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 true workhorse for some of our daily routines. For this reason, bathroom vanities need carefully selected lighting that lives up to its full potential. There are many options to choose from, all of which work in different scenarios and can be used together to get the best of both worlds. Read on to find out how to pick the right bathroom vanity lighting.

Is Smart Lighting a Smart Choice for You?

A professional offers advice on the latest in smart lighting for your home

Smart lighting promises a new and improved way to light your home. Research has shown that smart lights can improve your sleep, boost your mood and even help you heal faster. But how well do these lighting systems actually work? And which ones are best for you? 

There are four basic types of smart lighting: smart switches, smart bulbs, assisted systems and integrated systems. Read on to discover the pros and cons of each type of smart lighting and how they might be used to make your life at home easier.

How to Map Out Your Kitchen Remodel’s Scope of Work

Help prevent budget overruns by determining the extent of your project, and find pros to help you get the job done

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, an important early step is to determine your project’s scope of work. Find out what scope of work is and how you can decide what yours will be. Then find the right pros for your project.

New Looks for Cabinets and Countertops Emerging in 2019

Dark colors, wood patterns and thin surfaces are a few of the trends seen at the recent Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

New products and styles for cabinets and countertops were on display at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the industry’s biggest event, held in Las Vegas from Feb. 19 to 21, 2019. Dark tones for cabinets and counters were seen throughout the show, as well as engineered surfaces inspired by natural and industrial materials. Read on to learn about the new trends we spotted at the trade show for the kitchen and bath industries.

7 Reasons to Choose Dark Kitchen Cabinets

A deep color on your kitchen cabinetry can offer coziness, elegance, drama and more

Dark and dramatic or light and bright? When it comes to choosing kitchen cabinets, it can be hard to decide. Here we look at the benefits of crossing over to the dark side.

How to Blend a Kitchen Into an Open Living Space

Check out the tricks designers use to keep the kitchen from grabbing all the attention in an open plan

With many of us choosing open-plan layouts in our homes, designers are finding ways to help our kitchens blend in. Opting for flat-front cabinets that fade into the walls, units that resemble period furniture, and walls that are lined with texture and artwork are just some of the tricks they use to create a kitchen that feels more like part of the living space than a functional room on its own.

Why Homeowners Are Remodeling Their Master Bathrooms in 2018

Priorities are style, lighting, resale value and ease of cleaning, according to the U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study

Master bathrooms are among the more popular spaces to remodel in a home. But why do homeowners tackle these spaces in the first place, and what do they want from their new master bathrooms?

The most common reason homeowners are renovating their master bathrooms is that they just can’t stand the old ones anymore, the 2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Studyfinds. And in the new master bathroom, homeowners who are remodeling tend to want style, good lighting, resale value and ease of cleaning. Read on for more insights into the motivations, design priorities and spending levels of homeowners who are renovating master bathrooms now.

5 Compelling Reasons to Mix Metals in the Kitchen

A winning combination of metallic finishes can enhance kitchen styles from historical to contemporary

For those who love a matching look, the thought of mixing metals can be intimidating. But mixing metals is a wonderful way to layer in texture, help create a historical or collected look and make a room more interesting. Here are five reasons to consider mixing metals when choosing finishes for your kitchen.

Home Renovation Pros Paint a Bright Picture for the Rest of 2018

The Houzz Renovation Barometer for fourth quarter 2018 shows that wait times to work with a building firm have dropped

New data just out on the residential remodeling industry paints a rosy picture for firms in the industry. Firms expect business activity to rise during the final three months of 2018, the data shows. And homeowners may get some relief from long wait times to start their projects, as the average wait time for construction sector firms dropped to 4½ weeks from 6½ weeks during the previous three months.

“Home renovation professionals are clearly very upbeat about the year end, despite a number of challenges facing the industry today,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz.

The data come from the Q4 2018 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks residential renovation market expectations, project wait times and recent business activity. (Market expectations and business activity have been smoothed out to account for predictable seasonal fluctuations, while project wait times have not.) The Barometer is based on a quarterly survey of residential remodeling businesses with a profile on Houzz and garnered 1,750 responses. Read on to gain insights from what they said.