As our regular readers are well aware, changing out a lackluster light fixture can have a dramatic impact on a rental kitchen, but one of the most striking ways to elevate the space is with a simple update that you probably haven't considered yet: peel-and-stick vinyl tile. Affordable, low-maintenance, easy to install (and, most importantly, remove), they're ideal for aesthetically-minded renters looking to give their space a budget-conscious upgrade.
But don't just take our word for it — even interior designers have been known to install vinyl tile in their own spaces. "When it came to my rental kitchen, I knew it needed a change, but I also had to deal with something that wasn't totally permanent, all while being affordable," designer Brady Tolbert told Hunker. "I started doing some research and found these peel-and-stick vinyl tiles that were not only affordable (under $50 for the entire kitchen) but were also very easy to install."
Keep scrolling to see three spaces that will inspire you to reconsider kitchen vinyl flooring, including Tolbert's charming Los Angeles culinary space.
For Old-World Charm, Opt for a Checkerboard Pattern
Tolbert used self-adhesive vinyl tiles to revamp his rental kitchen floors. "I laid them on the diagonal, which opened up the space and also created a black-and-white check pattern which worked with the original Spanish-style character of the apartment," Tolbert explains. "It was such an easy project and something that completely transformed the space."
For a Seriously Luxe Look, Go With Faux Marble Tiles
The couple behind Chris Loves Julia gave this kitchen a luxe look on a budget with Carrara marble vinyl tile flooring. Follow the design duo's lead and change out your rental kitchen's light fixtures, too, to further customize the space. After all, a flush-mount chandelier looks so much more expensive than your typical rental light fixture (aka a fluorescent-fueled eyesore).
For Farmhouse Vibes, Choose a Nordic-Inspired Pattern
Here, Keyanna Bowen of East + Lane used kitchen vinyl flooring stickers in a Nordic-inspired pattern to infuse Scandinavian style into a small space. The neutral pattern perfectly plays off the farmhouse-evoking butcher block counters, simple white cabinets, and beadboard paneling. A tulip dining table and rattan-framed bistro chairs lend a bit of French country flair to the space.