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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Kitchen and Bath Trend: Warm, Modern Style

Contemporary reveals its softer side at the latest Kitchen/Bath Industry Show where organic shapes, rich hues and warm finishes take the edge off all things Modern.


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    • Hard to Beat

      Infused with liquid acrylic for added durability, Premier Performance engineered hardwood flooring ($7.69 per square foot and up) looks like real hardwood but is less likely to ding or dent, so it's a wise choice for homes with lots of foot traffic, kids or pets. Available in six species, maple with black finish shown.

      Armstrong Floor Products;

    • Gorgeous Geometrics

      Create a unique focal point with the Ziga Zaga vessel sink ($340) that takes its cue from geometry. Its organically-shaped oval basin extends just slightly beyond its chunky rectangular base.

      Danze, 877-530-3344;

    • Sleek and Stylish

      Wrapped in easy-care faux leather and brushed nickel, the Zanzibar towel ($22.90) add a touch of biker chic. Available in two colors, black shown.

      Atlas Homewares, 800-799-6755;

    • Take Control

      Prep and clean up like the pros with the Tara Ultra Profi ($1,776), a commercial-style faucet with pivoting spout, rinsing spray and aerator, and jet functions; and the coordinating Tari Ultra single-lever faucet ($892). Both are designed to free up hands and keep water flowing where needed most. Available in two finishes, chrome shown.

      Dornbracht, 800-774-1181;

    • Chip off the old block

      The beautiful burl pattern of warm, sustainable Mesquite 4-inch wood tiles ($42.66 per square foot) is created by its extreme density. That quality also makes it ideal for use in bathrooms because it won't expand or warp amidst steam and humidity. Available in three finishes, natural shown.

      Ann Sacks, 800-278-8453;

    • Surf's Up

      The intricate weaving pattern on #5243 bath vanity doors emulate rolling ocean waves, providing texture and dimension to this reinvention of a mid-century mod cabinet. ($1,728).

      Decolav, 561-274-2110;

    • Lights the Way

      No need for bulky undercabinet lights with the Eluma glass- or acrylic- insert illuminated backsplash ($130 per sq. foot and up) that utilizes energy efficient LEDs to brighten dark areas beneath cabinets with soft ambient light. Available in six colors, clear shown.

      Element Designs, 877-332-3396;

    • Makes a Splash

      Inspired by the shape and form of a rolling wave, the Mystic Double Wave 18 gauge stainless steel sink ($1,500) adds a bit of whimsy to kitchen chores.

      Elkay USA, 630/572-3192;

    • Recycled Beauty

      Formed from recycled pieces of Corian, Terra solid surface countertops ($45-$75 per square foot, installed) diverts waste from landfills and is certified to contain up to 13 percent pre-consumer recycled material.

      DuPont, 800-436-6072;

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      Bamboo Basin

      Made from the fastest growing plant in nature, the Bambo Vessel multipurpose sink ($499) is the first solid bamboo sink in the world. Hand turned on huge lathe, then hand rubbed to a low sateen sheen, this sink maintains its beauty for years and is impervious to abuse.

      Totally Bambu, 760-471-6601;

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      Best of Both Worlds

      It looks like real wood but this is Wood Grain stainless-steel cabinetry ($350 per cabinet), a revolutionary idea that transfers the visual warmth of wood onto durable cool stainless surfaces. Available in 12 wood tones, mahogany shown.

      Lasertron, 954-846-8600

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      Seascape Sink

      Formed of textural molten glass, the Nature's Chemistry Toric vessel sink adds a calming hue of nature with its uniquely shaped basin. The basin's varying glass thicknesses are designed to cast realistic waterlike reflections and color onto counters.

      Kohler, 800-456-4537;

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      The Light Fantastic

      Crafted of spectacular blown-glass from around the world, Brulee ($215) and Hani ($200) Quick Connect glass pendants add a shot of vivid color above kitchen islands, countertops, tables and bars. They arrive ready to go with plated die-cast brass fittings and a hang-straight tube and six feet of fine braided cable that can be custom cut to size.

      W.A.C. Lighting, 800-526-2588;

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      Flush with ideas

      More than a modernist delight with its sleek, tankless silhouette, the NEOREST 550 high-efficiency dual flush toilet ($4,200) is a high-tech wonder. It comes with an integrated Washlet personal cleansing system, sensor-operated night light, wireless remote that plays MP3s; and a PrivacyPlus system that play masking sounds of nature during use.

      TOTO USA, 888-295-8134;

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      Spotlight on Safety

      As the Master Ilux high arc LED kitchen faucet ($1,275) dispenses water, it helps guard against scalds with a high-tech color temp coding light that lights up water as it flows -- red for hot, blue for cold. Two finishes, chrome shown.

      Blanco, 800/451-5782;

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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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