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7 Simple Ways to Customize a Rental Kitchen

Renting certainly has its pros. For starters, you don’t have to do your own repairs and you don’t have to go through the process of actually buying a house. But, renting definitely has its cons. One of the most frustrating aspects of renting a home is not being able to change it – especially the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little customization! Here are seven rent-friendly and simple ways to customize your rental kitchen.


Is your kitchen backsplash lacking? If you can’t paint it, why not try stick-on decals? You can adhere the stick-on tiles to your existing tiles for an instant update. Or, you can place the tiles directly on your wall.

Update Cabinet Hardware

Just because you can’t paint – or change – your cabinets doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little face lift. Try switching out the hardware to add some character to your kitchen. Make sure you keep the original knobs, though, so you can replace them when you move out.

Add A Curtain

Most rental homes don’t come equipped with window treatments. Adding one can make your kitchen feel more like a home than a rental. Try a bright one to liven up the place – especially if you gaze out to a brick wall everyday.

Dress Up the Cabinets

Lucky enough to have open shelving? Try lining the backs of the cabinets with wallpaper or contact paper. It’ll bring some pattern to the shelves and add a pop of color to your kitchen.


If you don’t have a window above your sink, try adding a mirror. A gorgeous mirror can act as a light reflector and brighten up the entire apartment.

Add Art

One of the easiest ways to dress up any rental kitchen is by adding art to the walls or shelves. Not only does it personalize the space, it always brings character and much needed charm to an otherwise bland spot. You can hang art on the walls or even utilize a kitchen shelf.


If your rental has outdated flooring, adding a runner rug can work wonders. Grab one in a bright pattern or a simple black and white runner, depending on your aesthetic. Not only will it add instant charm to your kitchen, it’ll hide any scruffs or markings.


Even though you can’t physically change your kitchen while renting, you can certainly customize it to add some personality and character.

What are your favorite ways to customize your rental kitchen?