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.

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 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.

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.