When you're renting and you want to jazz up your kitchen, the options are often pretty limited. No paint, no appliance switcheroo, no new materials like tile, countertops, flooring. That's why we jumped at this nifty temporary backsplash idea:
Ariana is a long-time Kitchn reader who shared her sweet Portland kitchen with us in last year's Small Cool Kitchens contest. Since then, however, she has moved with her husband and daughter to a 300-year-old rental home in Bavaria, Germany. Here's a peek into her charming German kitchen!
Jackie knows that in order to thrive and get the creative juices flowing, her immediate physical environment must be pleasing to the eye and the soul. So she took on the challenge of personalizing a typical rental kitchen in New York City with gusto.
Rental kitchens can be a tough room to deal with: major kitchen changes are expensive and you can't take them with you when you move. Storage is one particular issue we often see folks dealing with creatively in rental kitchens. Here are a few storage solutions for renters pulled from Small Cool Kitchen entries.
Q: The Small Cool Kitchens Contest got me thinking: do you have any design tips for those of us that rent in places you can't paint, change hardware, change light fixtures, or change anything really?
Living in Northern Virginia, all the rental apartments around here have the same beige walls, beige carpets, white tile, birch colored cabinets (which aren't all that terrible). I find it hard to get a unique look.
When Grace, Brian, and their young daughter moved out of the city and into their own condo, they traded in interesting architectural details for more space. Their kitchen was a simple white box — very similar to most rental kitchens. They have added just a few details to their little kitchen that made it really pop in this photo.
Oh my. This kitchen is just what we needed to see today, on a gray day with almost no sun. This kitchen is full of sun, with its pops of unexpected color and all that rich, fresh green. This is a spring kitchen, no matter what time of year it is.
Cambria at our sister site Re-Nest just did a quick, loving makeover of her rental kitchen for only $80. She took doors off cabinets, hung pictures, and added some colorful paper for a fast, cozy upgrade.
We've talked about rental kitchen upgrades (how far would you go?) and special kitchen projects, and it seems like many of us are willing to go beyond new curtains or a coat of paint to make a long-term rental more functional and beautiful. Here's one idea for a rental kitchen upgrade that we hadn't considered until recently: a new faucet.