Accessories

Mirrormirror

A big mirror makes a bathroom look bigger.  Plain mirrors are cheaper, but some other nice options can include a frosted edge or rebated edge or a frame.  Mirrors can be fixed to the wall with screws, clips or silicone mirror adhesive.  Usually the mirror is the same width as the vanity. The top of the mirror is usually set at 1.9 metres above floor level.

 

 

Mirror CabinetsBathroom-mirror-cabinet

Instead of just a flat mirror, many people install mirror cabinets.  These are bathroom cabinets with mirrors on the doors.  Mirror cabinets can be recessed into the wall so they don’t stick out in to the room as much.  If you would like a mirror cabinet over a vanity it is nice to recess it into the wall so it is easier to use the vanity.

 

 

Vanity LightingVanity-Light-BL36GS-01

For optimum lighting, especially for applying makeup, it is good to have vanity lighting on both sides of the mirror. A light above the mirror is most common.  One thing to be aware of regarding standard halogen light and makeup is that the face looks different under the bluish halogen light as opposed to natural outside light or standard light bulbs. You may have the makeup looking great under a halogen lamp but it will look different when you walk into a room with more natural lighting.  For this reason it is recommended to use halogen warm light bulbs.

 

HeatersHeater

Bathrooms typically use a wall mounted fan heater if extra heating is required.  They are mounted close to the ceiling and are turned on and off by using a pull cord switch.  One of the good things about a fan heater is that they heat up all the air in the bathroom as opposed to a heat lamp which radiates heat downward and only feel warm if you stand directly beneath it.

 

Heat-light-fan combo units (HLF)41i+-vnfxeL._SY300_

It is pretty common to have a Heat-light-fan unit installed in a bathroom.  They do a good job of providing radiant heat, an extractor fan, and a light all in one.

 

 

 

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It can be useful to have a power point in your bathroom to operate things like an electric shaver, electric toothbrush charger, hair dryer, hair straighteners, dehumidifier etc.

Traditionally shaver power points were used with an isolating transformer.  These no longer comply with the electrical safety code.  These days the electrician uses a normal looking power point that is protected by an RCD (residual current device).  You may recognise an RCD – they have a test and a reset button on the power point.  They are very effective and will turn off if you get a shock, even before you feel it.  The RCD can be fitted at the switch board, or at the power point.

Heated Towel Railsheated-towel-rails

Heated towel rails help dry out your wet towel and make them nice and warm.  There are a couple of main styles of heated towel rails.  One is shaped like an S or an E and has about 3 to 4 rails going across horizontally to heat the towels.  A more modern option is to get a ‘ladder’ heated towel rail.  These typically have about 8 rails going horizontally across.  The advantage of having more rails is that it heats the towel more evenly. Heated towel rails range in power consumption from approx 75 to 125 Watts depending on the model.  An option to reduce power consumption is to get a timer fitted so that it turns your towel rail on and off throughout the day so it uses less power.  An example of how a timer works is that it may turn the heated towel rail on for one hour, then off for 7 hours.  This cycle could repeat 3 times in the day and is usually enough to dry your towels.