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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Banquette Benches

Cozy, built-in eating areas can be a great way to add comfort and charm to a busy kitchen. Take a look at these ideas for selecting the right bench for your banquette.

A charming banquette with a built-in bench can be a great space saver, while adding coziness and warmth to your kitchen. The size and scale of your banquette is determined by the space you have available, but there are a few design considerations to keep in mind as you choose a bench for your eat-in area.

First, consider comfort. Family and guests will be more likely to linger over coffee or sit down and chat with the cook if they can lean back and relax. Most tables are 30 inches high, so your bench should be about 18 inches tall—which will leave about 12 inches from the top of the bench to the table surface. At minimum, you'll want the seat to be at least 15 inches deep (more if you have cushions). If you have the space, a depth of 24–30 inches will be much more comfortable.  

Second, select a bench that complements your room's layout and the design of the table you plan to use. Pair a long bench with a traditional, rectangular table for a sophisticated look or opt for a curved bench to complement the contours of a round dining table. An L-shape bench can be a great choice for a space-savvy corner banquette—pair it with a pedestal table to create a cozy nook that's easy to access. 

Finally, you want to choose a fabric for the bench that's both stylish and easy to clean. Outdoor fabrics, available in a range of designs and colors (many are much softer now than older outdoor fabrics), offer low-maintenance beauty. Many fabrics can also be laminated to make them easier to clean. Or opt for loose cushions or cushions that can be tied onto the bench, suggests Thomas Hayes, a designer with Thomas Hayes Interiors in Los Angeles, California. They allow you to easily wash the cushions, or even change out the look with the seasons. Don't be afraid to have a little fun with the fabric choice. A bold, colorful fabric can be a great way to add some extra personality to your kitchen. Pick up a color that's used in the main work zone or a complementary hue that pairs well with nearby window treatments. With a comfortable bench and a stylish fabric, you'll have a dining area that no one wants to leave. 

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