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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Retro Kitchen Ideas

Enjoy a stylish blast from the past with our collection of retro kitchen ideas. We've gathered our favorite salvaged decor, nostalgic color schemes, and designs dedicated to a bygone era.


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    • Pop of Color

      Glossy laminate cabinets framed with a gray plaster backdrop shine bright in this retro-inspired room. Orange interior panels personalize upper glass cabinetry and highlight a funky old-fashioned clock. Sleek stainless-steel stools blur the line between past and present design styles.


    • Playful Pattern

      White, brown, and black with a few pops of red provide a simple but stimulating kitchen backdrop. A round pendant light above the island supplies the room with retro visual drama. Budget-friendly vinyl barstools and geometric wallpaper usher in elements of classic 1950s decor.


    • Scandinavian Influence

      Lime green slab-front cabinets brighten this retro kitchen that's filled with clean lines and natural light. A wall of teak-veneer cabinetry continues the streamlined space and centralizes storage. A table at the end of the island features a green glass surface and Danish-inspired seating.


    • Bold in Blue

      A countertop-to-ceiling backsplash of turquoise glass mosaic tiles sets off bright accents, including an antique soda siphon, in this cheerful kitchen. An old science lab table used as an island adds a sense of history. A trio of teardrop pendant lights boosts the room's style quotient.


    • Citrus Scene

      Few colors are more reminiscent of the past than golden burnt orange. The hue extends to both countertops and seating in this retro kitchen and pops against clean white cabinetry. Repetition of square and rectangular shapes in the backsplash and flooring nicely juxtapose a round pendant light and curved chairs.


    • Modern Mix

      Clean bamboo cabinets with minimal hardware exude 1960s midcentury style. A retro range hood made with clear blue glass gives a touch of color in the neutral kitchen furnishings. A modular light fixture highlights a wooden island and Eames-inspired chairs below.


    • Pretty in Pink

      An eye-catching table and chairs hold court in this kitchen's center. The top of the Saarinen tulip table is the same as the countertops, while the Hans Wegner chairs are a Danish classic, painted coral for a fun twist. 


    • Patchwork Display

      Splashed in lively colors, this retro kitchen finds its happy place with apple green walls set off by white lacquered cabinetry. A peninsula, outfitted with a sleek, chimney-style hood, serves as a social hub and buffet. An area rug made of self-sticking carpet tiles designates the dining area, where Bertoia-inspired wire chairs pull up to an antique table. 


    • Quiet Glamour

      Contrasting glossy and matte elements with textured and smooth ones give this kitchen a classic yet contemporary feel. Punchy patterns featured throughout the space, including on draperies, the backsplash, and bar area, give a nod to geometric designs of the '60s. Sleek pendant lighting and a modern range hood supply retro futurism.


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      Blended Textures

      Modern convenience pairs with retro charm to create a warm, family-friendly hub. Flat-panel cabinetry with shiny metal handles evoke midcentury style and let a burgundy backsplash sparkle. Long pendants above the built-in table match nearby seating for a clean, cohesive look.


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      Fearless Color

      Balance bold bursts of retro color with a simple maple island. Turquoise wall cabinets provide the highest impact in this quirky kitchen, while commercial-grade flooring provides updated vintage styling in three more hues. Different shades of yellow work in harmony by going from darkest on the floor to lightest on the ceiling. 


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      Old-School Accents

      Vivid colors from a vintage poster accessorize this renovated kitchen. Retro details can be found throughout, including unique yellow pendants that echo the poster's fun factor, modern barstools, and cabinet pulls that mix curved and straight lines.


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      Dynamic Duo

      Red and white provide high impact in a small space. Fun print fabric pops against a stainless-steel apron-front sink. Butcher-block countertops balance the cherry-tomato hue and all-white high-gloss cabinets.


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      Vintage-Style Accessories

      Trimmed with a metal band and a thin line of red fabric, the stools are reproductions of seating options from a bygone era. Open shelves and glass-front cabinets make the perfect stage for displaying vintage dishes or other collector's items.

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      Diner Design

      A classic gathering spot, the raised kidney-shape kitchen bar lets a family prep meals together. It also provides a place for informal meals. Paired with retro stools, the bar reflects a diner look. The glossy cherry red adds energy to the black-and-white palette.

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      16 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper in the Kitchen

      Make the most of your walls and personalize your kitchen with the pattern and texture of wallpaper.
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