At some point in our lives, we're likely to be renting a home instead of owning. There are pluses and minuses to both. But one drawback to renting is not being able to change things your landlord forbids you to change.
So let's see what we can do.
Unless you're strictly prohibited, you can add shelves. As long as you put things back the way they were when you first leased your home.
The good thing is, you can take your wall shelves with you!
Lighting is usually another problem. I know in my bathroom I have that old strip lighting that I'm dying to change. Add a chandelier to spice things up.
Just make sure you hire someone who knows what they're doing! Unless you are one of those DIYers that can do it themselves.
Also bright colors on the counter distract from the plain white cabinets below.
Change out the cabinet hardware. Add a magnetic strip for knives. There are all kinds of ways to add bling and storage to rental kitchens.
The blue shelves above the lower cabinets brings a wow factor to a boring kitchen.
Wallpaper the insides of cabinets. This will give a fresh look and can be changed out when you tire of the pattern. Especially nice if the doors are off or if you have glass doors.
Add shelves with hooks so you can use the space underneath.
We all know that the addition of mirrors helps make a small space appear larger.