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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Have fun! A playful pattern adds major "wow" factor to a backsplash or statement floor.
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!
Floating shelves may be all the rage, but here Uma Stewart makes the case for mi both open shelves and traditional upper cabinets. Try placing shelves around a kitchen window to allow more light to filter in.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Take your backsplash all the way to the ceiling for a modern and clean look.
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When in doubt, Traci Zeller opts for the classics, like bistro chairs and subway tile, that always stands the test of time. Pretty hydrangeas on the counter don't hurt, either!
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Let a rustic dining table double as a comfy prep station for big family meals this summer.
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.
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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.
You may not think it can, but a narrow kitchen can totally handle brightly colored cabinetry.
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Let your copper cookware steal the show by mounting a rack and sturdy metal hooks. It creates a kitchen-worthy focal point in place of a backsplash and frees up precious cabinet space.
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A cheery dishware collection gives this pale blue and dark gray kitchen a bit more personality.
The monochromatic theme paired with framed prints and a wooden tray give this kitchen a clean, country feel.
This kitchen's fun mix of colors and cool decor (look at that scalloped countertop!) gives off a quirky yet pulled-together vibe.
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A cozy booth beats out stools any day. Fake a snug nook in the middle of the room by pulling up a plush island-height bench. Sunday brunch just got so much better.
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Boring hardware just won't do. Select unexpected knobs, like these quartz sparklers, for glamor at your fingertips.
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.
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