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 Kitchen that Blends Contemporary & Traditional Designs

A petite kitchen shares storage duty with a nearby dining room.

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    • Perfect Balance

      Creating a free-flowing floor plan and spatial balance between the kitchen and adjacent rooms made this modest-size room live large. Pullout storage and an island-like peninsula reduce countertop clutter and make the kitchen feel bigger. Modern and classic touches blend to create a stylish room with perfect balance.

    • Pro-Style Appliances

      An L-shape cabinetry configuration and an expansive peninsula provide the framework for professional-grade appliances and customized storage that suit the homeowners. The avid cooks splurged on a 48-inch-wide pro-style range in a distinctive charcoal-gray finish.

    • Appliance Garage

      Reducing countertop clutter helps a small room feel bigger. Here, countertop gadgets hide behind a tambour door when they are not needed, keeping items handy but out of view.

    • Space-Saving Shelves

      Pullout shelves maximize every inch of cabinet space and ensure that no pots or pans get lost at the back of the cabinet. Drawers bring contents into full view with one smooth motion, and drawer dividers organize spices.

    • Create a Modern Kitchen

      Get tips from the pros on creating a modern kitchen in your home.

    • Island-Like Peninsula

      In this kitchen, a peninsula adds counter space and an in-kitchen seating area. A traditional island would have needed to be smaller to fit within the kitchen's footprint, in order to provide walkway space around the entire unit. With this solution, the peninsula helps conserve floor space, while still contributing plenty of storage and prep space.

    • Drawer Storage

      The backside of the peninsula is a series of drawers that open to bring contents into full view with one smooth motion. Narrow drawers are design for cutlery and utensils, while larger drawers are ideal for bulkier bowls, measuring cups, and gadgets. The configuration designates a spot for everything, which keeps cooking necessities within easy reach.

    • Mosaic Backsplash

      Glass mosaic tiles team with glass trim pieces to insert texture and color behind the calm concrete countertops. Light cabinetry and reflective countertops and backsplash surfaces visually enlarge the space.

    • Classic Yet Contemporary

      Just as the kitchen's open layout smoothes the flow of traffic and conversation, the room's style fuses past and present. The cabinetry mixes a classic white-painted finish with the warm, contemporary look of natural maple. Simple Shaker-style doors and clean-lined "feet" tucked into the toe-kick beneath the sink signal a classic look.

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      Attention to Detail

      Wide white trim around windows references the older home's character, while the clean-lined profile makes a present-day connection. The sleek chrome hardware casts a modern vibe, and a shimmering tile backsplash spans the eras, boasting a traditional mosaic pattern in trendy glass tile.

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      Open Kitchen

      Open sight lines to other rooms make this kitchen's modest footprint seem more expansive. A partial wall section separates the kitchen from the dining area without inhibiting conversation or traffic. Columns and panels give the new wall traditional charm.

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      Well-Placed Pantry

      Placing a pantry cabinet in an adjacent area creates a roomier kitchen. Though technically outside the kitchen, the pantry is handy to anyone working at the peninsula. Shelves on the backs of the doors maximize storage and keep items organized.

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      Stylish Built-in

      A tall hutch-like built-in functions as a modern butler's pantry. Cubbies in the built-in keep wine conveniently close to the dining room. Specialized storage in the cabinet below organizes serving trays and table linens, and its countertop provides a place for serving beverages.

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      Warm Contemporary Kitchens

      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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