15 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Add style, function, and flair to the heart of your home with one (or all) of our best kitchen updates.

Kitchen with subway tile walls, painted cabinets

1. Open Up

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 is 18 inches [45.72 cm] above the counter.

Kitchen with open shelves, painted cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances

2. Upgrade Your Appliances

The most popular kitchen update is installing new energy-efficient appliances. This KitchenAid appliance suite features a dual-fuel range with convection double ovens, a high-tech range hood, an ENERGY STAR-certified French door refrigerator (#397790), and a water-saving panelled dishwasher.

Stainless steel oven and refrigerator

3. Customize it

Laminate shelves mimic the look of the countertops (your countertop installer can make the shelves). Add stylish metal brackets (#355002) for support and to repeat the metallic tones found in the appliances, hardware, and faucet.

Laminate shelves with metal brackets

4. Highlight the Ceiling

Add texture and a pop of colour. Ceiling tiles made to mimic the look of antique tin tiles click together like laminate floor surfaces.

Ceiling tiles painted blue next to light fixture

5. Make a Splash

Classic white subway tile with a bevelled edge (#64396) is an inexpensive yet high-impact backsplash material. Use a herringbone pattern to add interest and movement to walls.

Subway tile backsplash by stove

6. Counter Fit

Get the look and texture of stone with all the benefits of laminate.
This travertine silver laminate (#144739, model 3458-77) with a bullnose edge (#89223) looks like the real deal for a fraction of the price.

Laminate countertop with bullnose edge

7. Shade with Style

Roll-up shades (#29766) softly filter daylight and add a stylish touch to your windows. They install in minutes, and pull up neatly when not in use.

Kitchen Shades

8. Paint It

Freshen up walls, cabinets, and ceilings with a coat of Valspar Signature paint. It’s one of the most budget–friendly home-improvement updates, and paint offers instant gratification.

Kitchen with painted cabinets

9. Rethink the sink.

It’s easier (and more affordable) than you think to upgrade to a stunning Kohler apron-front sink. This top-mount version is perfect for remodels—it requires only a rough cut to existing standard cabinetry, and it can be paired with most countertop materials.

Apron-front sink and high-arc faucet

10. Add style to the tap.

Top off the tap with a Delta high-arc faucet featuring a hidden pull-down sprayer with a magnetic docking system.

Drawer handles and door pulls

12. Spice things up.

Make every inch of storage count with door-mounted shelves (#141989). They make use of wasted space and are perfect for keeping spices close at hand.

Door-mounted spice jar rack

13. Update hardware.

Add more personality with new cabinet hardware. Create a cohesive look with a mix of knobs (#349356) and pulls (#349376) in the same style family.

Drawer handles and door pulls

14. Light it up.

Brighten your room with an allen + roth (TM) ceiling light (#206917), mini pendants, and undercabinet lighting (#366093). Add control with dimmers (#110308).

Ceiling light fixture

15. Build it.

Add floor-to-ceiling custom wine storage to the side of a standard-depth fridge for a built-in look.

Vertical wine rack beside a refrigerator


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