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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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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    • Sophisticated, Not Stark

      Rich espresso cabinetry wraps the base of this kitchen, leaving the upper wall avilable for a mix of open shelves, glass-front cabinets, and lots of textural mosaic tile.

    • A Playful Palette

      Sleek white cabinets and appliances outfit this contemporary kitchen. Pops of tangerine orange add playfulness and warmth to the otherwise stark space. The homeowners accented the bright hue with warm wood floors and a neutral backsplash.

    • Show Your Stuff

      Collections of woven baskets from exotic trips accent the kitchen's light wood cabinetry. The warm tan on the walls fades to the background, allowing the beautiful woodwork to shine. Clean horizontal lines run throughout this modern space.

    • Sunny Outlook

      Shades of yellow and gold -- some bordering on orange -- create a kitchen that elicits smiles. The warm colors offset the contemporary lines and shapes throughout the rest of the room.

    • Gorgeous in Green

      These homeowners weren't afraid of bold color -- or mixing and matching styles and finishes -- in this remodeled kitchen. Cabinets painted green and off-white warm up the stainless-steel accents throughout the space.

    • Family-Friendly Design

      Clean-lined but comfortable, this kitchen maintains an easy balance of wood and metal, warm and cool. Guests seated at the island and eat-in nook (just out of view) can visit with the cook or watch the wall-mount TV. A collection of grinders adds sculptural appeal to the stark white countertops.

    • Open Wide

      Once claustrophobic, this kitchen now feels fresh and bright, thanks to major surgery. Most upper cabinets were removed, and the new windows are larger than the ones they replaced.

    • In the Woods

      A central work table gives this kitchen a casual, almost nostalgic attitude. To offset the expanse of wood, the designer used stainless steel on the backsplash, which bounces light around the room, and added an all-white dining set.

    • Great Galley

      A wall of windows and a mix of natural-tone and white cabinet fronts contribute to this superfunctional galley kitchen's appeal. A wide walkway between cabinets allows room for more than one cook.

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      Style by U

      This kitchen gets the ultimate custom treatment with natural-color wood cabinets and pops of orange on select cabinet and drawer fronts. Using an orange color wash or stain allows the wood grain to show through the color.

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      Open and Closed

      A mix of open and closed cabinetry gives the homeowner flexibility to keep everyday dishes out of sight while putting pretty serving bowls or collectibles on display in this streamlined kitchen.

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      Cute Condo Kitchen

      A small footprint doesn't have to mean skimping on style. In this U-shape kitchen, the cabinets above the peninsula were removed to create a more open space. Sculptural track lighting adds personality.

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      Storage with Style

      Dark-stained cherry cabinets seem traditional, but clean-lined Shaker-style doors and simple hardware add modern flair. A backsplash of glass tile in shades of gray complements the white quartz countertops.

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      Rustic References

      To work with the home's brick and block construction, exposed brick adds texture and warmth to a wall of stainless-steel appliances and floating stainless-steel shelves above the sink. Riftsawn oak wraps the island, adding another rustic touch to the decidedly modern kitchen.

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      A Place for Everything

      This contemporary kitchen puts dishware on display with a mix of open shelving and upper cabinets without doors. The mix-and-match storage scheme gives the kitchen a friendly feel.

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      Modern with Beaded Board

      Beaded board may seem too country to fit in a modern space, but in this all-white kitchen, it plays perfectly with the molded-plastic chairs, stainless-steel accents, and streamlined look of the rest of the room.

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      Contemporary Kitchen Ideas

      Contemporary design is clean, sleek, and minimalist -- but far from plain and simple. Find inspiration and ideas to design a contemporary kitchen that makes a stunning statement.
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