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5 Ways to Add Fashion and Flair to Your Bathroom Vanity

5 Ways to Add Fashion and Flair to Your Bathroom Vanity

A bathroom vanity, whether in a powder room or master bathroom, provides a unique opportunity to show a little personality. From sleek, modern bathrooms to spaces that are traditional and tailored, adding fashion and flair helps bring bathroom spaces to life and create a warm and cozy ambiance. Here are our top five ways to add a little luxe to the lavatory.

1. Accent Wall

     

    If your bathroom boasts a mostly neutral design with a white vanity, consider adding an accent wall behind your vanity and mirror setup to create visual interest. Oftentimes bathrooms that are mostly white or another clean color look too one-dimensional, creating a flat or antiseptic design. Go glam with mirrored tiles or more spa-like with glass mosaic tiles in shades of blue and green.

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    An accent wall featuring a fun tile display or bright paint color adds extra dimension and flair, anchoring the bathroom’s overall design. Another of our favorite ways to create a subtle accent wall is with beadboard. It’s a great choice for a cottage- or beach-inspired bathroom, where larger planks give a cozy yet natural look.

    2. Displayed Storage

       

      Oftentimes, bathroom storage does its best to conceal all of the things that make a bathroom a bathroom. Instead of stuffing your bath towels in a closet or pushing tissue paper under the sink, opt for a beautiful storage system that showcases your bathroom necessities in style. We love using textured baskets to display bath towels spa-style, or a pretty wire basket to toss toilet paper in when not in use. The same goes for soap and toothbrush holders. Instead of throwing your essentials in a plastic cup or tucking them in a drawer, display them with matching holders that coordinate with your faucet and hardware or with accent colors found in the bathroom.

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      3. Hardware Happy

         

        Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to instantly add fashion and flair to your vanity? Swap out the hardware! It may seem like a small detail, but it can make a big impression. Adding jewelry-inspired hardware to your vanity makes it look more like furniture than a bathroom sink. We love the way antique pulls look on a modern vanity, as well as geometric rings on a vintage dresser-style vanity. For a child’s bath, add a touch of playfulness with bright colors or fun shapes.

        4. Fresh Flowers

           
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          Keeping fresh flowers in the home is a must. Move your favorite blooms to the bathroom vanity for a much-needed organic element. Put them in a pretty vase and display them on a tray to add height and freshness to a powder bathroom, or disperse them throughout a larger master bathroom suite. Flowers in the bathroom help create a cozy, homey feeling. They look best when matching the style of your space, like white tulips in a monochromatic space and full red roses in a traditionally styled master bath.

          5. Framed Mirrors

             

            Adding a framed mirror to your bathroom space takes any bathroom from boring to beautiful in the blink of an eye. Add a textured frame, like wrapped rope or antiqued wood, around a modern mirror for warmth, or opt for a bright gold or silver frame for glamour. For a spa-themed space, use recycled glass tiles in sage, green, gray and chocolate to frame the mirror. Better yet, hang the mirror from a leather strap or rope for a touch of personalization and visual interest.

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            Other accessories that add flair to bathroom spaces include fun yet functional towel bars, beautiful rugs and bath mats, framed art and floating shelves for added storage. What are some of your favorite ways to add personality to your bathroom?

            Featured photo credit: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab via kerriekelly.com

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            Last Updated on October 15, 2018

            Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

            Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

            “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

            While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

            1. Dehydration

            If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

            If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

            You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

            2. Lack Of Exercise

            A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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            Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

            3. A Poor Diet

            The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

            An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

            Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

            4. Skipping Breakfast

            Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

            Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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            Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

            Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

            5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

            We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

            TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

            Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

            Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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            6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

            Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

            Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

            If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

            7. Depression

            Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

            Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

            Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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            8. Hypothyroidism

            If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

            Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

            9. Anemia

            People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

            However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

            While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

            10. Cancer

            While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

            Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

            Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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