A Chicago Rental Kitchen With a Few Smart, Stylish Solutions

A Chicago Rental Kitchen With a Few Smart, Stylish Solutions

Cambria Bold
Sep 9, 2013

Marti and Jarrod's Lincoln Square kitchen is a great example of how to make a boring rental kitchen (with those ubiquitous oak kitchen cabinets!) into something really great. "I wish our kitchen cabinets weren’t oak and I really wish they didn’t have that arch at the top," says Marti. But you hardly notice those cabinets because of a few really smart design decisions:

The half-painted wall — black on the bottom, white on the top — immediately creates drama and interest, and draws your eye away from the cabinets. Plus, notice how well the stool and the white trash can pop against it! I love the colorful runner, too, which covers up the bland floor tiles and provides just the right amount of pattern and texture.

If you have pretty copper pots, don't hide them!

Love how the hanging broom almost looks like a piece of art in this photo!

Small details make all the difference. Here, a bottle opener attached to the wood door frame sits above a white ceramic pot from IKEA.

Such simple changes, but they create an entirely new feeling in the kitchen — graphic, modern, cool.

See the Full Tour → Mitch and Jarrod's Graphic Modern Home at Apartment Therapy

(Images: Carolyn Purnell)

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