We recently shed light on the dramatic impact that changing out a lackluster light fixture can have 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."
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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.