No, a homeowner does not have to buy a special kind of mirror as a make-up mirror for the bathroom. What we call bathroom mirrors are usually those boring mirrors that a homeowner finds in the bathroom area of a large crate shop or even in a hardware store. They look like they can not get anywhere near the bathroom, and because they are so boring, they often do not.
A mirror is a piece of glass with a metal back, usually silver or aluminum to make it reflective. Mirrors can be flat, hollow or convex. Concave mirrors increase reflection and are useful in shaving and applying make-up. Unless the homeowner finds them very unpleasant, these types of mirrors can be done in the bathroom. What is really important when choosing and using a mirror in the bathroom is lighting. The lighting in a bathroom should not be too bright and the homeowner should be aware of the different qualities of the light emitted by fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lamps.
The only thing a homeowner can have with a make-up mirror in the bathroom is the inevitable heat and humidity in the room. Mirrors with wooden frames can be quite beautiful but are not highly recommended for bathroom mirrors, because they can swell and warp if not treated with a kit. High humidity can also damage the reflective rear of the mirror and lead to a condition called foxing. These are dark dots that are visible in the glass. Some people, especially collectors, love these places, but some may find them unsightly.
A make-up mirror that is placed in the bathroom must also be firmly anchored to the wall. The wall must be smooth, firm and dry. Mastic, an adhesive that can attach a mirror to the wall without clips or screws or other hardware, must not be used. A mirror, especially if it is heavy, must be hung from screws that are secured in a solid wall with anchors. They should not be hung with one screw, but with screws that are arranged so that the weight of the mirror is divided and that it is safe. Nobody wants to think about what can happen if the humidity in a bathroom weakens an already weak attachment.
Of course, if there is a sturdy shelf on the wall, the mirror can easily be placed on the wall and placed against the wall.
A make-up mirror has to complement the design of the bathroom, or even the design of the bedroom if the bathroom is a private bathroom. One thing that can be done with a mirror in a bathroom or a powder room is to provide it with make-up lamps. This set-up, long a staple of Hollywood movies and dressing rooms for actors, provides shadowless light that is ideal for applying make-up. A bathroom mirror in a coastal cottage can be surrounded by beautiful seashells. The homeowner can do this himself with some glue and sea shells from the beach. A make-up mirror can have an elegant, etched glass or metal frame or have no frame at all. It can be round, square, oval, rectangular or even a little irregular.
A make-up mirror can be ordered online at a high-end home furnishing store, found at a yard sale or a junk shop, or bought in a large crate shop. Some people even find their favorite mirror on the street, waiting to be thrown away with the rest of someone else’s mess.
So, after taking into account humidity and heat, every kind of mirror can be good for the bathroom.