10 of the Most Popular Rental Kitchens from Our Friends at Apartment Therapy

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Renting an apartment or house can feel a little defeating for someone who wants to personalize their space. But the truth is, there’s still plenty you can do to put your stamp on a rental kitchen — even if your landlord is a stickler or if you’re not super handy. For proof, we scoured the House Tour archives over at our sister site, Apartment Therapy, in search of super personal, super charming, super smart rental kitchens that their readers love.

These are 10 of the most popular rental kitchens over on Apartment Therapy.

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1. A Charming Crown Heights Studio Kitchen

We wouldn’t change a single thing about this dark and moody kitchen in this cozy Crown Heights studio apartment. Our favorite touch? The mid-century barstools perched at the counter.

See the full House Tour: A Charming 280-Square Foot Crown Heights Studio

2. A Bold and Brash Brooklyn Kitchen

It’s amazing how much a rug can do in a cookie cutter rental kitchen. We also love the mirror which makes the space feel bigger and brighter than it already is.

See the full House Tour: An Artist’s Bold and Brash 450-Square Foot Brooklyn Apartment

3. An Inspiring Arts District Loft Kitchen

We’re swooning over the vintage charm in this Los Angeles loft kitchen. And it’s not faux-old, either: Around 90 percent of the knickknacks in this space were sourced from thrift stores, Goodwill, and flea markets.

See the full House Tour: Scott and Kristan’s Inspiring Arts District Loft

4. The Most Colorful Kitchen in the World

Not many people can pull off this radically colorful kitchen, but to Amina and Salvatore, we say ‘more power to you!’ Believe it or not, this whimsical space owes a lot to the power of tediously layered strips of washi tape.

See the full House Tour: The Most Colorful Apartment in the World

5. A No-Renovation Required Kitchen Makeover

Can’t get new cabinets? No problem! This renter carefully removed the doors of her cabinets, creating pseudo-open shelving and a completely new look.

See the full Before & After: We Love This No-Reno Required Rental Kitchen Makeover

6. A Fantastic Feminist NYC Rental Kitchen

If this baby pink rental kitchen on the Upper West Side had an alter ego, it “would be a 1970s feminist character named Valerie [because] she’s bold, she’s not afraid of color or the patriarchy, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously.” Agreed!

See the full House Tour: Eclectic Chaos in a Fantastic Feminist NYC Rental

7. A Bohemian Bayou Kitchen Hideaway in New Orleans

Would you look at that, here’s another rental kitchen makeover that comes together with a lot to washi tape. Except this time, the color palette is a little more subtle …

See the full House Tour: A Bohemiam Bayou Hideaway in New Orleans

8. A Fresh and Bright Brooklyn Rental Kitchen

This cozy kitchen is another piece of evidence proving that a mirror can open up a room. It helps that the cabinets are white, too, which is famous in the design world for making small spaces look bigger.

See the full House Tour: Sarah and David’s Fresh and Bright Brooklyn Rental

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9. A Dramatic $300 Kitchen Makeover

We’re obsessed with all the small details that made this rental kitchen completely unrecognizable. And the whole thing only cost $300. (Fun fact: Apartment Therapy’s News and Culture Editor, Tara Bellucci, lives here!)

See the full Before & After: $300 Later, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable

10. A Creative Kitchen Sanctuary in Silver Lake

The three friends who rent this Silver Lake apartment sought to make their home a sanctuary — and if you ask us, they nailed it. Be right back, adding this yellow stove to our Christmas list…

See the full House Tour: Creative, Collective Sanctuary Style in Silver Lake

Which of these rental kitchens is your favorite?