13 Things an Interior Designer Would Never Have in Her Own Kitchen

Wouldn’t it be great if someone told you that inexpensive drawer hinges would be the bain of your existence before you finished a kitchen reno? (Yes, yes it would.) Which is why we asked Nancy Charbonneau, principal designer of Charbonneau Interiors, to share the 13 things you’d never, ever find in a professionally designed kitchen.

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Necessary for visual harmony, necessary for not julienne-ing your fingertip off. Make sure you have a mix of accent, task, ambient and natural daylight in a kitchen. Charbonneau’s favorite formula? “2700K LED recessed lights on dimmers, under cabinet task lighting and a pendant or chandelier.”

Cabinet door hinges and drawer slides are a place to splurge, not scrimp. (They take abuse every single day.) “Soft-close hinges and drawers are so worth the investment,” says Charbonneau. “And there is nothing

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51 Small Kitchen Design Ideas That Make the Most of a Tiny Space

While small apartments and homes offer plenty of charm, they tend to be lacking when it comes to kitchen space. Luckily, there are tons of small kitchen ideas that maximize storage and efficiency. It’s all about working with the layout of your space, whether your kitchen is confined to a single wall, U-shaped, or tucked in a corner. Ahead, we’ve gathered 51 small kitchen design tips to help maximize your space. Whether you’re renovating and starting from scratch or just looking to refresh your existing space, you’ll want to give these a try!

1. Add a prep area

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© Emily Gilbert Photography

You may not have space to expand or add a full island, so think about bringing in a table that can do double duty as a spot for prep and dining. Even a narrow console can work as a spot to set tools and ingredients on while you

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8 Creative Kitchen Decor Ideas (That Involve Zero Renovating)

They often say the kitchen is the heart of the home: You use it for lounging, socializing, cooking and everything in between. However, if you can’t stand the way it looks, you’re probably prone to avoiding it altogether—and what a waste of square footage that can be.

This versatile space can encompass so much, incorporating a number of different styles depending on what you’re looking for. No matter whether you want a family-friendly space to gather or simply an area in the home where you can get your sous vide on in peace, there’s always a way to create a kitchen that’s stylish and functional. Even if you’re limited on space. And even if you can’t undertake a massive reno. To help you out, we asked interior designers for their top kitchen decor ideas, along with no-effort purchases to make those concepts a reality.

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What Are Daylight Bulbs? Here’s Why You Should Consider Using Daylight Bulbs in the Kitchen

Sometimes it really is the little things that can totally change a room. Have a bland-looking door? Dress it up with one of these decorative door wraps! Not sure how to style that plain wall? Try a basket wall, drape a flower garland, or if you’re in need of a better organization method, try fashioning a clipboard wall. You can easily improve the appearance of a room without digging deep into your wallet, or spending too much time.

Ohio homeowner Kara Thornton reminded us of this when she posted a before and after picture of her kitchen on Instagram. In the before picture, her kitchen looked yellow and dim. In the after picture, the kitchen is glowing. So what changed? The lighting. Thornton installed daylight bulbs, which she bought at Lowe’s (you can buy them here)! It sounds like a no-brainer, but the bulbs

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