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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Colorful Kitchen Cabinetry

Choosing colorful cabinetry personalizes your kitchen and makes it a more enjoyable space.

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    • Refreshing Mint

      Bright colors, featured on cabinetry, mixing bowls, and more, give this kitchen an energetic vibe. The cheerful mint color of the island and the surrounding cabinets looks right on trend and ensures the hardworking space is welcoming for the whole family.

    • Royal Purpleheart

      Although the latest trends point toward painting wooden cabinets, some species are naturally colorful. One example is purpleheart, the dense, durable wood used to make these cabinets. A clear-coat finish brings out the purpleheart's reddish undertones, which work well with the stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

    • Courageous Yellow

      Worried that natural wood-tone cabinetry would be too dark for their kitchen -- especially during the minimal daylight of Midwestern winters -- these homeowners chose cherrywood cabinets with a golden-yellow painted and glazed finish. Now, no matter what the time of day or year, stepping into this kitchen is like walking on sunshine.

    • Chartreuse Confidence

      Looking for a quick and easy way to enliven an all-white kitchen? Take a cue from this one and paint the cabinets with an eye-catching hue. The bold chartreuse color of these cabinets personalizes the standard builder-style cabinetry and complements the whimsical butterfly prints and wall decals sprinkled throughout the kitchen.

    • Beautiful Blues

      It's no secret that using your home's location is an easy way to cultivate a color palette. These robin's-egg blue cabinets give a nod to the stunning views of the land and sky just beyond the kitchen windows. The cabinets were also treated with a glaze, which gives the cabinets an aged look and the kitchen a casual, lived-in vibe. 

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    • Restrained Red

      Cabinetry color doesn't have to come in big doses to be effective. Often, giving just a few units a distinctive hue has more impact than coloring all of them. Here, sections of red-dyed cabinets stand out in a contemporary kitchen where the rest of the cabinetry and shelving wears a natural wood finish.

    • Gray Eminence

      It's not just the brighter hues that make cabinetry colorful. The subtle sheen of stainless steel inspired this kitchen's calming palette of gray cabinets and blue backsplash tiles. The soft gray hue of the cabinetry modernizes the kitchen but doesn't overwhelm the somewhat small space.

    • Butter Cupboards

      Yellow cabinetry gives even the darkest kitchen a sunnier disposition. But yellow comes in a surprising variety of shades, from pale buttermilk and zesty lemon to subdued gold. This kitchen's cabinetry is a buttery yellow, warming the cottage-style space without overwhelming it. The white ceiling and the hardwood floor tone down the brightness.

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      Natural Appeal

      Give your cabinets a new look in little time with a fresh coat of paint. Muted colors inspired by nature add modern appeal to this cottage-style kitchen. The greenish-gray hue of the cabinetry expertly coordinates with the subway-tile backsplash and stained concrete countertops.

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      Dropping Anchor

      Using painted cabinetry doesn't mean forsaking natural wood finishes elsewhere in your kitchen. In fact, some colors and woods work especially well together, with one surface reinforcing the other. For example, the rich hue of this island adds dramatic contrast to white-painted cabinetry and a thick marble countertop. The dark finish of the island blends in with the flooring, which helps anchor the piece in the center of the kitchen.

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      Teal and Tradition

      White is a color, too, and going with more vibrant cabinetry in your kitchen doesn't mean you have to exclude white. Mixing colors lets you enjoy the best of both worlds -- and ensures a visually interesting result. In this kitchen, teal cabinetry along one wall is lightened by a white tiled backsplash and center island.

    •  Color for Your Kitchen: Green
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      Using Green in Your Kitchen

      Green can be a bold option for kitchen cabinets. Watch how to use a little or a lot of the refreshing color.

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      Barely-There Hues

      Not sure you want your cabinets to scream color? Aim for more of a whisper. This pale blue island reflects a pastel approach, which is the result of layering a creamy-white glaze over a bright blue one. The off-white cabinetry throughout the rest of the kitchen exudes a soft and welcoming energy.

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      Striking Orange

      A bold orange hue colors stretches of cabinetry in this kitchen, adding energy to the otherwise white space. The cabinetry's clean lines and simplistic construction expertly coordinate the paint color inspired by midcentury modern style.

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      Boost of Yellow

      Colorful cabinetry is often found in contemporary-style kitchens, but it can also be effective in energizing a more traditional setting. Bold yellow paint graces the lower cabinets and an island in this cottage-style kitchen. The energetic hue adds a splash of needed color to the neutral space and contrasts the dark-stained countertops.

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      Collected Color

      Colorful collectibles and traditional styling give this kitchen a welcoming, vintage look. Drawing inspiration from a collection of antique dishware, the milky green color of the island is a fresh accent for the white cabinets. The beaded-board paneling used on the island base adds subtle texture.

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      Seeing Red

      Afraid of going too far with colorful cabinetry? Then concentrate it where it will count. In this kitchen, the hutch-inspired unit along one wall was painted an eye-catching red color. The rest of the cabinets were painted white or stained with a dark, rich color. Although the splash of red is anything but subtle, it doesn't overwhelm the kitchen with color.

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      Ebony and Ivory

      High contrast between cabinet colors can create a dramatic effect. In the kitchen of this contemporary-style home, a black-and-white color scheme carries over to the cabinets, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic. Stainless-steel appliances and a polished island countertop also contribute to the contemporary look.

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      Festive Focal Point

      Color has the power to transform ordinary cabinetry into a true focal point. In this kitchen, vibrant yellow cabinetry adds warmth and energy to the otherwise neutral space. The look-at-me hue conveys the homeowners' personality and makes the utilitarian space a fun and spirited area for preparing meals and entertaining guests.

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      Stylish Ideas for Kitchen Cabinet Doors

      Bland or boring cabinetry? Don't worry -- our collection of creative cabinet door designs, finishes, and styles will help you discover new ways to energize your kitchen.
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