Creative Backsplashes

There's a backsplash design for every decorating style. Find design inspiration in these beautiful surfaces that amplify interest by adding texture, color, and pattern to kitchen walls.

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DIY Kitchen Decor

Add personal style and fun decor to your kitchen and adjoining eating area without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these easy DIY projects.

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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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Squeeze an Instant Pantry Into Any Space

Don┬┐t have built-ins in your kitchen? All you need is a sliver of empty wall to set up this instant pantry.

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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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Kitchen 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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Dream Kitchen Designs

Attention to details, pro-grade appliances, and gorgeous materials and finishes all weave together in these dream kitchens that exude style and sophistication.

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Slate Countertops Q&A

Slate countertop maintenance and durability

Q: I am thinking of installing slate kitchen countertops, but I've heard they may stain or scratch. How well do they hold up over time?

A: When used for kitchen counters, slate requires lots of maintenance. It is very porous and needs to be "filled" or sealed often, depending on use. That could mean weekly treatments in a high-use kitchen.

There are a number of other options for a slate look with much less fuss. Soapstone has a similar look but is denser and makes an excellent sink. Be aware that it will scratch, though. Honed granite is a much more durable material. The honed finish removes any shine, so dark gray or black granite would look similar to slate. It also needs to be sealed, approximately once a year, depending on use.

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