4 Fast and Easy Ways to Spruce Up a Dull Bathroom

Want to improve your bathroom, but don’t have the budget for a total renovation? You’re not alone. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to spruce up your space without the need for a total overhaul. These four simple — but effective — tips can help transform your bathroom from dull to dazzling. 

 

  1. Swap out your lighting

Want to see yourself in the best light possible? Time to toss that stock overhead vanity light that came with the place. Find something sleek and distinctly you — you’d be surprised how much unsightly lighting can drag a space down. If you’re up to going beyond the vanity light above the sink, sconces or wall lights can add that ever-elusive “good lighting” that comes in so handy while you’re applying makeup or shaving (or taking a selfie!). Lighting on either side of the vanity mirror offers illumination and shadowless light for your face, while only having one above the mirror tends to create dark shadows under your eyes, nose and chin. Do yourself a favor here!

 

  1. Refresh your towels.

This upgrade is as easy as selecting and swapping out! Compared to, say, installing an all-new bathroom vanity, towels are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Plus, this is a great solution if you’re renting or if you simply don’t want to commit to a certain scheme that may soon be out of fashion. Although a fluffy white towel will never go out of style, towels are a great place to try out the trendy colors or bold patterns you love at the moment. If you want to really go wild, get all new bath mats in a coordinating color, too!

 

  1. Create a feature wall.

Giving your bathroom a strong focal point (that’s not the toilet) can elevate a space that’s typically only utilitarian in its purpose. One great solution? A wallpapered feature wall! It’s a great solution if you don’t want to commit to the time and money required for a full room of wallpaper. Pro tip: Opt for a wall that won’t stay moist from constant showering or splashing. For example, the water closet or powder room behind the toilet is a great spot to show off a fun print. And if you’re worried that a bold wallpaper will overpower your small space, choose an abstract painting in a similar colorway to the wallpaper you love — you’ll get the pop of fun without the need for wallpaper paste! 

 

  1. Add or frame mirrors. 

Mirrors add light and can make a small space seem much bigger by bouncing the light around. As it’s mentioned above, good lighting is key — and especially in a smaller bathroom. Adding decorative mirrors is one of the quickest, easiest ways to pack a big punch in your space. Better yet, frame a big mirror you already have! If you have a sheet mirror behind your bathroom vanity — or even a funky-shaped one elsewhere in your bathroom — adding a frame to the existing mirror is an affordable way to get a professionally designed look.

From decorative mirrors to fast, customizable Add a Frame mirrors, we have what you need to give your bathroom the boost it needs. Best of all, you can choose from a wide range of frame finishes and styles so that your bathroom wows you every time you walk in. Shop the range now!

Style Inspo: Mirrors Over Double Sinks

Double the sinks, double the functionality, right?! His ’n hers bathroom vanities are a practical (and popular) choice that offer more storage and elbow room than single sinks. But when you’re working with a double-sink vanity, should you go with two separate mirrors, or one giant one? Answer: There is no right or wrong! Ahead, we’re rounding up some of our favorite styles for mirrors over double sinks. 

Look #1: Two Mirrors

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Putting an individual mirror over each sink offers a nice divide, making each spot feel distinct. This can give each person a feeling of having their own space — and that’s perfect for kids who share a bathroom, as it provides one less thing to bicker about!

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Two mirrors, plus a window — we call that a win! Of course, this option would only work for you if your bathroom was designed accordingly, but look at how that natural light shines into the space!

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Here again, the mirrors give a sense of division and distinct personal space, while still tying the two sinks together seamlessly. Plus, the style of the mirror frames complement the overall style, with the rustic woods nicely balancing the white marble.

Look #2: One Large Mirror

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With a slimmer vanity, one large mirror may be your best bet. The single mirror over the double sink looks cohesive and polished, and even manages to make this bathroom look more spacious. 

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With a single mirror over a double vanity, you can perfectly line up the edges for a clean look. Although two mirrors can add symmetry to a space, one long mirror can lighten things up and offer an airy feel.

Look #3: Three Mirrors

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Why stop at two?! Obviously, this option will only work if your specific vanity allows for it — say you have a makeup vanity in between the two sinks, for example. If the vanity is long enough, three mirrors can offer a nice balance. 

Ready to customize your bathroom and give your mirrors a makeover? Whether you opt for two or three mirrors over your double vanity, or choose to frame one long mirror over both, we have exactly what you need. Shop all decorative mirrors here, peruse our LED mirrors here (perfect for adding a little extra lighting to your bathroom!), and learn how to easily frame your mirror here!

4 Top Trending Home Projects in 2021

Spending more time isolated at home in the last year has certainly brought about new and different relationships to our spaces. Many people suddenly found that they could finagle a home office out of an underused closet or annex after all, while others took the opportunity to organize everything from their desk drawers to their games cupboard. Big and small, home improvement projects of all sizes have been gracing honey-do lists across the globe. Ahead, we’re discussing the top four most popular projects of the year.

Upgrading outdoors spaces

From planting hedges and starting vegetable gardens to totally outfitting the patio with new furniture, people across the world are giving their outdoor spaces a second glance. If you’re lucky enough to have a balconette, yard, or porch, there’s no better place to have your morning cup of coffee or enjoy an after-work glass of wine — and especially if the space is inviting and comfortable! Even apartment dwellers are giving natural surroundings more attention by giving more attention to their house plants and windowsill herbs. 

Organizing the closets

With shows like “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and “Get Organized with The Home Edit” surging to prominence in the last year or two, it’s no surprise that people used their downtime during lockdown to tackle overflowing closets. The trend has continued well into 2021 — people want the clutter GONE. 

Even though this home project doesn’t usually get a chance to shine when friends come over, it’s certainly one of the most satisfying! In the bedroom, in the hall, or in the bathroom, reorganizing closet spaces leads to piles of trash and donation bags, more functionality and visually appealing shelves.   

Painting a room

The fastest way to give a room a total makeover is to give it a fresh coat of paint! Plenty of people are wielding paint brushes this year. The most popular interior paint choices for 2021 include jewel tones (think deep blues and striking greens), rich browns, leafy greens, and blush pinks. Plus, the great thing about paint is that it’s not forever. If you change your mind in a few years, just bust the paint brushes back out!

Updating decor

Giving space a refresh doesn’t have to require hammers and nails, or even a gallon of paint. Simply updating decor has been top of mind for many people. Whether it’s switching coffee table books for something new, giving an old chair a needed slipcover, or splurging on new bedding, there are tons of ways to pack a big punch with a small budget. 

Our favorite home decor upgrade is — you guessed it — adding or framing mirrors. Mirrors catch light and can make a room feel bigger than it is, and a framed one can add a stylistic touch. No matter if you’re framing a big sheet mirror you already have or looking for a decorative mirror, we have you covered. Choose from tons of frame styles and finishes on our website now!

4 Inexpensive, Landlord-Approved Updates You Can Make While Renting

Creativity can be limited when you live in a rented apartment, house, or condo. Stock colors and standard tile selections tend to be quite blah (for lack of a better term), but that “no damage” clause in the contract can be incredibly restrictive. If you want to add a bit of personality to your space without causing trouble, keep reading!

Ahead, we’re rounding up a few (relatively) easy and inexpensive ways to give your rental a facelift. Best of all, none require construction or demolition, so you probably don’t even need to ask your landlord for permission. Score!

#1 Give your backsplash a blast of color. 

Use temporary wallpaper, faux tiles, or contact paper to give your kitchen a little style without sacrificing the beloved security deposit. The options are endless these days! For areas prone to splashes or messes (like behind the stove), go for a durable selection that can be wiped down regularly. Pro tip: If any sticking or glue remains after you try to peel off your temporary fix, a bit of Goo Gone will become your best friend!

#2 Light up your life. 

Did you know that light switch plates are actually super easy to swap out? It’s true! Find ones that add a little character or modernity to your space (or, at least aren’t an aged, crusty yellow), and just save the originals to pop back on when it’s time to move out. 

#3 Give a nod to your cabinet knobs. 

The key to rental upgrades is reversibility. Luckily, one such switch is on full display in your kitchen at all times: the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Find ones you love in the correct, already-existing size, and go cabinet crazy! Just like the light switch plates, you’ll simply swap them back before you say farewell. (Unless they are a huge improvement — in that case, your landlord may want to keep them!)

#4 Give your mirrors an instant makeover. 

A plain sheet mirror is often the standard in apartments and condos — and unfortunately, boring is also the standard. Luckily, it’s super easy to add instant wow-factor to your mirrors with Add A Frame! Get a totally custom mirror frame shipped right to your door, no matter the length or height you’re working with. It’s an affordable option that can really make a rental bathroom look polished and personalized. 

Add A Frame options include tons of styles and finishes — shop the range now to find your perfect fit. 

4 Random (But Creative) Places to Hang Custom Mirrors

From bathroom vanities to entryways, there are some mirror placements that are predictable and practical. But for less of a been-there, done-that look, consider a custom mirror for creative placement — you might be surprised just how much impact a mirror can have if you think outside the box! Ahead, we’re diving into a few special spots to put a mirror that you probably haven’t thought of yet. 

  1. On a Screened Porch

It’s not often you find mirrors outdoors, but it can be the most wonderful surprise! Reflect lush greenery or a prized gardening pot to make your screened porch feel even more spacious. Although you may get the occasional layer of pollen or grime, your covered porch will protect the mirror from major damage — and the wow-factor is worth it!

 

  1. Down Low as a Baby Toy

Consider placing a mirror low enough where it could double as a baby toy. It’s no secret that babies love looking in mirrors — and with one at eye-level for them, you can count on endless entertainment. You might opt for a long, full-length mirror that lands just above the baseboard; get creative with placement in the play corner or nursery; you could even put one on the funky-shaped wall where the stairs meet the wall. Just make sure that your custom mirror is securely fastened to the wall, not leaning against it. Safety first!

 

  1. Mixed Into A Gallery Wall

Add another layer of texture to your wall by mixing a custom mirror into a gallery wall featuring photos or shadow boxes of favorite memories! Go big and bold, with your photos arranged around your mirror, or opt for a mirror that blends in size-wise — both options can add extra oomph to your decor. Whether it’s on the wall going up the stairs, a feature wall in your living room, or even a “memory wall” in your home office or guest room, a mirror adds a bit of whimsy and light, making your gallery even more interesting. 

 

  1. In Places Lacking Light

Because they reflect light, mirrors are one way to instantly add brightness and space to a room. If you have a dark corner or a strangely shaped, dim hallway, a custom mirror may be just what you need to add life to the space. Luckily, with our option for custom frames, even the most unorthodox spaces can have a mirror! 

Ready to outfit even the most random spaces in your home with a custom mirror? It’s easy! Select from a vast array of frame styles and finishes, enter your specific dimensions, and we’ll ship your custom mirror directly to your front door. Easy as 1, 2, 3! Find a mirror frame finish that suits your home now!