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Get creative with your kitchen

Try incorporating a decorative valance in your kitchen.

Try incorporating a decorative valance in your kitchen.

Do you want to be the "hostess with the mostest?" You can start by improving your kitchen. Giving your cooking space a modern update will increase your house's value and could even lead to you whipping up new recipes. Top interior designer Madeline Stuart revealed her stylish tips to Architectural Digest. Take a peek at some of the suggestions below. Before you know it, you could be the next Rachel Ray.

  • Be a material girl (or guy): Choosing the right material for both your kitchen floor and countertops is essential to the overall ambiance and quality of the room. If you choose a floor that is too hard, it may be uncomfortable to stand for long periods of time when you're perfecting recipes. Additionally, you're going to want to chop vegetables and other ingredients atop an easy-to-clean counter. Stuart suggests using dense marble, quartz and stainless steel inside of the kitchen.
  • Don't be afraid to showcase your appliances: "I loathe the affectation of disguising refrigerators and dishwashers with a cabinetry panel. You are in a kitchen; everyone knows you are in a kitchen. That you own a refrigerator should come as no surprise," Stuart tells the magazine. Instead of covering up your microwave, refrigerator or food processor, try to match them to your overall design scheme.
  • Let light in: If you plan on spending a lot of time in your kitchen, both cooking and eating, you're not going to want the space to feel like a cave. Use indoor shutters, blinds or kitchen valances to create a warm atmosphere perfect for both you and your house guests.