See popular features and styles for kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more catching on with Houzz users lately.
It’s hard to say if white cabinets will ever fall from the top spot in homeowner choices. More than 40 percent of renovating homeowners choose white cabinets, according to recent Houzz research.
One way designers are keeping white kitchens interesting is by introducing other finishes to help break up the expanse of white cabinetry and add warmth, texture and interest. A great way to do that is by adding just a few beautiful wood drawers, as designer Jennifer Stuart has done in this Massachusetts kitchen.
Everyone needs a place in a shower for soap and shampoo bottles, and a niche does an adequate job. But niches are somewhat difficult to handle from a design and construction perspective, because they have to be recessed between wall studs. This requires extra planning and preparation. Meanwhile, you have to consider what you will use to tile the interior of the niche and how you will finish off its edges. That’s a lot of work for a small area that sometimes isn’t even big enough to hold large bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
A shower ledge is much more straightforward and requires a build-out of only a few inches into the shower space. Run it along the length of your shower stall, as designer Katy Popple did here, and you’ve got tons of space for shower essentials. Cap it with a piece of your bathroom vanity countertop material and call it a day.
A few years ago, some people were warning of the end of the dining room. But that never happened. In fact, quite the opposite. While many family meals are had at informal spots near or in the kitchen, dining rooms are thriving for special occasions. And that specialness opens up opportunities to inject lots of personality through color, pattern, lighting and more that might not fit within the context of the style found elsewhere in the home.
In this New York dining room by Bennett Leifer Interiors, grasscloth wallpaper is a textural backdrop for playfully patterned chairs, a glossy saturated blue buffet, vibrant artwork and a statement-making light fixture.
Designer Kristine Tyler of Treefrog Design recently remarked how nice it is to have a place in a bathroom for sitting that’s not the toilet. She designed a bench that runs from an armoire into the shower stall in the bathroom seen here, giving the homeowners a seat outside of the shower as well as in it.
Whether for brushing teeth, taking off house slippers or just idling away on the internet before work, almost every homeowner could benefit from having a place to relax in the bathroom.