There’s no character.
Freshen bathroom and/or kitchen cabinets with modern knobs and pulls. (Save the originals for when you move out.) Check out ikea.com.
■ Light-switch covers
For a style boost, swap out old plastic light-switch covers for something different. Remove the covers when your lease is up, or check with your landlord about leaving them for the next tenant to enjoy. Try Nostalgic Warehouse plates at wayfair.com.
■ Ceiling medallions
Add prominence to a pretty light fixture by hanging a lightweight plastic medallion on the ceiling above it. Try the Westinghouse 16" Split Design White Finish Ceiling Medallion, $16; homedepot.com.