Dreaming of a kitchen renovation? Before you knock down any walls, start small and give the heart of your home a well-deserved upgrade using these stylish spaces for inspiration. Simple swaps like new stools, lighting, or even cabinets knobs can update your kitchen in a flash, and don’t miss our favorite paint ideas as well.
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Like you would in a cozy bedroom, pile on prints to your heart’s desire, starting with an accent wall covered in one pattern, and a colorful rug in another.
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Stash and Hide
Because you can never have too much storage, stash bulky appliances, like stand mixers behind a sliding cabinet door. Or for a faster solution, turn to good ol’ baskets to hold and conceal seasonal goods like holiday cookie cutters or sprinkles.
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Replace upper cabinets with floating shelves to make a kitchen feel bigger and brighter. A Beauitful Mess blog cofounder Elsie Larson stores less-used items toward the top.
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Black adds a hit of posh style to any cooking space. For a less stark, but equally chic option, consider “almost black” colors that are rich and warm, like deep blues and cozy maroons.
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Simple and Streamlined
Go modern with lacquer — the sleek material comes in plenty of bold colors, is super durable, and can transform a traditional kitchen into a contemporary one.
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Incorporate multiple kinds of natural stone, different shades of wood, and both matte and glossy surfaces for a custom look that’s not too matchy.
SHOP KITCHEN ISLAND
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Take a cue from design team Studio McGee by updating your hardware or showing off items you have hidden in cabinets to update your existing kitchen in a single afternoon.
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Think of pendants as jewelry for your kitchen — the right ones can tie the whole room together or stand out to make a statement. Here, Massucco Warner Miller uses a surprising pop of yellow to draw the eye upward.
SHOP PENDANT LIGHTS
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For a cheery vibe, start with the two c’s: color and chalkboard! Stools in primary colors along with a memo board to leave notes make a simple white kitchen feel fun.
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Have fun! A playful pattern adds major “wow” factor to a backsplash or statement floor.
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Of all the kitchen paint trends, this is our favorite. Grab some painter’s tape plus some pretty colors and say goodbye to boring floors forever!
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Floating shelves may be all the rage, but here Uma Stewart makes the case for mixing both open shelves and traditional upper cabinets. Try placing shelves around a kitchen window to allow more light to filter in.
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Want a bigger island without having to renovate? Designer Jenn Feldman doubled a family’s island in one fell swoop by placing a light dining table right up next to it. Genius!
SHOP DINING TABLES
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Bright and Airy
Chef Katie Lee’s Hamptons kitchen embraces the light, with crisp white cabinetry and a soft blue tile backsplash to compliment the room’s sunny view.
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House-flipping pros Harper Home Company have the winning kitchen design formula down to a science by incorporating both modern and traditional elements into their upstate New York kitchen.
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Paint is the quickest and most effective way to transform your kitchen. Take it to the next level by covering the ceiling. Just be sure to keep a few pieces of wall white to strike an even balance of color.
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Let a rustic dining table double as a comfy prep station for big family meals this summer.
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Hide linens, platters and single-use items under the island. Hidden cabinets on both sides double up as a place to stash pots and pans.
SHOP BAR STOOLS
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Instant Dinner Table
Dreaming of an eat-in kitchen? Extend the countertop over the edge of a block island and it transforms into a casual dining spot. Chic shades let you filter in just the right amount of lighting.
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Mint Green Cabinets
You may not think it can, but a narrow kitchen can totally handle brightly colored cabinetry.
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Shades of Gray
A cheery dishware collection gives this pale blue and dark gray kitchen a bit more personality.
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The monochromatic theme paired with framed prints and a wooden tray give this kitchen a clean, country feel.
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This kitchen’s fun mix of colors and cool decor (look at that scalloped countertop!) gives off a quirky yet pulled-together vibe.
SHOP PINK CURTAINS
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Fill the floor space around the island with cozy carpets that are easy on the feet and the eye. A pair of jute carpets tie this beachy kitchen in with the rest of the New Jersey home.
SHOP METAL STOOLS
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