Rebecca Deczynski

Published on May 17, 2019

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As far as bathroom trends go, we’ve seen it all: floor-to-ceiling tiles, concrete basins, and an array of paint colors that inspire. But one decorative staple within the space has yet to see much of a refresh. Well, that is, until now.

While this may be a commonly overlooked piece, it has the power to completely transform the aesthetic of the room. No, we’re not talking about the tile (although, some come pretty close) but a more cost-effective swap that can really go the distance, design-wise. The item in question is the vanity mirror and it’s not your standard wall-to-wall piece or basic medicine cabinet.

We’ve seen a major uptick of bathrooms with oval mirrors—a welcome departure from the standard rectangular variety we’ve become accustomed to—and needless to say, the look exudes pure elegance.

Ahead, we reflect on the bathrooms, which have successfully carried out the trend with effortless ease, plus offer a handful of tips for how you can re-create the look at home.

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Sure, the intricate and vibrant terrazzo backdrop may double as the focal decorative detail of this bathroom, but there is no denying the allure of the equally stunning oval mirror. Framed by a thin, lustrous metallic edge, the piece beautifully complements the tonal properties of the sink’s fixtures as well as the saturated hues that fill the space.

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It’s the seamless details of this frameless mirror that set it apart from the rest. Its minimalist composition allows the piece to blend within its surroundings, regardless of what the room’s stylistic inclination may be. And for as simple and streamlined as the mirror is, it still manages to hold its own among the dynamic decorative details of the room.

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Nestled between simple, exposed bulb sconces, these twin mirrors create equally partitioned vanity stations at this double sink. The effect is both intimate, glamorous, and practical. Now, you can brush your teeth with your S.O. without having to fight over the sink. The rectangle-oval hybrid shape of these mirrors also lends them an especially contemporary feeling that pairs well with the pink terrazzo walls.

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The Simple Statement

Framed by an ornate and retro-inspired border, this elongated piece is the quintessential hallmark of the rising trend. Pair the mirror with a modern scheme to truly emulate the elegant characteristics of the item.

The Splurge

Bower’s iconic (and incomparable) Cylinder mirror doubles as a piece of sculptural wall decor. The lustrous two-tone structure is available in a variety of chic tonal options, each more ornate and vibrant than the last.

The Futuristic Fix

Omitting a soft fluorescent glow, this one is all about the seamless integration of tech and design. The subtle hint of color from behind will instantly elevate even the drabbest of bathrooms.  

The Budget Buy

A sleek black frame imparts this minimalist piece with an element of depth, one that highlights the simplicity of the mirror with a touch of mod sophistication.

The Storage Solution

This mirror by CB2 comes with bonus decorating possibilities—just think how pretty a gently flickering candle would look on this shelf. Or you could use it as a place to keep a handy (discreet!) stash of bobby pins and hair ties.

The Boho One

Yes, it’s true we can’t get enough rattan. So why not bring it into the bathroom too? This Anthro pick can lend unexpected texture and character to even the smallest space.

The Smoke Show

Yes, a smoked mirror isn’t the most convenient thing when you’re applying makeup, but it does give any space a more intimate vibe. Just imagine how sumptuous this piece from Muuto would look against a wallpapered wall.

The Gift of Green

Place a plant (a pothos, perhaps) on this little perch and your bathroom will suddenly feel like a lush little greenhouse. Or at the very least, it will feel a bit fresher and you’ll wonder why all mirrors don’t come equipped with handy plant stands.

Discover more ways to elevate your bathroom:
How to Have a Double Vanity When You Don’t Have Room for It
The Best Products to Organize a Tiny Bathroom
How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Without Spending a Fortune