4 Easy and affordable bathroom design trends to rejuvenate your space

As homeowners, we know when it’s time for a bathroom remodel, but we often struggle with where to begin the process. Today’s bathrooms have evolved from merely functional spaces into relaxing retreats full of personal style accents, luxurious appointments, and creature comforts. Fortunately, you don’t have to “go big or go home” (aka overspend) to get results. Adding just a few simple enhancements can deliver significant visual impact and increase the overall value of your room. If you’re redesigning your bathroom, go into the process armed with a few current design trends that achieve everything on your must-have checklist and help you create a final look you’ll love.

Mirror, Mirror

If you’re looking for a simple, relatively inexpensive way to redefine the bath, start with your vanity mirrors. Still have that large, builder-grade mirror stretching over both of your vanity sinks? Change things up by installing two smaller statement mirrors over each washing station. Once you’ve determined the right size and shape for each piece, partner with a glass distributor to further personalize the look with beveled edges or beveled strips for a sleek and sophisticated finish.

Go Frameless

Ready to upgrade the shower from a curtain to glass? If you’re looking for something sleek and modern, consider a glass frameless shower. Clean, elegant, and with a touch of upscale hotel opulence, frameless showers instantly revamp the décor in your room. Make no mistake, a quality frameless shower offers so much more than just aesthetics. A well-designed model is also a structurally sound, sturdy, and safe option with no threat of metal corrosion.


See Through

Previous generations of glass showers often used moderately opaque, frosted panels and doors. However, transparent glass has steadily gained (and continues to gain) popularity – and with good reason. Today’s clear glass showers can have an aftermarket invisible coating applied at an extra cost to prevent hard watermarks and soap residue from building up on the panes. Plus, clear glass instantly adds visual interest, makes your bathroom feel more spacious, and shows off beautiful tile work.

Update Fixtures

Perhaps the easiest (and most affordable) way to update your bathroom? Swap out your fixtures. Shower handles, hinges, and even the knobs on your vanity cabinets and drawers can all start to seem a bit dated over time. Replace existing fixtures with a new color or finish to instantly freshen up both the look and function of your showers, doors and cabinets.


Looking for inspiring ways to update your bath? Glass Depots can help. Visit our showroom at 5100 Trademark Drive in Raleigh to connect with our design experts or check us out online at www.glassdepots.com.

Why do the edges of a mirror turn black?

The Science Behind Your Mirror

If your mirror is turning black around the edges, you’re observing a chemical reaction in your home. Mirrors add a classic touch to every room, but unfortunately, they are not immune to the wear and tear of time. Black edges detract from the beauty of your mirror, which is due to different chemicals reacting on the surface. Mirrors are made by applying a thin layer of silver nitrate onto the glass, which blocks light from passing through and allows the reflection to take place. Protective coatings are then added to the mirror to protect it from damage. When the protective coatings are compromised, the silver nitrate is revealed. This chemical reaction to the elements in your home is known as mirror rot or desilvering.

Most often, bathroom mirrors are the most affected by mirror rot. Contaminants in the air attack the silver backing of your bathroom mirror, which causes discoloration and flaking. Soapy water or incorrect cleaning liquids are prone to accumulate on the edges of the mirror and will erode the backing. The discoloration that occurs from this chemical reaction is what leads to the edges of mirrors turning black and can take away from the beauty of having mirrors in your home.

How to Avoid Black Edges on Your Mirror

At Glass Depots, we apply additional protection to mirrors that we supply and install to keep them beautiful and free of black edges. We know that mirrors are an investment in the design of your home, so we are committed to helping you maintain them. Glass Depots will work with you to find the best solution to the problem and will ensure your mirrors look beautiful for years to come.

Contact us today to schedule your in-home consultation!

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