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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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