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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Beautiful Kitchens with Natural Colors

Classic neutral tones never go out of style, so creating a kitchen using a neutral palette not only looks good but makes smart economic sense. Let these neutral kitchens inspire you to find a look you're sure to love for years to come.

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    • Into the Woods

      The heavily wooded setting of this house influenced the interiors, including the kitchen, where rustic pine floors and custom-made pecan wood cabinets provide a warm, natural connection without making the space dark. Slim stainless-steel bar-style pulls and stainless-steel appliances -- along with a large corner window -- brighten the room. The quartz-surfacing countertops and slate-tile backsplash add a feeling of permanence, while black accents such as the barstools offer sophistication. 

    • Shining Example

      An all-wood-cabinet kitchen, especially one without windows, could feel dark and claustrophobic. In this kitchen, a series of cabinets with stainless-steel doors provides a visual resting place while offering the clutter-concealing benefits of closed storage. Barstools and pendant lighting tie into the theme with additional touches of room-brightening stainless steel.

    • Knob Appeal

      Black knobs add simple style and pop against the white painted finish on the island. New wood flooring and luminous green glass tiles set in a brick pattern on the backsplash create an unfussy backdrop for the outdoor view, which is the star of the space. Backless white stools suit the island without interrupting the scenery.

    • Bronze Award

      Cherry cabinetry rises to the ceiling to give this kitchen a grand feel that maximizes storage potential. The flat-panel cabinets are trimmed with bronze pulls and inlays --  accents that echo the railings on the home's exterior. A glass-tile backsplash and granite countertops work with the bronze elements to bounce light around the kitchen.

    • A Cherry Pick

      Natural cherry cabinets and two colors of granite countertops enrich this airy kitchen. While the high, light-color ceiling gives the room a spacious feel and thick moldings lend grand architectural appeal, the wood cabinets balance those effects with warmth and intimacy. To fit the expensive cherry cabinets into the budget, the homeowners opted for affordable unglazed tile on the backsplash. Black granite covering the island contrasts with warm, light-color granite on perimeter countertops -- and both materials provide natural, low-key elegance.

    • Textural Craftsman

      Awash in soothing ivory hues, this kitchen gains interest from generous doses of texture and pattern found in the coffered ceiling, beaded-board soffit, and artisan tiles above the range. The subtle glaze on the cabinets gives the room a cozy feel. French marble countertops instill the room with rich color and warmth, while the etched-pewter panel on the range hood provides a rustic finishing note.

    • History Maker

      High ceilings are often part of the eye-catching character of an old home, and this turn-of-the-century kitchen is no exception. Remodeling was the perfect opportunity to restore the home's historical integrity while updating the function of the kitchen. Taking custom-made cabinets to the ceiling provides an abundance of storage space, while adding glass-front doors prevents the wall of cabinetry from overwhelming the room. The neutral wood tones set off the dishware and collectible pieces that remain in view but dust-free.

    • Light, Bright & Uncluttered

      Combining wood base cabinets with white upper cabinets instills this kitchen with an aesthetic that is light, bright, and uncluttered. Mixing cabinet finishes is a modern approach, but the timeless materials in this kitchen -- white subway tiles and marble countertops -- respect the home's early-20th-century roots. 

    • Small Surprises

      Beauty is in the details of this white kitchen and butler's pantry -- from the glass knobs to the arched-glass doors. A scalloped toe-kick contributes to the built-in look of the cabinets at the end of this hallway, and the sweetly printed wallcovering on the backsplash adds muted color and vintage charm.

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      Balancing Act

      This kitchen uses white to successfully marry vintage-style cabinetry -- adorned with cup pulls and elegant marble countertops -- with curvy, modern barstools perched high on sleek chrome legs.

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      French Romance

      Rustic salvaged French bricks on the floor imbue this kitchen with a sense of history and hint there might be a romantic tale to tell. The kitchen's existing cabinets were painted an antiqued ivory to mimic older wood. A hand-forged iron towel bar introduces European flair, while a simple canvas curtain conceals the modern identity of the dishwasher.

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      Self-Made Style

      Outfitted in IKEA cabinetry, this kitchen combines mod style with vintage charm for a custom look on a stock-cabinet budget. Open shelving provides necessary storage without the visual bulk of all-wood cabinets. The stainless-steel shelves give the room a modern edge, while the beaded-board ceiling maintains the home's nostalgic appeal. Vinyl tiles in two neutral tones create a floor worth noticing.

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      Organic Beauty

      Eco-friendly materials and large windows showcasing a garden view create a kitchen that celebrates the simple beauty of organic forms coupled with clean lines. Stretching the length of the work core, an oynx-clad island stands as an easy-on-the-eye centerpiece. The stone complements a host of earthy companion materials, including limestone, oak, and quartz. Cabinetry featuring both pale and dark oak veneer --  wood from sustainably managed forests -- appears throughout. 

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      Opposites Attract

      In this butler's pantry, frosted-glass doors conceal the contents of the tall pantries and upper cabinets. A short stretch of limestone countertop acts as a landing spot for coffee cups and wineglasses. Two wine coolers -- one for whites and one for reds -- tuck under the counter to keep bottles handy and at the proper temperature. A backsplash made of recycled-glass tiles and resin with beargrass sealed inside is backlit to showcase its beauty.

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      Tuscan Flair

      A central skylight sheds light on this otherwise-windowless cooking space where furniture-style details, multiple cabinet finishes, and distressed stone accents establish a warm, Tuscan-style atmosphere. Three shades of French limestone form the floor, while a variety of marbles top the perimeter cabinets and island. A marble tile backsplash above the double range is designed to replicate a Roman relic, and hand-troweled plaster walls provide the perfect finishing touch.

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      Modern Contrasts

      Sleek pear-wood cabinets team with creamy golden granite counters to brighten the space. At the end of the island, a raised section of countertop dramatically displays a contrasting piece of granite that can be seen from surrounding areas. The abundance of light-hue surfaces detracts from the fact that all of the natural light is actually filtering in from adjacent rooms. 

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      Open House

      A kitchen open to dining and living spaces must be handsome and hardworking. Handsome comes with exposed wood beams, wide-plank paneling, and concrete countertops. Soft shades of putty green on the cabinets and tile, along with checkered plywood flooring, quietly add color and definition to the space.

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      Monochromatic Done Right

      In a room with a monochromatic color scheme, texture is paramount. Varying degrees of wood grain in the floors and walnut cabinets add movement and texture to the kitchen, while a lighter shade of marble breaks up the sea of tan. Punctuating the room with white helps it feel crisp and bright rather than flat.

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      Popular Kitchen Paint Colors

      Coat your kitchen in a color you love with our favorite paint picks. With ideas for blues, grays, greens and, yes, even white, these versatile kitchen paint colors bring the beauty.
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