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Because it is made from a combination of a wood waste and recycled plastic, composite decking yields superior strength, longevity and dimensional stability. It won’t warp, crack, splinter or rot like wood. Read more
Modern kitchen designs combine color and texture to create warm, inviting spaces. When you choose paint colors for your kitchen, you want to coordinate them with your wood cabinets. Many cabinets have earth tones such as oak, maple and walnut, that harmonize with neutral paint colors. Bright paint colors and deep hues add visual interest to a kitchen design. A color wheel is a valuable tool for choosing wall paint colors to coordinate with your cabinetry. Read more
So maybe you still don’t know exactly what you should do to design the kitchen or bath of your dreams, but Moen offers you a few tips on some definite do’s and don’ts for your upcoming project.
Lighting – always look at the lighting
Many kitchens and bathrooms have fluorescent lighting—which only belongs in the garage. Kitchens and baths are the worst places for fluorescent light, because it gives everything a blue tint, making your food and people unattractive, so change out that fluorescent fixture. If you have the ability, try adding halogen lighting to your space, since it gives the closest approximation to daylight and makes everything sharper, clearer and cleaner in your kitchen or bath. Read more
From the basic design to the cabinetry and countertops, use this guide to find the inspiration for your perfect single sink vanity.
Blended to Perfection
Single vanities usually have less counterspace than expansive double vanities, which means splurging on a luxe material is more affordable. This small dark walnut vanity cabinet features a stunning marble countertop with a graceful beveled edge. A modern glass vessel sink and sleek faucet make the most of the limited counter area, but also provide a well-designed contrast to the traditional vanity. Repeating other traditional-modern style pairs throughout a space will make all the elements of the room work together. For example, here, a contemporary border of mosaic tiles tops a wall treatment of subway tiles. Read more
Get more grooming and storage space with a double vanity. Discover a variety of bathroom vanity styles and designs.
This storage-packed furniture-style vanity boasts vintage character with beaded-board doors, glass knobs, and furniturelike detailing on the toe-kicks. Maple counters top the vanity, and several coats of polyurethane protect its warm, traditional appeal. Dual classic white sinks and traditional-style faucets reinforce the vintage character. Read more
Tiles are easy to clean and virtually stain resistant. Plus, they don’t retain odors, bacteria or allergens. These characteristics make tile an excellent choice for both your bathroom flooring and walls.
One issue some people find with tiling their bathroom is that once a tile color has been chosen, it is difficult to change. Unlike a stucco wall, you can’t simply paint over your tiles if you decide to go with a different color pattern. That makes choosing the right color for your bathroom tiles a somewhat difficult task, but here is some helpful information that might aid you in your decision making process. Read more
Soon it will be time to leave outdoor living spaces and ride out winter’s cold indoors. But before you batten down the Barbeque Grills and stow the patio cushions, don’t forget to take care of wooden structures – like decks, pergolas and – that must remain out in the elements.
Routine maintenance of these structures – often made from Western red cedar – can ensure they weather the winter well and are ready for you to enjoy come spring. Plus, beautiful, well-kept outdoor structures enhance curb appeal and your home’s resale value.
“Western red cedar is a popular material for outdoor structures because of its natural durability and beauty,” says Paul Mackie, or “Mr. Cedar” as he’s known in the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA). “Preparing your outdoor living structure for winter is an important step to help maintain that beauty.” Read more