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The “On-Wall System” makes use of forgotten wall space and lets you hang accessories like spice racks and paper-towel holders on a railing track. Other options include a chalkboard for recipe notes and this multi-use shelf. ($81–$467 each; siematic.com)
This Carrera marble mosaic slab can be used as a backsplash, adding texture and interest behind a sink. ($27.50 per 6”x24” sheet; urbanarchaeology.com)
The minimalist chrome “Hansacuisine” faucet has a low-flow setting for saving water and a normal setting for those high-water-pressure jobs. ($572; hansaamerica.net)
Make everyone think you’ve renovated your entire kitchen by simply swapping out your old countertop. Quartz is a highly durable option for this heavily used work surface. With eco-friendly Caesarstone (the company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council), the options are virtually endless, from color to nuanced grains and textures. ($70–$120 per square foot, including installation; caesarstoneus.com)
Sleek and decorative, the powder-coated steel “BRASA” pendant light will illuminate your work surface without glare, thanks to its plastic-coated interior. (Available in black, white, and red, 18” and 24” pendant; $49–$69; ikea.com)
The stainless-steel “Elite” sink has a double bowl and is so inexpensive that you can afford a snazzy new faucet to go with it. ($280; houzersink.com)
If you don’t like a stark look in the kitchen, wallpaper is an easy and affordable way to warm up the space. “Pot & Pans” (left) is whimsical and clean-looking; if you gravitate towards the ornate, try “Pallade B&W” (right). (Both $40 per roll; grahambrown.com)
Whether you amp up the lights while you cook or dim them for ambiance while you eat, good lighting is essential in the kitchen. The “Diva” dimmer has a timer, so you can ensure that the mood is right when your dinner guests arrive (even if you’re still busy at the stove). (Available in 27 colors; $46 with wallplate; lutron.com)
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