Who knows how many relationships double vanities have saved? Whether you have his-and-hers sinks in a sprawling family home, or you're doing life in a cramped city apartment with a roommate, double vanities give each person their own space for the most personal preparations of the day.
We most often think of a master bathroom double vanity with two sinks, but another option includes a makeup vanity with a stool and lower counter between the sinks, or a makeup area on an extended counter next to a single sink. Whatever works for you!
In all these scenarios, mirrors are needed above every space, so here are some options for how to place mirrors for both function and style:
Double Vanity Bathroom Mirror Ideas
The obvious choice for his-and-her bathroom sinks is to have two matching mirrors, one above each sink. This is often the best solution. Each person has their own defined space and there's a pleasing symmetry in the side-by-side mirrors. If you have builder-grade mirrors attached to the wall, or two medicine cabinets, matching MirrorMate frames will make a big impact.
Consider the Chelsea Black Satin frame in a bathroom with a southwest vibe that has matte black fixtures. Or, the Tuscany Travertine frame in an elegant white bathroom with travertine floors. Frame choices can tie into the decor, the fixtures, or the surface materials.
While matching mirrors are the obvious choice for double vanity bathroom ideas, complementary mirrors are another option, particularly if you have space for three side-by-side mirrors. The middle mirror could add an extra pop with more color or complexity.
Try a Single Mirror Over a Double Vanity
The other choice is a single mirror over a double vanity, which can give a clean, dramatic look to your space, unifying it.
For a pulled-together look, choose a paintable frame and paint it the same color as your double vanity. Or, if your bathroom has a neutral color scheme, consider using paintable frames to add some pops of color. You could choose muted shades of blue or green to create a calming, spa-like atmosphere, or frames in bold colors like red or orange to add some energy and vibrancy to a modern space.
Light Up Your Mirrors for Maximum Form and Function
There are so many beautiful lighting choices, and double vanities add extra opportunity to make lighting a design feature. A decorative pendant hanging between two mirrors looks stunning, especially if it offers more than one light at staggered heights.
Another attractive option is to choose three long sconce lights and mount them vertically, one between two mirrors and one on each side. Mirrors used to apply makeup will need overhead light, perhaps three or five lights on a horizontal strip over the mirror. If you have a medicine cabinet, make sure the fixture has a design that places the light further from the wall than the mirror.
Personalize Your Bathroom with Wall Art
You might not want to hang an original Picasso in your bathroom, what with all that steam, but prints and posters under glass or plexiglass will be fine for years. Wall art that goes above and around mirrors can create a beautiful focal point.
Think of the dramatic effect of a beautiful piece of driftwood mounted over your natural wood mirror frame in a bathroom with coastal decor. A shelf with white ceramic vases in the same tones as your vanity surface in between white mirror frames would be stunning, particularly if you contrast them against a dark wall. Since you begin your day in the bathroom, there's no better place to create beauty.
The Little Things That Matter
Even bathrooms with quality surfaces and fixtures can look bland without accessories to enhance them. The little things can add both comfort and visual interest.
- Use decorative hooks to hang towels, robes, or other items to keep them within easy reach. Hooks can coordinate with fixtures, the wall color, or other wall art.
- Use coordinating countertop accessories such as soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, and tissue box covers to create a cohesive look.
- Add a vase of fresh flowers or a small potted plant to each vanity to bring in some natural elements and add color. Another option is to wall-mount air plants, such as staghorn ferns.
- Use drawer organizers to keep toiletries and makeup tidy and easily accessible. If you don't have separate drawers for each person, you could color-code the organizers within the drawers to keep personal items separate. Don't make the mistake of overloading storage spaces; nothing kills the relaxing vibe like having to dig for what you need!
- Hang matching towels in coordinating colors or patterns on towel bars or hooks.
- Use decorative baskets or trays to corral everyday items like brushes, combs, and styling products. Small items loose on the counters look messy and make cleaning harder.
- Add a scented candle or reed diffuser to each vanity to enjoy your favorite aroma while you get ready.
- Use a personalized monogram or initial on towels, soap dispensers, or other decorative items to add a personal touch.
- If space allows, add a small stool or chair to one or both vanities to create a comfortable seating area for getting ready.
Make Your Double Vanity a Design Feature
Bathrooms are fun spaces to try out new design ideas. They allow you to experiment on a small scale.
As you make choices, think about the overall mood or atmosphere you want to create. For a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere, choose a mirror frame with a simple, minimalist design. If you want to add some personality or visual interest to the bathroom, choose a frame with a more ornate or decorative design. Whatever your choice, there's a MirrorMate frame to suit your mood.