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 Room Ideas

See dining rooms that successfully use furniture and design to create a comfortable and stylish dining area.

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    • Style Fusion for a Unique Dining Room

      A traditional table is joined by bamboo chairs to echo the home's unique style fusion. Elegantly detailed chair covers bring texture to the room and blend well with the flowers atop the table. Sleek wood floors complete the look with a chic touch.

    • Traditional Dining Room

      Meals are enjoyed at this dining table that boasts great views provided by a large bay window. Earth tones bring the area together, while an elegant chandelier provides light after the sun has set. Classic drapes blend well with the ornately finished dining chairs to keep the room traditional.

    • Country-Style Dining Room

      A country table and chairs are flanked by elegantly upholstered French bergeres in this dining room. A chic rug adds comfort and style, while still allowing the wood floors to offset the wood dining set. A traditional armoire in the corner creates storage space. The checkered curtains add texture -- and privacy, when necessary.

    • Add Drama to the Dining Room

      Black brings drama wherever it goes. Here, the light fixture, built-in cupboards, tabletop, and two chairs add definitive dollops of black, which repeats in the granite countertops of the adjoining kitchen. Sandy-colored walls, an oversize window, and light wood floors contrast beautifully with the black while allowing the room to remain bright. Bookcases on either side of the window allow adequate space for storage and act as a frame for the handsome view.

    • Budget-Savvy Dining Room Furniture

      A refinished bench adds extra seating to this unique dining room. The wood table and bench mesh well with the dark wood floors. Wicker chairs flanking the table offer a different texture and provide additional seating. A simple tablecloth and flowers add a splash of color. Putting the dining set in front of the window lets in plenty of sunlight while offering a great view.

    • Cottage-Style Dining Room

      A simple white dining table offers a cottagelike feel. Yellow and green dining chairs add subtle color and pair perfectly with hues found in the area rug beneath the set. Glass doors eliminate the need for a window and offer an idyllic view while allowing sunlight to bounce around the room.

    • Cozy Dining Area

      A cozy seating area offers several types of seating. Black tones provide continuity among the mismatched dining chairs while the black tabletop brings the set together. Orange tones found on the table runner, on a few of the chairs, and on the walls add flair to the room. The wheeled dining table makes it simple to move the arrangement if necessary.

    • Elegant Dining Room

      Antique painted doors provide elegant passage to the other rooms of the home. A long table provides plenty of dining space and offers room for several guests. A classic chandelier hanging above the table offers soft lighting and elegant ambience. The soft, earthy hues complete the traditional style.

    • Modern Dining Room

      This contemporary dining room boasts a dark table surrounded by modern white chairs. Silver ceiling beams highlight the tall ceilings while enhancing the sophistication of the room. A taupe area rug softens the look of this contemporary space.

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      Traditional, Elegant Dining Room

      The black-and-white color scheme found in this dining room is beautifully offset by the wood floors and traditional dining table. Toile wallpaper adds flair. A hutch on the wall behind the dining set offers open space on top to proudly display family heirlooms and hidden storage below. A low-hanging chandelier is a romantic touch.

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      Sophisticated Dining Room

      The built-in china cabinet behind the dining set has glass doors to display fine china and closed storage below. French doors enable sunlight to fill the room, while classic drapes allow privacy when desired. The round dining table makes for an intimate gathering place. Upholstered chairs provide comfort and style, and are accented to match the table.

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      Blend Old and New in the Dining Room

      The 19th-century French dining table and antique chandelier are paired with sleek armchairs designed by Philippe Starck. Blending modern with traditional makes a chic design. Arched windows surrounding the room offer great views and ample light. The glossy finish of the table bounces light around. The ornate tile design adds a personal touch.

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      Unique Touches in the Dining Room

      A quartet of handblown glass pendants above the custom bronze-base cotto-pesto table is unobtrusive yet inventively modern. The light tabletop -- made of fired and colored terra-cotta -- adds distinction. Light wood floors offset the dark brown dining chairs. Simple chair cushions combine comfort with style. Oversize glass sliding doors allow sunlight to fill the room, making the pendants shine.

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      Dining Room with Contrasts

      An antique English dining table and leather-upholstered chairs with bronze nail accents add clubby comfort and create a dark-and-light color scheme. Contrasting light hues include simple Roman shades and a wing-back settee upholstered in two types of silk. The dark hutch has glass cupboards to display fine china. A comfortably elegant couch sits in front of a bay window to offer additional seating.

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      Quiet Elegance in the Dining Room

      This pretty dining area is framed with pastel blue draperies that offer style as well as privacy. Dining chairs adorned in washable chintz slipcovers offer quiet luxury while allowing for easy cleanup. An antique glass-top table reflects light, while the wrought-iron base provides just the right amount of contrast in the room.

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      Colorful Dining Room

      A love of midcentury modern design is apparent in this dining area, where a Charles Eames table is paired with colorful Arne Jacobsen chairs. Interlocking office-style rubber floor mats catch spills and the spirit of the style. Sliding doors lead to a terrace and enable sunlight to filter into the room. The colorful chairs paired with burnt orange walls offer a fun atmosphere to make dining enjoyable.

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      1950s-Inspired Dining Room

      In this dining room, a Saarinen table is paired with pony-skin Eames chairs. Amber bamboo flooring adds style and elegance to the area. Pendant lights hang from the vaulted ceiling, fitting in well with the 1950s motif. An espresso-colored cabinet beneath the window offers storage as well as workspace on the countertop.

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      Serene Dining Room

      A green-and-cream-inspired color scheme offers a serene atmosphere and a tropical feel. A comfortable and stylish settee beneath the window can change the table from a dining place to a cozy home office to pay bills. The dark stained tables and chairs mesh well with the creamy hues found on the walls and the beautiful wood floors.

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      Dining Room with Dual Function

      This dining area serves as a dual-function dining room and home office. The patterned chairs offer comfort and blend perfectly with the hues found on the walls. An ornately detailed area rug brings texture to the room. The wood table offers enough space for two to dine comfortably, or plenty of room to spread out papers, bills, and a laptop. Two windows brighten the space and offer relaxing views.

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      Dining Room with Banquette Seating

      A custom table featuring a stainless-steel frame and glossy lacquer top joins smoothly upholstered banquette seating to create the notion of a built-in dining nook. Multiple windows surrounding the room allow sunlight to bounce off the polished tabletop. The sleek seating offers both style and comfort while creating a cozy place to entertain dinner guests.

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