3 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Home Gym

Over the last year, public spaces have looked different (to say the least). One side effect? The number of home gyms that have cropped up across the globe.

Whether it’s because your gym shut down, or because you simply started working out at home as something to do during the pandemic, it’s time to fully commit to making your home gym the best it can be. Exercise is important on so many different health levels, so why not create a space for that right at home?

Here are three reasons why an improved home gym is a good idea:

 

#1: Enjoy daily commitment, minus the commute.

One undeniable benefit of having a home gym is that it’s always open, 24/7. That lofty goal of moving your body and getting sweaty six days a week becomes much more attainable when the only commute is to walk a few steps. This becomes important when you’re trying to set a routine — and in a chaotic, unpredictable world, an easy-to-access daily workout routine can be a real sanity saver.

 

#2: Save money over time.

Though there may be some upfront costs of getting your home gym set up — such as investing in some free weights, buying a yoga mat and installing a mirror — you stand to save a significant amount of money in the long run. Based on the average monthly gym membership cost, you could save anywhere from $60-$300 per month by working out at home. And that adds up!

 

#3: You can make it entirely your own.

The best part of a home gym is that it’s all YOURS. After all, there’s plenty of space for social distancing when it’s just you. Enjoy plenty of elbow room, blast your music as loud as you’d like, and style the space exactly how you want.

 

Speaking of style, don’t forget to add a mirror to your gym! Think of it as a necessary piece of equipment to use for checking form, staying motivated throughout your workout, and making your space feel twice as big.

Frame My Mirror custom mirrors are ideal for unconventional spaces. For example, we have custom solutions for your garage-turned-flex-space, that wonky jut-out wall in your guest bedroom, or the strange ceiling height in the FROG — wherever your home gym winds up! Even if your workout zone lands somewhere without standard-sized walls, we have what you need.

Simply choose your style and enter your size, and we’ll create a framed mirror to your exact specifications.

Get started on your custom mirror now!

 

4 Strategic Ways to Add Natural Light to a Dark Room

Ever been tempted to bust down a wall or add a window or two to allow some light into your home? Atmosphere is everything — we understand! Before you break out your best DIY tools, consider these relatively easy (and comparatively inexpensive) ways to brighten up your space!

Whether your home is flooded with natural light or feels a bit more dark, what’s important is that you learn to make the most of what you have.

If you love light, but lack floor-to-ceiling windows in every room of your home, we’ve rounded up a few top tips for you to follow. Ahead, check out a few best practices for adding natural light into your home (WITHOUT needing to cut a hole in the wall!).

 

  1. Make your door work double-duty.

Glass storm doors, French doors, and even doors with frosted windows can be the difference between night and day for a room. Depending on the space in question, a simple door replacement can allow light to pour in. This is especially true for foyers, home offices, and even laundry rooms!

 

  1. Think beyond overhead lighting.

When you’ve exhausted your creative juices, it can be tempting to throw the brightest bulbs into one giant ceiling fan fixture and call it a day. However, relying on a single light source is not the answer. Consider floor lamps, sconces and table lamps to help bounce light off the walls. You might even consider investing in recessed lighting.

 

  1. Keep dark colors to a minimum.

In general, avoid overcrowding your space with too much dark color or clutter — that will only make a dim room seem more weighed down. Specifically when it comes to wall colors and furniture upholstery, dark colors can make a room feel more heavy. If your natural light is limited, stick to a light, white scheme and use colors as accents.

 

  1. Maximize light with mirrors.

Amplify whatever light does make its way into the room by instantly doubling it with a mirror! Mirrors reflect light and spread it around a space — and even into rooms opposite them. Not only that, but mirrors can make a room feel much bigger and more polished. Pro tip: Consider placing a mirror in the hallway wall directly across from your dark space to effortlessly add some illumination.

Achieving a bright, airy vibe in a darker space is not always easy, but it can be done with a bit of strategic design!

Ready to start? Order your custom framed mirror now!

 

5 Ways Mirror Positioning Can Improve Your Space

Mirrors can offer so much more than just a spot check your appearance. When used strategically, mirrors can make a home feel significantly more open and spacious. Ahead, we’re rounding up five clever ways to position mirrors to make the most of your space.

Make Your Space Seem Bigger

Because mirrors capture light and bounce it around a room, a general rule of thumb is to place your mirror adjacent to a window. This angle allows the mirror to perfectly catch the light and expand its reach. The more light a room has, the bigger and brighter it feels! (Of course, the bigger your mirror, the more space it will appear to create!)

Another option is to place your mirror opposite a window so that it can directly reflect 100% of the light pouring in. Either way, what matters is that you put careful thought into the “picture” that your mirror produces.

Double-down on Nature

Use your mirrors to bring the outside in! Since mirrors amplify anything in their path, consider positioning your mirror so that it reflects trees outside or a plant in the room. The added greenery can make a space feel much more open and connected to nature.

Give a Grand Entrance

Mirrors are not just handy for checking your hair when you walk in the front door. A big statement mirror in the front hallway can instantly make a house feel more light and uplifting to the person entering. As they say, there’s nothing like a first impression!

“Expand” Seating In the Dining Room

Not only can a mirror make your dining room feel bigger, but it can create the illusion of double the dinner guests! This adds to the energy of a gathering, and creates a vibrant atmosphere. Place one long, large mirror along the wall opposite of the door, or try using three smaller mirrors instead.

Make Your Mantel Magnificent

Instantly increase the size of your living room without down-sizing your furniture. Overmantel mirrors are a classic look, but getting the size right does matter. To figure out how big you need your overmantel mirror to be, double the height of your mantel shelf. Make sure that the width of the mirror is not wider than the mantel itself or things will look unbalanced.

How you position mirrors can certainly add light, balance and energy to a room. Of course, finding the right mirror frame in your desired finish, size, and shape makes a big difference on the overall look. Luckily, we can help with that!

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Where To Put a Custom Mirror

Sometimes, you just need something specific — and completely customized to you.

There are plenty of places in your home where what you need might not be something you can buy, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for less. Instead, let’s talk about some occasions when a customized mirror might be the easiest, most logical solution.

Your home gym

We’re all working out at home a lot more now, and if you’re missing those huge mirrors in the weight room at your former fitness center, it may have got you thinking about how to optimize your home gym. With a customized mirror, you can find something that works exactly with the space you have, instead of making your space work around the mirror.

Your living room 

You know that one wall that you can never figure out what to put on it? Or that space above your couch that’s a weird length? Your living room is where you spend your time, so make your space exactly what you want it to be and customize a mirror to suit your needs.

Your dining room 

Mirrors add great depth and brightness to a dining room, but placement is important. Too big and a mirror will seem overpowering, too small and it’ll seem insignificant and out of place. Find the exact right size to complement your room and table length by customizing your dimensions.

Your bedroom 

Checking your outfit in the mirror is an important part of getting ready every morning. You deserve to have the mirror you want in your bedroom — even if you have to customize it to get it. After all, if there’s anywhere in your home where you should be able to fully customize your decor, your bedroom is it.

Shop our custom mirrors or check out our Add A FrameⓇ option to get exactly what you need, when you need it.

 

Expect to See Lots of These Paint Colors in 2021

It’s a new year — which means a fresh new color palate is ready to take over all of the latest design trends. From the annual announcement of Pantone’s color of the year, to predictions from the top names in decor, these are the paint colors you can expect to see all over the place in 2021.

Ultimate gray

Called “solid and dependable,” this gray color from Pantone is a perfect neutral to apply to any wall in your home or piece of furniture that needs a modern touch.

Illuminating yellow 

This bright and hopeful color from Pantone could be the antidote 2021 needs to shake off the challenges of the past year. And why not bring a little brightness indoors?

Blue-greens

A bit bolder than the soft blues of the past few years, this fresh shade is a great way to add a pop of color without going too crazy. Plus, with a water-like effect, using this color on your walls can give a room a calming feel.

Olive green

The natural, soothing color of olive green is the perfect shade to make you feel like you brought a little of the natural world inside. Paired with some lighter wood tones, you can have yourself a trendy, peaceful retreat.

Black

When in doubt, paint it black. OK, maybe give this one a little more thought than that, but black walls are growing in popularity and could have their moment in 2021. If you’re feeling bold, it might be the perfect option for you.

Of course, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: As fun as it can be to follow trends, it’s most important to choose a color that you like.

Find a mirror to match.