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  • Sprucing up Your Rental Kitchen-Part 2

    A rental kitchen is a space that can look extremely drab without some personalization and creativity. As mentioned in the previous blog, there are countless ways to personalize any rental kitchen space, without breaking the bank and redoing the entire layout and design. The previous blog mentioned several ways to modify the look of a kitchen space without completely renovating the design. This blog will focus on updating the storage and overall functionality of a kitchen space in simple, cost-effective ways with adding a personal touch.


    • Rolling Kitchen Island: Have major island dreams for your kitchen? Consider investing in a rolling kitchen island. It is an easy way to have more counter space and storage space. Invest in a freestanding trolley so it can easily be moved out of the way if and when it is needed. A rolling kitchen island can easily store small appliances and crockery, be used as an extra workspace, and can add that little something extra to the kitchen space.
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    • Pot Rack: In any kitchen, nothing should be on the counter except for the daily essentials. To organize kitchen products and free up cabinet space, hang pots and pans on a pot rack either or on the wall from a pegboard. This solution opens up a lot of storage inside the cabinets, allowing you to store all items easily and effectively.
      Pot Rack Hanging Above Kitchen Island. Image Credit: My Design Chic
    • Hanging Shelf: Just like the pot rack, if storage is falling short, there are several removable wall storage systems that can be hung easily. They are cost-effective, easy to use, and require very minimal work in adding them to your kitchen.
      Removable Wall Shelves for Spices. Image Credit: Etsy
    • Smart Storage Options: Along with the options above, there are several smaller storage solutions that make kitchen tasks much easier. By adding wall-mounted knife blocks, drawer organizers, or even spice racks;  a unique sense of additional storage is created in the space you already have. Therefore, if the storage is falling short in your kitchen, add these simplistic solutions to create storage in even the smallest spaces.
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    Functionality: Improve Lighting: When it comes to overall functionality, a tenant has some freedom in changing the lighting. If you are unhappy with the usual, dim fluorescent lighting in the kitchen, consider adding a small lamp or  some decorative pendant lighting for some personality. There are several temporary options that can work, including plug-in sconces and battery-operated task lighting. However, if your landlord allows it, any electrician can easily change the overhead fixture, which can completely transform the vibe, look, and feel of the entire kitchen.

    Image Credit: The Kitchn

    Overall, the best way to personalize your kitchen is to work with what you have. Work with the layout, colors, textures, and find solutions that best suit the space. For example, in a parallel kitchen, adding a moveable island might be too squeezed in the space. However, a parallel kitchen is a great space to add some hanging shelves or other smart storage solutions. Bottom line, whether it is sprucing up the look, storage, or functionality; make the kitchen space everything you want and to suit your needs and preferences. Once that is accomplished, your kitchen will become exactly what you've wanted all along!

  • Sprucing up Your Rental Kitchen-Part 1

    We've heard the phrase "the kitchen is the heart of home." But where does that apply when the home does not completely belong to you? It can be quite challenging to make a space feel homey when you are not the sole owner. Oftentimes, when renting a home, there are a lot of limitations in terms of exercising your imagination and full style in designing the home interior. A rental kitchen usually cannot be completely renovated. However there are a variety of simple, cost-effective, and creative ways to make your kitchen space brighter, more attractive, and reflective of your own, individual style. For the purpose of providing all the creative possibilities, this blog series will be divided into two parts: the first part covering how the look of the kitchen can be changed, and the second being how storage and functionality can be added or modified to your rental kitchen.  The suggestions below are simple, easy ways to change the look in your kitchen space.

    • Paint the Cabinets: A fresh coat of paint in any color brings life to the kitchen space. If the landlord allows you to paint, then it is a lovely way to transform the kitchen space. Painting the kitchen cabinets are a chance to revamp dull-looking cabinets and add some personality.
      Image Credit: Safarimp
    • Add a Floor Rug: If the kitchen floor appears unattractive, the solution is simple! Add a gorgeous kitchen rug or two to enhance the look and have some comfort under your feet. Ensure the rug has an anti-slip protector underneath and is a stiffer fabric to withstand high usage. For design creativity and practicality, go with a rug that has a patterned design to prevent stains from showing up easily.
      Image Credit: Rilane
    • Add Homey Touches: A kitchen space can get a lot of personality with small touches in accents and accessories. While cabinets can look dated, homey touches can make the kitchen feel welcoming, such as adding beautiful artwork on the walls or even decorative pieces in kitchen corners. If there is a blank wall in the kitchen, a single, large piece of artwork will make a great focal point. However, if you were to go for a gallery, frame everything the same way to make the collection appear in sync and clean with the kitchen. Another easy way to draw attention is by adding some bold tea towels. Simply hang the design over the oven door and grab any viewer's attention. One can also add small indoor or artificial plants on the windowsill in decorative vases to add life and visual interest to the kitchen space.
      Kitchen accented with window coverings, tea towels, plants, and candles. Image Credit: Decoracasa
    • Add pattern to the WallsMaking over the kitchen walls is much easier than one might think. If you are unhappy with the backsplash or wall call, there are countless decal wallpapers available that can be added temporarily to the wall space. with any removable wall patterns or wall paper, the look of the entire kitchen can change dramatically. Decorative decals add very playful, personalized touches to the kitchen space.
      Peel-and-stick tiles that can add temporary color to a kitchen space. Image Credit: Pinterest

    These easy tricks add great personalization to any kitchen space. By applying these simple tricks, your kitchen will look unique, personable, and individual to you! Stay tuned for the next blog on sprucing up a rental kitchen!

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