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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Tips for an Everyday Easy Kitchen

See our super-organized kitchen that helps make everyday routines a whole lot easier.

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    • Everyday Easy Kitchen

      Better Homes and Gardens designed this beautiful kitchen for the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2008 Design Idea Center. The space's practical function is matched by its warm style. Designed to be the cozy backdrop for happy family memories, it perfectly blends comfort and sophistication.

    • Gather Round

      A banquette turns the kitchen into a makeshift living room, perfect for entertaining friends, helping kids with homework, or just watching TV. Space-saving drawers at each end hold files, and the back is built higher to conceal a work station and any working mess in the kitchen. The banquette's large counter creates a perfect spot for buffet meals.

    • Design That Works

      Contrasting wood finishes keeps things interesting in a larger kitchen, and a balance of open and closed cabinetry adds functionality and visual appeal. The microwave placement beneath the counter seems surprising at first, but its adjacency to the seating proves inspired.

    • Thoughtful Touches

      A prep sink tucked behind the kitchen's banquette increases the spacious kitchen's efficiency and allows more hands to pitch in to make dinner. The precise cutouts in the utensil drawer insert make for no-excuses organization.

    • A Place for Everything

      Storage is a make-or-break feature of kitchen design. This ultra-organized kitchen keeps clutter under control and makes it easier to get dinner on the table. The perforated stainless steel pullout comes with a wide assortment of hooks so excavating a ladle from a tangled drawer becomes a thing of the past.

    • Material Mix

      The gorgeous surfaces in this kitchen balance sophistication and warmth. The KraftMaid cabinetry in stunning Tiber Cherry, contrasts against a translucent glass door and the cool stainless steel of the industrial-chic Sub-Zero refrigerator.

    • Take the Edge Off

      Kitchens always feature plenty of hard-edged elements -- appliances and cabinets, stone and steel. This whimsical backsplash tile in a range of nature's greens lightens the mood with bubbles that echo the curvy banquette and drum pendant light. The Kohler pot filler is a stylish union of form and function.

    • Simply Radiant

      To reduce daytime energy usage, Better Homes and Gardens designed a dramatic window wall with see-through glass and wood-and-steel upper cabinets. It lets in ample natural sunshine -- perfect for a family trying to live ecologically. The built-in design of the Wolf convection oven is beautifully integrated with surrounding cabinetry.

    • A Cook's Kitchen

      The DuPont Zodiaq quartz-surfacing counters were cleverly designed with lots of "Why didn't I think of that?" conveniences. Just slide the inset cutting board aside and swipe food debris directly through the counter into the double wastebasket pullout.

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      An Old Friend Resurfaces

      The environmentally friendly linoleum floor in the kitchen is Marmorette from Armstrong Flooring. Available in more than 50 colors, the linoleum is versatile and durable -- and it's made of sustainable materials with low VOC emissions.

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      Split-Level

      Countertops in large kitchens can start to look like runways, so multilevel designs are worth considering. The varied-height surfaces in this kitchen create ergonomically sound work stations for the whole family, and the bi-level banquette hides the clutter of food prep.

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      Command Center

      This kitchen is as thoughtfully planned behind the scenes as it is out front. The kitchen is stocked with daily-use items and the pantry houses other essentials. Close-at-hand bins and baskets make prep and cleanup a snap, and the Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator/freezer drawers are terrific for entertaining.

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      NKBA Design Idea Center 2008, Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen

      Sponsors

      Armstrong Flooring www.armstrong.com
      DuPont Surfaces www.countertops.dupont.com
      Kohler Co. www.kohler.com
      KraftMaid www.kraftmaid.com
      Sub-Zero/Wolf www.subzero.com

      Designer: Mary Jo Peterson, CKD

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      Low-Cost Kitchen Updates

      Stretch your kitchen budget and put these creative, money-saving ideas to work for updates such as revamped cabinets, a fresh backsplash, and more!
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