A kitchen in your rental apartment doesn’t have to be so stark, beige, and bland. There are great ways to brighten up kitchens in apartments in Edison — and best yet, none of them involve heavy duty renovations. These are easy, quick ways to transform your room, and they can be done on just about any budget.

Pack a punch with a brightly colored rug. You’ve got a floor, right? Of course, you do! But it doesn’t have to be boring. Find a bright colored rug for your kitchen to jazz it up. It can be a large rug, to help fill the space, or even just a small one near the sink to help minimize water splashing on the floor. The important part is that it pops. This is one of those little design elements that you don’t realize is important until you have it.

Slide on up to the bar. Does your rental include an island or a breakfast bar? If it will accommodate bar stools, slide in some vibrant bar stools for seating — something that will coordinate nicely with the new rug, or other colors you’ve selected to incorporate. You can find some great vintage options at antique shops or thrift stores that may be colorful throwbacks.

Let the light in. If your kitchen has a window, then add some bright window treatments to frame in some new color. If your lease prevents you from drilling holes in walls to hang curtain rods, then tension rods are a great alternative. A roman shade or a valance and some curtains can add a lot of life to a room.

A kitchen is often called the heart of a home. Don’t let the heart of your home be plain just because it’s a rental apartment. Kick decor up a notch to have a warm, dynamic cooking space in apartments in Edison.