10 Reasons to Consider 4-by-4-Inch Tile

Designers are embracing the once common but recently overlooked square tile in kitchens and bathrooms

The heyday of 4-by-4-inch tile lasted for decades. At one point, it seemed as if the modest square was the only widely available tile option, so it’s no surprise that many people tired of it. But 4-by-4-inch tile gets a bad rap. As Houzz has expanded to countries around the world, we’ve noticed that European designers never seemed to abandon it, using square tile beautifully in cozy English country cottages and Scandinavian modern apartments alike. And lately, savvy U.S. designers have rediscovered its potential as well. Here are 10 good reasons to consider 4-by-4-inch tile.

8 Elements of a Traditional-Style Bathroom

Evoke the past with furniture-like cabinetry, period-look lighting, ornate details and calming colors

Good things can last forever. That’s why traditional-style decor, some of which has its roots in 18th-century England, is one of the most popular styles found in homes today. But defining what constitutes it is somewhat tricky. For example, most people aren’t going to outfit their bathroom with furniture pieces built in the 1700s, or pay through the nose for antique French faucets. Instead, designers try to use pieces that are manufactured today but still pay homage to that particular time period, without crossing into the clean lines of contemporary bathroom style

“You try to get that feel,” says Jill Breed, a project coordinator at David Sharff Architect, a firm that’s spearheaded countless traditional projects in places like Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. “So we use painted, furniture-like cabinetry, traditional faucet styles with cross handles and avoid things like modern or sleek fixtures, rectangular sinks and contemporary materials like Caesarstone that would make more of a transitional style.”

Here are eight ways designers add traditional style to a bath.

10 Essentials for a Gracious Guest Room

Stock the room with these basic items to make your overnight visitors comfortable

Getting ready to host overnight guests? Let’s assume you have a bed (or air mattress) and coverings on all the windows. That’s a great start! This list will help fill in all the little things your guests will want to have on hand for a comfortable night’s sleep. What you won’t find here: season-specific decor, extra charging cords, books and other optional extras that your guests might enjoy but can live without. Instead the focus is on versatile, key pieces to get your guest space up and running so you’re ready for visitors, no matter when they arrive.

7 Ways to Pair Dark Kitchen Cabinets With Dark Counters

Dare to dive into the deep for a sophisticated look in your cooking space

We often assume that dark kitchen cabinets need lightening up with pale countertops, or vice versa, but in fact a double-dark design can look dramatically stylish. Check out how these kitchens use dark cabinets and counters, and see whether the look could work in your home.

How to Select the Right Gravel for Your Garden

Answer these 7 questions to find the right gravel size, color and texture for your needs and landscape style

There are a number of reasons to choose gravel for your garden: the satisfying crunch it makes underfoot, its relative low cost compared with other hardscaping materials, the environmental benefit of preventing runoff and erosion, and the fact that it looks good with almost any landscape style. 

But with a huge range of stone types, colors, sizes and textures available, it can be tough to decide on a gravel for your application. A landscape professional can help you find the best gravel for your yard. To help guide the decision process, let’s get into some of the nitty-gritty details of gravel, including profiles of some top materials.

8 Key Elements for a Family Bathroom

These essentials will help ensure that your hardworking bathroom functions well for the whole household

If you’re planning to remodel your family bathroom, think about what will make life easier for you and your kids. Here are eight elements of a bathroom design that works for everyone.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Comfort and Style

Pros share what fan size to buy, what blade angle to look for and which type works with your ceiling height

Ceiling fans make great additions to the home year-round. They cool us down in summer and warm us up in winter. New features and technologies mean they’re more energy-efficient than ever, and design updates have led to some pretty stylish models. 

Personal preference plays a big role when buying a ceiling fan, and it’s always helpful to discuss your needs with a professional. To help you get started, check out the following tips from experts on how to choose a ceiling fan, including determining the right ceiling fan size and the optimal hanging distance from the ceiling.

How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home After a Move

Leave the chaos of relocating behind and start putting down roots with these 10 simple tips

When you’re buying a new house, there are so many things on your plate that it’s easy to forget about what will happen after moving day — but those first weeks and months are often just as hectic as the move itself! When the movers have left and you finally have the place to yourself, it’s time to start making your house feel like home. Here are 10 ways to make that happen, sooner rather than later.

How Much Room Do You Need for a Kitchen Island?

Installing an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit

A well-planned island layout can allow a smooth workflow and provide a comfortable space for preparing and cooking food. Islands also frequently provide space for dining, working and storage. But while a well-planned layout offers much enjoyment, a poorly planned island can be frustrating. This is particularly true if there is insufficient space for an island to begin with. If you’re considering a kitchen island, follow these tips to help you decide whether you have enough space to make an island work for you. And if you don’t, discover what else you can try.