Easy Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the hardest-working room in the house, so it runs the risk of looking overworked. Give your kitchen fresh appeal with these quick and easy updates, including solutions for your windows, floor, pantry, and more!

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Freestanding Pantry Ideas

Short on storage and space? No worries. These stylish go-anywhere pantry designs house everything from baking pans and cooking staples to party supplies -- exactly where you need them most. As a bonus, many of these units are transportable so they can travel with you when you move.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

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Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

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Subway Tile Backsplashes

When it comes to a classic backsplash, nothing beats the traditional subway tile. Subway tiles make cleaning up kitchen messes a quick and easy task, plus the variety to choose from seems almost infinite. One thing is for sure, subway tile will never go out of style.

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Choose the Right Refrigerator for You

Looking for a refrigerator to fit your space and needs? Learn what to look for when buying a new fridge.

How do you pick the refrigerator best for your space and needs? MaryJo Camp, a Denver, North Carolina-based kitchen designer, says to "take food containers into the appliance store to see how they'll fit." If you access frozen food storage frequently, consider a side-by- side that keeps items at eye level. However, Kurt Jovais, director of home appliance marketing for Samsung Electronics North America, says the company's sales reflect a growing trend toward French-door fridges: "They work for the entire family and easily accommodate large party platters." With insulation improvements and other adjustments, manufacturers are beating Energy Star requirements by as much as 30 percent, which cuts as much as $100 annually from your energy bill. Stainless steel is still the finish of choice.

Cringe at fingerprints? Seek out easy-to-clean coated metals that mimic stainless steel and reduce smudges. New technology puts a focus on convenience. Some refrigerators sport motorized shelves and automatic sensors that adjust temperature and moisture levels to keep food fresh longer. Some include LCD screens with calendar and memo software, as well.

While a turkey's stay in your fridge may be short, it's always best to think how the refrigerator will perform during the holidays. "We build our kitchens for the dates when they take center stage, like Thanksgiving," Camp says. "And when it comes to refrigerator storage, flexibility is a good thing."

A Perfect Fit

Refrigerator dimensions vary, so measure the height, width, and depth of the available space. Measure your home's entry as well to make sure the fridge will fit through the door. Make sure there's space for the fridge door to swing open completely without dinging surrounding cabinets. Seek out models with hidden hinges for a sleek, uncluttered look. Counter-depth fridges capture a built-in look at a fraction of the price and look better than units that bump out into the room. Also, remember a refrigerator's cubic feet measures the total space inside, not the usable capacity. Some can differ as much as 35 percent -- bulky ice makers are often to blame.

How to Find the Perfect Refrigerator

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