Tiling behind a bathroom mirror may seem like a good idea as you start to build your dream bathroom. Making a complete, fluid, uniform look illuminates the eyes of the person that enters your bathroom.
The 5 reasons to tile behind a bathroom mirror are to create a uniform look, the ability to have custom mirrors, changing of the vanity, making it easier for future owners, and protecting the wall.
There are, however, reasons to not tile behind the bathroom mirror. In this article, we’re going to look into why you should and shouldn’t tile behind your bathroom mirror.
Reasons Why You Should Tile Behind A Bathroom Mirror
First, let’s start with the reasons you should tile behind a bathroom mirror. There are a few things to note when deciding to til behind a bathroom mirror:
- Creating a Uniform Look
- Custom Mirrors
- The Vanity
Creating a Uniform Look
Tiling a wall, regardless of the color creates a stunning uniform look to a bathroom. If you chose not to tile behind the mirror, The mirror would have to be hung or fitted perfectly in order for the tiling to not seem awkward or out of place.
However, it may be a bigger pain trying to measure and get the exact size of the mirror to fit the empty space. Especially if you’re a perfectionist like us, searching for the perfect mirror may take longer than actually tiling the wall.
In most cases, we recommend tiling the wall to create a uniform look throughout the bathroom, and then hang the mirror over it.
Tiling behind the mirror gives the countless amount of options for homeowners to be creative. Depending on the size of the vanity (which we’ll get into later in this article), the size of the mirror can be whatever size you’d like it to be.
Creating a custom gap in the tiling (for the mirror), requires a perfect mirror fit. When shopping, this drastically alters the mirrors that you’re shopping for, unless it’s custom-built.
Custom-built mirrors may drive the price of the project up, especially if it’s a large area for the custom tiling.
Vanity may change over the lifespan of a house. Homeowners typically like to change up the look of a bathroom every 10 or so years.
Purchasing an expensive vanity that goes with a neutral color tiling may help you in the long run. Tiling behind the mirror allows for more customization options for the mirror which match the vanity
For homeowners who are interested in shopping for new vanity/mirror combinations, it’s easier to match the tiles when shopping in the future. Simply find a set that matches and purchase!
However, with custom tiling behind the mirror, it adds a whole another step in the process of purchasing a new vanity.
Future Home Owners
If you’re planning on moving within the next 5-10 years, it may be wise to tiling the entire bathroom wall, for the sake of the future owners.
If a homeowner is looking at a house but disagrees with your custom tiling on the wall, it typically means they will have to take down all the tiling and do more work on the bathroom.
This could not only affect your sale of the house in the future but causes more work for the future homeowner.
In this case, tiling the entire wall behind the mirror could be the safest bet for both your wallet and the future.
Protecting The Dry Wall
If there’s an issue with kids writing and damaging the dry wall, tiling behind the bathroom mirror maybe your best option. Having a hard, tiled surface behind the drywall makes cleaning the mess a breeze.
Tile is typically harder than drywall and can recover if any crayons, soap suds, or wet backsplash land on it. We recommend tiling behind the wall if you have messy kids or any situation which requires you to clean the walls often.
Things To Think About Before You Tile Behind A Bathroom Mirror
The custom look of white vanity with a framed mirror above it bordered with a beautiful brown frame looks spectacular!
Customizing the look and feel of your dream bathroom never felt better. Keep in mind, there’s a good chance that either your or your kids will wake up every morning and look into this bathroom to start their day.
What better way to start the day then to have a beautiful custom mirror/vanity set, with custom tiling lining the mirror.
Although the custom look will for sure be more work, if you’re one for aesthetics, the custom look may be right for you.
Replacing tile can be rather expensive. One thing to think about before tiling behind the bathroom mirror is purchasing extra tile in case one break or falls apart.
Also, the homeowner should also take into consideration if the tile is going to be installed manually or if a professional is going to install it.
Self-installation will need the proper equipment in order to effectively install the tiled wall.
On the other side, having a professional install the tile can cost a good chunk of change. Decide if you’re dedicated to doing the job or if you’re willing to lay down the necessary amount of dollars for a professional to tile behind your bathroom mirror.
We ultimately recommend that homeowners tile behind their bathroom mirror for the uniform look, custom mirrors, the number of options for the vanity, and for the future owners.
It’s always good to keep in mind that custom for sure looks better, however the items listed above prove that not tiling behind the bathroom mirror may cause more headaches than it will cause happiness.
Tiling your bathroom can be a lengthy process, however, the end result can last a lifetime.