Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Designs

Make a Splash

Subway tile backsplash.

Updating your cooking and food-prep area with a tile backsplash is a visually appealing, functional and long-lasting design choice, and it allows plenty of room for your own creativity to shine through. If you opt for subway tile, you can even design your own pattern that harmonizes with the look you want. Check out more Kitchen Backsplash Trends.

Paint Dated Kitchen Cabinets

Paint outdated kitchen cabinets.

With a little work and few basic skills, you can brighten a large or small kitchen design with fresh paint and new cabinet hardware. For a clean, sophisticated look, consider neutral tones or a bright shade of white. Check out How to Prep and Paint Kitchen Cabinets and our Cabinet Hardware Buying Guide for help with these simple kitchen ideas.

Add a Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island with seating and dish storage.

From dining to dish storage to comfy seating, islands are for much more than preparing food these days. No matter your needs or the size of your kitchen, there’s an island for you. Take a look at these kitchen island ideas.

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Open Up and Update

Open shelving.

Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to provide display space and make a small kitchen feel larger. Install shelves at standard upper-cabinet height — the lower shelf should be approximately 18 inches above the counter. Open Shelving Ideas for Your Kitchen

Countertop Flair

Granite countertop.

You might be surprised how much new countertops impact kitchen designs. For example, this sleek granite countertop is beautiful enough to serve as a focal point for your entire kitchen. Countertop Buying Guide

Upgrade Your Appliances

New black stainless steel kitchen appliances.

One of the most popular kitchen updates is installing new energy-efficient appliances, such as a new range, a microwave, an ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerator, and a water-saving dishwasher.

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Make a Nook Cozy

Breakfast nook with pillows.

Make the most of an underused corner, and add extra storage space, by transforming it into a multipurpose nook for working, informal dining or simply enjoying a quite cup of coffee. Don’t forget to accessorize your nook with plenty of plump pillows for maximum comfort. Get inspired with this Breakfast Nook Storage Bench.

Focus on Flooring

Wood-look glazed ceramic flooring.

If a total kitchen transformation is what you’re after, it’s time to redo your flooring. Many choices are available nowadays. And if you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-clean option and love the traditional appeal of hardwood, consider a wood-look alternative such as vinyl or this glazed ceramic tile, which you can also use on the wall as a rustic backsplash.

Tile Buying Guide

Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide

Remember the Little Things

Modern farmhouse look.

Cooking is truly an art and any home chef needs inspiration. Look for creative ways to display items that reflect your and your home’s personality. Try an open shelf for showcasing decorative bottles, glassware and artwork, or use hooks to hang cups and mugs, a clock or even a miniature garden using jar planters. Shop Home Decor

Appliance Garage

Appliance garage.

If you’re going to entertain guests in your kitchen, make your countertops look instantly neater and cleaner by storing frequently used appliances in a built-in garage. You can also use the space as a coffee station or baking center.

Let It Slide

Sliding barn-style kitchen pantry door.

The modern rustic look is here to stay. Discard your old plain pantry door and add character with a barn-style sliding door. It’ll also make the contents of your pantry more easily accessible.

Create a Workspace

Kitchen island with built-in microwave and dishwasher.

Before you can create those culinary masterpieces, you’ll need plenty of surface area for chopping, kneading and mixing. You can also tuck essential appliances inside a kitchen island to maximize cabinet space and cut down on unnecessary trips back and forth to the microwave or dishwasher.

Open Your Kitchen Up for Guests

Open dining space in a modern ranch house kitchen.

Once you’ve transformed your kitchen, you’ll want to show it off. When planning a remodel, look for opportunities to open up the space and incorporate more seating options, like a breakfast table, a corner bench, or add a bar top to your kitchen island and bring in a few stools. Shop Dining & Kitchen Furniture


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