One of the first steps in remodeling is to determine your style. Do you want traditional, transitional or contemporary? Do you like stained or painted cabinetry? Would you like lighter or darker finishes? Do you like chrome, brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze hardware and plumbing fixtures?

Looking at photos of kitchens and baths is one of the best ways to determine your tastes. Start saving photos that you love and try to put your finger on what it is about each of these photos that sings to you.

In the past, decorating magazines were the best source for finding these photos. But now, you can use a variety of home improvement websites that give you much more to look at, the most popular being Houzz and Pinterest. These websites have thousands of kitchens, baths, basements, outdoor rooms, laundry rooms and more. You are able to save the pictures to your own idea books and can share them with your friends, family and/or designer. You are even able to notate on each picture what it is you love about that room. Other websites you may want to view are,, or

So, get started on your portfolio! This is the best way to communicate to your designer what you love, so that you can get the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams!