When you’re renting a space you give up a lot of the more creative freedoms that come with owning your own. Don’t bank on being able to make any drastic changes to rooms, appliances, or fixtures like the plumbing or heating—anything you want will have to go through your landlord and property management company. Even though your options for remodeling are limited, it’s possible to make changes that influence the look and feel of an apartment, office, or even a warehouse.
One of the rooms that lessees are most likely to want to change is also one of the most customizable: the kitchen. The benefit of leasing a space with a kitchen is that it is often possible to bring in your own appliances, like refrigerators or stoves. However, the real meat of the kitchen are the tools you use in it: silverware, serving plates and bowls, cookware, cups, and glasses. It’s through these items that your kitchen’s personality really shines. If you’re looking to make a kitchen more homey or like your own, showcase your china and silverware or shop for utensils with designs that fit your style. A fan of novelty mugs or shot glasses? Buy a rack that sits on the counter or hangs on the wall to show off your collection and make the kitchen pop with personality.
Feeling like a bigger change is needed? Ask your property manager or landlord if they would approve a different coat of paint. If the answer is no, improvise yourself! Hang decals, signs, or put up removeable wallpaper. The best rule to follow: if it’s removable and doesn’t risk any damage to the apartment, it’s probably safe. Even though it might seem like your options are limited, a little creativity can inject a good amount of personality into a rented space.