CURBED's Jennifer Baum Lagdameo says kitchens, which are the heart of the home for most families, often need some extra love and care in order to stay in good shape.

CURBED spoke with several industry experts to determine eight small updates which will not only improve day-to-day experiences at home but can also deliver great return on investment.

1. Consider new cabinet coverings. The easiest way to get the biggest visual impact is by investing in new cabinet coverings. If you have an Ikea kitchen, there are a number of companies specializing in stylish doors for Ikea cabinets boxes, such as Reform, Semihandmade, and Kokeena.

If you’re working with a designer to redo your cabinets, you might even take it one step further and conceal your refrigerator to match your cabinetry for a completely uniform look. “We like to try to tuck the refrigerator into a bank of tall cabinetry so that it becomes more of a thickened wall than something that juts into the room,” says Portland, Oregon-based interior designer Jessica Helgerson.

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