Nine Small Touches to Help Revive Your Kitchen (Without Hiring a Professional)

Kitchen counter space with backsplash and cookware rack

If you want to make changes to your kitchen without all the fuss (or expense) of hiring a contractor, you've come to the right place. We've found nine simple ways to spruce up your space—no professional help required.

Martha Stewart Collection ceramic and wood canister set from Macy's photo

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Sleek Storage Canisters

Rather than storing dry ingredients inside your pantry, grab a sophisticated storage container set that you can proudly display on your countertop—we love that it provides extra convenience as you bake. One five-star reviewer says, "Perfect size, perfect color. Exactly what I have been looking for everywhere." The largest container in the set can hold up to a five-pound bag of flour, and the medium canister holds a four-pound bag of sugar. Made with a solid wood lid and dishwasher-safe ceramic base, these charming canisters keep ingredients fresh and allow for an easy cleanup. ($70, usually $117; macys.com)

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Colorful geometric print area rug from World Market photo

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Unique Area Rug

For a simple alteration, try swapping out your kitchen mat for a statement area rug, like this one featuring an interesting design. With its tassel fringe, hand-woven recycled fabric, and its number of beautiful colors, this rug will instantly liven up to your space without clashing with existing décor. Tip: We recommend adding a pad underneath to avoid slipping and to protect your floors. ($16, usually $20; worldmarket.com)

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Wall mounted pot rack from Wayfair photo

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Wall-Mounted Pot Rack

If keeping pots and pans organized is nearly impossible in your household, we've got a stylish solution for you. Enter: A wall-mounted pot rack. This sleek black hanging rail comes with 10 hooks to arrange your pots, pans, and kitchen utensils, which ultimately frees up cabinets to be used for other essentials. If space allows, we suggest getting two railings: one for cookware and one for tools. ($46; wayfair.com)

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Black-and-white patterned spoon rests from West Elm photo

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Patterned Spoon Rest

Even though it's a small addition, a spoon rest is a beneficial (and cute!) kitchen gadget to have sitting on your countertop. Not only does it help keep a splatter-free area as you whip up your favorite recipes, but it also functions as a pretty decorative accent when not in use. The hardest part will be choosing between this fun confetti pattern or timeless polka dot print. ($26 each; westelm.com)

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Black decorative bowl from Anthropologie photo

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Decorative Fruit Bowl

A tried-and-true kitchen accent, you can never go wrong with a decorative fruit bowl. Our pick is this black bowl that shows the natural wood grains for added hint of rustic style. We recommend filling it with bright yellow lemons for a beautiful contrast. ($58; anthropologie.com)

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White peel and stick subway tile from West Elm photo

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Subway Tile Peel and Stick Backsplash

If you want to add a backsplash without having to pay for the pricey installation—or you identify as a habitual redecorator—this peel and stick option will do the trick. The subway tile design is a tasteful mixture of minimalist and traditional styles, meaning it will effortlessly blend into practically any kitchen aesthetic. Thanks to its easy-to-install process, you can finally say goodbye to bare walls and hello to a brighter, more polished space. ($44/roll, usually $55; westelm.com)

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Matte black textured utensil holder from Crate and Barrel photo

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Matte Black Utensil Holder

Equal parts functional and stylish, this utensil holder deserves a spot in your kitchen for all the right reasons. From the cool grid pattern to the modern matte black finish, we can guarantee this tool crock will be a charming statement against your kitchen wall color. Place all your spatulas and wooden spoons inside and set it next to a succulent for an aesthetically pleasing display. ($20; crateandbarrel.com)

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Set of three wall baskets with stripe design from West Elm photo

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Wall Basket Set

You already know gallery walls are a great way to dress up your space, but lately, the craze has been about wall basket displays. Luckily, we found this stunning set of three baskets from West Elm that would be a dreamy addition to your kitchen. Made of millet grass and completed with pretty black-and-yellow lines, these bohemian-inspired pieces will give your kitchen a warm, cozy feeling. ($79, usually $99; westelm.com)

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Kitchen dish towel with spices and herb design from Anthropologie photo

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Embroidered Dish Towel

An easy way to switch up your kitchen décor is by hanging a different tea towel every now and then. We love this kitchen linen for its on-theme herb and spice embellishments and tassel accents, making it a playful touch to display using clothespins or drape over the oven handle. Bonus: It's machine-washable so you can toss it in the laundry when it's had its fair share of drying hands and dishes. ($20; anthropologie.com)

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