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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Dream Kitchen Design: Sun-Washed Simplicity

Neutral colors, a soaring ceiling, and furniture-like storage endow this Atlanta kitchen with beauty and efficiency.

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    • Country Kitchen

      According to architect Peter Block, this kitchen called for Belgian sensibility: simple in design but rich in details. The shiplap boards, for instance, rise three-quarters up the walls, and rich patina on the boards harkens back to the look of old farmhouse wood suited to the home's English country style.

    • Conceal Appliances

      Italian plaster walls contribute soft texture, and the tall windows bathe the walls in light most of the day, bringing out the plaster's natural coloring. The pigment in the plaster is colorfast, so it will harden with age, adding a level of authenticity. Custom cabinetry gives a built-in fridge and freezer a discreet presence, while stainless-steel surfaces downplay other appliances.

    • Elegant Imperfections

      Plaster is not the only material that improves over time -- the homeowner loves her Paonazzo marble backsplash and countertops, and the way the marble ages so it's not so shiny and perfect. Its distinctive veining in aubergine and green brings lavish color to an otherwise neutral scheme. The range is topped with a clean-lined plaster hood that suits the room's neutral but elegant style.

    • Earthy Hardware

      In keeping with the kitchen's clean lines, cabinet doors and drawers are inset and flush with the face frames. Dimpled square are easy to grab.

    • Extra Space

      Rather than selecting a bunch of cabinets and tables and then organizing them, try designing a room where you want to spend time, and then outfit it with the cabinets and caseworks that support both comfort and function, Block says. Here, a wood side table with casters, a plank shelf, and hammered nailhead trim provides an extra serving surface where needed.

    • Stylish Sink

      A deep apron-front sink continues the farmhouse theme of this kitchen, while the silver faucets add elegance to the space. Three hanging fixtures ensure proper lighting for the length of the island.

    • Built-In Character

      A custom Welsh cupboard displays favorite items, enhancing the room's comfortable appeal. An arched pass-through makes it easy to serve food in the adjacent family room/dining area.

    • Aging Beauty

      Stain, glaze, and distressing give the Welsh cupboard an aged feel, as does dark metal hardware with ring pulls.

    • Natural Transition

      The kitchen's neutral palette spills into the window-wrapped family room. Try layering the woods, colors, and textures of the kitchen throughout the family room to seamlessly integrate the two spaces.

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