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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Kitchen Faucet Mechanics

The way a kitchen faucet is built helps predict how it well will work. Weigh the benefits and downfalls of four basic kitchen faucet designs.

There are four basic types of kitchen faucets: ceramic disk, cartridge, ball, and compression.

Ceramic Disk Faucets
Single-handle, disk-type faucets operate a pair of ceramic disks that slide over each other to regulate water flow and temperature. These faucets are typically the most durable and trouble-free. The disks and mixing chamber are housed in a large cylinder held in place with screws.

Cartridge Faucets
Cartridge-type faucets come in both single- and double-handle configurations. Designed for ease of repair, the flow mechanisms are housed in a cartridge that can be replaced when leaks occur.

Ball Faucets
Single-handle, ball-type faucets have a rotating ball inside that moves over water inlet holes and permits water to flow, regulates the flow of hot and cold water, and shuts off the water altogether.

Compression Faucets
These faucets were common in the early 1900s. Each of two handles turns a large screw, or stem, inside the faucet. The stem has a washer on one end that's positioned over the hole through which water flows. When screwed down tight, the washer blocks the flow.

A Final Tip
Solid-brass, die-cast innards indicate a high-quality kitchen faucet -- but also an expensive one. If you're in the market for a less-expensive option, beware of faucets with plastic shells or handles. Their price may be attractive, but their durability and resistance to scratches are likely to disappoint.


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