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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Before and After: Small Blue Kitchen Makeover

A homeowner makes big changes to a tiny space to get a modern kitchen perfect for hosting guests or just enjoying a morning coffee.


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    • Before: Maroon Time Warp

      When the homeowner first laid eyes on her home, she fell in love with every room -- except the small kitchen. The cramped space looked stuck in the '80s and desperately needed a facelift.

    • After: Bright Blue Kitchen

      The solution: a fresh palette, a pretty window seat, and better lighting to create a beautiful blue escape. When she was in the planning process, the homeowner kept a file of inspirational photos, paint chips, and fabric examples. When she realized all the photos were of blue kitchens with black-and-white fabric accents, she got to work designing her dream kitchen.

      To see the kitchen transform in three stages, continue to the next three slides.

    • Stage 1: Dark and Dim

      Bland walls and maroon cabinets fall short in the style department. But a bold streak of blue forecasts a bright future for this kitchen.

    • Stage 2: Perfect Palette

      A new tile backsplash connects deep charcoal lower cabinets with crisp white uppers. The updated window seat adds needed storage.

    • Stage 3: Think Outside the Window

      Like many gallery kitchens, this room lacked light. The perfect compromise to satisfy both budget and space was to expand the entry between the kitchen and dining room to make the room open and airy. A stylish track light was also added to the kitchen to bring more light into the space.

    • Window Treatment Wonders

      To ground the bright blue walls, the homeowner chose black-and-white fabrics for accents. Window treatments, the seat cushion, and pillows all feature different patterns, but the black-and-white color palette brings all the elements together. When it comes to curtains and pillows, think beyond the bolt. Expand your search to bedsheets, designer remnants, and tea towels. Plan ahead so you can buy fabric from tag sales and discount stores.

    • Vibrant Blue

      Don't be afraid to experiment with bold colors. In this room, the bright blue tile is uplifting and adds plenty of personality to the space. Pairing this vivid color with white, gray, and black grounds the blue to prevent it from overwhelming a small room.

    • Out of Style

      Heavy cabinets above the stove made the kitchen feel claustrophobic. And the maroon color provides a dark and dreary vibe. The fix? Knock down the cabinets.

    • Open Space

      Chic tempered-glass shelves show off fun kitchenware and grant easy access to essential dishes. Using glass shelves is a good choice in a small space because they offer storage without adding visual weight to the space. After they're attached, the glass disappears against the wall, making your collections pop. Your local hardware stores can cut tempered-glass shelves to size.

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      Tile Tricks

      Pick up inexpensive white subway tile at a home improvement center. Placing it at an angle bolsters the kitchen's contemporary vibe.

      Editor's Tip: Create a decorative display in the kitchen by putting dishes and cookbooks on display that coordinate with your kitchen's decor.

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      Pet Paradise

      Deep drawers tucked under the window seat make a perfect place to stash food and toys for pets. The plush cushion and pile of pillows on the window seat provide a needed softness to the kitchen. They offer a place to sit while gathering pet supplies and balance out the tile, wood, and glass surfaces in the kitchen.

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      Stretch kitchen space without a major remodel. Check out these tricks for making a small kitchen look and feel spacious.
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