Creative Backsplashes

There's a backsplash design for every decorating style. Find design inspiration in these beautiful surfaces that amplify interest by adding texture, color, and pattern to kitchen walls.

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DIY Kitchen Decor

Add personal style and fun decor to your kitchen and adjoining eating area without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these easy DIY projects.

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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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Squeeze an Instant Pantry Into Any Space

Don┬┐t have built-ins in your kitchen? All you need is a sliver of empty wall to set up this instant pantry.

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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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Kitchen 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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Dream Kitchen Designs

Attention to details, pro-grade appliances, and gorgeous materials and finishes all weave together in these dream kitchens that exude style and sophistication.

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Checklist to Avoid Kitchen Design Problems

Before starting your kitchen remodeling project, spare yourself some hassle and headache by consulting this checklist of frequently overlooked points.

Your kitchen design has been finalized. Time to order materials and get to work, right? Not just yet. You can spare yourself some hassle and headache by consulting this checklist of frequently overlooked points:

  1. Is there plenty of counter space between appliances and sinks?
  2. Is there enough space in corners to open drawers and doors fully?
  3. Where will the pulls be placed on the cabinets? Will their design interfere with nearby appliance, door, or drawer openings?
  4. Is the microwave oven at the right height for pulling out hot items? Can children use it safely?
  5. Have you planned sufficient undercabinet lighting?
  6. Are light fixtures planned for above the sink, cooktop, or range? Have you planned where the light controls will be?
  7. Has the toe-kick below the cabinets been designed for the thickness of your flooring?
  8. Will the new kitchen floor match the style and height of flooring in adjoining rooms? How will it be joined?
  9. Do you have plenty of electrical outlets? If you're planning an island or a peninsula, don't forget outlets there, too.
  10. Is the work flow uninterrupted? Traffic should go around the kitchen's work triangle -- not through it.
  11. Do you have enough storage space where you need it?
  12. Last but not least, will you enjoy your kitchen?

The time and money you put into the project should result in a space that you enjoy immensely. So if you're excited about your kitchen plans, forge ahead. But if parts of your plan nag at you, go back and review them, looking for alternative kitchen designs. If you've done the planning yourself, get a pro's opinion; if you've been working with someone, seek another opinion.

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