Go green! Display a pot of flora: organic basil for your Bolognese or a succulent that only needs watering every other Tuesday.

 

Delta Faucet’s dignified Cassidy™ Single Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet has curves that read traditional and a sleek finish that’s totally now. 

Bring in soft, livable fabrics, but change up the patterns. Here, the mod-floral towel offsets the simple stripes on the Roman shade and rug.

Place cookbooks where you actually use them. Their graphic jackets become artwork that silently shows off your cooking chops.

 

Move masterpieces from the mantle to the kitchen, where you can marvel at them as you nosh.

5 Instant Kitchen Updates

No need for a full-on reno. Dress up the kitchen you’ve already got with these little luxuries.

As the most-used room in your house, the kitchen is first and foremost about function. But that doesn’t mean it’s resigned to wearing just the basics. Like the statement necklace that makes your LBD something special, accessories are the key to a stylish, pulled-together kitchen ensemble.

Think of this transitional, classic-yet-fresh kitchen as the LBD. It begins with clean lines and a goes-with-everything color palette. The glam factor comes from refined touches that strike a balance between sophisticated and comfy. For instance, silvery storage containers and a va-va-voom faucet echo the room’s crisp style, while coordinating (but not matchy-matchy) textiles soften the stone and steel. (Plus, towels and throw rugs with a little personality in an otherwise stoic space say, “Hey, people live here!”) Voila! The room you just wanted to tear apart is suddenly en vogue.