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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Distinctive Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Set your kitchen apart with lighting that matches your style. Get inspired by lighting in every shape, size, style, and material, and then decide what is right for your kitchen.

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    • Mix-and-Match Light Fixtures

      Mixing and matching light fixtures creates a collected look especially appropriate for an eclectic kitchen like this one. This kitchen looks like it evolved over time and mixes industrial pieces -- such as the light fixtures and metal chairs -- with the traditional cabinetry. The light fixtures seen here relate to each other while keeping with the unfitted look of this historical home.

    • Vintage Lighting

      Light fixtures with vintage appeal perfectly accent this French country kitchen. Two matching lantern-style fixtures light the island, in addition to the recessed ceiling lights. While the rest of the kitchen features light-color paint and bleached-wood cabinets, the dark iron pendants give the room weight.

    • Layers of Light

      Everything about this kitchen is traditional: the painted white cabinetry, the dark hardwood floors, and the dramatic coffered ceiling. Instead of using recessed lights in each coffer, the homeowner installed small, semiflush fixtures. Over the island a two-light chandelier adds another layer of lighting, while the wall of unadorned windows floods every inch of the space with even more light.

    • Spotlight Your Work Space

      Kitchen lighting should be as functional as it is fashionable. Here, two wall-mount lights in a brushed-nickel finish illuminate the range and the prep area surrounding it and fit right in with the metal hood and range.

    • Small Pendant Lights

      Stagger small light fixtures above the island to bring light to a wider area. The pendants seen here complement the open layout and country style of this kitchen without obstructing the view of the charming red plaid fabric inset in the cabinets or the detailed backsplash and range hood.

    • Glam Lighting

      Some kitchens call for a bit of sparkle. Here, a curvaceous crystal chandelier adds glamour and a bit of the unexpected to an otherwise subdued gray kitchen.

    • Staggered Pendant Lighting

      Lighting contributes to a kitchen's overall look and feel, as seen in this contemporary setting. Cylindrical pendants of varying diameters hang over the island in a staggered pattern to provide fashionable function.

    • Metal Fixtures

      Sleek pendants with metal shades echo the stainless-steel apron-front sink, cabinet hardware, and commercial-style faucet in this kitchen. The lights are attached to the ceiling by an unobtrusive cable, keeping the overhead space open.

    • Track Lighting and Pendant Lights

      Track lighting was installed in this kitchen to spotlight functional areas around the perimeter of the kitchen, shedding light on important work spaces.

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      Old-Fashioned Glass Light Fixture

      The antique look of these glass pendants adds old-fashioned charm to a modern kitchen. Polished-nickel hardware echoes the stainless-steel appliances, and a heavy chain anchors the fixture to the ceiling.

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      Large Lights

      Large kitchens and hefty light fixtures go hand in hand. This kitchen, with its high ceilings and spacious floor plan, requires fixtures substantial enough to balance the space. Chandeliers made with interlocking circles hang above a pair of islands. In a neutral space, intricate lights add detail needed to keep the space interesting.

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      Hang It Up

      Infuse even more of the cottage vibe into a kitchen by using a piece of thick rope to hang a pendant. The texture of the rope and the painted metal shade on the vintage pendant give the space a lived-in and comfortable feel.

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      Functional Fixtures

      The minimalist design of these contemporary drum-style pendants works well in a variety of settings. The fixtures are large enough to cast plenty of light on work surfaces, yet with thin, white shades and soft edges, they give the kitchen an open and airy feel.

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      Natural Light

      The organic shape and repeating arrangement of these small pendants works beautifully in this kitchen. Hung at different heights in somewhat random groupings, the shades add subtle variations to the natural look.

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      Warming Up

      The trio of pendants over this island shed a warm glow onto the large work space. Glass shades like these can often be swapped out, which gives you the freedom to try a new look without a lot of work.

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      Tall Pendant Lights

      Cylindrical pendants with linen shades extend the space vertically and supply artistic interest and practical lighting above the island. Crystal finials add a touch of sparkle.

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      Kitchens with Pendant Lighting

      Pendant lighting in your kitchen can be both practical and beautiful. Find ideas here about what styles, shapes, and colors of the fixtures will be best for your kitchen design.
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