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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Window Seat Ideas

A bay window is a natural spot for a window seat, but virtually any window is a candidate, especially when surrounding built-ins create a niche.


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    • Window Seat Storage

      Don't waste a square inch of space. Drawers under a window seat near the kitchen make great storage for special-occasion dinnerware or those bulky pots you don't use every day.

    • Cottage Kitchen Window Seat

      A kitchen window seat fitted with a soft cushion makes a great place to wait for water to boil. Shutters provide privacy while still allowing plenty of sunlight. The bright red makes this area a focal point against the crisp white cabinetry and trim.

    • Corner Window Seat

      The corner configuration makes this window seat a cozy place for children to do their homework or enjoy an after-school snack. The big bench has space for everyone -- or room for a reader to recline.

    • Pull Up a Table

      When planning a window seat, consider leaving space for a dining table. When guests drop in, pull the table over for instant extra seating.

    • Beaded-Board Window Seat

      Beaded-board panels add dimension and texture to this window seat. An easy project, installing beaded board provides cottage style and creates a finished look.

    • Dual-Function Window Seat

      A window seat is a great way to hide unsightly plumbing or a radiator. Make sure it's properly vented and allows for easy access to any fixtures.

    • Window Seat Dining Area

      Make the most of a long, narrow space by combining a window seat with a dining table. This configuration allows you to seat more guests or leave the bench empty to enjoy the view.

    • Eating Area Design

      This window seat provides both extra storage and seating. Placing the table perpendicular to the bench enhances the unfitted, furniture-style look.

    • Window Seat Cushion

      Add a soft touch to a storage area off the kitchen with an upholstered cushion on a bench. A window seat is a great way to add a punch of color to a mostly white space.

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      Storage Shelves and Seating

      Built-in bookcases flanking a window seat are great for cookbooks and decorative dishes.

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      Open Seating

      Add function to a small niche with a compact and comfy window seat. The open design accommodates the baseboard heaters below.

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      Relaxed Seating

      Spend afternoons relaxing in a cozy window seat. Fill drawers underneath with your favorite books. An adjoining cabinet and countertop provide a perfect spot to prepare a cup of tea.

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      Upholstered Comfort

      Kitchens are becoming the entertaining hub of the home. A thick, comfortable cushion will draw guests to the window seat, keeping them out of the cook's way. Add pillows for even more comfort and style.

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      Desk Area Window Seat

      This window seat beside the kitchen desk area is a nifty spot to sit while helping kids with homework. Install a sconce above the seat for late-night reading.

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      Beverage Area Window Seat

      Located between a wine glass storage cabinet and a wine refrigerator, this window seat offers the perfect place for guests to sit while you prepare drinks. A thick cushion keeps guests comfortable -- and out of the cook's way.

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      Seat a Crowd

      A long window seat offers plenty of seating for guests to gather in the kitchen -- out of the kitchen's work core but close enough for conversation.

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      Window Seat Storage

      You can never have too much storage. Here, built-in hutches flank a window seat atop three large drawers.

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      L-Shape Window Seat

      Fill a sunny kitchen corner with ample seating for friends or family. A thick cushion and overstuffed pillows add a soft touch and living-room comfort to a hardworking kitchen.

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      Extra-Long Window Seat

      A window seat this size begs you to pull the shades and take a nap after lunch. With storage cabinets on every side, not an inch of space is wasted.

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      Storage is Key

      Plan for the best storage your kitchen can handle. Get great ideas here!

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      Vintage Kitchen Ideas

      Whether inspired by a 1940s diner or an old-world scullery, vintage kitchens offer charm and contemporary convenience. See how these designs reference the past while beautifully accommodating modern needs.
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