Quick and Colorful Kitchen Upgrades

You don’t need to overhaul your kitchen to make it feel new. HGTV Magazine has easy ideas galore!
By: Kate Doherty and Rachael Weiner

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Framed Paper Napkins

Turn leftover cocktail napkins into art by taping them inside shadow box frames. Make a grid of the same pattern, or mix and match whatever colors you like most. 5" x 5" paper beverage napkins in, clockwise from top left, Chevron on Ice Kiwi, Lime Green Polka Dot, Limoncello Plaid and Quatrefoil Magenta, from $3 for a set of 16, platesandnapkins.com; Ribba 9" x 9" frame in white, $10 each, IKEA stores

Cool Trash Can

Simple Human 8-gallon steel and enamel retro step can in green, $99, containerstore.com

Fancy Faucets

Take your kitchen’s most-used fixture up a notch. Cassidy single handle pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O technology, from $570, deltafaucet.com for stores; Invite Contour hot water dispenser, $240, insinkerator.com for stores; Camerist pullout kitchen faucet in Spot Resist stainless, $410, moen.com for stores

Sunny Timer

Kitchen timer in yellow, $20, shoptrudeau.com

Patterned Dish Towels

Hang these cheerful towels all around the kitchen. They’re too cute to hide in a drawer. Left to right, top to bottom: Kookaburra cotton towel, anthropologie.com; Paaryna cotton and linen towel, marimekko.com; Weights and Measures cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Pyramids linen towel, poketo.com; Matilda cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Elephants cotton towel, nowdesigns.net; Pehr Designs Poka cotton and linen towel, hudsonboston.com; Artichokes cotton towel, danicaimports.com; Del Sol cotton towel, tag2u.com; Weights and Measures cotton towel, nowdesigns.net

Just Stamp It

Using fabric ink, stamp basic dish towels with a kitchen-y design. Try alternating vertical and horizontal rows. Flour Sack cotton towel, $14 for a set of 4, westelm.com; Hero Arts Fork and Spoon 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" rubber stamp, $6.50, simonsaysstamp.com; VersaCraft ink pad in cerulean blue and spring green, $8.50 each, softexpressions.com

Pretty Pendant Lights

Swap your kitchen fixture for one with more oomph. Hang a trio of pendant lights in a row above an island or a rectangular table, or try a single one above a sink. Teardrop 7"-diameter glass pendant in aqua ombre, $199, shadesoflight.com; Meyda Tiffany Moravian Star 9"-diameter brass and glass pendant, $194.50, build.com; Cap and Globe 10"-diameter pendant in antique brass finish, $185, shadesoflight.com

Slip-Free Mats

Cushion your feet as you cook with something slide-proof. Parallel Reality 19 7/10" x 19 7/10" nylon carpet tiles, $14 per tile, flor.com; Wave Jumper 36" x 23" polyester and rubber mat, $98, domestic-construction.com

Kitchen Clock

Present Time Silverware Utensils 14"- diameter wall clock, $36, amazon.com

Labeled Canisters

Transform a plain jar with a custom decal. Get creative with words or symbols that hint at what you’ve stored inside. Glass jars, from $4, containerstore.com; decals, for a similar look, try etsy.com

Splashy Mugs

These will keep you smiling even after you finish your coffee. Left to right, top to bottom: Esplanade porcelain mug, mikasa.com; Green Chevron ceramic mug, coton-colors.com; Confetti ironstone mug, pier1.com; Retro Sailor Floral Nautical Anchors ceramic mug, zazzle.com; Kate Spade New York Castle Peak stoneware mug in chili pepper, lenox.com; Colorful Starburst ceramic mug, rockscissorpaper.com; Rosanna Portico porcelain mug, laylagrayce.com; Triangles ceramic mug in purple, rockscissorpaper.com; Lauren Ralph Lauren Home Somerset Island Woven porcelain mug, macys.com

Jazzy Cookie Jars

Change the look of your counter faster than you can say "cookie." Katie Alice English Garden 7 3/4"H x 6 1/4"-diameter cookie tin, $20, pfaltzgraff.com; Bright Dot Happy Everything 8 1/2"H x 9"-diameter ceramic jar, $43, coton-colors.com; Owl 9 3/4"H x 7"-diameter ceramic jar, $40, pier1.com

Fun Drawer Pulls

Amerock Utensil’Z collection 3" zinc pulls, $4.50 each, build.com

Paper Towel Holder

Cast-iron paper towel holder in teal chevron, $36, corekitchen.com for stores

Zigzag Slow Cooker

French Bull Crock-Pot 5-quart slow cooker, $40, target.com

Countertop Candles

Whether you want your kitchen to smell savory, sweet or like nothing at all, there’s a candle for that. Modern Naturals Citron Basil 8-ounce candle, $16.50, illumecandles.com; Blueberry Muffin 9-ounce candle, $15, chesapeakebaycandle.com; Home 7-ounce odor neutralizer soy candle, $16, freshwaveworks.com

Shelf Liners

Attach self-adhesive liners inside drawers or on shelves — a treat every time you reach for something. Technicolor Gridlock liner, Pink Scallops liner, Cross Me liner in green, all from $25 for a 12" x 10' roll, chicshelfpaper.com

Cutting Board Cuteness

Leave a nice chopping block out, and you'll (almost) be psyched to prep onions. Clockwise from top left: Texas 16" x 16 3/4" bamboo cutting board (all 50 states available), $48, aheirloom.com; USA Gastronomy 15 3/4" x 12" toughened glass board, $28, josephjoseph.com; Fred and Friends Say Cheese 11 3/4" x 7" cutting board, $30, amazon.com; Whip Stir Chop 15 3/4" x 12" toughened glass cutting board, $28, josephjoseph.com

Utensil Holders

Add a colorful crock to your counter. Clockwise from top: Enrico Casual Dining 7"H x 6"-diameter mango wood holder in avocado and dark brown lacquer, $19, wayfair.com; Paint Bucket 6"H x 5 1/2"-diameter ceramic holder in teal, $19, corekitchen.com for stores; Le Souk Ceramique Sabrine Design 8"H x 5"- diameter ceramic holder, $26.50, wayfair.com