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
Discover the best flooring options for each room in the house based on function, looks and your lifestyle.
by Dinah Eng
Basement and Below Grade
Before installing any flooring option, make sure there are no moisture issues with the concrete slab. If there are, laminate and wood wouldn’t be good choices, because they tend to absorb water. Resilient vinyl floors are often used in basements because vinyl is unaffected by moisture and is low maintenance. Read more
Hardwood floors are tough, beautiful and can work in most rooms in your home.
By Kim Hildenbrand
Hardwood—just the word evokes images of charm, richness, and classic looks. Wood floors last a lifetime and gain “character” with age.
Board Widths. Select from narrow strips (less than three inches), wider planks (more than three inches), parquet squares, and—a new option—squares and rectangles. The traditional choice, strips give the illusion of more space, while planks impart a rustic look. Parquet floors, with the distinctive geometric design, suit formal spaces. Read more
Hardwood floors are classic, timeless and durable. You can choose from a variety of colors and finishes to fit your needs
by Kim Hildenbrand
Considered by many to be the ultimate floor choice, hardwood never goes out of style. This classic floor lends natural beauty and warmth to your kitchen; every board brings rich details achieved with nature and craftsmanship. It’s not the most comfortable floor to stand on for long periods of time, so dedicated cooks might want to put down mats or area rugs. But hardwood stands up to spills and stains. Read more
Talk about making a great first impression! At first glance, this parquet floor looks like tile, but it’s actually made up of alternating strips of maple and walnut. Each “tile” measures 13″ x 13″ and is composed of four strips of hardwood laid side by side. Installing this floor in the traditional parquet method was a painstaking process but the high-end look is certainly worth the trouble. Read more