Rental kitchens need some attention and inspiration, so that you can feel at home in them. They need tlc and a good stamp of your own personality.
I’ve lived in quite a few rented places over the years – apartments with tiny kitchens; old terraced houses with galley kitchens, dated pine cabinets, to the extremely neutral white with black countertops.
The thing is, you can make any kitchen beautiful.
Or at least, you can draw your eyes away from the dull, and direct them towards the character and color you’ve added.
How to make your rental kitchen a lovely place to be
Take some time
It might take a bit of time to figure out how to make your kitchen beautiful – perhaps the style isn’t something you would normally choose, or perhaps it’s seen better days.
Take some action
It’s important to go ahead and give it some tlc if you’re a kitchen kind of person! I find if I’m happy to spend time in my kitchen, I’m happy to cook and create there. It needs have that sense of rest and to be a little bit of a haven after a busy day, or at the start of a long slow Saturday.
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This color and this shape…love it.
Sometimes floral just works, ya know?
Set your price
A word on budgets. We all have different budgets, that’s just normal. And we have different priorities. Beautiful does not have to be expensive. And so many of the best retro pieces are found secondhand.
These are just so pretty. And they inspire me to bake.
I love the texture on these white bottles.
These little pots are so charming. The colors and the decorative shape are perfect.
Objects without nails – mostly
Most rental places I’ve lived in haven’t allowed painting the walls, or adding too many nails in the walls. So I focus more on objects to place on countertops or tables.
If you’re keen on baking and need to keep some eggs at room temperature, then this egg tray is so striking.
This toaster is also available as a 4 slice. It reminds me of a radio. Just love that color – fantastic in a white kitchen.
Olive wood is beautiful. I could look at it for hours.
Invest in things which move with you
I like to choose kitchen appliances and accessories which can move with me, when the time comes to move house. That way, my new rental kitchen immediately has continuity and some marks of personality. My kitchen clock, for example, makes any wall feel like home to me.
Go with the grain of your place
But it’s also good idea to fit in with the style of your new place. Is it rustic or modern? Is it city or country? Would retro work in this space or does it need a cleaner look?
This retro microwave is one of my absolute favorites. It is great value and just so cute. I wrote a post about retro microwaves – take a look here for the whole list.
Focus on color and texture
Color and texture go a long way, especially in the bland kind of rental kitchens. Gorgeous, striking tea towels hanging on the oven door, will distract from the not very glamorous oven itself.
15. Totally Bamboo Eco Dish Drying Rack
Kate Spade New York kitchenware is new to me and I’m loving it. The wood is warm, solid, with the interesting edge in green. And the pans are so cute.
Less is more
I tend more towards minimalism – ha, most people do after they’ve moved house a few times! This is about picking and choosing some things to stand out for you. A couple of beautiful, unusual items will do it.
This is a small item, but really effective. I like to put two by my sink – one for pink hand soap and the other for green washing up liquid.
Actually, my favorite piece in my kitchen is a wall sign. A street sign with the name of the place my husband asked me to marry him 💕 Finding ways to tell your story in your rental kitchen is the quickest way to make it home.