Most people have had the feeling that medicine cabinets are not a high-end product," says Tonya Martin, a sales consultant at ProSource, a kitchen and bathroom fixture showroom in Greenville, S.C. "They don't see them as positive.
Many consumers are using wall sconces, says Martin
, to add ambience and improve lighting for makeup application and shaving.Neilsen predicts multiple levels of lighting in the future."As time goes on, more contemporary styles will become more popular," he
says."The light that is currently in the bathroom can be better captured and utilized with the use of the extra mirrors, such as those on the back wall of the cabinet and on the back side of the door."While most traditional medicine cabinets still have small knobs for easy access, many models have concealed hinges that automatically open and close the unit with a slight push or pull.Keuco's Edition 300 mirrored version has a hydraulic door that swings open from the top and Duravit has cabinets that have access from the side.Push the left side and the cabinet slides open.Replacing an old medicine cabinet can update the look of an older bath inexpensively.A single medicine cabinet's width should be equal to or less than the sink or vanity over which it sits, says Martin
.And the cabinet should be centered over the vanity or sink.