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These Are the 3 Best Things You Can Do for Your Kitchen, According to Joanna Gaines

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Ahh yes, the kitchen: great beating heart – and premier wad-sucking money pit of the home. Wompity womp. So where exactly are the best places to spend those reno dollars? We asked Fixer Upper star (and all-around she-ro) Joanna Gaines to share the three best investments for a designer look and a bump to your home’s resale value. Here’s what she had to say.

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Investment 1: Hardware

In other words, the knobs, pulls, hinges, and accessories that outfit your cabinets. “I think that hardware plays such a huge part in the style of a space,” says Gaines. (Where a chrome bar-style pull announces a kitchen as modern, a rounded nickel one suggests a more traditional, country vibe.) In addition to style factor, elevated hardware punctuates the kitchen and really makes the space feel custom.

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Investment 2: Pendant Lights

Gaines’s professed love for these babies came as no great surprise to us: After all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a JG-designed kitchen without one or two eye-catching pendant lights hung above a gorgeous island. This room jewelry adds visual interest, extra function, and, yup, lots of professional polish.

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Investment 3: Cabinet Paint

Having breathed new life into countless old kitchen cabinets (and launching a dreamy line of paint with KILZ), Gaines knows the transformative magic of a simple paintbrush. For wow factor, she loves high-contrast combos (think: mixing and matching upper, lower, and island colors) but suggests keeping things timeless rather than trendy by going for classic black and white tones as an anchor. (Totally gorg.)

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