What makes a bathroom isn’t always the designer baths or ultra-high-tech showers. Smaller fixtures can go a long way towards adding a little extra character and style to your bathroom.
Bathroom cabinets and mirrors seem like simple pieces that don’t really require much attention. A cabinet is a cabinet and a mirror is a mirror, right?
Wrong! Choosing a bathroom cabinet or mirror is harder than ever, thanks to the huge array of styles and functionalities on the market. And it’s certainly not a decision that should be taken lightly.
Our complete guide to bathroom cabinets and mirrors will help you decorate your bathroom in style. From bathroom cabinet materials to our extensive list of trendy bathroom mirrors, we’ve got the lowdown on how to add both class and functionality to your bathroom.
The right cabinet can transform an otherwise boring bathroom into something truly special - adding style, sophistication and perhaps most importantly, somewhere to put all your stuff!
But with so many styles, colours, materials and designs out there, where do we even begin?
Bathroom Cabinet Materials
Aluminium Bathroom Cabinets
An extremely popular choice, aluminium bathroom cabinets are robust and modern. They come in a variety of different designs so suit most bathroom themes and are not too expensive. The main advantage of aluminium is its durability, aluminium bathroom cabinets will not corrode or rust when exposed to moisture in the air.
Stainless Steel Bathroom Cabinets
Stainless steel is another great choice of material for your bathroom cabinet, primarily because they too will stand the test of time. These bathroom cabinets are easy to clean and durable, looking sleek and sophisticated despite changing trends.
Wooden Bathroom Cabinets
Vintage and traditional, wooden bathroom cabinets certainly make a statement. They look great paired with traditional fixtures, and can be purchased in an array of colours and types of wood.
Wooden bathroom cabinets are generally cheaper than their stainless steel or aluminium counterparts. However, they do not withstand moisture quite as well, making them potentially more hassle in the long run.
Types of Bathroom Cabinet
Sleek, modern and inviting, illuminated bathroom cabinets are a great way to brighten your day - literally.
If your bathroom is smaller or without much light, an illuminated bathroom cabinet can help to brighten the room and give the illusion of space. We love this Roper Rhodes LED Illuminated Cabinet which looks stunning paired with minimalist décor.
If your bathroom already receives a lot of natural light you may opt for a non-lit bathroom cabinet. These can still look beautifully modern, while also working well with more traditional décor. The other upside is that they save your electricity bill!
Drench have a huge range of non-illuminated cabinets in a variety of sizes. This Britton Bathrooms Gullwing Mirrored Wall Cupboard comes in four beautiful finishes with a reversible door design and a wealth of internal storage.
Recessed bathroom cabinets are a great option for people who lack space. While standard bathroom cabinets can look bulky in a smaller bathroom, a recessed cabinet is built into the wall, providing ample storage without taking up as much space.
This Bauhaus Duo LED Illuminated Mirrored Cabinet is one of our favourites. It’s modern, stylish and has mirrored doors both on the inside and out. It’s also available in two sizes and has a no-touch infra-red sensor switch.
Another good space saving choice is a corner cabinet. They may be small but corner cabinets are still stylish and can look beautifully modern. This HiB Minnesota Corner Cabinet has all the features of a modern cabinet - LED illumination, and soft close doors, with the bonus of saving space while still providing a great amount of storage.
Freestanding bathroom cabinets are one of the best ways to maximise storage without compromising on style. While freestanding cabinets are perfect for big families who need a lot of storage, they can sometimes look bulky so proceed with caution!
Like others on this list, freestanding bathroom units can be purchased in an array of styles, heights and materials to suit your bathroom décor.
Bathroom Cabinet Features
The all-in-one of bathroom furniture, bathroom cabinets with a built-in shaving-socket solve a problem you didn’t even know you had! Usually including LED lights, these bathroom cabinets are extra functional and wonderfully modern.
Heated Demister Pads
A hot morning shower is the perfect way to start the day, until you realise your mirror will be out of action for the next hour.
Heated demister bathroom cabinets will stop your cabinet mirror from fogging up by gently warming the mirror to just above room temperature.
It’s not just showers and toilets that are getting connected. Many bathroom cabinets have in-built Bluetooth speakers so you can play music directly from your phone into the bathroom. You may pay a little more for it, but it’s worth it to feel chirpy before you’ve even had your morning coffee.
Infra-red sensors can give your bathroom that ultra-modern touch. Gone are switches and buttons, infra-red sensors operate on a strictly no-touch policy, sensing the motion of your hand. This means lights can be turned on in one easy sweep, ideal if you don’t want to be fumbling for the light switch in the middle of the night!
Choosing a Bathroom Cabinet - What to Consider
Make sure to measure your wall space before purchasing anything. If you have a smaller bathroom, a smaller cabinet is the better option, as larger ones can look bulky and make the room feel even more cluttered. If you need a lot of storage and have the space, it’s worth going for something bigger - even if it may be slightly less aesthetically pleasing. Make sure you have sufficient space for the door openings.
Modern, high-tech products won’t look good paired with traditional features - for example a minimalist digital shower with a vintage bathroom cabinet. Keep in mind that the right cabinet will add to the theme. If your bathroom is modern, it’s best to go for a modern cabinet to keep things consistent.
Illuminated cabinets or those with shaver sockets will need to be located close to a power source. If you’re unsure, call a professional. Non-illuminated or electrical cabinets however can be a simple DIY job.
Finally, it’s important to note the type of wall you will be installing your bathroom cabinet on. Drilling into the wrong wall can be disastrous, so if you’re unsure it’s best to check with your bathroom cabinet manufacturer or call a professional.
A decent bathroom mirror is practically a necessity. What else are we supposed to do while brushing our teeth other than admire our terrible bed-head?
While bathroom mirrors often double up as cabinets, those who don’t need the extra storage may opt for a stand-alone mirror. But just because it may take up less space doesn’t make it any less important! Here’s what to look for when choosing the perfect mirror.
Types of Bathroom Mirror
An illuminated bathroom mirror is the perfect way to add some extra light to your bathroom, while also giving it a little modern touch. If you fancy a more serene atmosphere, go for something low key with soft lights. Or, if you fancy the vibrant atmosphere of a Hollywood dressing room, bright lights surrounding a mirror will do just the trick. This Phoenix Solar Motion Sensitive LED Mirror comes with a demister pad and a shaver socket, as well as a whole host of other modern features.
If you don’t need any extra lighting in your bathroom then non-illuminated bathroom mirrors are easy to come by, and you can be a lot less picky about where they are placed.
Non-illuminated mirrors can still work as a standout feature in your bathroom, like this traditional Burlington Aluminium Frame Mirror - a total showstopper in any vintage styled room.
Cosmetic and shaving mirrors can help you see yourself from the perfect angles, while also packing a punch when it comes to style. We love this HiB Helix Square Magnifying Mirror. Not only does it have both a plain and 3 x magnifying mirror, it’s aesthetically pleasing square shape looks at home in a modern bathroom.
Modern vs Traditional Bathroom Mirrors
Contemporary and traditional are two trends that continue to dominate and luckily for you, we’ve got a variety of options for both.
The sleek elegance of a minimalist style bathroom can be emphasised by a beautifully modern bathroom mirror. This Drench LED Illuminated Mirror is ultra-modern and sleek. With subtle and atmospheric LED lights, an infra-red sensor, a demister pad and shaver sockets, this mirror makes quite a statement.
While it may lack some of the fancy features of our illuminated mirrors, this traditional Burlington Aluminium Frame Mirror more than makes up for it in style. This mirror comes in a choice of three finishes, each designed with intricate detail.
Bathroom Mirror Features
Shaving sockets built into mirrors are becoming the norm thanks to the fact that they make an often-tedious task that little bit easier. Check out Drench’s full range of shaving and cosmetic mirrors to suit any style of bathroom here.
Once you experience a bathroom mirror with a demister pad, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one! No more waiting for the mirror to clear before you can actually use it, Drench have a whole host of mirrors complete with demister pads - you’ll be totally spoiled for choice.
This Harbour Glow LED Mirror is a total showstopper with LED lights, a shaving socket, demister pads and infra-red sensors - the epitome of a beautiful, 21st century mirror.
Ah, yet more tech! Make your morning shower that little bit brighter with bathroom Bluetooth speakers. Built into your bathroom mirror, Bluetooth speakers will let you play music straight from your phone - so there’s no excuse for a bad mood in the morning!
Goodbye grubby fingerprints! Bathroom mirrors with infra-red sensors add a modern touch to your bathroom and wow your guests at the same time. Light up an illuminated bathroom mirror with just a brush of a hand, marvelling at the switch and button free life! Many our bathroom mirrors have infra-red sensors, often with other useful features. Check out the full range.
Magnifying mirrors are perfect for checking you’ve managed to get to those hard to reach places. Many of our designs have magnifying side and a plain side to make getting ready even easier.
This Hib Optical Bathroom Mirror is something a little different. With an adjustable 3x magnification mirror attached via magnets, it makes those day-to-day getting ready jobs totally effortless.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more techie, let us introduce the digital display bathroom mirror. Many bathroom mirrors now come complete with a digital clock and radio, so you really can’t lose track of time in the shower!
Choosing a Bathroom Mirror - What to Consider
While space isn’t as much of a factor as it is when deciding on a bathroom cabinet, there’s still some factors that will come into play when choosing your perfect mirror.
A full-length mirror is often not a good choice for larger families or people with young children - as they can be a bit of a hazard! If you have children who like to explore, go for a mirror which can be hung out of reach.
While the wall space is less of an issue with mirrors as it may with bathroom cabinets, it’s still important to consider the space you have available, as well as the amount of natural light. A carefully placed mirror can work miracles at creating the illusion of space. Be sure to measure the amount of space you have before you purchase anything.
Just the same as bathroom cabinets, LED illuminated mirrors will need a power source so it’s best to call in a professional to install it. If you are renting your home, your best bet is a mirror which can simply be hung on a wire or string. If, however, you’re in your own place and want something permanent, you can certainly be a little more adventurous.