IBA19 Badges Nominated

Being a renter means that you might not be completely in love with your current kitchen. Here are a few quick and easy kitchen updates that could make all the difference.

Cultfunriture Orange Kitchen 

Image: Cult Furniture

Sometimes it can be hard task to add your individual style to a rental kitchen, however there are ways that you can get round it that won't break the bank. We've put together a few easy decorating updates that can instantly change the look of your kitchen.

Update hardware

Rational Chalet Green

Image: Rational Kitchens

Your kitchen cupboard handles are an important part of the overall look of your kitchen. Switching these up can help immediately update your space without having to spend a fortune.

If you want to create an expensive look on a budget, gold cup handles are a great option and can be picked up easily both online and on the high street. Or, if you're after something a little more industrial, these ones from Rational Kitchens are ideal.

Remember to keep the old handles somewhere safe for if or when you decide to move out.

Paint your kitchen cupboards

Annie Sloan

Image: Annie Sloan

For this decorating update, you might want to ask your landlords permission first. But, if they're flexible they might let you repaint your kitchen cupboards. Evidently, this will change the style of your kitchen completley depending on which colour you choose.

Be inspired by this green scheme by Annie Sloan and opt for a bold shade to add buckets of life back into your kitchen. We love the idea of painting furniture in a matching shade.

Lay a rug

Burbidge Kitchen

Image: Burbidge 

It could be the flooring in your kitchen that you have the issue with and in that case, it's a good idea to lay a large rug to cover an unsightly floor. 

This way you can choose a design that complements your style. If you're into a neutral colour palette, a simple striped design might work best whereas if you want to inject pattern, opt for a Persian-inspired beauty.

Bring in plants

Cultfunriture Orange Kitchen

Image: Cult Furniture

A quick and easy way to breath life back into a dreary kitchen is to add lots of plants! Whether you opt for a large plant housed in a seagrass basket or a trailing plant to sit on top of your cupboards – the more greenery, the better!

Depending on the light and air circulation of your kitchen, it might be a wise choice to opt for faux plants. There are loads of great ones on the market and you definitely won't have to compromise on style.

DIY splashback

Limelace Splashback

Image: Limelace

Amp up the wow-factor in your kitchen with a DIY splashback. If you don't have the permission to create a tiled one or don't have the budget, this kitchen wallpaper from Limelace is a great alternative.

Alternatively, you could also opt for tile stickers to cover up your existing tiles. There are lots of styles and patterns to choose from and they are a lovely way to inject colour.

Add more surface space

Ikea Kitchen Trolley

Image: Ikea

More often than not, the biggest bugbear of a kitchen is not having enough surface space! However, they're definitely ways around this. For example, there are great portable kitchen islands and trolleys on the high street that can be stored away when not in use.

Check out how to get a kitchen island look for less, here

 

Are you going to do any of these quick and easy updates? Let us know on social! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our Instagram.

 

RELATED ARTICLES

3 stylish ways to update your kitchen in time for Christmas

7 ways to make your rental property feel like a home

Create a cocktail corner for just £30!

Campari Shot 2
Kitchen

3 Christmas twists on the classic Negroni cocktail

Shake up your favourite classic Negroni cocktail by trying out these festive tipples at your Christmas cocktail party with mulled, chocolate orange and hazelnut twists....
Aldi Opener Copy
Kitchen

Aldi launches luxury metallic kitchen range

Amp up your kitchenware in time for Christmas with Aldi's new premium metallic kitchen entertaining range.
Everhot 100 Heat Storage Range Victoria Blue
Kitchen

How to create a modern country kitchen scheme

Looking for easy ways to update a country kitchen? Or planning a famrhouse-style but want a contemporary twist? Try these simple ideas
 
Reindeer Cake
Kitchen

Try this delicious Christmas chocolate cake recipe

Edd's cake is a winter wonderland of lavish and extra treat-worthy toppings with lashings of gold, white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate trees and ​Baileys reindeers​.
BREAKFAST   Dairy Free Coconut And Raspberry French Toats   November 2019 Copy
Kitchen

3 quick and healthy weekend brunch recipes

Try your hand at these quick, healthy recipes ideas for breakfast or brunch this weekend.
Meliz Cooks 6 Hour Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder Crop
Kitchen

Alternative Christmas dinner recipes by Meliz Cooks

Turkish-Cypriot food blogger, Meliz Cooks brings Ottoman opulence to the table with her Middle Eastern twist to Christmas dinner classics.