Make a Splash
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
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
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.
Open Up and Update
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
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
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.
Make a Nook Cozy
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
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.
Remember the Little Things
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
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
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
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
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