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When you’re down in the dumps over a bathroom that feels dated, even the smallest spaces can be improved by exploring other options for your bathroom mirror. To find something that ‘reflects’ your taste a little better.
Round mirrors are lovely in a space where you don’t need a full length view of yourself. I love the curved shape in the bathroom because it’s so unexpected and adds a real touch of class in a simple and inexpensive way.
Here’s an oval mirror, perfect for this alcove and vanity. Most bathrooms are standing room only, but if you have the space, a vanity area can sustain a more unique or glamorous mirror as an accent. Speaking of glamour…
How about a little mosaic disco bling. Ok, this look is pretty out there, but a mosaic mirror is a project you could do yourself. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, only with a much shinier result! Not so sure about the disco ball tub…
I love this space that’s made to look even bigger than it really is with facing mirrors. Mirrors on the door not only help you see your entire outfit, but they create the perfect optical illusion of a grander room.
Here’s a great idea: add a frame to a frameless bathroom mirror to match your decor. You can get the materials yourself and DIY it any way you like.
Extra long mirrors you’d normally only see in living rooms or bedrooms will also work in the bathroom when turned sideways. Get creative! Just make sure they are well sealed against moisture and hang them properly with strong hardware.
I love this. Side-by-side medicine cabinets for two. If you don’t have to share, that is.
This is pretty sweet, too. Medicine READ MORE
Baby, it’s cold outside. Which makes you want (or need) to stay inside your cave, like a bear that’s ready to hibernate. While such a scenario seems cozy to most, many people are truly afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).
Symptoms include depression, sleep disorders, and lethargy. A major factor is lower light levels in winter, causing chemical communication errors in the brain and body. We are sensitive to light and if there is not enough, melatonin is released into the blood stream, making us feel blah.
Full spectrum light bulbs help a lot (as do light boxes which mimic the sun’s intensity at noon: 10,000 Lux), but there are also many other things you can do to feel peppy indoors while winter rages on outside.
1. Use paint colors to feel happier
While it may seem to be a no-brainer to surround yourself in the lightest colors possible before your mood darkens too much, there’s actually some psychology to this. Did you know red in the kitchen will make you feel hungrier? Or that blue in the bedroom really will help put you in the mood for love? For those who work at home, green (light green or lime, please) is great because it’s been proven to inspire concentration.
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You’ve got personality, you know it and your friends know it. That doesn’t mean the whole neighborhood needs to know it. Be your fabulous self without broadcasting it all over your home like you’re a circus ringmaster with a paintbrush megaphone. READ MORE
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