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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Kitchen Themes for Decor

When it comes to decorating, a kitchen is different than any other room: There is an emphasis on function, a prescribed layout with fixtures that cannot move, and most of the "furniture" is built in—in the form of cabinets. But that doesn't mean the space cannot be beautiful. With a plan that encompasses these features, you can realize the vision of a fab kitchen theme.

Traditional Kitchen Theme

Probably the most popular decorating style in a kitchen is a classic, traditional look. Its hallmarks are cabinet doors with raised panels, oiled-bronze hardware, and molding embellishments. Throughout the space, there is an emphasis on medium to dark wood tones. Flooring might be hardwood or tile. Window treatments feature patterned fabrics with flourishes, such as fringe trim. Typical light fixtures include chandeliers with shaded bulbs. A multicultural twist on the traditional look is to incorporate English, French, or Italian elements, which might include wood ceiling beams, floral chintz curtains, painted cabinets, patterned tiles on the backsplash, or a terra-cotta tile floor.

Modern Kitchen Theme

A modern or contemporary-style kitchen is a popular choice because it works well with stainless-steel appliances and fixtures. It offers a clean look with sleek, flat cabinet doors, countertops with square edges, spare or no window treatments, and architectural light fixtures. Wood tones range from very dark to very light, and often the cabinets are painted a color. To give industrial flavor to a modern-style kitchen, choose commercial-grade appliances, a restaurant-style faucet, and open shelving that displays cooking implements and dinnerware.

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Cottage Kitchen Theme

Nothing is friendlier than a cozy cottage kitchen. Key to this look is a mix of humble materials: Painted- or weathered-wood cabinets mix with beaded-board paneling for the walls, backsplash, or ceiling; wicker barstools might pull up to a butcher-block counter. To achieve a casual unfitted look, a cottage kitchen might feature open shelves and a free-floating island, cart, or table. Accessories sometimes include vintage collectibles or farm wares. And because these spaces are often inspired by seaside or lakeside locales, the color schemes tend to reflect nature's hues: sunny yellow, deep-water blue, ripe apricot, or sea-glass green.

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Transitional/Trendy Kitchen Themes

Many homeowners prefer the comfortable middle road in a kitchen—the style is neither too formal nor too spare. A blend of decorative elements that belong in a traditional, cottage, and contemporary kitchen yields a transitional look. This approachable and easy style can also reflect current trends, patterns, and color palettes. If you wish to emulate of-the-moment fashion, express it in easy-to-change accessories, such as tea towels, barstools, window valances, or wall art.

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