5 Tips for Decorating With Mixed Metals

Today we’re here to bust one of decorating’s biggest myths: you can’t mix metals within the same room. Not only is this “rule” meant to be broken, we’ll even take it one step further: you should mix metals within the same room.

Using multiple metal tones — like silver, copper, gold, stainless steel and more — can add intrigue and depth to your décor, without overpowering one space with a single finish. That said, it’s important to think carefully about how to mix metals in your home design to avoid giving a room a disjointed or careless appearance.

To help you feel confident in your ability to decorate with mixed metals, we’ve put together a list of five tips:

Think of metals as “warm” or “cool”

Warm metals would be anything with yellowish tones, like gold, copper and brass. Cool metals are anything with silver tones, like aluminum, stainless steel or any other silver metal. Once you have metals mentally divided up in these categories, you can balance the use of warm and cool metals in your décor. For instance, if you have a warm metal prominently used, you can use cool metals as accent tones.

Don’t go overboard

While you can think of this post as your official permission slip to mix metals, you still don’t want to go overboard. Stick to two to three metals at most, ideally with one focal metal and one to two accent metals.

Consider finishes

Using different finishes of the same metal — for instance, polished and shiny versus antique and rustic — can add visual appeal and variety. However, again, it’s important not to go overboard.

Use a mirror to add depth

Adding a mirror to a room creates depth by reflecting the metallic notes in your décor and generating a more open feel. Bonus points if your mirror has a metal frame!

Utilize space

Spreading out the different metals you choose will help the room flow better. Aim for metal mixing to happen at various heights and surfaces so the eye isn’t pulled to one plane of the room over another. For instance, if you have brass light fixtures drawing the eye up, you can use silver drawer pulls to bring attention to lower areas of the room.

Above all, trust your instincts. You want your décor to match your style, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope if it feels right.

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The Power of Mirror Mantras

The mirrors in your home serve many practical purposes — from putting in your contacts in the morning, to making sure you don’t have spinach in your teeth. But beyond these necessary functions, did you know your mirror can actually be a helpful tool on your way to better self-esteem, goal achievement and career confidence?

It’s true! Studies have shown that frequently seeing your own reflection can help better develop your sense of self, shift your perspective, improve social skills and ground you in your body. There’s even a growing practice of mirror meditation that claims to help develop “kinder self-awareness.”

We’ve posted before about writing inspirational quotes on your mirror as helpful reminders to start your day, but mirror mantras can take this a step further. Here’s how you can get started with your own personal mantra to build the confidence and self-esteem you need to reach your biggest goals:

Pick a theme

Think about the kind of energy you want to manifest in your own life. Are you trying to move up the ladder at work? Work on your body image? Stay focused on a fitness goal? Whatever type of self-improvement you’re after, think of a theme to connect your mirror mantras.

Select a few powerful phrases

Your actual mantras can be whatever you choose, but should speak to the heart of your goals. While some people like to have a few mantras to alternate, others select one particularly powerful mantra to repeat daily. Here are a few examples:

  • You are enough.
  • You deserve this.
  • You are stronger than you think.

Set aside time

While you don’t need much time, a mirror mantra routine is likely to be most effective in the morning before your day has truly begun. However, don’t be afraid to find a routine that works best for you if mornings aren’t your thing.

Breathe, repeat, breathe

Stand tall with good posture and grounded feet, then make eye contact with yourself in the mirror. Say your mantra, breathe in and out deeply, and repeat it again. Feel free to repeat this process as many times as you need to feel ready for your day.

 

Do you use mirror mantras? Tell us what positive energy you’re manifesting in the comments below.
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5 Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

While you can’t magically change the dimensions of a small room, there are ways you can maximize your space and make a small room at least feel bigger. The square-footage may stay the same, but your attitude about where you live can drastically improve with just a few simple decorative tweaks.

Try one of these five tips to make a small space feel bigger — then sit back and enjoy your new “larger” room.

Get creative with paint

Painting your ceiling naturally draws the eyes upwards, which can make a small or low-ceiling room feel taller. Similarly, light-colored walls reflect the light and make a room feel more open. Opt for a shade of white, light grey, or light blue walls for a subtle, airy feel.

Utilize effective lighting

Overhead lighting that illuminates a room from the top down tends to give off a spotlight effect — even if it’s not immediately noticeable. By pooling all the light from one overhead source, you could be unknowingly minimizing your space. Instead, use smaller lamps around the room to bring light to every nook and cranny.

Buy furniture with exposed legs

It may sound silly, but furniture that you can see under — as opposed to a couch that is skirted or a coffee table that sits flat on the ground — creates a much more open, expansive feel to a room. As another tip, avoid putting your furniture flush with the wall. Evening pulling it out just a few inches can make a room feel less cramped.

Create an illusion with mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors reflect light and make a room seem instantly bigger. This is especially effective when a mirror is placed across from a window. Plus, framing a mirror adds elegance to any room, and the right size can even double as a statement piece.

Aim for bigger decorations — but fewer of them

An abundance of small decorations can make a room feel cluttered and stuffy. Instead, go for larger pieces that stand out and fill space, without making your style look too busy.

Next time you’re feeling crowded in your home, try one of the above adjustments and see what a difference it can make. You might be surprised.

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10 Inspirational Quotes to Start the New Year Off Right

There’s nothing quite like a little extra positivity in your life to make reaching your goals seem more possible. By placing inspirational sentiments where you can see them every day, you can find the motivation you need to make 2019 your best year yet. In fact, studies have found that writing down your goals and putting them somewhere you can see them significantly increases your chances of succeeding.

One place you’re sure to look? Your bathroom mirror. Using a dry erase marker or Post-It note, write an inspirational quote or goal on your mirror. Seeing it every day will be a great reminder of what your priorities are.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiration quotes that provide the perfect sentiment for starting off the new year.

  1. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.” – Cheryl Strayed
  3. “Be messy and complicated and afraid  — and show up anyway.” – Glennon Doyle
  4. “If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.” – Michael Jordan  
  5. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  6. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.” – Brené Brown
  8. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
  9. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde
  10. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. “ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

What are you goals for 2019? Share your plans and a quote that inspires you in the comments section below.

How to Create a Swoon-worthy Vanity Space

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Are you tired of leaning over the bathroom counter to put on your makeup? Does your get-ready routine need a re-do? Creating a vanity space in your bedroom might just be the simple upgrade you need to put your best face forward every day. While having a dedicated vanity space may seem like a luxury, it can actually be easy — and inexpensive! — to create. 

First thing’s first: consider your style

A vanity space can be whatever you want it to be, so take a little time before you begin to consider what kind of vibe you’d like to create. Whether modern and sleek or vintage and colorful, your vanity space should reflect your personal style. Identify where in your bedroom you’ll be placing your vanity and consider how to incorporate your current décor.

Up next: build your area

Start cruising flea markets, thrift shops or estate sales and look for old desks, dressers or tables you can repurpose. Think carefully about the size and specifications you may need. For instance, do you need drawer space for extra storage? Try not to get hung up on the color or finish of the pieces you find — you can easily re-stain or paint to match your vision. Check out these links for tips on refinishing and painting furniture.

Once you find the right main piece, now it’s time to think about what you’d like to sit on. Aim for comfort and practicality, like a tufted stool that can easily be tucked away or an upholstered chair that makes a statement.

Finally: establish function

As much as you want your vanity space to be beautiful, it also needs to be functional. That means you’ll need one very important item: a vanity mirror. Depending on the lighting in your bedroom, you may want to consider an LED lighted mirror to make getting ready even easier. Or, choose a framed mirror that complements the style you’re creating.   

And last but not least, consider how you’d like to store and display your make-up, jewelry and products. Get creative with containers and storage options until you’ve found the perfect feel for your space.

It may take a little searching and elbow grease, but creating your own vanity space doesn’t have to be expensive of complicated. Before you know it, mornings will be more enjoyable and you’ll have a glam routine that rivals any celebrity.

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