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Upgrade Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

  • Raise the Bar (Pulls)

    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.

  • Get Glowing Reviews

    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

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