If you haven’t made over your mirror yet (like all these customers), it’s time! Get in on the action.
Get started by shopping all frame styles.Read More
If you haven’t made over your mirror yet (like all these customers), it’s time! Get in on the action.
Get started by shopping all frame styles.Read More
MirrorMate’s very own design-consultant, Kate Hart, has brought hundreds of clients' homes into the modern era with her talented design work, and given MirrorMate customers complimentary advice on frame styles for their bathrooms. With her keen eye for design, Kate offers us her take on the bathroom trends for 2017.
“Key to an on-trend bathroom this year includes such elements as natural live edge tops, bold lighting and geometric tiles,” explains Hart. “The bathroom is a very functional space by nature, but it’s important to infuse the room with design elements that bring the homeowner’s personality to the space. Bathrooms are a wonderful place to have fun and be bold with the design.”
Here are the 8 trends Kate is loving in the new year.
1) Natural Wood Vanities & Tops – Still trending, is the movement away from white vanities to wood or painted cabinetry. You’ll also see this with the “live edge” in 2017, where the countertop looks as though it is floating and the edges appears more raw and organic. The Cherokee Rustic Frames would complement this look well.
2) Natural Stone Counters- We’re moving away from shiny granite to honed granite and natural stone finishes. This works especially well with the rustic wood vanities and frames, giving an "organic" feel to the bathroom.
via décor pad
4) Bold tile in 3-dimensional, graphic patterns are great for back splashes and give a modern, seamless look.
“I recently designed this space using the geometric tiles in both the kitchen and fireplace,” explains Kate. “It’s a look that can be easily continued right into the bath and makes a beautiful feature wall behind the vanity.”
Classic subway tile is also going bigger and bolder in 2017 with larger scale tiles in sizes like 8”x16” or 4”x12”. You’ll also see a move from white to more grays and blacks.
5) Bold lighting adds bling in the bath. You’ll see lots of crystals, mix of metals, globes and more this year. Try pendants in bathrooms instead of overhead vanity lighting for an updated look.
via Décor Pad
6) Large, Deluxe Showers – Bigger is better in the bath this year, as we even see more "wet rooms" where the shower and the bath one in the same. A linear floor drain in the bathroom allows for no glass or traditional entry to the shower. Top it off with his and hers shower heads – for the ultimate home spa!
7) Muted/Matted Hardware like brushed brass – even gold can give the perfect pop to a space in the way of a pendant, hardware or frame. This Champagne Bronze faucet is in the HGTV Dream Home 2017 pool-side bath.
A perfect complement to this hardware is the new Kelso Gold-Washed Silver mirror frame.
8) Colors in the Bath - Navy and Denim blue are back on trend, as well as malachite green and some fun amethyst accents. The key to adding these tones in the bath is to use it as an accent in a neutral space - maybe a bath mat or towels, vanity accents or art. Even the cabinetry can be painted in one of these luscious color schemes. Try Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore.
via Amy Bartlam Blog
Whether you’re simply adding a splash of color with accents in the bath, or doing a full overhaul of the space – bold is the running theme for the year. Any of these tips above are simple touches that will become the star of the show.
As we ring in the new year, why not celebrate with a little extra bling. January calls for a pick me up – and the bathroom is the perfect place to start. Colors ranging from Champagne to Silver and Pearl add just the shimmer you need to shine bright in the morning.
Here’s our seven favorite frame styles to start off 2017 right.
1) Mayfair Champagne Toast
2) Chelsea Silver Streak
3) Kelso Gold-washed Silver
4) Pacifica Silver Sheen
5) Essex Stria Champagne
6) Waterside Pearl
7) Portage Moonlight SilverRead More
MirrorMate has been named a 2016 Top Product by Kitchen & Bath Design News. This is a collection of the 20 most asked about products featured in the pages of Kitchen & Bath Design News during 2016. The designation was for MirrorMate’s introduction of frames for medicine cabinets. It is difficult to find framed medicine cabinets in the big box stores today. It is exciting to provide customers with a method of framing the medicine cabinets they have. To find out how to order a medicine cabinet frame visit our page here -https://www.mirrormate.com/medicine-cabinets or contact customer service.
Pantone has named Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings,” says Pantone.
It’s a bold color choice, but can make a space like a bathroom into a fresh, energizing room – a happy place to start the day.
These bathrooms pair green with dark shades of frames. Try the Cherokee mirror frame for a similar look in your bathroom.
Afraid to go too bold with the color on the walls? Try just a splash of the color in towels, glass tiles, or even greenery itself with a fern or other humidity-living plants in the bathroom.
What a fun way to kick off 2017 with a dose of color.Read More
We just completed photography of our new frame styles – Kelso, Newport and Cherokee Barnwood. Enjoy a little inspiration for your own bathroom mirror makeover.Read More
There has been a flurry of new styles launched at MirrorMate recently. It’s part of our goal to provide you with the perfect frame style to complement your bathroom décor and make that bare mirror become the beautiful focal point of your bathroom. In case you missed any of the fan-fare around the launches, the new styles are…
Kelso Bronzed Brown
Kelso Gold-Washed Silver
Don’t forget, samples are $1 each, so you might as well go ahead and order some!Read More
Take a look at this bathroom. The three styles each transform the space so differently. The new Newport frame is decorative and intricate, but has a subtle wash of sandy white, which evokes a water-side destination. Venetian Silver Wave has a classic elegance and beautiful rippled design. The new Kelso style has clean lines and a bronzed finish that really makes a bold statement. Which one do you like best?Read More
We are loving these two inspiring bathrooms sent in by a customer. Both fresh, bright designs feature MirrorMate’s ever-popular Broadway Brushed Chrome frame style added to the plate glass wall mirrors. These are truly complete bathrooms with no detail overlooked!Read More
Watch home improvement pro Danny Lipford’s wife and crew install a MirrorMate frame at his beachfront condo.
Danny’s wife selects the style & loves the results. Ready to do it yourself? Get started!Read More
Modern Bathroom Ideas
Guest post by Katherine Oakes of modernize.com
Tackling a design challenge like that of creating a modern style bathroom can mean finding the perfect balance of stark minimalism and warmth all while incorporating beautiful form and function you love to live in—after all, where else would you want function besides your bathroom? As a general rule, modern bathrooms are a place of ultimate simplicity: they are soothing, peaceful, and calm. Yet how often do you find that your bathroom is the most likely space to become cluttered and so not simple or relaxing? This is where great design comes into play, a concept that we at Modernize know and love. You can use the elements of modern design to simplify and uncomplicate your life as explained by some experts below. Who knows? Once you’ve conquered your bathroom, that M.O. might even crossover to your living room and kitchens, too!
Give Items Their Space
Both literally and figuratively. Modern designs are typically clean and uncluttered, which means that organization is key. Try using built-in shelves and cabinetry to hide unwanted personal items. Consider what you need to use on a daily basis and store it somewhere that is within reach. Don’t be afraid to put miscellaneous items that you use from time to time out of the way, because this way you’ll at least create the illusion of cleanliness and organization, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Aesthetically, your bathroom’s storage should follow the same color palette as the rest of your space so that it has an organic look and feel that is undeniably modern.
Use Natural-Looking Design Elements
Or actual natural design elements—namely wood like bamboo or a high-quality synthetic material, or stone, slate, glass, and ceramic. Try pairing one of these natural elements—wood would work exceptionally well—and pair with stainless steel, or create a mosaic design from ceramic tile and glass for a mirror frame above your vanity. Choosing a beautiful mirror frame with any of these materials is also a perfect design element to create a unique look that reflects your space’s overall style without throwing off the balance. The combination of different natural materials help maintain a sleek aesthetic and in some cases, like bamboo, can even be anti-microbial!
Use Simplistic Decor
Using a largely white, grey, or neutral tone color scheme as your palette, your modern bathroom’s decor should feature other elements that are just as simple. When choosing pieces such as a mirrors, lighting, and additional fixtures, look for clean lines and geometric shapes. And although the “pops of color” is all the rage in Pinterest home decor boards, a true modern design is sophisticated and timeless enough to not need those bright hues. Instead, stick to the idea of a stoic “less is more” philosophy and apply it down to every last detail (or lack thereof). So embrace the opportunity to incorporate Mirrormate’s Lexington frame in Sky Marble to give it a truly clean yet warm look and feel while still allowing the foundation of your bathroom, things like tiles, paint colors, and the natural materials to function as both the bare necessities and the decor.
The Rustic Industrial style is popping up everywhere and warming up home décor in it’s wake. Channeling an industrial past, the furniture and décor features worn woods, rough surfaces and natural elements mixed with metal. Think metal piping for bookshelves, coffee table wood pallets on wheels and salvaged beams.
“Today’s design is all about the unexpected,” explains Kate Hart, Philadelphia-based designer and renown home stager. “Homeowners are choosing new materials for countertops like poured concrete or concrete colored quartz. They are also adding touches of rustic elements to their sleek modern spaces to give them some warmth.”
Ready to infuse your space with this trendy look? Kate Hart shares some tips:
- Don’t let your space look too matchy-matchy.
- Add an element that is unexpected like a flea market chair recovered in a fun fabric.
- Mix in a reclaimed wooden piece of furniture in an otherwise clean contemporary space.
- Traditional bathroom? Add a rustic bathroom mirror frame for the mirror. It gives the space more texture and warmth and makes it more memorable to your guests.
“The combination of classic marble tile and a wooden frame looks fresh and on trend and not too stuffy,” explains Hart.
The newly debuted Rustic Industrial collection at MirrorMate makes it easy to find a rustic frame for your bathroom. Seven frames feature a look of reclaimed, time-worn wood.
For more inspiration, hop on over to our Pinterest board on this Industrial Rustic trend.
The influx of holiday guests is on the horizon. Now’s the time to get your home ready for holiday hosting – and finish those home project that have been put on the back burner. Home Stager Kate Hart, shares some easy, high-impact ways to get your home ready in a jingle:
“Now’s the time to finish up those house projects,” says Kate Hart. “Simply cleaning and de-cluttering before decorations come out will help start the holidays off right. Your decorations can really be showcased, making for a highlight in a holiday home.”Read More
The color trend in bathrooms has been one toward clean, calming neutrals, as discussed in our recent blog post here. Benjamin Moore reinforces this movement with the selection of Simply White OC-117 as the 2015 Color of the Year.
“Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls,” states the Benjamin Moore website. It’s a white that can travel from room to room, from wall to trim to cabinetry – and gives that clean aesthetic that is perfect for a bathroom.
Below and on our Pinterest Board you can see how this white is beautiful all alone or right alongside a big pop of color.
We recently participated in a webinar given by Kitchen & Bath Design News, Houzz and Delta on the bathroom trends for 2015 and 2016. Experts in the bath design field and from Houzz shared what they’re seeing in the industry. In short, homeowners are expanding their showers (sometimes in lieu of large tubs), color palates are neutral, natural elements are taking center stage and chrome finishes continue to reign supreme. We’ve expanded on these topics below, showcasing examples with images straight from Houzz.com.
Debating framing your mirror but haven’t yet taken the plunge? Our new How It Works page addresses all your questions so you can be confident in knowing a frame WILL work for you! Here’s how…
Then it’s time to get shopping for a bathroom mirror frame you love! Simply pick a frame style, measure your mirror, order & Install.
Whether your medicine cabinet is surface mounted, or recessed into the wall, in most cases it can be framed!
Just like a traditionally mounted wall mirror, the frame will press right into the glass. Order a sample so you can test it out for yourself.
Not sure which frame style is best? We suggest our slim line styles for medicine cabinets.
For everything you ever needed to know about framing a medicine cabinet, hop on over to our new Framing a Medicine Cabinet Page here and call us with any questions!Read More
After moving last year I finally had a mirror of my own that needed a frame. This large plate glass mirror is attached by clips on the top and bottom, sits on the backsplash and was desilvering along the edge – just begging to be framed!
Since this is my children’s bathroom, I even let them get in on the fun in selecting a frame style. We ordered samples and determined that the Lexington Metallic Ash went best with the blue walls and grey countertop. As soon as it arrived my daughter and I worked to assemble it in just minutes. Everything we needed is included in the frame kit.
My husband was called in at the end to help place it on the mirror. It was so easy, and wow what a difference the frame made. Even the kiddos were impressed. No more desilvering edge or ugly clips – just a beautiful frame that really did finish off the bathroom.
Not all mirrors are the same, and we know that. Shapes, sizes and configurations vary. With MirrorMate’s custom frames, we take all of this into account to ensure a perfect fit. We’ve specially crafted our frames to allow for almost any situation you can throw at us…
Mirror that sits on the backsplash?
Mirror runs into the wall or ceiling?
Mirror has clips and channels holding it to the wall?
Unusually large mirror?
Two or even three mirrors that abut one another on an angle?
No problem. You name it – we fit it.
Our customer service team can work directly with you to ensure a perfect fit. Here are a few photos of recent makeovers customers have completed. We promise, it can be done – and you’ll love the results!
Our on-call designer, Kate Hart, has worked virtually with hundreds of MirrorMate customers, helping to select the MirrorMate frame that best fits each individual bathroom. She takes into account the style and elements of the room like colors, vanity, countertop, hardware, paint and more. She’s commonly asked for frames that best compliment the fixtures found in the bathroom – from polished chrome to brushed bronze . Here she’s provided a list of her go-to frames for the specified fixtures.
Polished Chrome/Polished Nickel
Choose one of our shinier silver frames such as the Venetian Silver Wave, the Broadway Brushed Chrome, the Portage Moonlight Silver, or the Essex Crosshatch Silver.
Brushed Chrome/ Brushed Nickel
Select one of our silver frames with a grey undertone such as the Pemaquid Old World Silver, the Chelsea Silver Streak, the Grandezza Aged Silver or the Pacifica Silver Sheen.
Oil Rubbed Bronze
The Acadia Oil Rubbed Bronze, the Venetian Bronze Wave and the Pemaquid Dark Bronze are all great choices for this hardware finish.
Choose a subtle champagne tone for this finish such as the Essex Gold Sheen, the Bellemeade Vintage Champagne or the Mediterra Glazed Stone.
A subdued bronze works best for this finish such as the Waterside Oyster, the Chelsea Brushed Bronze or the Mayfair Champagne Toast.
Everyone loves a good IKEA hack – and we’re excited to join the fun. The affordability of IKEA products make them a great foundation to build upon and customize. We’ve taken IKEA’s Godmorgon mirror and created a line of 16 mirror frames that are made to fit three mirror sizes.
Simply purchase a Godmorgon mirror from IKEA in a size compatible with our ReadyFrame product. Install the mirror – and then add MirrorMate’s ReadyFrame right to the glass. Make it personal. Create the mirror you love - in the perfect size and style - for you and your space.
Here’s what we did with our first IKEA mirror hack…
We look forward to seeing yours!
MIRRORMATE FRAMES INTRODUCES
STANDARD SIZE, PRE-MADE FRAMES FOR MIRRORS FROM LOWE'S, HOME DEPOT & IKEA
16 Frame Styles, 10 Sizes for ANY Room in the Home & 30% Less than Custom!
Ready, Set, Frame! We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our product line to the standard-size READYFrame. READYFrame fits and frames the most popular sizes of frameless wall mirrors sold by Lowe’s, Home Depot and IKEA, as well as other big box stores.
Simply choose a pre-cut READYFrame from MirrorMate in one of 10 sizes and 16 frame styles. Add it to a coordinating plate glass mirror from Lowes, Home Depot or IKEA – and you have a beautifully framed mirror for any room in the home.
The READYFrame allows you to get crafty with a wide selection of MirrorMate’s top selling frame styles, selecting the frame that best fits your décor in a size that’s right for you. Create a long framed mirror for above a dining room buffet, flank your night tables with mirrors or expand the look of a hallway with mirrors.
Have fun with an IKEA Hack of the Godmorgon mirror –adding your own personal touch with a frame.
“This is a quick, low-cost way to get the frame you love on a mirror you can pick up at your neighborhood store,” explains Lisa Huntting, inventor and president of MirrorMate frames. “There’s no measuring. The frame ships via Ground next day, ready to assemble and press right onto your new mirror.”
The ability to “build” your own mirror is trend taking off amongst home décor retailers. This allows you to select the frame style and size mirror that is just right for you and your space. By adding the element of do-it-yourself, MirrorMate is able to keep the costs of the READYFrame much lower than competitors– starting at just $98 per frame.
You’ll also get a feeling of accomplishment, buying the mirror, installing it on the wall and then adding the frame! To learn more about ReadyFrame and shop the styles, click here.
It’s time to beat those Builder Grade Blues! New construction and builder spec homes can lack the details and finishes that give a home character and a finished feel. Things like mirrors are often left bare and unframed in an effort on the builder’s part to save on building costs.
Lisa Huntting, the president and inventor or MirrorMate, lived in such a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She created MirrorMate to easily and affordably solve this all-to-common issue.
Beyond adding a frame in the bathroom, some other great ways to incorporate warmth into the home is through paint, the use of textures and layering of fabrics, window treatments and moldings. It’s so important to make your house a home – one that reflects personal style and taste. Start by choosing one of 65 different frame styles to frame out that mirror, and you’ll be on your way to saying "Good-bye to the Builder Grade" in your home.
We’re in the planning stages for photography with some of our newer frame styles – and others that we wanted great in-room photos for. Our amazing design consultant Kate Hart has once again worked her magic to put together design boards that incorporate our frames, a vanity, lighting fixtures and more. These are the jumping off point for the entire room design. We thought we’d give you a sneak peek of one of them – with more to come in the next few weeks! We hope they give you some inspiration and great DIY mirror frame ideas.
The edges of the plate glass bathroom mirrors pictured below are desilvering, or losing the silver coating on the back of the mirror. The result is a jagged, blackened marking along the edge and corner. This damage is typical in bathroom settings due to repeated exposure to moisture and cleaning supplies that seep behind the mirror.
Seen in hotels and homes alike, desilvering can give a dated and dingy appearance to an otherwise clean and well-functioning bathroom.
While the first thought may be to replace the mirror, be mindful that large, wall-mounted mirrors are often difficult to remove and may be glued in place. The easiest, most cost-effective and eco-friendly option is to utilize a frame to cover the desilvering. This allows homeowners and hotels to retain the current wall mirror.
MirrorMate’s patented mirror frames are specifically designed to cover the mirror’s clips and press directly onto the glass while on the wall. It will immediately cover the desilvered edges and upgrade the look of the entire bathroom.
Brooklyn-based Graphic Designer Justin van Deursen added a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Slim Old World Silver to the desilvering medicine cabinet shown below. You can read a post on this makeover here.
Hi. I’m Justin. I wanted to share my makeover with you. I’ve been doing graphic design for MirrorMate for several years (I hope you like the eblasts and stuff!). I was anxious to try the product myself after learning all about it.
To give you a little background I live in a typically small, Brooklyn, NY apartment with a tiny, easily forgettable bathroom and I wanted to spruce it up a bit and add some much-needed character. I have brushed metal features throughout the room. I also have a very small medicine cabinet mounted into the wall that had a 1/2” beveled, de-silvering edge all around it. It was definitely the sad spot in the bathroom. After ordering samples, I chose Pemaquid Slim in Old World Silver because it matched the metal in the bathroom perfectly and because it was narrow and would fit the small scale of the medicine cabinet well. Plus it’s pretty! I was concerned that the door would no longer open fully, but after speaking with the customer service staff I felt confident that it would all work out well. And it did!
The box arrived this week and I went to work (or play, really). It took me about 9 minutes from start to finish to assemble and install it! I took some before and after pictures to forever record the miraculous difference. I am thrilled!
It’s always nice to dream isn’t it! Take a look inside the beautiful bathrooms in the 2015 HGTV Dream Home on Martha’s Vineyard. There’s still time to enter, as I do every year! First up is the master bathroom – featuring crisp white cabinetry and detailing, marble counters and a soothing blue paint color reminiscent of the sea.
Next, the guest bathroom painted in another blue hue with great depth, a gorgeous mirror frame and the same crisp white cabinetry and marble counter. Love the pop of orange against the blue walls!
See the rest of this island escape at over at HGTV.com.Read More
Silver stole the show in 2014, as the color of choice for six of MirrorMate’s top 10 selling styles.
It should be dually noted that bronze was also in high demand as the color for three out of the top four selling styles.
Shop our popular Silver and Bronze frame styles and order samples during our Sample Sale running through February 2. You’ll receive 3 frame samples for just $1 or 6 for only $2. Find the one that’s right for you. It’s a New Year, a perfect time for a new look!Read More
We're always delighted to see the makeovers our customers have achieved with the frames we've sent out. Each is uniquely beautiful - and all are inspiring. Here we share some of the many amazing makeover photos you've sent in over the last few months.
For homeowners looking to make their home stand out from the pack, a bathroom rehab is always tops on the list. But, according to Remodeling Magazine, the national average cost of for a bathroom remodel in 2014 is a whopping $16,128. So, how can homeowners who are on a budget get that updated look for less?
“Knowing what’s in and what’s out in bathroom design is important for homeowners deciding where to spend their makeover dollars,” explains Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist, Will Smith. “I suggest they look at four key areas: the mirror, paint, hardware and lighting. Each can be easily and inexpensively updated to provide a new, modern look for the bathroom.”
Smith, who is known for creating high end looks for less, shares his tips for making over a bathroom on a budget – without sacrificing style:
What’s Out: Unframed, builders-grade mirrors are a thing of the past.
What’s In: A frame completes the mirror and gives a bathroom a finished, updated look. Adding a MirrorMate frame directly to the mirror, while on the wall is an easy, affordable update. A good tip for selecting a frame is to think about what you’d frame a piece of artwork in for the room. The mirror is the focal point in the bathroom and can make a real statement with the right frame. DIY mirror frames are the first step towards an elegant, and inexpensive bathroom remodel.
What’s Out: Paint is never out. It is a tried and true way to make a big impact with little cost. Colors do change though – you’ll want to stay away from mauves and pinks.
What’s In: Create a spa-like setting with paints in beige and pale tones. Some popular colors are chocolate, aqua, olive, and golds. When choosing color, remember the more contrast, the more “POP.”
(image via Better Homes & Gardens)
What’s Out: Mismatched hardware can give the room an uncoordinated feel.
What’s In: Choose brushed nickel, pewter, antique or oil-rubbed bronze finishes that coordinate with the lighting and fixtures, bath bars, knobs, pulls, switches and receptacle covers. These quick fixes pull the room together with one modern, cohesive look.
What’s Out: Take down that bright, bare-bulbed Hollywood lighting that casts a harsh light.
What’s In: Go with a fixture that adds beauty and soft lighting with shades or sconces. They can run above your mirror or flank it on each side. And remember, these accent your room’s greatest focal point so be sure to select a style that is right for you and makes a statement in the room.
(image via Shades of Light)
“You don’t need to do a full scale renovation to get the look of an updated bath,” explains Smith. “Some strategic and cost-effective changes can go a long way to giving you the look you desire.”Read More
On a budget? Designer Kate Hart, one of America’s top home stagers (and MirrorMate’s design consultant!) shows us how it’s possible to transform the look of your home with little - or even no money.
“It just means smart, selective shopping and getting creative,” explains Kate. “Rearrange, reuse, swap with friends, buy second hand and most of all, have fun with it.”
Shop Your Home: If you are looking to make a change consider taking pieces from other rooms to make the transformation. Need some fun new toss pillows for your family room sofa? Swipe pillow shams from the guest room and recover the pillows you already have. And for a more luxurious look in the master bedroom, don’t be afraid to separate matching sets of end tables from the living room.
Shop Second Hand: If you are looking for affordable furniture do not be afraid to shop consignment, thrift, or used furniture stores. Baby boomers, executives who are relocating and athletes often choose to sell their furniture and purchase new furniture when they make the move. Often times you can find almost new brand name items if you know where to look.
Add Some Color: To give your room an instant update, consider repainting it a new, on-trend color. If you are scared to make a big color commitment, paint one wall in your room an accent color such as the wall behind your bed or paint the backs of your bookcases to add architectural interest.
Give an Old Mirror a New Look: MirrorMate provides you with the do it yourself mirror frame will instantly turn your builder’s grade, outdated mirror into a custom work of art.Adding custom molding or trim to a room is one of the most costly parts of a design job. If you are updating your bathroom do not remove your existing plate glass mirror. Reframe it instead. MirrorMate provides you with the do it yourself mirror frame will instantly turn your builder’s grade, outdated mirror into a custom work of art. They offer lots of frame finishes to choose from and are an affordable, do-it-yourself alternative to custom millwork.
Repaint, Don’t Replace: Old cabinets got you down? Pink porcelain in the powder room making you pout? Don’t invest in replacing those items, repaint them instead. Reglazing your bathroom tile or repainting your kitchen cabinets can be done for a fraction of installing a new kitchen or bathroom.
Add some Bling: Kitchens and bathrooms can be some of the most expensive rooms to remodel. If budget is an issue, make over your existing cabinets with some new hardware. Choose a chrome handle for a contemporary look and a brushed nickel or bronze for a more traditional one. Complete the transformation by adding new faucets to the sinks to coordinate with the new hardware.
Bring the Outside in: If you are looking for fun and affordable décor for your home consider finding what you need in the great outdoors. Create a dramatic centerpiece in seconds by collecting various branches from your yard, securing them in a bundle with twine and sticking them into a tall hurricane in the center of your table.
Negotiate: If you see a piece of furniture that you love do not assume that you have to pay sticker price. Research similar items online and ask your furniture or home décor store if they are willing to match a price or reduce their fee. Negotiate to have them remove delivery or installation charges if you are willing to pick up the items yourself. Buying more than one piece? Some stores offer discounts the more you buy.
These money-saving tips make it possible for anyone, on any budget, to get a new look that will give you a whole new outlook.
Have you ever wondered if you could put up a MirrorMate frame? How big of a job would it be? Are you handy enough? Take a minute to watch this catchy little video. Then you’ll ask the question – is there anyone who can’t install a MirrorMate frame?? We don’t think so!Read More
We love easy, affordable – and effective bathroom updates. We were thrilled when Today.com asked us to be part of their story, “11 Ways to Revamp Your Bathroom for $100 or Less”. Checkout the MirrorMate mirror makeover, and 10 other budget bathroom makeover ideas over at today.com…Read More
Designer Kate Hart worked her magic once again with the creation of this “Farmhouse Chic” design board that was used as the basis of one of the rooms in our 2014 photo shoot.
“Design trends for 2014 still echo rustic elements mixed with traditional styling,” explains Designer Kate Hart. “This farmhouse chic space utilizes a weathered oak vanity with a carrera top and warm bronze accents. The updated floral wallpaper looks great offset by a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Dark Bronze, Chelsea Pewter Bronze or the Providence Oiled Bronze.”
While we LOVE the wallpaper shown above, we were also smitten with a paneled wall that was on-site and gave a similar rustic vibe. Below is a full room photo featuring the Pemaquid Dark Bronze.
And the before and after to show the difference a frame can make. Frame shown: Providence Oiled Bronze.
Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shared the products she used in her design board so you can replicate the room!
Vanity: Fairmont, Rustic 48” Vanity with carrera top.
Lighting: Kichler, Lacey Collection One Light Sconce.
Faucet: Delta, Cassidy in Venetian Bronze.
Wallpaper: Thibaut, Rittenhouse Blue and Tan T4146.
Accents: I recommend all white tulips or boxwood topiaries. You could also add some rustic elements like woven baskets and sea shells.
Designer Kate Hart was the visionary behind this year’s photoshoot, developing the design boards that were used to create the rooms. The first called “Sophisticated Traditional” features the Mayfair frame in Black Tie and Bellemeade in Vintage Silver.
“This space is sophisticated yet whimsical with a grey painted vanity, brushed nickel faucets, crystal accent lighting and a pop of color with a chinoiserie wallpaper” explains Kate Hart. “Adding a MirrorMate frame in Mayfair or Bellemeade Silver completes the space.”
Here the design board comes to life in the rooms it inspired.
Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shares the products she recommends to achieve a similar look in your space.
Vanity: Fairmont, Smithfield Collection Medium Grey Vanity with Blizzard Quartz or Black Absolute top.
Lighting: Robert Abbey, Latitude Wall Sconce in Brushed Nickel.
Faucet: Grohe, Parkfield in Brushed Nickel.
Wallpaper: Thibaut South Sea in Turquoise T16019 or Yellow T16024
Accents: I recommend lilac or white tulips or mercury glass votives for this space.Read More
How we Love Houzz...
Let us count the ways…
1) It’s a fabulous, fast growing site for inspiration- and a great place to find local pros.
2) It is like a free, online magazine chock full of images to get your creative juices going.
3) It’s even better than a magazine because you can search for just what you’re looking for. Working on your bathroom? Peruse thousands of bathroom images.
4) There are mirror makeovers galore! Recently we got specific and searched for MirrorMate. What did we find? Some fabulous makeover images we’d never seen before from some very talented designers. Here’s a sampling...Read More
We begin this series with a look at…our new saw! To some it might not sound exciting, but to a frame company it is just about the greatest thing since sliced bread. And it’s no ordinary saw, may we say. ☺ It is the first saw of its kind in a North American framing operation.
It’s unique because it is a computer-controlled double miter saw and router in one and allows orders to flow directly to the saw for unsurpassed accuracy. To operate, the QR code that is printed on each order sheet is scanned and the machine automatically adjusts to the correct molding style, thickness and width within seconds. The saw then performs two distinct functions: a miter cut to the custom length and routing the dovetail key hole which vary by molding style and width. The custom-cut frame is then packed and shipped to you – ready to be assembled by pressing the Dovetail Keys into those Key Holes and connecting the corners.
It’s an exciting time as we just moved to a larger facility, are implementing the new saw and brought on Tony Blatnik as Operations Manager to oversee it all. He’s pictured here alongside the new saw.
We are thrilled to have been featured on the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated TV show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Host Danny Lipford and his team did an amazing job updating a dated bathroom – all on a budget. The changes, while inexpensive, were certainly high impact. Here’s a sneak peek of the before and after.
A MirrorMate frame in Acadia Dove White was added to the plate glass mirror during the makeover – and got a wonderful reaction from both Danny and the homeowner. You can watch the MirrorMate part of the makeover here…
Or view the entire show on the Today’s Homeowner website.
If you’re a fan of MirrorMate, we know you love DIY! You had seen that unframed, bare mirror for too long – and did something about it. You framed your mirror. And WOW what a difference it made. Best of all, you did it yourself – and it was easy, right? In that same spirit, we thought we’d round up some other great DIY products we thought you’d love to try. Say bye, bye to basic and hello to beautiful – throughout the house.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Cutting Edge Stencils: There’s no need for expensive, difficult to use wallpaper. Stencil! The folks at Cutting Edge Stencils offer a very impressive array of stencil ideas to get a look you love on your walls. Perhaps the bathroom would be the perfect room to start! www.cuttingedgestencils.com
- Rust-o-leum Cabinet Transformations: This makes it easy to turn that dated cabinet (whether kitchen or bath) into a modern marvel. Better than paint, this coating process will provide a result that looks like new – without a chip. Add some new hardware and you’re looking like new for so much less. Oh, and they have it for countertops and tile too – genius! The photo below features a double makeover – cabinet and a MirrorMate frame from the blog FabEveryday. www.rustoleumtransformations.com
- My O’verlays: The lovely ladies over at My O’verlays create some gorgeous patterns to glam up the basic. Add an O’verlay to a bland IKEA cabinet and you have quite a custom creation. They’ve even tried it on a MirrorMate frame for fun! www.myoverlays.com
- Stikwood: Being a peel and stick frame company, you knew we’d love a peel and stick wood plank company, right? Doesn’t get easier than that! Designers always talk texture – whether a sisal rugs or in textiles. How about on the walls? This is a great place to get that warm, rustic feel and makes for an amazing accent wall. The video alone makes us want to get going. Imagine a beachy driftwood feel, or rustic cabin, or hip nightspot. www.stikwood.com
Do you have other DIY products you love? It’s fun to share. Let us know!Read More
We wanted to share an absolutely beautiful makeover that was recently done by blogger Anna Mosley at Ask Anna. She transformed her entire bathroom and finished it off with a MirrorMate frame in Bellemeade Vintage Silver. The silver accents around the room really tie it together. What a high end look! Visit her blogfor all the details and to enter her frame giveaway. Here’s a quick sneak peek of what she did!Read More
We’ve had some nice makeovers submitted by customers lately that we wanted to spotlight. The first is a before and after that included painting the cabinet, adding hardware and installing a MirrorMate frame in Tribeca Burnished Brown and Silver. Simple changes that truly took the room from dated to on-trend!
Our second makeover features the addition to of a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Porcelain White. The North Carolina homeowners made over all the mirrors in their home. The frames added style and a complete look to builder’s grade bathrooms.
If you’re looking for more inspiration – or a chance to WIN a frame of your own – check out the Ask Anna blog starting on 3.14 for her mirror makeover and a giveaway!Read More
While the weather may be gray, there is no reason your home needs to be. Here we take a look at the array of colors available in 2014 frame line – making it easy to shop by color. View frames available in black, white, gold, silver & gray, bronze & brown, and wood tones. Order samples and find a frame that makes your mirror pop. Need help choosing the right one? There are over 65 to choose from so if you need help selecting your frame, email firstname.lastname@example.org for her personalized design advice.
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We love Property Brothers and the vision for a home that they so adeptly turn into realty on the show. The properties are often unrecognizable when they’re done. So as a fan, it was much to the delight of MirrorMate’s inventor and president, Lisa Huntting, to turn on HGTV one night and find them making over a bathroom with a MirrorMate frame!
As you can see in this snapshot from the show, they used Bellemeade Vintage Silver on the mirror. We’re hoping to track down the actual video from the show but in the meantime wanted to share this photo – and say thanks to Drew and Scott for the MirrorMate makeover!
Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays. We’re starting to take down the decorations and de-clutter around here. January is always such a great time to organize and work on those inside projects we’ve had on our lists. For those with bathroom updates on the horizon, we wanted to share the last installment of Kate Hart’s Design Q&A that offers some help in selecting the MirrorMate frame(s) that are right for you. Once again, don’t hesitate to contact her directly at email@example.com with your own specific questions. For now, here are two more commonly asked questions she receives.
Q: Should I frame the mirror over my double sinks as one large mirror or split it up into two?
A: It can add a lot of architectural interest to a space to frame the mirrors separately. In order to determine the proper size, use painter’s tape and frame out each section so you can see how it will look. I recommend centering the frame over each sink and leaving the same amount of space on each side. Ideally you would keep 1/3 of the mirror over one sink, 1/3 of unframed mirror between the sinks and 1/3 of mirror framed over the other sink. Sometimes this is not possible due to the size of the vanity and framing it as one large mirror makes more sense. I’m always happy to review a photo of your individual bathroom and give you a recommendation.
Q: Should I use the same MirrorMate frame in all my bathrooms?
A: I love mixing up the frame choices and giving each space a unique look. With so many styles and colors to choose from it’s easy to give each bathroom a look you love. Some clients do like a coordinated look and achieve that through matching frames throughout the home. It is a good rule of thumb to have your powder room coordinate with surrounding décor.
For part 2 of our 3 part series, Kate Hart answers two more of your most commonly asked design questions. As always, feel free to contact Kate Hart with your own personal questions as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How much space should I leave between the lighting and the top of the frame?
A: For many, the mirror and lighting are fixed and you won’t have an option. If you are able to select where your lighting is going to be, I would advise 3-4 inches from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of your mirror frame. This includes any globes or shades that may hang down.
Q: Should my MirrorMate frame match my hardware or my vanity color?
A: I like to think of a frame as the finishing touch in your space. It is like adding jewelry to your room. While it’s always safe to coordinate the frame with the hardware or fixtures, you can also think of your mirror as a piece of artwork in the room and frame it in a style you’d choose to frame a picture. The frame could even coordinate - or contrast - with the countertop or flooring.
We’re starting a new 3-part series featuring a Q&A with Designer Kate Hart. She’ll share her answers here to some of the most common design questions she receives from MirrorMate customers. Kate is a wonderful resource to help get your makeover off to a great start.
Q: With so many different frame styles, how do I pick the one that is right for me?
A: The best way to determine the right frame for you and your bathroom is to order samples. You can hold them up to your mirror to get a good idea of how the frame will look in your bathroom. You can also always email me photos of your bathroom email@example.com and I will provide suggested styles.
Q: How do you determine whether or not to use a wide or narrow MirrorMate frame?
A: Narrow frames (under 3” wide) like Cherokee Slim, Broadway Slim Line and Pemaquid Slim tend to give the space a more streamlined, contemporary look and work best with smaller mirrors. The wider, more detailed frames (over 3” wide) like Grandezza,Tribeca and Providence give a richer look. I recommend ordering samples as well as using painter’s tape cut to the width you’re considering and placing it around the mirror before you make your purchase. That way you can envision the frame and mirror proportions.
Cherokee Slim vs Cherokee:
It’s about that time to start thinking about getting ready for holiday guests. This month, This Old House magazine offers up 29 easy upgrades that will get your home set for guests to arrive. And, we’re thrilled to be tip #7! The bathroom is always a high use zone – so a quick update of the mirror is a great way to dress the room up in just minutes. Read the This Old House article and tips here.Read More
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful customers who share their love – and their makeovers! We thought we’d pass along some of the nice notes and photos we’ve gotten lately. Please keep them coming, we just love to hear what you have to say!
"I can't stop staring at my updated master bathroom!! All because of two new frames!! Love, love, love this product. Now that I've redone one bathroom, I'm updating the others, too. This is really a relatively cheap investment in updating the look of your entire bathroom. These frames really warm it up. The quality is great, they were easy to assemble and install, and much easier than ripping out old mirrors. Thank you for a great product!" – Sunny Walters
“OMG!!! Thank you so much Mirror Mate!!!! My new mirror frame is the most beautiful frame I have ever seen!!! When I finish the bathroom I'll post pictures. So easy to install and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!” -Tammy Flagg
“Wow! We just received our new frame today and installed it this evening. We could not be more pleased! It arrived promptly and was even nicer than we had anticipated. Installation really was quite easy and the results are fabulous! We love, love, love your product and will be recommending it to family and friends. Thanks for a great experience!” - Sharon Taylor
“I just wanted to take a moment to let you guys know how much my husband and I absolutely LOVE our new mirror frames. We went from builder basic glass mirrors to a truly custom, luxurious look. The mirrors actually look even bigger than before. We were excited about what we expected the new look to be, but were absolutely blown away once the frames were actually up. It was a 'simple' solution that made a huge difference in our bathrooms. We would definitely recommend your company and this product to anyone who asks.”
Donna & Chuck Renner
“Just a note to thank you for your workmanship and the speed with which you sent our order.I have just completed the installation of both frames and they are "beautiful." My wife is very impressed the quality of their appearance. I want to commend you on your installation instructions. They were very clear, easy to read and comprehend and when followed to the tee, they worked. It has been a pleasure to work on this project. The materials, the clarity of instructions and the timelines were easy to follow and most of all, the results were a major improvement to each of the rooms. Thanks for being a QUALITY company.”
Edward M. RidoutRead More
Our designer Kate Hart recently sent along this before and after makeover that one of our customers sent to her. The two had collaborated over the best frame style for the bathroom (Cherokee Espresso Walnut was selected) – and it went one step further. Kate suggested the stencil design over wallpaper for the room as an easier and less costly update. What an impact! The before and after is stunning – and we’re so delighted that Kate and our customers are making such a great team! If you’re looking for a little help in selecting the frame that is right for your bathroom, don’t hesitate to contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published as a CNN iReport
Lisa Huntting, a single mom from Charlotte, NC, moved into a home with bare, plate glass bathroom mirrors and was inspired. Despite the fact that the mirrors were affixed the wall, Lisa knew there had to be a way to frame them and give the room a finished look. She created the first mirror frame in her garage - and in the last 8 years has built a business around it manufacturing and selling DIY mirror framing kits. Today, she employs 15 from her North Carolina manufacturing facility and has sold millions of frames to homeowners around the country via her website, www.mirrormate.com.
“There are new construction homes, or those built in the 1980's everywhere that need framed mirrors,” says Huntting. “We've made it into an easy DIY project - no cutting or special tools required.”
Customers choose from over 65 styles, order the frame to fit their mirror's measurements and the frame comes ready to assemble. Then the pre-taped frame simply presses onto the mirror. The transformation is remarkable. Hotels, apartment buildings -even Kelly Ripa's dressing room - sport MirrorMate frames.
We asked and you answered! We knew you were a talented bunch – and you showed us that in our “Show Us Your Makeover” promotion. We wanted to showcase some of our favorites, but know this isn’t all! We will continue to be delighted with any you send our way - so please email makeover photos to email@example.com, upload them to Facebook or include them on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #iframedmymirror! Enjoy the makeovers below!Read More
For those of you who have ordered a sample, but not yet a frame we wanted to share some references to help complete your project. We’re here to help so don’t hesitate to ask us!Read More
It only makes sense that the President and Founder of MirrorMate loves bathrooms. It was the bare bathroom mirrors in her home that were the impetus for MirrorMate frames as an easy, affordable way for homeowners around the country to frame their own bare, bathroom mirrors. So when it came time for Lisa to re-do one of the bathrooms that kick-started the company, she took her time turning her master bathroom into a showstopper – a highlight of her Charlotte, NC home.
She found the vintage chandelier at her favorite Charlotte-area consignment shop, South End Exchange.Read More
Framing a large, plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom – that we know. But one customer took it a step further, and impressed us with a truly custom frame installation. By adding two vertical frame pieces to visually break up the massive mirror, he was able to achieve an undoubtedly high-end look. (Style shown: Cherokee Cherry Chocolate)Read More
Welcome to summer! Whether you live at the beach or just like to visit, there is a way to bring that seaside state of mind home. The new Waterside frame is a shimmering, leather wrapped style available in shades of Oyster, Pearl and Seafoam.Read More
It’s National Painting Week and to celebrate, we asked Sherwin-Williams what their most popular paint colors are for the bathroom. Here are their top four hues – all very light and airy, just perfect for a bathroom.Read More
As the all-important spring selling season approaches, sellers need to do all they can to market their home – and that includes staging it to attract and “wow” potential buyers. Home stagers know just the right moves to make to take a house from bland to grand and bring home the biggest return on investment. Their tricks of the trade and answers to common design dilemmas can make all the difference in selling a home – as well as enjoying one.Read More
If you’ve stayed in a hotel lately you may have noticed that framed mirrors are becoming the rule, not the exception. Those hotels that don’t have framed mirrors yet are getting them, as seen at this Comfort Inn who shared a photo with us of a newly installed MirrorMate frame inCherokee Natural Cherry. Adds a nice warmth to the room, doesn’t it?Read More
Did you know April is National Decorating Month? What a great time to shake off the winter blues and freshen up the home for spring. Fortunately, we have Kate Hart, the nation’s leading Home Stager, who has provided us with some decorating rules-of-the-road to help us decorate like a pro, and answer questions many of us ask like…Are my drapes the right length? Area rugs the right size? Accessories grouped the right way?Read More
Perhaps you have samples at home and just can’t decide. Maybe you’re looking at the over 60 styles at www.mirrormate.com and need help narrowing down what’s right for you. Interior Designer Kate Hart is here to help.Read More
Tobi Fairley (the interior designer you see gracing the pages of Traditional Home on a near monthly basis!) put together some great tips on personalizing to a new construction bathroom in a recent post on her blog.Read More
While it’s sad to see summer vacations come to an end, there’s no reason you can’t bring the look and feel of the hotel home with you to enjoy on all year long. To help us achieve the hotel look in our own bed and baths, we asked two top hospitality designers to share their tips.Read More
We just put the finishing touches on a new MirrorMate video. It shows some great transformations taking place, and just what you need to do to make it happen. Click here to watch it on YouTube and let us know what you think!Read More
Framing a large plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom...Read More
Each year we look forward to announcement of the new HGTV Dream Home. This year did not disappoint with a beautiful, eco-friendly home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina – not far from Charleston. Views of marshes, a serene color palette of greens and blues, and of course, gorgeous furnishings make it a dream home for sure. Checking out the bathrooms are always a top priority for us, so without further ado, here are some photos of the three featured bathrooms in the home.Read More
We were excited to see recent work done by a very talented designer, Sean Cowan of Sean Michael Designs in Chicago, IL. His makeover of this bathroom included a MirrorMate frame in Cherokee Espresso Walnut. He selected one of the more modern and sleek styles to achieve this look, but almost any of the contemporary frames in the line could be utilized. We just love the unique overhead lighting as well!Read More