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!

4 Places NOT to Hang a Mirror in Your Home

Mirrors can truly make all the difference in a room. (OK, OK, we may be biased — but it doesn’t make it any less true!) Even though mirrors are a fast way to amplify light and make a room feel bigger, there are places they shouldn’t be hung.

There are a few feng shui guidelines, superstitions, and best practices that you’ll want to keep in mind as you make your house feel more like a home. Whether you want to boost good energy in your space or just find the most practical solutions, heed these four tips:

DON’T hang across from clutter.

You want your mirrors to reflect light and happy energy — not piles of mail, toys, or other clutter. For example, skip the mirror on the wall directly across from your laundry room, where clothes tend to pile up and spill over. Or, if your home has a “drop zone” where coats, laptop bags, and shoes tend to get dumped when people walk in the door, avoid mirrors in that area. After all, the last thing you want to do is double the clutter in your home!

DON’T hang directly above or opposite bed.

According to feng shui experts, mirrors directly above your bed (or sofa) can disrupt calm, peaceful feelings because of the weight hanging over your head. Additionally, you want to avoid hanging a mirror on the wall opposite your bed because — according to some traditions — your soul leaves your body when you sleep, and it can get startled when it sees itself in the mirror. Whether or not that’s the case, this placement doesn’t make sense on a practical level. Mirrors can create all kinds of illusions in the half-light and darkness that mess with your head. It’s hard to sleep when the light bouncing on the mirror looks just like the boogeyman!

DON’T hang in the kitchen. 

In general, feng shui guidelines suggest avoiding mirrors in the kitchen altogether. Although it’s not a popular spot for mirrors, facing the stove is a big no-no for mirrors (so long, mirrored tile backsplash!). Then again, it’s not super practical to have mirrors in a spot that is notoriously steamy and smokey. No one wants to constantly clean soup splatter off of a mirror, anyway!

DON’T hang directly across from the front door.

When it comes to receiving good energy in your home, you want to keep the front door ready to welcome it inside. Feng shui dictates that if you have a mirror right across from your door in the entryway, good energy may bounce back outside. Many people want mirrors in their foyer, and that’s fine, just make sure it’s on a perpendicular wall that catches light instead.

Of course, it’s your home — place mirrors where you will use them, and where they make you happy. With these tips in mind, hopefully your space reaches its best, brightest potential — and we can help with that! Discover custom frames, framed mirrors, and Add a Frame options now to find what suits your style best. Shop our entire range now!

Increase Your Home Value With This One Easy Upgrade

Each year as spring rolls around, many people start thinking about putting their home on the market and moving. This year is no different — in fact, residential real estate across the board is experiencing record surges. Timing-wise, this makes sense: Moving at the end of spring/beginning of summer allows families to get settled in before school starts up again in the fall. Think you’ll get in on the action? Keep reading for a real estate tip!

The Two Rooms Homebuyers Judge First

If you’re considering putting your house up for sale, there are two places to first focus on for renovations and upgrades. Kitchens and bathrooms are “the two rooms that really sell a home,” according to online real estate marketplace Trulia. These are the two rooms that homebuyers most critically judge, so zooming in on improvements in these spaces can help your home sell faster.

Home Upgrade Hack: Framing Mirrors

If you’re selling your home and moving out, it can be hard to convince yourself to spend the money on any upgrades. Luckily, there’s at least one hack to home improvements: Improve the frames in your bathroom!

The Best Way to Frame Bathroom Mirrors

Our Add A Frame® kit is a quick and inexpensive way to upgrade your bathrooms before you list your home. Framing your mirrors may seem like a relatively small upgrade to make (at least, it is compared to ripping out kitchen countertops!), but it’s an impactful step. 

Not only will you give your bathrooms a fresh, more finished look, but you’ll instantly add value to your house and impress potential buyers. Overall, it’s a cost effective solution for making your bathrooms more appealing. 

The best part? It couldn’t be easier! Simply select your favorite frame style, measure your existing mirror’s height and width, enter a few details about where it will hang, and we’ll send your custom mirror frame right to your front door. 

Upgrade your bathroom with an Add A Frame®!

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!