It doesn’t matter if you recently renovated your kitchen or have been looking at the same countertops for decades—no one wants the heart of their home to look cheap.

“Your kitchen is one of the hardest-working rooms in the house, so make it a priority by keeping it updated and pleasant to be in,” says Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP. Not incidentally, when it comes time to sell your home, it’s one of the rooms potential buyers judge the most.

So take a critical eye to your kitchen as a whole and then dive deep into the details. Paint color, lighting, and clutter all play an important role in keeping your design fresh. To help make your kitchen look more pulled together, here are eight things you should nix—and smart ways to improve them.

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Photo Credit: Studio Dearborn, Cascade Cabinetry LLC, Distinguished Kitchens & Bath