The Best Low-Maintenance Kitchen Finishes

Cut down on cleaning time and repair costs by choosing these finishes for flooring, cabinets, countertops and more

If you want to cut down on the time it takes to keep your kitchen spick and span, you should take a closer look at your finishes. From flooring to hardware, the materials you select can tack on extra time to your cleanup routine. Wondering which options cut down on dusting, scrubbing and wiping? Here’s a list of easy-to-maintain finishes.

5 Premium Kitchen Features One Designer Recommends

From pro-style ranges to discreet charging stations, these luxury upgrades can take a space to the next level

Of all the rooms in your home, it’s your kitchen that demands the most planning — and often the better part of your budget. Drafting a priority list can be a bit of a head-scratcher. From lighting to appliances, there’s a wide range of elements to carefully consider. As a designer, I try to make the process a little easier for clients. And if there’s still some budget to play with after the must-haves are out of the way, we start discussing the nice-to-have premium features. Everyone has their luxury dream features, but these are the five details I like to recommend.

10 Tips for Designing the Perfect Shower

Keep these style and layout ideas in mind as you plan your dream bathroom

A spacious, spa-like shower is at the top of many people’s bathroom wish lists. But getting the design of your shower right isn’t always easy. For help designing your ideal space, here are 10 tips to create an efficient layout and bring in stylish details.

5 Bathrooms That Rock Wallpaper

See how wallpaper adds pattern, texture and pizzazz to these recent bathroom makeovers

The idea of wallpaper in a bathroom can cause some anxiety. Will steam from a shower cause the wallpaper to peel away or mold to grow underneath it? Experts seem to agree that if your bathroom has a good exhaust fan that keeps humidity in check, your wallpaper should hold up just fine. Applying an acrylic coating to standard wallpaper, using vinyl wallpaper and not papering near splash zones are additional steps to consider.

The designers of the following bathroom makeovers decided to take the plunge and added wallpaper to great visual effect. Check out the before-and-after photos of these five bathroom remodels that rock wallpaper and let us know whether you’d make the same decision.

The 10 Most Popular Laundry Room Photos So Far in 2021

See how countertops, sinks and hamper storage join stylish tile and cabinets to create hardworking spaces worth being in

A laundry room should work hard for you and also be a place you don’t dread going into. To create this kind of functional and inviting space, designers integrate useful features such as folding countertops and soaking sinks while focusing on stylish selections for tile and paint. To see examples of this winning combination, check out this countdown of the 10 most-saved laundry room photos on Houzz so far in 2021.

3 Kitchen Makeovers Where Walls Came Down

Whether it’s a new layout, improved seating or clever storage, there are lots of way to make your kitchen work better. But sometimes you have to tear something down to help your kitchen reach its full potential. Check out the before-and-after photos of these three kitchen remodels where walls came down — and let us know if you see a sledgehammer in your own kitchen’s future.

10 Ways to Design a Kitchen for Aging in Place

Design choices that prevent stooping, reaching and falling help keep the space safe and accessible as you get older

Maybe you’ve found the house you want to grow old in. Perhaps you foresee your elderly parents moving in with you one day. Or maybe you require wheelchair accessibility. When you’re designing a kitchen with these needs in mind, the following 10 tips will help make it safer and easier to navigate.

How Much Space You Need (and What to Do if You Don’t Have It)

Get tips on allowing ample room for traffic flow through kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and other areas

No matter the size of your home, it’s important to make room not just for your furnishings, but also for sufficient circulation space in which to move around and enjoy your home properly. I’ve put together some of the most common rules for how much negative space you need, along with suggestions for how to handle tricky scenarios where there just isn’t enough space. After all, sometimes you have to bend the rules a little.

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Kitchen of the Week: Light and Airy With a Bright Backsplash

A designer helps a couple update the kitchen with an efficient layout and custom details like a walnut-topped peninsula

Bryan and Heather Kurey looked at their dysfunctional kitchen and considered moving into a new home. The aging oak cabinets, oversize breakfast area and lack of countertops didn’t create a welcoming space for a couple who love to cook. But they soon realized that most of the homes they considered buying also had kitchens that needed updating. The couple looked at photos on Houzz and other sources and became inspired to remodel what they had.

They hired designer Lisa Quina, who had helped them renovate other areas of the late-1930s home in Arlington, Virginia. Quina relocated appliances, added windows, enlarged an opening to the family room, improved storage and used local artisans for custom details that add character. Now the family enjoys a brighter kitchen that combines classic, industrial and modern design elements to better reflect its style and love of cooking.