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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A Warm and Welcoming Contemporary Kitchen

With a more open floor plan, this outdated 1950s galley kitchen was transformed into a sleek showplace that welcomes everything from entertaining to family dinners.

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    • Contemporary Chic

      Functioning as the heart of this small kitchen, the wedge-shape island lends plenty of seating space for family and friends. Contemporary pendant lights illuminate the island, which functions as a prep area, casual dining spot, and buffet space when the homeowners entertain. Rich wood flooring replaced outdated linoleum, and now the kitchen flooring matches the adjacent formal dining area and creates a cohesive look.  

    • Balancing Act

      To make the most of limited square footage and create a more efficient work space, the homeowners moved the doorway from the mudroom over four feet and concentrated most of the appliances along one wall. Balancing dark cabinets with lighter countertops prevents the small space from feeling heavy.  

    • Tough Enough

      Light granite countertops prevent dark wood cabinets from weighing down the small kitchen space. Surrounded by sturdy granite countertops, the stainless-steel undermount sink effectively stands up to the wear and tear of busy family life.

    • Step-by-Step to Modern Design

      Learn how to create a modern look in your kitchen.

    • Splash of Sparkle

      Hardworking, family-friendly surfaces include granite countertops and easy-to-clean glass mosaic backsplash tiles. The custom-designed backsplash lends texture to break up the look of the sleek countertops and adds a touch of sparkle to more masculine cabinetry.

    • Storage Smarts

      Despite limited square footage, this kitchen is filled with savvy storage solutions. Here, cabinetry surrounding the stainless-steel refrigerator gives the appliance a built-in look and adds much-needed storage for everything from foodstuff to dishware to hand towels. Like the light granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and hardware help to balance the dark cabinetry.

    • Custom Cabinetry

      Clean-lined cabinets were stained with a custom ebony-and-walnut blend. Sandblasted mirrored inserts in the upper doors reflect light and keep the space from feeling too heavy while still offering complete clutter coverage. Simple stainless-steel hardware ties in with the appliances and various kitchen accessories.

    • Tucked Away

      With limited space for cabinets, the homeowners had to rethink their approach to small appliances. Tucking the microwave into the large island saves much-needed overhead space and makes it easily accessible for the couple’s two children.

    • Gathering Space

      A great perch for entertaining and a vantage point from which to watch the kids in the nearby family room, the curved island eases traffic flow in the kitchen and makes the island inviting. Casual seating along the island countertop and a formal dining area nearby extend the entertaining options.

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