How to Choose a Decorative Mirror

Gone are the days when mirrors were used only to check reflections – now they’re regarded as multi-purpose accessories that can enhance interiors and create an illusion of more space and light. Because decorative wall mirrors reflect light, they can help make even the smallest and darkest bathrooms seem more comfortable and inviting. Mirrors can hide storage space, create a focal point in your bathroom, and help you take advantage of any source of light that’s present nearby. Here’s some tips for choosing a decorative mirror for your bathroom.

Choosing a Style

Before deciding on a size, shape, or color, you must decide on the style of mirror. The style of the rest of your home should play a vital role in your choice of decorative mirror. If your home is filled with antique décor, it would be a good idea to choose a decorative mirror that’s elaborate and extensive in design and form. Similarly, if your home borders on modernity, a mirror with minimalist design elements is your best choice. For a sleek, streamlined look choose a mirror with a simple wooden, metal, or plastic frame. For a more dramatic look, seek out a mirror with an ornate, gilded frame. Mosaic-style frames are perfect for those interested in a fun, eye-catching look without taking too much of a design risk.

Deciding on a Size

The size of your decorative bathroom mirror should depend on a couple factors – the size of the wall you’re placing it on, and how big of an impact you’d like the mirror to make in the bathroom. If you’re hanging the mirror on a large wall and would like to make a bold statement, opt for an extra -large mirror measuring between 25 and 31 inches on each side. While large mirrors can make big statements, the mirror should not be so large that it overshadows other elements in the room. On the other hand, a mirror that’s too small may go unnoticed and fail to create the type of design impact you intended.

Selecting a Shape

While square and rectangular options are the most common decorative mirror shape on the market, it’s possible to find wall mirrors in a variety of shapes. While square and rectangular mirrors offer the most traditional look, choosing a mirror in an unusual shape can immediately bring attention to the wall, even if the mirror lacks a flashy, decorative frame. If your bathroom is a bit on the funky side, a triangle or diamond-shaped mirror can add a quirky touch. If the bathroom in question is for children, a mirror in the shape of a butterfly or flower is a fun way to add character to the room.

Picking a Color

When choosing a mirror with a decorative frame, pick one in a color that works with the rest of the room’s décor. A basic black or white frame can work with virtually any color scheme, while metallic colors like gold and silver can add a posh look to a modern bathroom. A colorful frame with trendy drawings and an eccentric shape can liven up a bathroom, while mirrors in subdued colors will blend in with the rest of the bathroom’s fixtures. Regardless of the shape, size, color or style of mirror chosen, ensure that it’s durable, easy to clean, and resistant to bumps and scratches.

Bathroom Accessories: The Best of the Best

Life’s all about the little things – crisp bed sheets, clean towels, a new bottle of your favorite shampoo, and long showers where the hot water doesn’t run out. Whether you’re looking for a chic update to your guest bath or are putting the finishing touches on a total bathroom renovation, here’s some of our favorite bathroom accessories you’re sure to fall in love with. From stylish shower curtains to aromatic candles, you’ll find it all right here.

Hancock Large Rubber Vase

Ideal for bathrooms frequented by small children and guests, these rubber vases are both stylish and practical. While the material gives the impression of fragile ceramics, these rubber vases won’t shatter to pieces when accidentally knocked over. Available in colors that include black, red, and green, this 8”x 7” vase is a foolproof way to display bouquets of flowers cut fresh from the garden.

Smooth Antique Votive

These antique votive holders are the perfect way to welcome fall into your home. The subtle ribbed texture makes for a beautiful display day or night, and can easily be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. Available in gold and smoked and in three different sizes, these votive holders can hold more than just candles – flowers, knick-knacks, cotton balls…use your imagination!

Icon Bath Trays

Perfect for bathrooms with an antique vanity or traditional feel, these icon bath trays come in three different patterns: pig, bunny, and fox. Guaranteed to bring a bit of character to your countertops, these ceramic bath trays feature fun designs and are super functional. Whether you use them as a soap dish or place your rings on them while you wash your hands, these are the perfect accessory for your bathroom.

Apothecary Shower Curtain

Whether you’re a barber by trade or simply love the design, the apothecary-themed print of this shower curtain is perfect for a bathroom dominated by males. The curtain itself is biodegradable and made from polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA), so you’ll be eco-friendly and fashion-forward at the same time. So, what are you waiting for? Surprise that special man in your life with this masculine shower curtain.

Duffy’s Brew ESB Shampoo & Conditioner

Crafted from medium-bodied beer from Elysian Brewing Co., this shampoo and conditioner set is perfect for self-proclaimed beer snobs. The mineral-rich hops, malt and barley found in Duffy’s Brew ESB Shampoo and Conditioner will naturally add body and shine to your hair. The products are sulphate, paraben, and phthalate free, contain no artificial colors, and are not tested on animals.

NEST Wasabi Pear Candle

Infused with the essence of Wasabi, this candle is a Lavish Body + Home top seller and staff favorite. With Anjou pear and fresh, ozonic watery notes, this candle is made of premium, soft, cosmetic-grade wax to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. Designed to complement the beauty of its surroundings, the glass vessel’s classic shape and modern stripe etching is sure to complement any bathroom décor.

Mr. Steam Essential Oils

What bathroom would be complete without a spa transformation? For over fifty years, Mr. Steam has been creating well-designed and durable steam products made of earth-friendly, water-based organic oils that don’t pose a hazard to you or the environment. With fragrances that include Invigorating Orange, Green Harmony, and Celestial Blue, you’re sure to find just the scent you’ve been looking for.

Organize Your Linen Cabinet in a Few, Easy Steps

Linen cabinets are an awesome addition to any bathroom – they ensure extra towels and linens are always within reach and, depending on the style of linen cabinet chosen, can also act as a beautiful focal point in your bathroom space. Typically, linen cabinets are used as a catchall for bath essentials, towels, sheets, and personal hygiene products. With such a variety of items being stored, it’s easy for the space to become overwhelmingly cluttered. If you avoid opening the doors of your linen cabinet for fear of what lies within, these tips can help you condense and organize your linen cabinet.

Bundle Spare Sheets

For many people, the main source of their linen tower clutter is sheet sets that somehow get separated or tangled. By bundling sheets together, you can avoid mismatched sets and heavy piles that topple over. Sheets can be bundled together by stacking sheets in a wicker basket, or tying the sets together with leftover wrapping paper ribbons. Don’t forget to add labels so you’ll know which size bed the sheets are intended for. Aim to have at least two sets of sheets for each bed in the house.

Purge Frequently

How many times have you headed to Costco and bought toilet paper in bulk, only to realize you already had ten rolls hidden in the back of your linen cabinet? A common mistake many homeowners and renters make is purging linen closets and cabinets only when necessary. By adding linen closet organization to your monthly cleaning list, you’ll be able to keep a better inventory and avoid accidentally purchasing the same item twice. In order to better keep control of your inventory, try fixing a dry erase board on the inside of your linen cabinet – as items run low, make a note.

Utilize Hanging Hooks

Every space has a hidden potential if you’re willing to think outside the box and get a little creative. By installing hooks from the walls of linen cabinets, you can conveniently hang loofa, robes, towels, and whatever else you can think of. If you don’t want to go through the effort of purchasing and installing hooks, repurpose your old shower rod and hooks for linen cabinet storage. It’s as simple as trimming down the rod to fit in your linen cabinet, installing the rod towards the back of your linen cabinet, and hanging items like washcloths, hand towels, and spare loofas from the hooks.

Maximize Shelf Space

By using stackable boxes, bins, or basket for storing small items like cosmetics or first aid supplies, you can maximize vertical space on the shelves of your linen cabinet. Another good way to corral small items, like cotton balls and q-tips, together is to arrange them on a tray or in a drawer which you can easily slide in and out of your linen closet. For easy maintenance and cleaning, be sure to use a tray that’s both waterproof and wipeable. If you use your linen cabinet to store shower products while not in use, load up a caddy with bath products so you can easily move the products in and out of the shower.

Father’s Day: Bathroom Gadgets for Dad

Whether your dad is technologically savvy or new to the tech game, these bathroom gadgets are guaranteed to make the perfect Father’s Day gift, no matter his experience level. Forget about embarrassing him with another funky tie or cliché Hallmark card, and really put some thought into his gift this year. Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser

With a heated shaving cream dispenser, your dad’s favorite foam or gel will be warmed for a luxurious, close shave each and every morning. The product works with virtually any brand of foam or gel, and even comes with two separate nozzles. With an attractive, chrome-like appearance, the design of this shaving cream dispenser is sure to blend in with virtually any bathroom design. Setting up the dispenser is simple: use the included tool to pop the top off any standard can, attach the proper nozzle, adjust the heating preference, and in about two minutes the heated gel or foam will be ready to dispense.

The iPad Musical Shower Curtain

If you’d like to turn your dad’s shower into a media-rich bathing event, get him this iPad shower curtain. This shower curtain comes with built-in speakers and a waterproof pocket for an iPad. The shower-facing side of the pocket is made of touch-enabled material so he can navigate through a movie, jump from song to song on his favorite playlist, or even take a call while washing his hair. The integral audio cable of this product connects an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or MP3 player to two speakers in the upper left and right hand corners of the curtain, so he’ll never be bored in the shower ever again.

Single-Handed Soap Dispenser

If your dad’s a bit of a self-proclaimed germaphobe, he’ll love the unique design of this soap dispenser that can be operated with the back of one hand. To use, your dad will just have to place his hand into the C-shaped opening and press down firmly to dispense soap onto his fingers or into the palm of his hand. The dispenser is easy to fill and clean, comes with a soap-level indicator so he’ll never have to worry about running out of soap, and is suitable for all types of liquid hand soap. Additionally, this single-handed soap dispenser will keep the top of the pump cleaner and more hygienic.

Eco-Friendly Water Pebble

For the eco-conscious dad, this palm-sized pebble will take the guesswork out of water conservation by tracking exactly how much water he’s using during his daily shower. Programming the water pebble is easy: simply click the restart button on its base and place it near the shower drain. The pebble will measure his water usage and will flash future finishing times against this benchmark, reducing suggested stop times by 5-7 seconds each time he showers. Before your dad knows it, he’ll be enjoying shorter showers and conserving water in the process.

Towel Spa Towel Warmer

For dads who live in exceptionally cold areas of the United States (or those who just prefer to stay warm after a shower), this towel warmer will produce toasty towels, robes, and small blankets in just a few minutes. Traditional towel warmers take up to twenty minutes to work, but this product will warm your dad’s towels in less than six minutes – more than enough time for him to hop in the shower and enjoy a warm towel upon completion. This towel warmer is small enough to move from room to room, and can conveniently fit on dad’s bathroom counter. Something tells us mom is going to love this one, too!

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

If your bathroom is small enough to touch both walls while standing inside, you’re not alone. Bathrooms tend to be the smallest room in the house, yet are used to store the most varied collection of times. Whether your bathroom is standard sized or smaller than average, you’ll probably have to create enough space to store extra linens, make-up, beauty supplies, and toiletries. While traditional storage cabinets may provide much-needed storage space, many bathrooms can still use more. For those whose bathrooms are low on space, here’s some creative storage solutions for your small bathroom.

Shelf above the Door

If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings in your bathroom, the space above your bathroom door is prime real estate. Although this space isn’t realistic for items you use every day, it’s a great space to store cleaning supplies bought in bulk, extra rolls of toilet paper, or old magazines. Installation is simple: use wood screws to secure a pair of wooden shelf brackets to either side of the door frames. Then screw the shelf to the brackets and voila! You’ll have yourself a convenient above-the-door shelf in no time. To make retrieval of items easier, consider keeping items in small, handled boxes.

Towel Bars

Very few bathrooms have enough space to hang towels –especially if the bathroom is used by more than one person. If you find yourself with inadequate space to store towels, consider installing a few towel bars behind your bathroom door. By stacking towel bars behind closed doors, you’ll remedy the space shortage issue and be able to use space more efficiently. In order for this to work effectively, the door should be flat or single-paneled. Additionally, it’s easier to affix towel racks to a wooden door rather than a wallboard or plaster wall.

Mason Jars for Small Items

Ideal for smaller items like cotton balls and Q-Tips, mason jars affixed to a wall are a great space-saving solution. For those interested in adding a bit of functional flair to the bathroom, antique mason jars in different styles and colors can be found in most antique stores. By fixing mason jars to a piece of wood and nailing the piece of wood to a bare wall, all bathroom items will be within reaching distance. For the style-conscious, the wood and jars can be painted or decorated to match your bathroom’s color scheme.

Shoe Organizers

If you don’t have enough space to add shelves or live in an apartment and aren’t allowed to drill holes into your walls, you can get a ton of storage without drilling holes by using an over-the-door shoe organizer to store your bathroom items. By utilizing an over-the-door organizer, your make-up and bathroom products will be kept off the countertops and out of view. For additional convenience, use a clear organizer so you can see exactly where everything is without having to dig through the pockets.

On the Wall Storage

In most cases, the sink or vanity countertop is generally the only countertop surface in the bathroom. By paying attention to space on the walls and installing a shelf or dishwasher-safe wall-hung containers, your bathroom items will still be within reach without sacrificing precious counter space. In lieu of a shelf, consider installing spice racks to store the items you use on an everyday basis. By adding a coat of paint or stain, you can color-coordinate the spice racks with the rest of your bathroom decor.