The latest mirrors are very much more than just a mirror, and can have heating/de-misting functions, integral lights, touch controls and Bluetooth connectivity. Designers have been used to taking technology into account when designing kitchens and living spaces, but now there is just as much necessity to do the same for the bathroom, en suite and shower rooms too. Ideally a bathroom vanity mirror should be positioned so that you can have a well-lit reflection, with lighting that works for make-up and general beautifying, but doesn’t overpower the room. Allow for separate switches and circuits for general and overhead lighting, mood lighting and task lighting – such as over and around mirrors and mirrored cabinets. Trevor Brinkman, product designer at Roper Rhodes, reminds us that an illuminated mirror will have an IP rating, which must be taken into account during the planning stages. ‘One of the most common ratings is IP44, which means that the mirror can be installed within zones 1, 2 and 3,’ he says.



‘Bathroom mirrors are a key finishing feature for any bathroom, no matter what size of room or budget you are working with,’ says Laura Weeks, marketing co-ordinator at Crosswater. ‘Reflecting light around the room, a mirror will make the space feel lighter and bigger, which is a big advantage for smaller bathrooms. The latest mirrors are also a key way of introducing technology into your bathroom, with shaver sockets, illuminated mirrors and Bluetooth connections to enable you to play music and create a more personalised space tailored to individual requirements’. 



Shown from top to bottom and left to right:

Tender collection by Mastella mirror with integral light, £728, Alternative Bathrooms

Enter mirror, £135, Ferm Living

Victrion mirror, around £450, BC Designs

Derwent vanity mirror, from £1,302, Drummonds

L-Cube mirror, around £636, Duravit 

Article by: Linda Parker