Fill your Home with Things you Love
Surround yourself with cherished objects that have meaning. These could be treasures brought back from vacations or gifts with value from friends and family (or even bargains picked up in a charity shop). Displaying them on a window sill or desk will leave the objects emotions radiating, transforming an emotionless space into a home filled with memories.
Art and Mirrors
The decor in rental properties is not always to your style. Blank walls themselves feel cold and impersonal. Luckily the problem is easily fixed without reaching for a paintbrush. To create depth and drama to a room, you could have a large canvas or oversized mirror propped against the wall. To add personality you could add framed photos or paintings to your walls. If there isn't any picture hooks on the walls, you'll need to check with your landlord before putting your own hooks up. Alternatively you could uses hanging strips that don't damage the walls and are easily removed.
If the flooring fills you with horror, a big statement rug is the answer. Sofas and chairs can also be camouflaged with cosy throws. Brightly coloured cushions, curtains, bedding and towels will instantly make the rooms feel like they belong to you. A colour theme for each room makes it easier to accessorise with pretty vases and candles. Don't go crazy though, less is often more!
Freestanding Furniture is your Friend
Unfortunately rental homes often lack storage, attacking the problem with a hammer and nails isn't always an option. Investing in a couple of freestanding storage units will really help, plus you can take them with you when you move on. Bookcases are great when you want storage and space for decoration.
Bring the Outside in
House plants are a low-cost way to make your home feel warm and loved. If green fingers aren't your forte, don't worry. You can fake it with high quality artificial flower and plants. You could buy a cacti which are virtually stylish and indestructible.