Dear Apartment Therapy, we just signed a lease for an adorable apartment in Somerville and we LOVE it, for the most part. It is on the 3rd floor and has an interesting floorplan with very cool angles. However, the kitchen is a bit of a problem. It is the first room you enter when you come into the apartment, and it has awful wood paneling with drab linoleum. We cannot paint or refloor. What kind of inexpensive, temporary changes/updates can we make to A) make this place a welcoming entryway and B) brighten up the heavy, dark look of the place. We want this to be a room where we love to cook and entertain. We move in September and hope to have a game plan before then. Thank you! A & D
We also inherited an outdated and dark wood panel and linoleum kitchen but we were lucky enough to be able to at least paint the cabinets. Our solution for the linoleum was bright, light colored Flor tiles — as many as we could fit — to help break up the drag atmosphere. It might seem odd to carpet a kitchen but a broad, bright floor covering would spruce this rental right up and transform the space into a welcoming entry. Check out Flor's Kitchen Section
, the "Fedora" style, in particular.