Change the layout or enlarge windows.

Invest in the following options:


  • Opt for custom cabinetry


  • Invest in natural stone or composite countertops


  • Switch base-model for professional-grade appliances
  • Install statement lighting


  • Start fresh: think about where the kitchen would work best in the home, even relocate to a different room
  • Change the architecture (enlarge or install windows, for instance)

See kitchen photos, in-depth renovation tips, planning tools and videos in our Kitchen Guide.

Research by Anna-Kaisa Walker. With files from Brian Gluckstein, Gluckstein Design; Tamara Robbins Griffith, Ikea Canada; Connie Braemer, Connie Braemer Design; Julie Charbonneau, De Poitiers; Shelley Penner, Penner & Associates Interior Design; Roman Cholasta, Interior Elements.

  • Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
  • Source: House & Home June 2010 issue
  • Products: Tsé Tsé vases, Hollace Cluny; white pot, Le Creuset.

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