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!

Should Your Fixtures Match?

Short answer: maybe?

As with all design choices you make in your home, the answer to this question certainly comes down to personal preference. If you want crazy, mix-matched fixtures all over your home…well, you do you. However, if you’re here for some legitimate design advice, we can also help with that.

For most homes, you don’t have to worry about matching finishes from room to room. For instance, if you have silver kitchen fixtures, it’s perfectly fine to have a bronze faucet in your upstairs bathroom.

But what about mixing the finishes of your fixtures in just your bathroom or just your kitchen? While conventional advice would be to tie a room together as best you can with matching finishes, it’s not a hard and fast rule. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to change it up with finishes that don’t match.

Perhaps you’re renovating your bathroom, but you can’t find fixtures that match. This is a common problem if you’re redoing a portion of a room with older fixtures. Let’s say you really like the drawer pulls on your bathroom cabinet, but they don’t match the new faucet you’re dying to have. If you think the two different finishes look good together — well, then there’s no reason to not go with what you want!

Here’s a handy list of questions you can ask yourself to determine if mixing fixture finishes is the right choice for you:

  • How does the big picture work? Avoid zeroing in on the individual pieces and consider the sum of all the parts.
  • Do the finishes you’ve chosen complement each other? In many cases, it’s better to choose two completely different finishes than two that are close, but don’t quite match.
  • Do you like it? This is the most important question of them all. You’re the one who has to live there, so your satisfaction is key.

Luckily, when it comes to the finish of your mirror frame, you can find options to suit all kinds of bathroom styles — whether matching or mismatching is your thing.

See your options in our Add A Frame® collection. 

 

 

Top Design Trends of 2020

Design trends come and go, and with what’s “in” and “out” constantly changing, it can be a challenge to keep up. While we’re big believers that you should always make design choices that you enjoy — regardless of whether they’re “on trend” — we also love following style changes over time. Here’s what’s currently making waves in the interior design world in 2020.

Combining modern with antique

Mixing elements of both modern and more traditional — or even antique — style is expected to be big in 2020. Think antique furniture with modern art on the walls.

Big, bold colors

While clean whites and different shades of gray ruled the first part of the new century, latest design trends show a shift toward bolder, warmer accent colors and even deep monochromatic style. We’re talking cobalt blues and kelly greens.

Painted interior doors

Rather than just a boring shade of white, paint your interior doors to act as accent pieces in your home. This year, we’re seeing darker and darker color choices that really make doors that once blended in now stand out.

Fun bathroom designs

From quirky wallpaper, to a unique mirror, bathrooms no longer have to be the most boring room in your home. Instead, this year’s design trend is for bathroom design that takes risks and shows personality.

Faux marble countertops

While the real stone can be difficult to maintain, the latest in kitchen design is countertops made to look marble with porcelain and manmade materials. This provides the best of both worlds — the look you want without tedious upkeep.

Multifunctional spaces

Make the most of the space you have by taking back wasted space and being flexible with the purpose of each room in your home. Closet too big for your needs? Revamp a portion of it to act as a home office.

One thing’s for sure: 2020 is the perfect time to take a bold design risk.

Start with your bathroom mirror.

 

3 Hidden Benefits of Framing Bathroom Mirrors

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Upgrading your bathroom mirror with a custom frame instantly enhances the appearance — but that’s not the only perk. While the improved look is certainly the top reason, we’ve compiled a list of three hidden benefits of framing bathroom mirrors that you may not have considered.

Benefit #1: Prevent and Hide De-silvering

De-silvering refers to the blackened edges some mirrors get after years of use. This is caused by water or cleaning supplies seeping underneath the edges of the mirror and damaging the silver backing, causing your mirror to look dated and dirty. Adding a frame can cover up de-silvering if it has already occurred, or even protect the edges of your mirror from future damage. Rather than replacing the entire mirror — which can be costly and difficult — a simple frame is an easy way to avoid and hide de-silvering.

Benefit #2: More Decoration Possibilities

An unframed mirror doesn’t really lend itself to decorations, but a framed mirror instantly allows for more possibilities. Especially with the holiday season just around the corner, a framed mirror can easily be draped with a garland or lights to add some seasonal décor to your bathroom. Similarly, you could drape beads or fabric around the edges for a more bohemian look. This ability to “dress up” your mirror for special occasions is a great way to add personality to your bathroom.  

Benefit #3: Easy Personalization

Framing bathroom mirrors also creates the perfect opportunity personalize your space with mementos. You can tuck photos, favorite quotes or concert tickets along the edge of the frame to remind you of happy times. Thanks to the frame, you can enjoy these items without having to use tape that might leave a hard-to-remove residue on your mirror.

Plus, on top of all of these hidden perks, framing your bathroom mirror couldn’t be easier. Whatever custom frame you choose, you can instantly upgrade your space and make it your own.

Shop our Add a Frameselection and improve your mirror today.