Updating the kitchen

Update the look of your backsplash — without grout — by using tile decals.

These adhesive stickers come in various sizes to perfectly cover up dated tile designs, without leaving a sticky residue.

For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install a Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf.

There's a missing element in most American kitchens, and it's not a ,500 range or a 4-acre refrigerator. The hidden fixtures of undercabinet task lighting, which are fairly easy to retrofit beneath upper wall cabinets, bathe the countertop in bright white light—a boon for everything from dicing veggies to reading recipes.

Make the most of your kitchen's existing storage space by installing a pull-out shelf in one—or all—of the base cabinets.

The shelf resembles a shallow drawer that glides out for easy access to items stored in the back of the cabinet.

Blocks of bright color — on the chair seats and pillows — lend the dining room by designer Todd Klein a playful air.

You can free up space by suspending your pots and pans from the ceiling.

A pot rack adds style, makes them easily accessible, and creates more cabinet space for other items, says designer Shannon Bowers, who did that in this Texas home's kitchen.

Put table lamps on your island or dining table to make your kitchen feel like a room, not a laboratory, like designer Robert Stillin did with Visual Comfort's Column lamp in Sheffield silver for House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year with Ina Garten.

Instead of investing in brand-new cabinetry, try working with what you have.

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