How to Tile in Your Bathroom Mirror

If your bathroom needs a little bit of a boost to help up its design game, but the majority of the space is in good shape, it can be a little hard to figure out exactly what changes you can make to achieve your goal. One easy, affordable, and customizable option is to put up some decorative tiles around your bathroom mirror. This instantly gives your bathroom a focal point and some style, and you can do it in less than an hour. You can tile in any bathroom mirror whether it’s framed or frameless, provided that you have a little space all the way around it on all four sides to balance it out.

Why Add Tile to Your Bathroom Mirror

Your mirror is one of the most visible places in your bathroom. Think about it; you face it every day. And while you may have put some decorative tile in the shower, a beautiful vanity or sink, or some colorful accessories, this area frequently gets overlooked. By adding some tile around the bathroom mirror, you can bring color and interest to an area that gets a lot of use.

Choose the Right Kind of Tile

Technically, you can use any type of tile you like provided it fits easily around the frame. There are two types of tile that work particularly well, however: mosaics and ready-made borders.

Mosaics are tiles measuring 2-inches in size or smaller. They frequently come pieced together on a sheet. All you need to do is slice the sheet with a pair of scissors between the rows of tile to fit them around your mirror. This way if you have more space at the top and bottom than you do on the sides, you can still use the same material all the way around. Mosaics can come in a variety of materials and colors, so it’s easy to match the rest of your bathroom. Try a modern, colorful blend of colored glass or go for a sleeker look with stone.

Ready-made borders are the perfect decorative touch for many bathrooms – but – you need to ensure that they’ll fit. Borders are difficult to cut so you’ll need to be sure to measure carefully around the mirror. Depending on the amount of space you have, you can select a wide border for a stronger visual statement. Borders come in a wide variety of widths, so go as big or as small as you like if you have the space. You may find the perfect touch to complement the rest of your bathroom design.

Carefully Install Your Tile

Believe it or not, installing the tile is the easiest part after selecting what you want for the room! You’ll begin with a dry layout. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:

  1. If your mirror comes off the wall, take it off and lay it on the floor. If it doesn’t come off, measure it and create a faux mirror out of masking tape on your floor.
  2. Now measure the amount of space you’ll have to work with around the mirror and mark this off on the floor around it.
  3. Cut or position your tiles to fit into this space, and play around with them on the floor, pushing them closer together, cutting more rows, or trimming the ends until you get the perfect fit.
  4. Rehang your mirror, but leave your tiles spread out on the floor.
  5. Pick up your tiles or sheets of tile one by one and spread a thick layer of grout all-in-one onto the backs.
  6. Push the tiles right onto the wall around the mirror in the same position you just got them in from the floor. Press hard; the excess grout will seep out between the tiles and fill your grout lines with no extra step.
  7. Once all the tiles are in place, gently run your index finger over each grout line to smooth them out. Let them dry in place for 24 hours, and your new decorative mirror frame is complete!

Give Your Bathroom an Update

Tiling in your bathroom mirror can add a lot of color and personality to your bathroom. It doesn’t take long, and you don’t need any special tools to do the job. It’s a simple, easy way to update the style in your bathroom and refresh the space.