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!

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

View Video

Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More

Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow
Popular in Kitchens

Good lighting in a kitchen is essential for good function. The key is to balance general lighting with more specific task lighting and mood-setting accent lighting.

Recessed lighting
Recessed can lights are very versatile and are great for general lighting. Since you don't have to worry about clearances with doors or fixtures, recessed cans can be installed almost anywhere.

Undercabinet lights
For task lighting, most kitchen designers recommend undercabinet fixtures. When installing undercabinet lighting, be sure to order trim for the bottom of the upper cabinets to cover the fixtures. (If you can see them, it takes away from the effect.) A good trick to know when installing this trim is to caulk the crack (on the back side) between the bottom of the cabinet and the trim itself to avoid having light shine through the crack. There are also special low-voltage strip lights, which can be installed inside cabinets. They come on automatically when the door is opened to illuminate the interior of the cabinet. This is great for pantries or under sinks.

Accent lighting
Accent lights create ambience and add a stylish finishing touch to any kitchen. Use them to draw attention to attractive detailing, such as a dramatic range hood or vibrant backsplash, or to dress up your island. (Bold pendants do the trick). Choose pendants with both both uplighting and downlighting for maximum effect. The uplight bounces off the ceiling and gives good general light, and the downlight provides task lighting for dining or working at the table.

Dimming systems
Dimmers allow flexibility, enabling you to change the mood for prep, dining, and clean-up. For example, ceiling cove lighting on a dimmer is multi-functional, creating good general light when needed or softer, more ambient light when light bulbs are dimmed down.

1. Not having enough light.
As we all get older, we need more light to see properly. This can be as simple as increasing the wattage or adding more lights to work areas.

2. Not having the right kinds of light.
The right light will minimize glare, render color accurately, and create an inviting atmosphere.

3. Not having enough light controls.
This includes things such as window shadings to control natural light as well as dimmers for light bulbs.

close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...