Mix Cabinet Materials

Why stick with just one type of cabinet in your kitchen? See how to combine materials, colors and designs with tips from this kitchen that masters cabinetry mixing.

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Popular Kitchen Colors

Coat your kitchen in a color you love with our favorite paint picks. With ideas for blues, grays, greens and, yes, even white, these versatile kitchen paint colors bring the beauty.

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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 Backsplashes

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Creative Dish Storage

Make your kitchen even more stylish and functional by storing dishes where you can see and access them easily. These out-of-the-box ideas will help you get started.

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Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Checklist

What to consider when remodeling a kitchen to be more environmentally friendly.

Start with the basics, then consider larger improvements to save energy, reduce your use of nonrenewable resources, and conserve water.

  • When replacing kitchen cabinets, choose solid wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for sustainability.
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances with the Energy Star label. Older refrigerators are especially big energy wasters. Replace your standard dishwasher with a new model that's energy-efficient, quiet, and conserves water. You can cut your energy use by up to 30 percent with new qualified appliances.
  • Vent your kitchen range hood to the outside for healthier indoor air.
  • Clean with natural home ingredients such as baking soda for scouring, distilled white vinegar for cutting soap scum and cleaning stains, and vegetable-base soaps.
  • Supplement natural light with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) because they convert most of their energy into light rather than heat, consuming 75 percent less electricity and lasting 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs.
  • Fix that drip, or, better yet, replace old faucets with new units that have low-flow aerators. You can save thousands of gallons of water a year.
  • Replace vinyl flooring with natural linoleum, which is long-lasting and made with environmentally friendly materials.

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