Think of hardware as jewelry for your home. Start by replacing old styles with sleek knobs and handles, and consider coordinating switch plates, shelf brackets and window sashes.
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A boring builder’s grade ceiling fixture is a real turnoff, so swap yours for a large pendant or chandelier. Add character and task lighting with a sconce above the sink.
Dark trim pops against white walls and plays off the gray grout lines of subway tile.
Pieces with mixed materials, like these metal-and-cane stools, can work in any style setting—modern, homey, traditional.
Vintage kilim runners camouflage spills and protect wood floors.
Play with Pattern
The space between your counters and cabinets is a blank canvas. Go all in with a backsplash made of ceramic or cement geometric tiles. For a budget-friendly alternative, fill only the space right above your cooktop.
Glass-front cabinets highlight prized serving pieces, while open shelving provides easy access to everyday essentials.
Warm up cooler-colored cupboards with rich wood tones. If butcher-block countertops feel too serious-chef, a few cutting boards will do the trick. Hang them from hooks or lean a couple against the wall.
Choose a fun accent color that works with your cabinetry, then repeat that shade throughout your cook space with colanders, pitchers and enameled dishware.
Have a Brush with Greatness
Paint makes a huge impact, especially on cabinetry. Give your cupboards a fresh coat—soft blues and grays are popular right now. Or rock a two-toned tuxedo look with white uppers and black bases.
Soup up plain-Jane stock cabinets with decorative moldings.
For a major farmhouse vibe, shiplap is the way to go. You can use this kind of paneling to highlight an island, as shown, or as a floor-to-ceiling wall covering.
Get the Look: Align Pre-Rinse Spring Kitchen Faucet in Chrome
This sculptural chameleon is equally at home in an industrial or a traditional kitchen. for stores, $433
Calphalon Signature Nonstick Bakeware
Scratch-resistant and oven-safe up to 500°. (available late October), $100/set of 6 pieces
Barkaboda Walnut Countertop
Handsome herringbone for your counters. , from $229
Essential'Z Collection Pull in Golden Champagne
Luxe look-alikes at half the price of solid brass. for stores, $5 to $12 each
Braun Multiquick7 Hand Blender (MQ777)
Talk about power tools: hand-blending inspired by German automotive engineering. , $150
Merola Tile Twenties Collection Tile in Petal
Like pieces of a puzzle that come together for major design impact. , $2 per 7¾-inch square tile
Philips Viva Collection Airfryer (HD9920/26)
Frying with hot air means far less fat than using oil. , $250
Black+Decker Performance Convection Countertop Oven
High-caliber cooking without preheating. (available 12/1), $180