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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Dining Rooms and Eating Areas

It's not only convenient to have the dining room located off of a kitchen, the connected space allows for a fun and open integration of the two spaces.

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    • Eat-in Kitchen with Similar Colors

      With the dining space integrated into the kitchen, using similar colors in both areas allows the whole space to feel connected and open. The green runner on the table matches the tone used on the walls and on the rug in front of the sink for a cohesive and seamless look.

    • Bench Seating

      Try something different in your dining space. Opt for picnic-style benches like these, which were painted blue to match the room¿s decor. Incorporating a bench into your dining room or eating area provides multiple seats and can be tucked under the table when not in use to allow more space to move around the room.

    • Dining in Comfort

      Adding a unique piece of furniture to your dining room or eating area can make it more interesting and inviting. The light sofa drawn up to this table brings warmth into the area. The soft linen material contrasts with the structured wooden chairs and table. Consider a sofa or an armchair if you like to linger in your dining space with a cup of tea and a good book.

    • Adjoining Spaces

      Rather than having one large dining space, consider working in two separate but adjoining dining areas. Here, a small table fits into a snug breakfast nook without crowding the space. Although it only provides seating for four, the adjoining countertop offers bar seating for more and opens the dining space to the kitchen for an airy floor plan.

    • Modern Elements

      One way to create a division between the kitchen and the dining room is to add a modern table in a more traditional space. The bright white table draws attention away from the kitchen's dark woods, which are reflected throughout with the hardwood floors.

    • Banquette with Window Seating

      Turn an awkward corner into a hardworking seating area. An L-shape bench provides seating on two sides of a table. For extra functionality, look for a bench with storage underneath to stash extra linens or kitchen tools. This window banquette is accented with matching throw pillows, adding an extra layer of comfort.

    • Space-Fitting Table

      A round glass table in a small eating area can make the space seem larger. The glass doesn't add heaviness to the small space, making it feel more open. White wooden chairs and patterned cushions pull together the rest of the room's texture and decor for a casual, beach-inspired look.

    • Table Placement

      The breakfast table shown sits in front of a small fireplace that provides a warm retreat on chilly mornings. Placing a breakfast table in a space adjacent to the kitchen ensures the kitchen's work space is uninterrupted.

    • Wraparound Banquette

      This sleek and modern white U-shape banquette frames a rustic table. Matching chairs provide more seating but neatly tuck under the table when not in use.

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      Open and Neutral

      Streamline an in-kitchen eating area by keeping the color palette simple. The combination of white, stainless steel, and natural wood creates definition without being too overwhelming in a kitchen that packs in both eating and food-prep spaces.

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      Space-Saving Banquette

      When working with an eating space, it is important to be aware of the space you have. A window seat in the curve of the bay window works well with a drop-leaf table. The curve of one side flows with the window seat, while the other side drops down to open the space when not needed for dining.

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      Utilizing Built-In Features

      A benefit of having your dining room located in your kitchen is the ability to utilize built-in features for both storage and dining. These cabinets along the wall provide counter space to function as a dining room buffet and as kitchen storage and work space.

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      Island Table

      In smaller kitchens, get double the function with an island that also serves as an eating space. Short stools can easily slide under a bar-height table, and the tabletop can be used for much-needed kitchen work space.

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      Personalize Your Space

      For extra comfort (and personalization), introduce a unique chair to the mix around your table. This wicker chair is a welcome deviation from standard dining chairs, and it's also a comfortable spot to linger with a cup of coffee.

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      Rich Textures and Colors

      Make a dining room feel richer by using a mix of textures and colors. In this intimate dining nook, the bright red chair and the set of dark floral-slipcovered chairs are a balanced duo, providing just the right balance of contrast. The capiz shell chandelier over the table and the bamboo blinds also give the area a defined character.

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      Add a Pop of Color

      Create a continuous flow from a kitchen to an adjacent dining area by repeating elements from space to space. Here, the dark dining table coordinates with the espresso-stained cabinets in the kitchen. Sandy brown colors both the dining area (on the chairs, light fixture, and rug) and the kitchen (on the walls and light-color countertops). Simple pops of orange provide a fresh zing and warm up the neutral space.

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      Kitchen Table

      Having a dining table in the kitchen extend work space for the cook. It also brings the chef and the guests together to enjoy the preparation and one another's company.

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      Natural Lighting

      Placing a dining room table by a corner of windows takes full advantage of natural light. Balance a light-filled space by using darker furniture.

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      Dining Accomodations

      When planning your dining area, work with the space you have and devise furniture solutions that fit. Here, the narrow area between the kitchen island and the wall called for a space-smart solution. While a round table has its advantages, this space needed a long, narrow table and slim chairs to avoid overcrowding it.

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      Bring the Outdoors In

      Take advantage of large windows and doors when considering the placement of your eating area. Blur the line between indoors and outdoors with a nature-inspired color palette. Spring green and poppy orange give pep to this sleek dining room, while maple floors and a table and beams in a similar finish bring in a more subtle touch of nature. Nearly bare windows allow for an unobstructed view of the backyard, but simple roller shades are at the ready when needed.

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      Breakfast Nook Ideas

      Large or small, breakfast nooks are a perfect way to make the most of extra space in or near your kitchen. Get breakfast nook design ideas, see how to add a breakfast nook with storage, and how to tuck one just about anywhere.
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