When I’m cooking, I like to have immaculate vibes. Tasty food? Glass of vino? Tunes on? Yes, yes, and yes. You know what else helps makes the kitchen have the best vibes? Cute decor. But when you’re living in an apartment, it can be tricky to find the right decorating ideas that fit the space and lift the space too.

I’ve lived in my fair share of drab rentals and can confirm that in the past I’ve taken one look at my gross/boring kitchen and U-turned to order takeout. I’ve since learned that the best way to make a kitchen appealing is to turn it into a cozy cooking haven.

In need of some inspo for your own? I’ve rounded up a range of beautiful apartment kitchen ideas, that will help you make the most of the space while curating a gorgeous aesthetic. Plus, they’re all renter-friendly — we gotta keep on the landlord’s good side, bestie.

Scroll on down for ideas that will make you want to cook up a storm…

10 apartment kitchen decorating ideas for your cutest cooking sesh yet

If you’re in need of some hot kitchen ideas, I’ve scoured through Instagram and TikTok and curated my fave ones. I’ve also shopped some buys inspired by the looks, just in case you want to get decorating ASAP.

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1. Hang up wall art

A kitchen corner with a wall with wall art

(Image credit: @at_the_mcgillens)

Want to showcase your food taste in your kitchen without having packets strewn everywhere? I love how @at_the_mcgillens has brought her fave snack to the forefront in her wall decor, as well as fun foodie-related signage and pretty decorative flowers. If you’re renting, use command strips to hang frames up on your wall, as they don’t require any drilling and won’t leave any damage either.

2.  Make it shine with LED lighting strips

A kitchen counter with LED lights and hanging mugs

(Image credit: @letsgotopoppys)

I’ll be real: I never used to be a fan of lighting strips. They were the only thing my ex knew how to decorate with, so they massively gave me the ick. I’ve completely changed my mind now though, and use them to add neon color in my rental, such as behind the TV. In the kitchen, they can be used to highlight key areas like @letsgotopoppys has done with her electric kettle and tea-making area. And when it’s midnight and you need a snack, they’ll make finding them 10x easier too.

3. Don’t clutter up the sides

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By Ellie