Kitchens are the heart of the home but bathrooms are a close second on the priority list. Determine how much you want to spend then have fun with the possibilities. Check out this bold design.

Kitchens are often referred to as the heart of the home, and they are often the room homeowners most want to renovate. Check out tips on what you should consider first and some amazing renovations. It might be just the nudge you need to start your own project!

The foyer is a visitor’s first clue that this isn’t an average townhome renovation. The wallpaper, for starters, features an elegant Art Nouveau-meets-psychedelia print, hand-screened on silver mylar. The pattern in the wallcovering dances off the panels of a multifaceted mirror crowning an original console from the “House of Tomorrow,” a sensation at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In a corner, a colorful tower by Omaha artist Justin Beller provides a playful twist.

Musical instruments aren’t just for playing — they’re also for decorating. Guitars, tambourines, violins or just about any instrument can become a decorating element that adds a lively spirit to a living room or family room, or even a wide hallway. Spotlighting instruments in a place where family and friends gather underscores the link between music and having a good time — even if the instruments aren’t making a sound. Here’s how to do it.

The competitive urge doesn’t just compel athletes and rival companies to try harder. New research suggests that, when it comes to home improvement, homeowners are driven by the need to compete with the folks next door.

A backsplash, which covers the wall between the countertops and the cabinets and behind the stove and sink, gives a kitchen personality and style. Sometimes, if it’s an especially bold color or graphic design, it becomes the room’s focal point. Picking the right backsplash can be a lot of fun but with so many available choices, it can also be overwhelming. Take a look at these guidelines to get started.

The best part of renovating a bathroom? Picking out the colors, finishes, patterns and shapes of everything from the flooring to the drawer pulls. Adding to the excitement is figuring which trends could work for you. Here are a few making headlines today — and some that don’t quite cut it.

Geometric shapes have meaning beyond math class: Circles represent harmony, triangles indicate power, squares are about stability and order. Keep these meanings in mind when you decorate — or feel free to forget about them if you just happen to like a certain hexagon-patterned pillow and couldn’t care less about the shape’s symbolism. Your home will still have an up-to-the-minute look, which is the point.

When it comes to decorating the walls in their home, most people’s go-to is a painting, print or photograph. But there’s a whole world of other good-looking wall hangings you might like. If you want to mix it up a bit, consider some of these non-artwork wall accents.

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room. “They really soften and furnish a space much more than most people imagine,” says interior designer Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles. Yet she often has to reassure people that drapes, curtains or other window treatments don’t have to be fussy. “It can be tailored, simple panels done in great fabrics and the simplest of hardware,” she says.