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01/30/2015 02:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Rental Kitchen Woes, and How to Fix Them

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photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT
Small kitchen. Is that one of your many challenges? Whether you are an avid cook or just a kitchen fanatic, here's how to beat those small-space woes.

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photography by MATT ALBIANI
not enough storage space
When it comes to storage, think vertically. What's that mean? Utilize a set of floating shelves to hold flatware and small appliances.

Why you don't need cabinets in the kitchen

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photography by MARCUS NILSSON
terrible lighting
Invest in a chandelier to revitalize the ambience of the space. It adds the perfect personal touch!

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photography by DAVID MEREDITH
tale of the blahs
When painting the walls isn't an option, bring color to your space with bright accessories and dishware.

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photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT
non-existent backsplash
Tile backsplash is a dream. We know. Spring for a fun (and temporary) backsplash.

Find more kitchen backsplash ideas here

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photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO
limited counter space
A cutting board large enough to fit along the length of the sink makes for an impromptu (and convenient) working area.

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photography by CORBIS CORP.
unattractive cabinets
If you can't replace them, switch out the existing knobs to instantly refresh the look.

See more small kitchen decorating ideas

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photography by PAUL COSTELLO

boring cupboards to gaze into
Hang up temporary wallpaper for a pleasant pop of color each time. Your mornings will be so much brighter.

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photography by ANITA CALERO

untouchable walls
Skip the magnets and attach a cork board to the fridge for shopping lists, reminders, and decorative prints.

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photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

cramped drawers
A wall-mounted rack is an ideal storage medium for oversized pots and pans.

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photography by COLIENA RENTMEESTER

corner built for cooking
Visually maximize the space by placing a set of mirrors on adjacent corners of the room.

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