Get Ready for These 2022 Décor Trends

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New year, new trends. What can we expect to rock the décor world this year? Here are some styles and design choices you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2022.

Calming neutrals

With the pandemic causing more people to work remotely and spend more time at home in general, it’s no surprise that calming neutral tones will continue to be popular in 2022. Think tans, grays, beiges and soft whites that create a Zen-like atmosphere and allow your home to become an oasis.

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Cooling greens

That’s not to say that color won’t have its place in 2022, though. In particular, cool green tones will reign supreme, with anything natural and earthy likely to increase in popularity. This may be especially prominent in furniture and accent pieces.

green bathroom with gold fixtures

Rounded furniture

With a nod to the 1960s and 70s, the increasing popularity in rounded furniture started in 2021 and looks to be continuing in the new year. This trend is showing up in everything from couches and coffee table, to mirrors and kitchen islands.

Live plants

Continuing with the effort to make the inside a more peaceful and calming place to spend time, plants and greenery will be hot trendsetters in 2022. While you can certainly go with convincing fake plants if you’re worried about your lack of a green thumb, don’t be afraid to try your hand at keeping the real thing alive.

wood furniture with live plants

Vintage sustainability

Out with the new and in with the old. Designers are expected to lean toward older, well-made pieces in an effort to recycle and promote sustainable furniture habits. Plus, as seen above with the rounded furniture craze, vintage styles will be in for more than just eco-friendly reasons.

Multifunctional spaces

Continuing with the demands caused by spending more time at home and working remotely, the concept of a multifunctional space will be on trend for 2022. Look for an emphasis on efficient spaces and smart, multifunctional furniture this year.

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How to Paint Our Paintable MDF Frame

When your mirror makeover calls for a specific color, our Weston Paintable Frame is the perfect choice. With clean lines and a contemporary style, the Weston has a paintable, primed white finish, which allows you to truly customize your space and get exactly the look you want. Ahead, we’re answering a few FAQs about our paintable frames.

What type of paint is best to use on MDF frames? 

MDF, which stands for medium density fiberboard, is a wood composite, which means it’s relatively porous compared to other wood types. For that reason, it is generally recommended to use an oil-based paint instead of a water-based paint. However, since our paintable frames come pre-primed, either type of paint will give it a flawless finish. 

Do I have to prime my MDF frame?

If you were starting from scratch, you’d need to sand down and prime the frame before painting it. That’s not the case with our Weston Paintable frame! It comes with a finish that’s already sanded and primed in a white coat of paint.

Is MDF good for painting?

Yes! MDF does not have the wood knots and variations like hardwood or plywood, so it’s smooth and easy to paint.

paintable frame gold

To paint your Weston MDF frame, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Select your paint color. Remember: Any oil-based paint is ideal, but water-based paint will work too.

STEP 2: Set the frame on a large canvas or spread of newspapers, preferably up off the floor. Use bricks, paint cans, or upside-down flower pots to help you reach all the angles and corners. 

STEP 3: Apply the paint all over with your preferred applicator. For this frame, all you really need is a regular paintbrush, but a roller or spray gun can make the process faster if you have either on hand. 

STEP 4: Once the first coat of paint feels dry to the touch, give your frame a good look and decide if you need a second coat. For a clean finish, check for any patchines and then cover the entire frame with another layer of paint. If you’re going for a distressed or textured look, one coat may be enough for your finish. 

STEP 5: Let it dry completely, and then you’re done! 

gold frame with green cabinets

Once your customized frame is finished, you’re ready to install. Be sure to include a photo of your finished frame in the reviews so we can see how good it looks! 

Ready to tackle your paint project? Shop the Weston Paintable Frame now!

5 Home Projects To Tackle This Winter

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Winter weather offers the perfect opportunity to stay inside and tackle all those home upgrades you haven’t gotten around to yet. With a little motivation and effort, you can get your home in tip-top shape by spring.

While you probably already have your own list of to-dos that have been piling up, we have a few ideas for simple and satisfying home maintenance tasks. Here are five projects that are perfect to tackle this winter — just in case you need some motivation:

Touch up paint

If the paint in your home has experienced some wear and tear since the last fresh coat, now is a great time to touch it up. All it takes is a can of touch-up paint, a brush and an afternoon to help your walls look good as new.

repainting walls

Frame your mirrors

If a full bathroom remodel is outside your skillset, you can still make a showstopping upgrade by giving your mirror a framing facelift. Check out our Add A Frame® collection to find your ideal easy install.

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Bulk up your insulation efforts

Whether adding insulation to your attic or sealing off your windows, a better-insulated home in winter may result in lower utility bills. Take the time to get it done so you can start enjoying those energy-efficient savings.

Swap out your air filters

Fresh air filters can help you breathe better this winter — and we’re willing to bet it’s time to change yours since this is the ultimate procrastinator’s task. Just trust us: If you buckle down and do it, it’ll be done before you know it.

Regrout your tub

This last suggestion may take a little more elbow grease, but it can yield just as satisfying of a result. While regrouting a tub may feel intimidating, it’s simple enough for even the most novice DIYer to tackle. Check out this YouTube tutorial to get confident.

 

As tempting as it can be to stay hunkered down and cozy all winter, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with knocking out a few home projects can’t be beat. With these five ideas, you can go into spring feeling productive.

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How To Make Different Mirrors Cohesive

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We can’t think of many things more boring than a home with all identical mirrors. No variety? No intrigue? *Shudders*

That said, combining mirror types can also feel a little tricky. You want to mix it up, but you don’t want to take it too far in the “eclectic” direction. Don’t worry — it can be done!

Whether you’re aiming for cohesion room to room or considering decorating with multiple mirrors in one room (be bold!), we’ve got you. Just follow these tips for achieving the following mirror style combos without making your home feel like a funhouse attraction.

Mixing wood + metal

The trendy combination of the natural warmth of wood and the coolness of metal is a great way to add sophistication and depth to a room. Simply aim to give your mirrors something else in common or complementary to tie them together — such as shape or undertone. For instance, if you have a dark wood mirror, try pairing it with a lighter metal finish, like steel or brass.

Read this: “5 Tips for Decorating With Mixed Metals

round mirrors with mixed finishes

Mixing shapes

Perhaps the easiest way to mix it up, different shaped mirrors in your home or even in the same room can easily feel natural and cohesive. Try choosing different shapes of the same “family,” like all rounded mirrors, or different shapes of the same style, like all contemporary.

 

Mixing old and new

We’d never say “out with the old and in with the new” — we think it’s perfectly reasonable to keep both! Antique or vintage mirrors can easily mesh with newer, more modern mirrors when a few key details are taken into account. By considering other factors, like balancing warm and cool metals and adopting a cohesive color palette for your space, you can make old and new go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Read this: “How To Effortlessly Mix Vintage and Modern Mirrors in Your Home

old big gold mirrors

Mixing styles

If you just can’t choose between ornate mirrors and farmhouse mirrors, or nautical mirrors and vintage mirrors, here’s our advice: don’t! Instead, just as with these other categories, try to be intentional about how you mix various styles. Give your mirrors something in common that allows them to still look like they belong in the same room or same home together.

When in doubt? Go with what you love.

Mix it up with framed mirrors to suit any style. 

Decluttering 101: Where to Begin (And How to Stick With It)

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What is it about going through and cleaning out stuff that feels so cripplingly overwhelming?  Decluttering can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to follow a strict guideline or schedule. Rather, it should be a cathartic, satisfying process that leaves you (and your home!) feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes next. 

For an organized home that feels less encumbered by clutter, follow these tips:

Set a timer. 

The reality is, decluttering is time consuming work. It can be entirely overwhelming to see all that has built up in your home and get discouraged before you even begin. Carving out a set amount of time (and then sticking to it!) is key to not getting overwhelmed. 

Try starting out with shorter amounts of time — say, 10-30 minutes — and then as you build momentum and confidence in your decluttering abilities, you can amp it up to hours-long stretches. Plus, the timer will help keep you on target — otherwise, you’ll look up from nostalgically flipping through old photo albums and realize that hours have gone by! 

Don’t do it all at once.

This tip is pretty self explanatory. Tackle your trash one drawer at a time! With no real deadline in sight, there’s no reason to pressure yourself to rush through. After all, all that junk didn’t pile up in one weekend, and so you shouldn’t expect yourself to be rid of it in one weekend. 

Maybe you take on one kitchen cabinet per day for a week, working in 10 minute spurts. Or, instead of a “room by room” approach, you could establish a number system. For example, every week you will donate or throw away 10 items, repeating the process indefinitely. Your system has to work for you. Don’t forget to celebrate your baby steps along the way!

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Just give up on “just in case.”

During a declutter session, your things inevitably begin to fall into the “just in case” category. Of course, you should keep items that you genuinely believe you will use in the next year. The issue is when you start clinging to things just because you have trouble letting it go. 

Thinking “one day I may need…” is a dangerous gray area of indecision and procrastination, and if you don’t believe that, just take a peek at the back of your closet or junk drawer! These items are often just the result of not being ready to move on from something, or fear that you’ll have to be without it one day. Do yourself a favor and sell or donate the item to clear space for new memories (and your sanity!). Things are replaceable — people, memories, and your mental health are not!

Remember your “why.”

Sure, getting rid of piles of stuff you don’t want or use anymore feels good, but identifying your “why” will help keep new stuff from piling up all over again. Consider the benefits of more minimalist living, and remind yourself how good you feel when the clutter isn’t taking over. Your reason may be different than someone else’s — perhaps you are making room for a new family member, or maybe you’ve started a new venture and need space to work from home. Whatever the cause, let your “why” lead your cleaning-out efforts.

woman folding clothes on bed

Getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose clears the way for things that DO spark joy. Once your space is clean and open, you may even be inspired to do a little redecorating to suit your “less is more” lifestyle. If you’re looking for sleek, minimalist frames for your walls, we can help.