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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Cooking Appliance Ideas

Creative selection and convenient placement of appliances enhance both kitchen use and design.


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    • Cooking-Friendly Kitchen Island

      This sleek island enlarged the work area of the kitchen as well as provided a gorgeous focal point. An impressive stainless-steel exhaust hood, industrial-style range, and ample stone countertops equip this kitchen big enough for two cooks.

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    • Antique Look, Modern Convenience

      The vintage-look, French-made range offers cooks in this kitchen multiple burners, a grill cooktop, and a large oven. The modern stove, exuding old-fashioned style, inspired the room's black accents.

    • Neutral-Tone Kitchen

      A six-burner cooktop topped by a large stainless-steel exhaust hood is the center of all cooking activity in this efficient kitchen. A below-counter oven and inset microwave offer multiple meal prep options. A breakfast station fills a niche next to the cooktop and oven.

    • Professional Meal Prep Zone

      A kitchen overhaul started with the homeowner's desire to switch from an electric range to a gas model. The stainless-steel professional-grade unit features two ovens -- ideal for big meal preparation and endless entertaining possibilities.

    • Hardworking Kitchen Corner

      This kitchen has everything to make a cook happy -- efficient appliances and a great view, too. The peninsula's angled shape places the professional-grade range in a commanding position so the cook can see the dining table, the banquette seating area, and the scenery outside.

    • European-Style Cast-Iron Range

      A kitchen with old-world flavor can also have modern efficiencies. The dual-fuel, European-style, cast-iron range's cream-color enamel exterior positions it as a focal point for the entire kitchen. The 44-inch-wide range is topped by an oversize exhaust hood and fancy corbels that match the creamy glazed cabinetry.

    • Retro Range

      Retro appliances, such as this reproduction range, allow kitchen remodelers a blast-from-the-past design option. This range faithfully copies the lines of a circa-1950s model while offering features a modern cook expects: sealed gas burners, a self-cleaning oven, an electronic timer, and a warming drawer.

    • Stainless Steel for Neutral Look

      Stainless-steel appliances -- range, exhaust hood, and refrigerator -- add to the sleek design of this kitchen. Stainless-steel appliances read as a neutral visual element -- reflecting the style around it.

    • Customized Vintage Range

      It's hard to change the past, but that's exactly what happened to this vintage range. The 5-foot-wide restored model features an all-white porcelain exterior, eight gas burners, a center griddle, two baking ovens (on the upper left and right), one roasting oven (upper center), two broiler drawers (lower left and right), a utensil drawer (lower center), and pullout trays for crumbs and grease. The top panel includes an analog clock and a separate 60-second timer.

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      Cast-Iron Range

      This cast-iron model resembles a vintage cookstove, but offers modern cooking power: six gas burners and four electric ovens (a conventional oven, a convection oven, a simmering oven, and a ceramic broiler.

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      Cottage-Style White Range

      Cook up a storm with this professional-grade range with six burners. The kitchen design called for a range that would meet the professional cooking needs of the homeowner, but would fit in the vintage, cottage look.

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      Five-Oven Kitchen

      For the baker who likes to multitask, this kitchen offers five ovens: four conventional ovens (two in the range, two on the wall) and a convection oven. To top it off, the kitchen also features a warming drawer.

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      Restaurant-Caliber Range

      This six-burner, two-oven range offers culinary options that will thrill any cook. Also included in the unit are a griddle, stainless-steel backsplash and warming racks. A cabinetry-matching hood crowns the professional-grade range with classic style.

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      Sleek, Stainless-Steel Appliances

      The galley-style space features a microwave, stovetop, ovens, exhaust hood, and dishwasher -- all in modern stainless steel as sleek as the coffee-color cabinets set flush with the countertops.

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      Matching Range and Cabinets

      A multitasking European range -- with steamer, griddle, large gas oven, and smaller electric oven -- was ordered in a custom hue to match the cabinets. The appliance is flanked by small drawers that handily store utensils and other cooking supplies.

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      Cooking Cove

      This oversize cooking alcove includes a 22-inch cooktop, a 60-inch range, and a wall-mounted browner -- all in stainless steel. White cabinets feature furniture-style bracket feet.

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      Appliance Color Sets the Tone

      Utilitarian in function, appliances can also set the tone for color in a kitchen. Nestled between the stainless-steel hood and range is an arched niche backed by a torch-distressed mirror. Charcoal-hue cabinets and gray wall tiles complement the stainless-steel hood and appliances.

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      Kitchen Appliance Ideas

      When designing a beautiful kitchen, you must integrate appliances into the decor. Find ideas to incorporate various appliances in your kitchen to create the look you've always dreamed of.
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