With the right tools and a little guidance, you can nudge a rundown room a little closer to your dream space. Any home refresh project, big or small, is an exercise in balancing form and function. The reworked room should look great and meet your personal needs, acting as a reflection of both your taste and routine. “The kitchen is the heart of the home, in terms of how it’s going to function and how you share it,” says interior designer Michelle Zacks. Adding windows or a skylight is not in the cards with a rental kitchen, so augmenting and adjusting the existing fixtures is your best (and brightest) bet.