Kitchen Design Guide

10 Kitchen Updates That Won't Break the Bank

Is your kitchen in need of little facelift? Give it a makeover this weekend with our 10 designer-approved upgrades.

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When it comes to the kitchen, unless you're up for a major project and a big expense, you're pretty much stuck with your layout and appliances, explains Dona Rosene, ASID, the owner of Dona Rosene Interiors in Dallas, Texas. "If you have windows that you can put fabric on," she notes "it softens and finishes the kitchen in a really nice way." In terms of fabric selection, Rosene says a pattern is the best way to make a big impact and tie things together. For short windows like these, go for a valance that's about 15 to 18 inches long. Hang the treatment above the window so that it just covers the top molding — this visually elongates the window.

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