Bathroom Refresh: 3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Small Bathroom

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Stuck with a small bathroom? That doesn’t mean it has to be boring! In fact, because bathrooms have such a small footprint compared to the rest of a home, it’s the perfect place to be a bit more bold in your design style.

Lack of square footage, limited natural light and the need for functionality present challenges, but a little creativity can go a long way. Ahead, find the inspiration you need to give your small bathroom the refresh it needs.

Brighten things up.

The first trick to making any room feel bigger is to add light. In a small bathroom, this can be accomplished in a few ways. Consider adding new light fixtures, especially if the one above your vanity is outdated. Perhaps you have a spot for a sconce or two; side lighting can do wonders to flatter your face!

A second small way to enhance the light in your space is to repaint the walls with a high-gloss paint in a cheerful color. That way, you’re able to capture and reflect any light that does make its way into your small bathroom. Another smart solution is to incorporate LED lighted mirrors. This upgrade offers a two-pronged benefit: You’ll amplify the light in your small bathroom, and enjoy the pure practicality of seeing every pore more clearly as you get ready!

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Flatter your feet with peel-and-stick flooring.

If your floors have seen better days — or if you simply want to inject a bit more personality — peel-and-stick tiles are your answer. Faking a tile floor is not a permanent solution, as the stickiness will eventually wear off, but some people see that as a perk! It’s easy to renew your flooring as your style evolves.

This is an especially savvy option for powder rooms or a guest bathroom that isn’t used daily for showering. Renters love this option too, because most peel-and-stick flooring tiles are easily removed with the heat from a hair dryer. Be sure you carefully read reviews and check the labels for your selection — bathrooms endure a lot of heat, humidity, and water, and you want to make sure your floor stickers don’t peel up after only a month.

Frame your vanity mirror(s).

Instantly create a polished, professional look to even the most boring and conventional bathroom mirrors by adding a custom frame! It’s a fast, cost-effective way to make your small bathroom feel more intentional in its design. This is a smart upgrade even if you rent your space, as it’s rarely an upgrade that a landlord complains about.

Best of all, this bathroom fix doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Add A Frame® makes it super simple to get the job done! All you have to do is browse through our dozens of frame styles to find the frame and finish you love, enter your size specifications, and then wait for it to arrive at your doorstep. The installation process is easy, too — no construction experts needed here!

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3 Easy Tips for Creating Calm In Your Home

Your home should be a respite from the busyness and noise of the world — a calming cocoon where you’re free to be your truest self. Especially in times like these, the last thing you want is more stress in your sacred space. There’s already enough of that to go around.

Creating a calming environment to come home to doesn’t have to require major renovations or zen elevator music playing constantly in the background. A few small tweaks can up the serenity in your space and help you feel more at peace. Find a few of our top recommendations ahead!

Tip #1: Eliminate harsh light.

Harsh overhead lighting can trigger headaches, add stress, and make a home feel overexposed. Unless you like your house to feel like a squint-worthy hospital waiting room, it’s time to make a change. Before you swap every single LED bulb for a low-wattage yellow light, consider the lighting placement in the first place. Lamps and sconces can offer warm lighting at a more manageable level, and will even flatter your looks more! Use candles (battery-operated if you tend to be forgetful!) to create an ambiance that will lower your blood pressure and cozy up a room.

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Tip #2: Purge and edit everything.

Feeling cramped can instantly zap any feeling of tranquility in your home. Step one: Declutter! Having less “stuff” and organizing what you do have can be the difference between chaos and calm. Don’t feel like you have to tackle your entire home in one stretch; take it one drawer at a time. If you’re not sure what you need, what you don’t, and what you simply want to have because it makes you smile, read more tips on striking the right balance between decor and clutter.

Tip #3: Incorporate mirrors into your decor.

If you’re thinking, “I can only declutter so much..” —we hear you! At the end of the day, you have to be able to live and function, which requires a certain amount of storage and stuff in your space. One way to hack your way to a less cramped home is to add mirrors. With thoughtful placement, mirrors can make your home feel bigger, brighter, and more put together.

Mirrors reflect light and spread it around a space, which can make a room feel lighter and airier — appealing results if you’re seeking calmness! Pro tip: Place a mirror directly across from a window to practically double the light in your space.

Ready to destress your space? Find a ready-to-hang decorative mirror that perfectly suits your home decor, or create your own custom solution with Add A Frame®.

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How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Mirrors?

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Keeping your mirrors clean is an important step to maintaining their appearance over time — but how often is it really necessary? Answer: It depends.

Some mirrors in your home may only need attention every two or three weeks, while others — we’re looking at you, bathroom mirror — may get dirty more often. Here are a few scenarios to consider when setting up your mirror maintenance clean routine.

The Everyday Mess Mirror

Think about all the action a high-traffic bathroom mirror sees in just one day — from stray water droplets during hand and face washing, to toothpaste spittle, to aerosol products, to shower steam. It’s a lot! In this case, you may want to do spot cleaning throughout the week, followed by a thorough wipe down once a week.textured framed mirror in bathroom

The Full-Length Outfit Check Mirror

This is the type of mirror that you stand in front of every day before leaving the house. Occasionally you might lean in to check your teeth and maybe accidentally leave a fingerprint or two, but the general use is look-but-don’t-touch. Still, with a prominent place in your bedroom or hallway, this mirror sees a lot of use and could probably use a good biweekly cleaning. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t have young children who can reach the bottom of it … in that case, do whatever you can to keep up with the sticky fingerprints.

The Statement Décor Mirror

Prominently hung in your home, this mirror is a focal point in your décor. Let’s say this type of mirror is either a living room or entry way accent — while it may not see a lot of face-to-face interaction, you’re around it every day. Put this mirror on a biweekly cleaning schedule as well, which will be just the right amount of time to remove any dust that builds up.

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The Rarely Used Accent Mirror

On the flip side, think about an accent mirror in a formal dining room that you only eat in for special occasions. Much more for show than use, this mirror can probably go a few weeks without needing a dusting. Depending on your cleaning preferences, you can probably even wait to tackle this task until you have a reason, like company coming over.

Keeping your mirrors clean is important for longevity and, in the case of mirrors in high-moisture areas (yep, we’re talking about you again, bathroom mirror), maintaining a clean routine can be key to preventing wear like desilvering.

So, go ahead and get those cleaning routines set on the calendar — your mirrors will thank you.

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Get Ready for These 2022 Décor Trends

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New year, new trends. What can we expect to rock the décor world this year? Here are some styles and design choices you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2022.

Calming neutrals

With the pandemic causing more people to work remotely and spend more time at home in general, it’s no surprise that calming neutral tones will continue to be popular in 2022. Think tans, grays, beiges and soft whites that create a Zen-like atmosphere and allow your home to become an oasis.

neutral bathroom with mirrors

Cooling greens

That’s not to say that color won’t have its place in 2022, though. In particular, cool green tones will reign supreme, with anything natural and earthy likely to increase in popularity. This may be especially prominent in furniture and accent pieces.

green bathroom with gold fixtures

Rounded furniture

With a nod to the 1960s and 70s, the increasing popularity in rounded furniture started in 2021 and looks to be continuing in the new year. This trend is showing up in everything from couches and coffee table, to mirrors and kitchen islands.

Live plants

Continuing with the effort to make the inside a more peaceful and calming place to spend time, plants and greenery will be hot trendsetters in 2022. While you can certainly go with convincing fake plants if you’re worried about your lack of a green thumb, don’t be afraid to try your hand at keeping the real thing alive.

wood furniture with live plants

Vintage sustainability

Out with the new and in with the old. Designers are expected to lean toward older, well-made pieces in an effort to recycle and promote sustainable furniture habits. Plus, as seen above with the rounded furniture craze, vintage styles will be in for more than just eco-friendly reasons.

Multifunctional spaces

Continuing with the demands caused by spending more time at home and working remotely, the concept of a multifunctional space will be on trend for 2022. Look for an emphasis on efficient spaces and smart, multifunctional furniture this year.

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How to Paint Our Paintable MDF Frame

When your mirror makeover calls for a specific color, our Weston Paintable Frame is the perfect choice. With clean lines and a contemporary style, the Weston has a paintable, primed white finish, which allows you to truly customize your space and get exactly the look you want. Ahead, we’re answering a few FAQs about our paintable frames.

What type of paint is best to use on MDF frames? 

MDF, which stands for medium density fiberboard, is a wood composite, which means it’s relatively porous compared to other wood types. For that reason, it is generally recommended to use an oil-based paint instead of a water-based paint. However, since our paintable frames come pre-primed, either type of paint will give it a flawless finish. 

Do I have to prime my MDF frame?

If you were starting from scratch, you’d need to sand down and prime the frame before painting it. That’s not the case with our Weston Paintable frame! It comes with a finish that’s already sanded and primed in a white coat of paint.

Is MDF good for painting?

Yes! MDF does not have the wood knots and variations like hardwood or plywood, so it’s smooth and easy to paint.

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To paint your Weston MDF frame, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Select your paint color. Remember: Any oil-based paint is ideal, but water-based paint will work too.

STEP 2: Set the frame on a large canvas or spread of newspapers, preferably up off the floor. Use bricks, paint cans, or upside-down flower pots to help you reach all the angles and corners. 

STEP 3: Apply the paint all over with your preferred applicator. For this frame, all you really need is a regular paintbrush, but a roller or spray gun can make the process faster if you have either on hand. 

STEP 4: Once the first coat of paint feels dry to the touch, give your frame a good look and decide if you need a second coat. For a clean finish, check for any patchines and then cover the entire frame with another layer of paint. If you’re going for a distressed or textured look, one coat may be enough for your finish. 

STEP 5: Let it dry completely, and then you’re done! 

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Once your customized frame is finished, you’re ready to install. Be sure to include a photo of your finished frame in the reviews so we can see how good it looks! 

Ready to tackle your paint project? Shop the Weston Paintable Frame now!