Frameless mirrors: The perfect accent

If you're trying to add the perfect accent to your bathroom, then you can either go with an Englishman or a frameless mirror. What, not even cracking a smile? Well, moving on then. The right kind of frameless mirror is quite hard to choose and even harder to hang if you're a brand new DIY-er; but like all things, it can be learnt. The simple, elegant and 'un-busy' look that it creates can wonderfully match your décor if that's what you're after. With something like a floating back-frame, you can even give your bathroom the look of a high-end home theatre with a simple beveled frameless mirror – just mind where you point the remote.

Frameless mirrors, The strategic uses of

A sophisticated elegance and a touch of regal simplicity are truly fantastic things to possess, but to accomplish it with a piece of silvered glass, some ingenuity and little else – now that's a class act. This ultra-modern look is not all that a frameless mirror can provide. When used in the right location with the right kind of directional lighting, it can magically bring a crystal-like magnificence into existence just by its interaction with the light. A really well laid out plan and a few strategically placed lights and mirrors is all it takes. Even with no formal training in interiors, this is not a hard result to achieve – it just takes a little time and a whole lot of patience. Here's a look at some of the things you'll need to do to use frameless mirrors in your bathroom for maximum effect and at minimum expense. After all, great looks are more about ideas and methods rather than how much you spend, although that could make a 'valuable' difference, as we shall see in a bit.

How to go about enhancing your bathroom's visual appeal

First on the list is placement; that means where you want it, how you want it angled if at all, and what you expect to accomplish as the final result. Where is a fairly simple question to answer, and only requires you to decide whether you want it as a standard over-the-sink mirror or as a space-enhancer on a bare wall, or both. Larger frameless mirrors that cover the entire wall over the sink from waist level up to about six and a half feet will let you do both. On the other hand, a single medium-sized (about 36 X 24 inches) mirror over the sink and maybe a full-length one on the wall opposite the bathtub can perform the same functions. If your bathroom isn't on the ground or first floor, you might want to have an angled mirror that will bring the outside scenery and natural light into your bathroom for an open, well-lit ambiance.

The next is your choice of mirrors; frameless mirror shapes and designs are limitless, as are the sizes. Generally, nothing over 130 inches will come in a single piece but there's a lot you can do with a nearly 11-foot mirror. Frameless mirrors are easily available with beveled edgework that not only looks elegant, but also reflects light in ways that will astound you with its brilliance. To enhance this effect, you can opt for a combination of round, oval and rectangular mirrors so that the final result is one of intricate patterns all over your bathroom made of pure light.

The final consideration is the cost and quality. You'll have to shop around until you're happy with the right balance between both these aspects, as this can be quite tricky. Cheaper mirrors might let you get many more for the same price as just a few expensive ones but quality, or a lack of it, will start to show in a few months if not weeks. If you consider your bathroom to be one of the biggest assets in your home, as many potential buyers down the line will, then invest well even if you have to make do with buying high-quality frameless mirrors one at a time, as and when your budget allows.