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7 Timeless Kitchen Upgrades You Won’t Regret Down the Line, According to Pros


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We talked to a few expert renovators and interior designers to learn how to make kitchen design decisions that will go the distance. Here’s how to spend your reno budget. 

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Good quality hardware in mixed metals

Complementary hardware styles in a couple finishes — say, matte black and burnished gold — keeps things interesting and versatile. 

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A sink under the window

Place your sink under a window so you have a better view, or onto a central kitchen island to improve the flow of the room. 

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More natural light

Most kitchens don’t have enough natural light. Try cutting out the top section of the door, or adding a skylight. 

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Natural wood flooring

If you have the opportunity to add or uncover hardwood floors, do it. Natural wood flooring in warm, golden tones never goes out of style. 

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Extra shelving

Even if the shelving is in addition to upper cabinets, not in place of them, you won’t regret plentiful storage. 

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A classic backsplash, with a twist

Tile with a bold, eye-catching pattern is always timeless. Try large-format tile with smaller grout lines in a herringbone pattern. 

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A pot filler

Pot fillers are controversial. They’re beloved by homeowners who frequently cook at home for families—especially those who favor big-batch kitchen sessions. 

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