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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A Midcentury Modern Makeover

Warmed with furniture and collectibles from the 1950s, this contemporary kitchen becomes a stylish work space filled with wow-worthy amenities.

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    • Midcentury Romance

      Happiness comes in all forms, but for these homeowners it came in the shape of a sleek, contemporary kitchen that celebrates midcentury modern design from Europe and the United States. A large central island provides plenty of prep space as well as a spacious food-staging area, while an elevated eating bar at the end of the island provides a casual dining spot.

    • Sleek Lines

      Although the kitchen's three walls each showcase different elements, consistency in materials ensures that they remain in harmony. On the range wall, the white granite backsplash creates a seamless look with the countertops. Overhead, a stainless-steel range hood stretches horizontally across the wall, creating a contemporary, 1950s-style aesthetic.

    • Modern Materials

      Sleek modern cabinets are paired with elegant white granite surfacing throughout the kitchen. Easier to maintain than marble, the stone forms the countertops, backsplash, island surface, and the contemporary farmhouse-style sink. A greenhouse window above the sink provides display space for decorative plants.

    • Childhood Memories

      Apothecary drawers located below a stretch of upper cabinets showcase colorful candies that bring back fond memories of the 1950s. Outfitted with ribbed-glass fronts, the drawers add a touch of whimsy to the thoroughly grown-up kitchen.

    • Dining In

      Framed against the modern cabinetry, a tulip table and chairs demonstrate the kitchen's harmonious pairing of vintage and contemporary design. Against one wall, a freestanding dish cupboard with sleek stainless-steel legs obscures collectible dishware behind etched-glass doors.

    • Kitchen Command Center

      Adjacent to the dining area, a mini home office provides the perfect spot to pay the bills. Large drawers are outfitted with the same hardware as the kitchen cabinetry to create a cohesive look. An overhead shelving unit provides open display space for collectibles, cookbooks, and more.

    • Wall of Storage

      On the wall opposite the sink, floor-to-ceiling cabinet fronts conceal two refrigerators and sets of freezer drawers, along with a door to the large walk-in pantry. The spacious pantry stores everything from small appliances to dry goods to serving pieces. The minimalist cabinets have a ceruse finish -- a treatment that looks similar to the pickled-oak finish that was popular during the 1950s.

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      Think you know what a contemporary kitchen looks like? These days, well-chosen colors, materials, and personal objects take the chill out of modern work spaces.
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