LA Good Questions: Help My Dingy Kitchen Rental!

LA Good Questions: Help My Dingy Kitchen Rental!

Grace Shu
Apr 11, 2008

AT reader Erika managed to nab an apartment in a great location for a decent price--the only problem is that the apartment is old, and had not been well-kept. She says: I just moved into my new apartment--and I already want to move out! Even though my landlord is pretty easygoing, he's also lazy and doesn't keep up with maintaining the apartments. My apartment is totally dingy, particularly the kitchen--I'm dying to repaint! What color should I paint this? Any other suggestions to make this kitchen better?

Hi Erika,

It seems like a paint job would definitely help personalize the space a bit more. We could see this kitchen painted a soft blue-grey with white trim if you like a more traditional clean look, or go bright! Yellows and greens might be a good base for your walls, and you can play around with the built in shelving. (We'd try to get rid of that random cabinet floating on the wall, though...) Considering that your place is a rental, you might also want to pick a lighter shade in case you have to repaint the walls to white...

Anyone else have any suggestions?

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