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A kitchen sink with stainless steel faucet is surrounded by cream quartz countertops and a vibrant blue herringbone-patterned backsplash.



Even if you’re renting, you can add personality and wow factor to the kitchen in your apartment. And you don’t have to spend mega bucks! Check out these three inexpensive items that will make a big impact, on a small budget.

Removable Peel-&-Stick Backsplash or Wallpaper

If you have blank walls above the countertops in your kitchen, add instant pizzazz with removable peel-and-stick backsplash tile or wallpaper. It will look like a custom tile job, and comes in a huge variety of patterns, colors, and shapes, so you can find something that coordinates perfectly with your decor and color scheme. You just trim it to fit and stick it in place – easy! Be sure to choose one that’s removable (and test it in an unobtrusive area first), so you’ll be able to easily peel it off again if necessary when it’s time to move out.

A Set of Pretty Jars or Canisters

Some pretty jars or canisters on your counter can store or display snacks, dry goods, and even cooking utensils, and be decorative at the same time. Get a vintage vibe with mason jars or pastel tinted glass, go boho with bold pattern on ceramics, or tie into your minimalist Scandi aesthetic with sleek white canisters with wooden lids. They’re also super functional for containing clutter and will free up storage space in your drawers or cabinets. Win-win!

Dish Towels & Aprons

You can build or enhance a kitchen theme by displaying fun, coordinating aprons & dish towels. A whimsical frosted donut design. Seashell patterns in shades of blue to fit your beachy, coastal theme. Or just a solid color or geometric pattern that syncs with the rest of your decor. You get the idea! Hang a towel or two over the handle of your oven or from removable adhesive hooks and drape a matching apron from an over-the-door rod (or just wear it like a uniform any time you’re at home). The key here is to only have one or two out at any given time. This provides pops of color or pattern, but keeps things intentional, rather than looking like you’re hanging extra laundry around your kitchen to dry.

For more creative, budget-friendly decorating ideas, check out our other Olympus Woodbridge blog posts.