Making an apartment rental in Ottawa feel like home is typically pretty easy, but putting your personal touches in a kitchen can be a little bit trickier. The kitchen is where most people are going to hang out and congregate, so you want it to feel like it’s all yours. Though you can’t change the basic “foundation” of a rental kitchen – the cabinets, appliances, and major light fixtures will usually have to stay “as is” – that doesn’t mean that you can’t make small changes to make the space yours. Here are a few simple ideas that can overhaul the look and feel of the space in no time:

Stick-On Decals Transform Backsplash

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to completely transform the look of your kitchen in a very powerful and obvious way is to add those “stick on” backsplash decals that look a lot like tile, stone, or other much more expensive (and permanent) backsplash materials.

This is the kind of project that you can effortlessly undertake in your apartment in just a few short hours – even less time if you have friends pitch in. When it’s time to leave, you can peel off the decals and return the space to its original look with no issue.

Window Treatments Pack a Big Punch

Small details like the window treatments will always have a major impact on how your kitchen looks and feels. Don’t be afraid to splurge when it comes to selecting your curtains, sashes, and blinds – take a risk and let your expressive side show!

Artwork Everywhere

Even if you don’t have a lot of wall space to hang artwork, you can still find ways to incorporate pieces that reflect your style and personality. You can hang artwork from the ceiling, place it on a side table in the room, and of course you have free rein to plaster the refrigerator with your favourite magnetic works of art. This is a great opportunity to be creative!

Add a Runner

Runner carpets are always a smart addition to spaces that have floors you cannot replace. If you have a galley kitchen, a runner will dramatically transform the look of your kitchen. Even better, you can swap out the carpet seasonally to get an instant style makeover with no effort at all.

Kitchen Towels & Accessories

You can also add a pop of personality by opting for colourful or patterned drying towels, oven mitts, place mats, and other fabrics in the kitchen. Once again, these can be swapped out seasonally to suit your style preferences.

These tips should make it easier than ever to make a rental apartment kitchen feel like it was custom-made just for you.