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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Double Island Kitchens

Sometimes it makes more sense to have two islands in a kitchen, especially in an expansive space. With a smart layout and configuration, two islands can improve a kitchen's traffic flow and function.

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    • Devoted Purposes

      In this narrow kitchen, two islands are better than one. One is outfitted with a single basin sink for quick cleanup. Another acts as a bistro table and is set away from the kitchen's main work core to avoid hindering a busy cook. The space between the two islands acts as a shortcut walkway from the range to the other side of the kitchen.

    • Different Look, Same Function

      For a unique style statement, this kitchen boasts dual islands with slightly different finishes. The central island, topped with Calacatta marble, stands out from the rest of the limestone countertops. No matter how different they look, both islands work together to provide plenty of space for food prep and serving.

    • Entertain Like a Pro

      Entertain like a caterer by incorporating elongated counter spaces into your kitchen. A large surface area on two separate islands provides plenty of room to set out equipment, assemble ingredients, and plate food. Meanwhile, two sinks make cleanup a breeze.

    • Go With the Flow

      The kitchen always seems to become the gathering spot for friends and family. Keep traffic flowing smoothly in a big kitchen by opting for two islands instead of a single large one. Minimalist lines throughout this kitchen create a simple and clean atmosphere.

    • Perfect Partners

      Mix up a traditional kitchen design by installing dual islands. One of the islands in this kitchen provides ample counter space for food prep. The other is perfect for cleanup, housing a sink and cabinet space for cleaning supplies. Both countertops offer plenty of space for eating or chatting with the cook.

    • Space Savers

      These dual islands make the most of a cramped kitchen space. One has a butcher-block countertop and bar sink, making it the perfect spot for food prep. The other island cleverly houses everyday appliances and is convenient to the range. Having a walkway between the islands also makes it easier to get from the range to the other side of the kitchen; one long, continuous island would have been a challenge to move around in this narrow room.

    • Traffic Control

      This sunny kitchen is home to twin islands featuring marble countertops banded in cherrywood. But don't just take the islands at face value. The two spaces can connect via a drop leaf that allows the cook to control the kitchen's traffic flow. Plus, the drop leaf adds counter space. When raised, the elongated island can act as a buffet or an extra-large work space.

    • Kitchen Stations

      In a busy kitchen, a clear division of space creates order. Double islands can do the trick in an expansive kitchen. Here, one island is devoted to food prep, and another is designated as an eating and gathering space, thanks to a bar-height countertop overhang.

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      Colorful Kitchen Islands

      A kitchen island is comparable to a great piece of furniture. So why not give it a splash of color? These colorful kitchen islands offer stunning work space for hardworking kitchens.
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