15 Style-Boosting Kitchen Updates

Make your kitchen the stylish heart of your home with practical, real-world ideas from HGTV fans just like you.
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Go Industrial

Swap traditional pendants for commercial-grade fixtures for a look that's au courant. Contrasted with classic Italian marble and traditional cabinetry, industrial lighting makes a trendy statement. Design by HGTV fan Rethink Design.

Display Your Collection

Selectively remove cabinet doors to create a display showcasing favorite dishware. Group similar items, colors or shapes together for a purposeful look. Design by HGTV fan whimimages.

Don't Forget the Ceiling

This high-end kitchen has all the bells and whistles including a traditional coffered ceiling. Depending on your carpentry skills, this is either a do-it-yourself or hire-a-pro upgrade. Either way, it's a high-impact update that will take your kitchen to a new level of sophistication. Design by HGTV fan stiles.

Maximize Storage

Most kitchens suffer from a lack of storage space. HGTV fan veron makes every inch count with drawers concealed within the toekick of each cabinet base. Although these drawers are shallow, they're a great spot for tucking away items you only occasionally need.

Give Cabinets a Cheery Update

Give dated cabinets a sunny new outlook with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a bold color for a kitchen that really cooks. Design by HGTV fan wiceRememberedCottage.

Perfect the Pantry

Make food storage stylish with trendy, numbered bins and natural baskets filled with similiar items. Fill one basket with dry goods for baking so you can easily round up brownie, cake or cookie ingredients in a snap.

Paint Worn Floors

Sometimes a wood floor's condition has gone past the point of simply sanding and restaining. A fresh coat of oil-based porch or deck paint is durable enough for everyday wear and tear and will add cozy cottage style. Design by HGTV fan susanbf.

Opt for Oversized Lighting

Modern, sleek cabinetry stained a rich espresso is complemented by the equally Modern styling of HGTV fan iluvninong's massive drum pendant. The look is young, hip and totally pulled-together.

Let the Outdoors In

By replacing a solid exterior door with a single French door, HGTV fan KeithC made the space feel larger and added natural light. Swapping out a door is a moderately difficult project for the average DIYer. Check with your local hardware store, most offer installation services.

Add Dual-Purpose Accessories

The chandelier in HGTV fan mysweetsavannah's kitchen also functions as a handy potrack and a place to show off her pristine copper cookware.

Create a Custom Breakfast Nook

This kitchen corner is given new purpose with a custom-built banquette. HGTV fan KeithC constructed the seating area with hinged lids to provide storage for entertaining essentials and seldom-used kitchen gadgets.

Belly Up to the Bar

Add barstools to an island to create a casual spot for savoring a quick bite. Design by HGTV fan mysweetsavannah.

Add Vintage Appeal

Replace solid cabinet doors with glass-fronts for a less-expensive-than-you-may-think upgrade that lends a timeless look. Design by HGTV fan frommotowa.

Freshen up With an Arrangement

Fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit go a long way toward brightening up a kitchen. This inexpensive fix only takes a few minutes and makes any day feel like a special occasion. Design by HGTV fan mysweetsavannah.

Store Vino Within Reach

A wine chiller is a must have for a true wine lover. This model combines energy-efficiency with maximum storage capacity and provides easy access to your favorite vintage.

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