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Design Q&A with Kate Hart

With so many different frame styles, how do I pick the one that is right for me? 

The best way to determine the right frame for you and your bathroom is to order samples. You can hold them up to your mirror to get a good idea of how the frame will look in your bathroom. You can also always email me photos of your bathroom at kate@mirrormate.com and I will provide suggested styles. 

How do you determine whether or not to use a wide or narrow MirrorMate frame?

Narrow frames (under 3” wide) like Cherokee Slim, Broadway Slim Line and Pemaquid Slim tend to give the space a more streamlined, contemporary look and work best with smaller mirrors. The wider, more detailed frames (over 3” wide) like Grandezza, Tribeca and Providence give a richer look. I recommend ordering samples as well as using painter’s tape cut to the width you’re considering and placing it around the mirror before you make your purchase. That way you can envision the frame and mirror proportions.

Cherokee Slim vs Cherokee:

How much space should I leave between the lighting and the top of the frame?

For many, the mirror and lighting are fixed and you won’t have an option. If you are able to select where your lighting is going to be, I would advise 3-4 inches from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of your mirror frame. This includes any globes or shades that may hang down.

Should my MirrorMate frame match my hardware or my vanity color?

I like to think of a frame as the finishing touch in your space. It is like adding jewelry to your room. While it’s always safe to coordinate the frame with the hardware or fixtures, you can also think of your mirror as a piece of artwork in the room and frame it in a style you’d choose to frame a picture. The frame could even coordinate - or contrast - with the countertop or flooring.

Should I frame the mirror over my double sinks as one large mirror or split it up into two?

It can add a lot of architectural interest to a space to frame the mirrors separately. In order to determine the proper size, use painter’s tape and frame out each section so you can see how it will look. I recommend centering the frame over each sink and leaving the same amount of space on each side. Ideally you would keep 1/3 of the mirror over one sink, 1/3 of unframed mirror between the sinks and 1/3 of mirror framed over the other sink. Sometimes this is not possible due to the size of the vanity and framing it as one large mirror makes more sense. I’m always happy to review a photo of your individual bathroom and give you a recommendation.

Should I use the same MirrorMate frame in all my bathrooms?

I love mixing up the frame choices and giving each space a unique look. With so many styles and colors to choose from it’s easy to give each bathroom a look you love. Some clients do like a coordinated look and achieve that through matching frames throughout the home. It is a good rule of thumb to have your powder room coordinate with surrounding décor.

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