4 Spring Cleaning Tasks You’re Probably Forgetting

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Throw open the windows and shake the dust off the curtains — it’s spring cleaning time! Across the nation, folks are vacuuming behind refrigerators and wiping down their window blinds. It’s the perfect time of year to get your home feeling refreshed and renewed, but even the most accomplished and organized clean freaks forget a few things now and then. Be sure to add these oft-overlooked items to your seasonal cleaning routine. 

1.) Clean or change your shower curtain.

It’s gross to think about scrubbing yourself clean in a place that’s secretly harboring mold, mildew and grime — and that’s exactly what likes to hide in your shower curtain. Yes, it’s a chore to rehang the liner and curtain on the little hooks, but you’ll feel much better once you do.The good news: Most cloth shower curtains can be easily tossed in the washing machine. You may clean plastic shower curtain liners on a gentle cycle using detergent, vinegar, and baking soda. If your liner is at the point of no return, consider swapping it out with a new one. 

2.) Launder your duvet cover.

While you (hopefully!) wash your sheets about every week, your cozy duvet probably gets tossed on a chair on laundry day and goes unwashed. If you think about it, that cover is used every day — so don’t forget to clean it occasionally! Shoving the duvet back into the duvet cover can be quite the task, so have a friend or partner on deck and ready to help.

3.) Clean the base of your toilet. 

Giving your toilet bowl a good scrub is an item on just about every cleaning to-do list, but have you forgotten about the base? The pedestal part of the toilet is often overlooked, and — ick! — tends to pile up dust and other yuckiness over time. Do yourself a favor and give your throne a good once-over.

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4.) Give all your mirrors a thorough cleaning.

Make your mirrors glisten and gleam! Step one is to dust your frame and wipe off any dirt or grime. Next, use your favorite glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to make your mirrors really shine (without leaving the fuzzy residue of paper towels). 

Making your own glass cleaner is easy, effective, and inexpensive — a win, win win by our book! One of the easiest ways to make your own glass cleaner is to use a simple combination of dish soap, white vinegar, and water. 

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How to make glass cleaner:

  • Add a half teaspoon of dish soap and 1 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. 
  • Mix well, add to a spray bottle, and get to work! 
  • Note that the vinegar may have a strong smell at first, but it fades quickly.

If you’re looking for a one-and-done solution, try simple club soda. No mixing necessary, simply add to a spray bottle and go to town. 

For more homemade glass cleaner recipes that we love and use, check out this post.Your annual spring cleaning campaign is the perfect time to check in on the status of your mirrors — are the edges desilvered? Are there any visible cracks? If it’s time to upgrade the look, add a mirror frame to give your mirror a second life, or shop our ready-to-hang Decorative Mirrors now!

Mirror Placement 101: How to Properly Decorate With Mirrors According to Experts

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, where should you go and about how tall?

Mirrors come in handy for both practical use and stylish flair — but thoughtful placement throughout your home is a key step in making the most of them. Here’s what you should consider when deciding where to place your mirror:

What is your goal for the mirror?

  • Are you looking for a stylish focal point for the room?

When you enter a room, your eye automatically looks for something to settle on. A mirror can be a beautiful way to ground a space and draw the eye in. If your goal is to have the mirror be the main focal point of the room, try going one size up from what you think you need.

  • Are you trying to make a room seem bigger?

Mirrors are an effective way to expand a small space (or at least give that illusion) — so don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small room! A floor mirror or prominently placed decorative mirror can add depth and dimension where you need it most.

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  • Are you just interested in the decor aspect?

Although mirrors are useful, you may simply want one in a room purely for the aesthetics! A well-made mirror can add intrigue and beauty to your interior design, especially if it’s customized for your space. Our Custom Framed Mirrors are available in 80+ frame styles and finishes, so you can create one that’s tailor-made for your room.

What’s in the reflection?

Ideally, mirrors in your home will be placed to maximize the impact of an architectural element or attractive design detail. You want your mirrors to reflect a favorite piece of art, a window full of sunshine, or an interesting arched doorway — not your piles of laundry, clutter, or dirty dishes.

For example, skip the mirror on the wall directly across from your entryway table that serves as a drop zone for backpacks and purses. After all, the last thing you want to do is double the clutter in your home! Instead, imagine your mirror as its own piece of art and have it across from a lush plant, a unique print, or a statement chandelier.

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Is it facing a window or light source?

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!

How high do you want your mirror?

Mirrors should be hung about eye level. Too high, and they’ll awkwardly reflect your blank ceiling. Too low, and passersby will get a glimpse of themselves from a less-than-flattering angle. Even though it’s tempting to hang a mirror high above the mantle, avoid this — at least part of the mirror should be eye level.

Now that you know where to place your mirror, all that’s left to do is find the perfect one for your decor style. Whether your taste leans toward farmhouse, mid-century modern, traditionally ornate or industrial, we have something to suit your style. Shop the entire range, or Add A Frame® to upgrade one you currently have. Get started now!

Trend Alert: Monochromatic Rooms (And 3 Tips to Make Them Look Professionally Done)

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Monochromatic rooms are certainly having a moment. Creative and colorful, this bold decor decision seems to stem directly from high-fashion runways. Painting a wall can feel a bit more permanent than trying on a tone-on-tone skirt set though — and it’s more time consuming too. Before you take the plunge, check out a few of our favorite iterations of the monochromatic room trend.
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Tip #1: Use several shades of the same color.

This gives the elevated feel of a monochromatic palette while offering a little visual variation. Use one “main” staple — like the wall color — as your base, then keep it all in the color family. If you’re in the bedroom, a duvet or fun framed print are easily swappable additions that can help you achieve the look without spending a ton of money. In the bathroom, new colored towels or a custom framed mirror in a perfectly picked frame finish can accomplish the same thing. 

Tip #2: When using an abundance of the same color, vary up the textures.

This keeps a room from feeling flat and uninteresting. For example, polished gray checkered tiles can pair well with a textured gray wallpaper and a nickel decorative mirror. It’s all about giving the space a layered, nuanced look — even when the color palette doesn’t change.

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Tip #3: Don’t let monochromatic cross the line into monotony. 

Choose a few focal features so that the eye is drawn in and given a resting place. One great way to achieve this is to install a pair of wow-worthy mirrors in a strong contrasting color. For example, this all-navy bathroom looks extra chic thanks to the pop from the gold decorative mirror. It helps the room feel centered and grounded, without taking away from the artsy fun of the color choice. Another effective way to break up a space of sameness is to incorporate a lush, green plant. (Artificial is fine — we say go faux it!)

At the end of the day, a monochromatic room doesn’t have to be dramatic — it can be a subtle style choice that simply layers a well-coordinated color palette. (But by all means, if you do go for something more dramatic, we’d love to see pictures!)

Seeking more style inspo?

Check out these blog posts For more creative fodder, scope out the double-mirror sink look, find out four landlord-approved room makeovers for renters, and discover the latest metal hardware trends to see what’s in and what’s out.

How to Give Your Guest Bath a Refresh (And Stay On Budget)

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Living rooms and kitchens tend to soak up a home’s decor glory (and budget!), which can leave more utilitarian spaces feeling a bit incomplete. One such space is often the guest bathroom — a multipurpose room that typically needs to be welcoming for guests, functional for daily use, and act as a storage unit all in one.

Cluttered cabinets, drab decor, and an altogether underwhelming vibe doesn’t have to be the case for your guest bathroom. In fact, the small footprint of this space means you can pack a real punch without breaking the bank. Ahead, our top tips for giving your guest bath a refresh on a budget.

           1. Add a pop of paint.

Your space may not be conducive to a total repainting, but sometimes less is more anyway. Adding in a focal feature (besides the toilet or shower!) can ground the space and offer a bit more interest. Consider a single, bold feature wall, or give your vanity cabinets a fresh coat of color — the guest bath is the perfect place to have a little fun with your paint selection! A muted teal, splashy coral, or navy blue can all transform a small bathroom into something wow-worthy.blue bathroom color

           2. Replace your hardware.

Mismatched towel bars, vanity handles and drawer pulls, and faucets can make a small bathroom feel jumbled and unintentional. Updating your hardware can have a significant impact on the overall cohesiveness of your bathroom without ever having to replace anything major. Take years off your bathroom’s life by ditching the worn, tarnished knobs and upgrading to something more modern. Be sure to factor faucets and toilet flush handles into your budget, too!

           3. Swap the shower curtain.

This tip may seem super basic, but swapping out the shower curtain can instantly make a bathroom feel less dingy. It’s easy to settle for whatever was on hand when you moved in, only to look up years later and realize you never upgraded it to match the space. Best of all, shower curtains are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Plus, this is a great solution if you’re renting, updating the bathroom from a kids-zone to guest bath, or looking for a way to add color without painting. Take it all to the next level by replacing your hand towels in a coordinating color!

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

           4. Frame your bathroom mirror.

For instant polish and a more put-together look, upgrade the vanity mirror. If you have a sheet mirror behind your bathroom vanity, adding a frame to the existing mirror is an affordable way to get a professionally designed look. Choose from 80+ frame styles and finishes with Add A Frame® for a fast, customized, easy-to-install end product. Think you’re better off replacing the mirror altogether? Peruse our selection of Decorative Framed Mirrors for a ready-to-hang option, or add a little extra light to the room with a sophisticated LED Lighted Mirror.

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RELATED READ: Style Inspo: Mirrors Over Double Sinks

Seeking a little more inspiration? Check out our gallery for fresh ideas on bathroom style now!

Replace vs. Renew: How to Tell When You Need a New Mirror

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Mirrors enhance the natural light in a room, can trick the eye into thinking there is more space than there is, and are downright useful when you’re getting ready in the morning. Sadly, mirrors don’t stay perfect forever, and they tend to get worn down over time.

Sometimes, a mirror is beyond repair — but how can you be sure? Before you invest in a new one, it’s important to recognize the key signs that show it’s time for a replacement. Keep reading to learn when it’s time to trash your mirror and when it can be renewed with a custom frame.

It’s time to replace your mirror if:

–It has a crack.

A cracked mirror means more than just seven years of bad luck, it can be a real safety hazard! Broken mirrors can do damage to you, your loved ones, and your furnishings if you’re not careful. Small cracks can turn into bigger ones, and nobody wants to deal with shattered glass. If your mirror has a crack — even a small one — it’s best to go ahead and replace it.

–Your image is distorted.

Keep the fun house mirrors at the carnival. If your reflection seems wavy, or some parts seem bigger or smaller, it’s likely because your glass mirror has worn down. Although you may enjoy the free slim-down service of a mirror that makes it look like you’ve shed a few pounds, it is a sign that the mirror is on its way out — best to replace it before it wears down even more and threatens injury.

Not every aged mirror needs to be swapped out. In many cases, adding a frame to your mirror can give it a second life — and save you a good deal of money!

Salvage your mirror with a new frame if:

–It simply looks outdated.

Mirror lost its luster? If your mirror is looking a little vintage (and not in a good way), but is otherwise functional, it is a great candidate for a frame. Choose from a wide variety of styles and finishes from our Add A Frame® collection to give your mirror a completely renewed look.

–You want to give the room a makeover

One fast and easy way to give a room a refresh is to add a frame to your mirror. Although it seems like a minor detail compared to, say, painting an entire wall, a new mirror frame can elevate a room and totally change the overall look. Often, people automatically replace the vanity mirrors when they renovate the bathroom. No need! If the mirror is in good condition, simply add a new frame to change up the style.

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–It’s de-silvered or tarnished around the edges.

Ever noticed dark, streaky spots around the edges of your mirror? This “desilvering” happens over time when mirrors aren’t properly maintained. Mirrors have layers of tin and silver, and as the silver wears away over time, those dark spots become noticeable. Desilvering happens even more quickly and commonly in rooms that are exposed to high humidity, like bathrooms. Using improper cleaning methods, like a wet rag or excessive amounts of ammonia-based cleaning products, also expedites the desilvering process.

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RELATED READ: How to Properly Maintain Your Mirror to Avoid Desilvering

The good news is that if you notice desilvering around the edges of your mirror, you don’t need to replace it with a new one. Try adding a frame for a polished look that covers up those irksome streaks. It’s a cost effective way to extend the life of your mirror and infuse a little extra style into your space.

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