Classic Neutral: Black Matte Appliances

Black matte finishes are everywhere—on fridges, ranges, dishwashers, vent hoods. Black might sound like a heavy color choice for a kitchen, but it’s versatile: This is the “little black dress” look for appliances. Classic, simple, and goes with everything.

Why is a black matte finish worth a look when you upgrade your kitchen? It’s readily available, extremely easy to clean, and a style…

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Mid-century Modern Kitchen Style: Colorful, Practical, Proven

Do you want a functional, unfussy kitchen with a style that has staying power? Consider mid-century modern. This simple but distinctive style has been around for decades, yet still looks fresh. You “know it when you see it,” even if you’ve never heard it named.

Defining Mid-century Modern in the Kitchen

Mid-century modern is more than just “the 1960s look.” The style takes elements…

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Get a Grip: Choosing Door and Drawer Hardware

You’ve viewed what seem like dozens of cabinet door and drawer designs. So much to decide: Cool gray on a contemporary, flat door? A traditional raised panel door, in dark wood? Maybe Shaker cabinets, with their goes-with-everything versatility?

Your kitchen’s personality and functionality—for years to come—depend on what you choose, so you’re choosing with care. Apply the same care to choosing cabinet door and…

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Kitchen Tune-Up’s Top Projects for August 2020

Kitchen Tune-Up turned homeowners’ kitchen dreams into realities with these August National Project of the Month achievements. Owners across the country showed how they upgrade dated, dark kitchens into modern, bright workspaces with the right cabinets, colors and details.

Paul and Kathryn Jost
Denver, CO

The owners kept their cabinets’ original layout and profile, but refaced them in cool indigo blue, accented with simple…

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Design Classic: White Shaker Cabinets For Every Kitchen

The humble-looking cabinet door before you seems plain—and it is. It’s also one of the most popular kitchen cabinet styles in recent decades. What makes this quiet, white door the star of kitchens everywhere?

Meet the Shaker cabinet. You’ve seen it on TV design and renovation shows, at kitchen showrooms, and probably in friends’ houses too. Yet these cabinets are so unassuming, you might…

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Kitchen Inspiration: Adaptable, Versatile Slab Doors

This mood board is deceptively simple. The flat door, the basic handle, the solid wall accents. But don’t mistake simple for boring. These elements are the springboard for looks that range from retro to contemporary. Take a closer look.

First, the cabinet door: Slab doors are a single smooth front, without moldings or decorative raised panels. Cabinet frames and hinges don’t show, so…

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Mood Board: Subtle Naturals Work with Cottage Chic or Contemporary Cool

The elements of this subtle mood board keep things natural as they flirt with gray. The silvery tone of the cabinetry emphasizes the texture of the wood grain. Against the light wood, the dark, oil-brushed bronze handle stands out.

For the countertop, this gray-white marbled look adds more pattern but doesn’t overwhelm. The wood accents show how a rich but quiet brown…

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Anchoring Your Kitchen With Serious Color

Navy blue: Its name evokes ships and the sea. But unlike fresh sea-green or light sky-blue, navy’s darker hue doesn’t really call up images of summer vacations. This ocean-deep color is cool and serious—and surprisingly ideal for both contemporary and traditional kitchens.

This navy mood board is a jumping-off point. Pairing the navy cabinets with these woodgrain wall accents in silvery or…

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Kitchen Inspiration: Clean, Functional and Personal

Contemporary style is about what’s new, now. Contemporary isn’t just another word for modern. In homes, modern is a specific design movement, while contemporary means “of the moment.” Look for these features in contemporary kitchens:

Slab doors. No frames show on these “full overlay” cabinets. All you see are smooth slabs of flat doors and drawers. Hardware, like the slim bar-shaped handle shown on…

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Kitchen Design: Don’t Take Versatile Gray for Granted

If “gray” makes you think of cloudy skies and dull days, think again. This gray mood board unveils a color so versatile it can accent any surface—wood, metal, glass, stone—-and so varied it can stand on its own, the star of your kitchen.

Gray’s design secret: This underestimated color can look cool or warm, industrial or natural, sleekly modern or demurely traditional.

How does plain…

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Kitchen Inspiration: A Delicious Design

This delicious kitchen mood encompasses rich, dark browns and lighter neutral blues and greys. Chocolate is one of our favorite kitchen color schemes because of how natural it ends up looking. Brown is a natural wood tone, after all, so while your cabinets will be painted, your kitchen will look incredibly natural—timeless, even.

Calming colors

The highlight of this mood board is its…

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Kitchen Inspiration: Some “Sage” Advice

Green has never been a very common kitchen choice since bright greens can look tacky and dark greens can be so, well, dark. But sage is the ultimate exception. This mellow shade of green has just enough hints of blue and grey to mellow it out, making sage not just a fun accent color, but also a good main color…

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4 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

The kitchen is the centerpiece of every home. As centuries of kitchen design trends have gone by, we’ve seen a fair bit of eye-raising design choices (installing a work desk in the kitchen was a real trend that happened).

Yet some design trends have never left us. There are kitchen designs that stand the test of time, regularly topping each year’s…

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6 Great Kitchen Styles - Which One Says You?

What’s your preferred style of kitchen? Is it something rustic? Something traditional? A transitional design, perhaps?

If you’re feeling kind of lost looking for the answer, don’t despair! Kitchen styles are incredibly hard to accurately describe without seeing one in front of you. Odds are you’ve seen kitchens you loved and kitchens you hated, but you may be hard pressed to say why—or…

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Kitchen Tune-Up now offering new options for backsplash and wall accents

At Kitchen Tune-Up, we’re here to take care of your whole kitchen, even when things get a little messy. Sooner or later the sauces are going to go flying, and you want to make sure your kitchen walls not only resist stains but look great while doing so. That’s why we’re proud to announce we’ve got a new inventory of fancy yet…

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