6 Functional and Stylish Kitchen Upgrades for Renters

(October 06, 2016)


This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."

When you decorate your Springs luxury apartment home, do you ever consider the kitchen? We've assembled a list of our favorite kitchen upgrade suggestions that are both practical and stylish.

1. Mirrors

Mirrors are popular decor elements in living rooms and bedrooms, so why not kitchens? The element of surprise alone adds personality, while the reflective qualities make the kitchen appear roomier.

2. Under-Cabinet Lighting

Shadows from cabinets create pockets of darkness that can be dreary. Under-cabinet lighting improves the ambiance while serving a practical purpose of making it easier to see when you're working. Puck lights, tape lights and rope lights are great options that are easy to install without making any permanent changes.

3. Area Rugs

Kitchen floors don't have to be boring. Area rugs and runners are perfect for introducing a vibrant splash of color. You may be surprised at how much a kitchen can be transformed with this simple addition.

4. Plants

Bring nature indoors with a green plant atop a breakfast bar, kitchen island or refrigerator. Did you know that studies by NASA show that many types of houseplants help to purify indoor air?

5. Storage

The words "too much storage" don't exist in anyone's vocabulary. Here are some clever ideas to increase kitchen storage space:

  • Use tension rods (like the ones that hold shower curtains) to hang spray bottles under the sink or keep cookie sheets, pot lids and other items organized.
  • Lazy Susans and pantry risers keep canned goods and dry groceries from getting buried at the back of the cabinet.
  • If you have space above the cabinets, use attractive wicker baskets to store infrequently-used items.
  • Take advantage of vertical space by hanging a spice rack, small shelf or magnetic knife holder.
6. Countertop Appliances

In addition to being functional, today's countertop appliances are sleek, shiny works of art. Versatile items like blenders, slow cookers and coffee makers are time and money savers.

What's the one kitchen item you can't live without? Let us know in the comments!

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