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
Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project? Get ideas and top tips from Rate My Space users, and see gorgeous pictures to get you inspired to start your own home remodel.
by Charity Curley Mathews
RMS user njhaus had more in mind for this modern kitchen remodel than fancy appliances. “The kitchen was designed with my husband in mind, who uses a wheelchair. We lowered the counters to make it easier for him to reach the cooktop. The lower counter at the island is table height so he can … Read more
Use these living room design ideas to make your living room a comfortable, inviting place to gather with family and friends.
1. Set the Mood with Color
The colors you choose for your living room will affect how guests feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are.
A serene scheme of soft blue and white makes this spacious living room feel calm, cool, and collected–a gracious setting for elegant gatherings. A light tan carpet underfoot warms the space and keeps the cool tones in balance. Read more
Bedroom placement takes into consideration the needs of both the guests and the homeowners.
Sleeping Spaces: The Original Concept
When mapping out the sleeping quarters, house planner Jack Thomasson and architect Corey R. Solum considered the second floor as a space dedicated to bedrooms and the master suite. “So you had your typical layering with living space on the first floor and bedrooms upstairs,” says Corey. Read more
The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place
by Rich Binsacca
The vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodelingmagazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence. Read more
Living rooms are typically designed and furnished to create an atmosphere of elegance or sophistication. Prominent formal styles include traditional, colonial and Victorian. Flooring and furnishings often emphasize symmetry and balance, using orderly geometric shapes and patterns. Examples are parquet floors, striped upholstery and diamond-patterned wood inlays. In most cases, floors should not introduce dramatic or wildly different patterns or colors. Read more
During a panel at the 2010 International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, executive editor for home design for Better Homes and Gardens, explained that practicality and price are fueling decisions on how homes are designed and built. Read more
Once you’ve made the decision to build rather than buy your next home, the biggest step after finding the right building lot is to design your future abode. This can be tough; putting together a home design that reflects your taste, yet also fits your needs and budget is a balancing act that takes planning. The following are ten guidelines to help you on your way. 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