you're familiar with it. I'm guessing you re-did your bath for a reason!

As for the medicine cabinets, since I don't know where they'll be in relation to the other mirrors you're considering, I can't offer an opinion.

Good luck!!

RE: Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

I used round mirror clips on our mirror, and it helped make it look contemporary. I may be the only one who thinks that, though, as I haven't heard of anyone else doing it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Clips on Amazon

RE: Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

lolab - thanks for the input! Yes - somewhat 'builders grade' but I got so used to it being there it is hard to imagine the room with out it! I do like the idea of the beveled edge. The recessed mirrored medicine cabinet will be
surrounded by the mirror - at least at this point! It isn't all that much mirror - I'm just thinking it would look better framed. Still Thinking - lol!

RE: Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

If you look at the mirrormate website ( you can get an idea of what a lot of existing mirrors look like when framed, whether you opt to use their product or not.

RE: Large Mirrors - Framed Mirrors?

We just re-did our master bath and had beveled mirror strips applied to frame out the two (L-shaped) plate glass wall mirrors. Here's a photo:

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