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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Kitchen With Dramatic Damask Wallpaper
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Finding yourself with a large kitchen is hardly something to complain about, that is, unless you really want to tile around the range but the cost to do so is prohibitive. That's the situation that Karla Barton, founder and president of McBurnery Junction in Langley, British Columbia, found herself in when designing the kitchen above. "We chose to wallpaper around the range because it was a money-saving idea," she explains. By choosing a "bossy" pattern, Barton was able to keep the rest of the enclosure simple, including the millwork and trim. Barton's best advice for pulling this off yourself: Let the wallpaper be the focal point and choose a soft barely there wall color.

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