These easy ideas for decorating your rental kitchen won't require whipping out a paintbrush when it's time to move out. Decals that detach with a tug, rugs that roll up and follow you to your next home, and hardware that detaches with a few twists of a screwdriver let you design a custom kitchen—without upsetting your landlord.
Above: Believe it or not, those beautiful patterned tiles are actually stick-on decals. Adhere the designs to existing tiles for an instant facelift, or place them directly on the wall. Check out all of the pattern options at Quadro Style.
Even if you're not allowed to paint your kitchen cabinets, you can still switch out the hardware. Just be sure to keep the original knobs so you can replace them when it's time to move out. Brass hinges and drawer pulls pop against plain white cabinets in this kitchen from the bloggers behind Franois et Moi, featured on sfgirlbybay.
Window treatments can help make a rental kitchen feel less like a rental, and when they're bright and happy, like the roman shade above spotted on Front & Main, they lighten up the whole room.
If you have open shelving (psst. . . you can make your own as long as you keep the fronts) or glass-front cabinets, bring in some pattern by lining the backs of the cabinet with wallpaper or contact paper. Better Homes and Gardens choose the swirling paisley pattern above, but I'd love to do this with marble contact paper for an inexpensive touch of luxe.
A pretty mirror can stand in for a window over the sink, helping to reflect light throughout the room. The vintage one above was captured by Another Side of This Life.
Art personalizes a rental kitchen, bringing character to what tends to be a neutral space. Along with charming collections and a covetable SMEG fridge, art lends personality to Wendy Patterson's kitchen, featured in Vogue Living.
A runner works wonders in a galley kitchen, particularly if you're aiming to conceal outdated flooring. The short horizontal stripes on the rug above, found on My Domaine, play against the room's long and narrow shape.
Re-edited from a post originally published 7.10.16-NT