Your Guide to Modern Style

Discover the furnishings, colors and features that pros use to get the strong, sculptural look born in the 20th century. Whether you’re shopping for furnishings or sharing your ideas with a designer, having a firm understanding of your favorite style can be a big help. If you love sleek, streamlined pieces and clean spaces that keep…

11 Ways to Give Your Kitchen Character

Add interest to your cooking space with one of these simple yet effective ideas. The kitchen is, of course, a functional space whose layout, finishes and appliances tend to get a lot of consideration. But don’t forget to add some character into the mix. The designers of these kitchens used color, pattern and texture to…

5 Ideas for Updating Your Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes pull double duty: protecting your walls while also expressing your decorative style. They can make a big statement – or, if you’d prefer, coordinate more quietly with your cabinets and countertop. Looking for new kitchen backsplash ideas? Look no further. These five trends put a fresh spin on the traditional backsplash. 1. Install tiles…

Why Homeowners Renovate and What They Care About Most

Resale value matters but not as much as design and functionality, the 2019 U.S. Houzz & Home report reveals. Most people look at their home and dream of making improvements. But the catalyst for actually beginning a renovation project varies. The 2019 Houzz & Home report sheds light on some of the key reasons homeowners…

Here’s Why Kitchen and Bath Renovations Are Costing More

The 2019 U.S. Houzz & Home report shows that costs have steadily risen in recent years, a trend expected to continue. Spending on renovations of kitchens and bathrooms in the U.S. rose significantly last year, a new Houzz study shows. The increase is likely a result of the ongoing trade war with China. For kitchens,…

New This Week: 6 Creative Bathroom Tile Ideas

Consider these tile colors, patterns and installation methods to make your bathroom more interesting. Tile choices can be overwhelming. Not only are there seemingly endless options in terms of material, size, shape and color, but there also are numerous surfaces on which to install tile, and patterns in which to lay tile. The following bathrooms…

How to Choose Your Bathroom Vanity Lighting

Get tips on sconces, pendants, chandeliers, pot lights and LED strips — and find out where to place them The bathroom vanity is a special part of the home, but one that can sometimes get overlooked. In a primary bathroom, it can be the central hub for many important parts of our self-care and the…

How to Plan Your Kitchen Space During a Remodel

Good design may be more critical in the kitchen than in any other room. These tips for working with a pro can help. The preliminary space-planning and schematic design phase is the most important part of any kitchen remodel. A kitchen can be filled with beautiful materials and finishes, but if the layout and space don’t work well,…

New This Week: 3 Cheerful Laundry Rooms Loaded With Ideas

Bright color and smart design details can make doing the wash pleasant and efficient Sure, appliances take care of most of the workload when we do laundry, but so much happens on the periphery of those machines, and we often forget to give other areas proper design attention. Spaces for soaking, air drying, folding and…