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Rethink everything-including the sink–to keep this central space beautiful and functional. These kitchen decorating tricks can help any apartment renter.

See more kitchen decorating ideas, small-space kitchen design ideas, and an easy kitchen makeover. 

Hey, Up There

A cabinet hung high in a corner commands attention and draws the eye toward the ceiling. Going with bold wallpaper and art also distract from the size of the room.

Showstopping Color

An elegant, theatrical color, like this bright pink, gets plenty of attention, and the cheap cupboards almost fade away. Genius!

Out in the Open

These monochromatic shelves show off a tightly edited collection of plates and glasses, all within easy reach. 

From the Corner 

A bright color puts an exclamation point on a small kitchen and distinguishes it as a separate zone.

Clear Choice

A see-through acrylic shelf lightens a confined space and makes an artful collection of dishes appear to float. Less attractive pieces are relegated to the cupboards above.

Seating Arrangements

A scaled-down pedestal table plus comfy stools that stay out of the way turn even a bite-sized kitchen into an eat-in one.

Brilliant Idea

Open shelves of gleaming highballs, a shiny glass-tile backsplash, and stainless-steel countertops create a glowing, mirror-like effect in a streamlined kitchen with an ingratiated two-burner stove and small sink.

Optical Illusion

Just like on a sweater, broad horizontal stripes make everything seem wider. This black-and-white flooring creates the appearance of space in a narrow galley kitchen.