Even though you might want a kitchen that matches your personality and lifestyle, sometimes getting it might be a challenge. Especially if you are staying in a rented apartment, which has furnishings and fixtures, and the rental lease is strict on renovations. In such an instance, remodeling the room to personalize it is out of the question. So, how can you give the kitchen a custom and homely touch? Here are some pointers.
Cover the Floor
If you do not like the appearance of your kitchen floor because you think it is ugly or outmoded, why don’t you transform its look? Look for an attractive area rug and spread it across the floor to disguise the fact that your flooring is unsightly. Make sure the rug is durable and easy to maintain. An outdoor rug, for instance, is a perfect pick because it can survive heavy traffic as well as frequent water spills and food messes.
Install or change drawer and shelve liners
Examine whether your drawers and shelves have liners, and in what state they are. If they are deficient or missing, you have the perfect opportunity to put down a new non stick lining. The new liner will also make it easy for you to take out everything from your drawers and cabinets, clean them and return the items in an ordered manner to keep your kitchen organized. The liners come in many colors apart from the traditional white variety.
Replace the faucet
A relatively fast and effortless way to give your rental’s kitchen an exciting new look is to take down the mundane looking faucets and replacing them with finer high arched faucet sprouts. Replacing a faucet is a relatively easy task, which you could do, or hire a plumber to handle it for you. When it comes right down to it, there is a broad range of designs from which to choose. Which means, you can effortlessly get the one that complements your personality and the theme you want to actuate.
Add or change the lighting
Another way of breathing life into a rental kitchen is by playing around with the lighting. Excellent alternatives could be the under the cabinet fixtures as well as the wall mounted LED varieties. Such a change is not only easy and inexpensive, but it will keep your kitchen literary glowing.
Update the hardware
If you want a quick and affordable kitchen facelift, replacing the old knobs and pulls on your kitchen drawers and cabinets will do the trick. Look for modern, decorative hardware, preferably those that are bland contractor-grade. Moreover, ensure that you purchase equipment that will fit snuggly into your drawers or cabinets, to avoid damaging the drawers. It will give you an easy time when your lease ends, and the landlord demands that you restore the apartment to its original state.
Introduce a temporary backsplash
Just because you are renting the premises, it does not mean you cannot have a backsplash. The market bubbles over with an array of removable backsplash ideas which you could explore. In fact, with these solutions, you can have a winning backsplash even if your landlord has strong reservations about you altering the apartment. Some novel ideas include faux tiles, removable decals, vinyl-covered fabric backsplash, as well as hanging plates, and waterproof artwork pieces.
Indoor plants are an excellent way of personalizing and revamping your kitchen’s look. The flora comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors, which makes it easy for you to select what suits you best. Furthermore, most of these plants are excellent air purifiers, and some like the Aloe Vera, have got incredible burn and cuts healing properties. Others, like Basil, Thyme, Lemongrass, and mint are also ideal alternatives since you can use them as spices.
Add storage space
If you have worked in a kitchen that has little or no storage space, then you can relate to how frustrating it is. For starters, it keeps your hands occupied at all times. Consequently, limiting your freedom to work on other equally important things. Save yourself from this dilemma by installing additional storage spaces in the kitchen. Some practical but removable designs that you could try out include wire shelves, under-cabinet baskets, rolling carts and nice looking heavy-duty dish racks. You could also settle for a large chopping board that has attractive designs, to double as extra storage or table top.