Nothing says temporary like living out of a box or suitcase so, if you want to create a space that feels like home, unpack. Everything. Remember the rental unit is not your own so it would be wise to consult with your landlord before you make any permanent changes to the unit.
Most landlords want long term tenants who care for and maintain their space like it was their home, therefore keep open communications going with your landlord and you should be able to create a home environment that most would envy. And if you are a transient renter, there is no reason why you cannot create the homey refuge of your dreams, wherever you are.
Below are suggestions to make any rental space your own.
Address the walls – If the landlord will not allow you to paint, do not be rebuffed, put up pictures and creative artwork. If you are worried about putting holes in the wall, just remember to cover the holes before you vacate the unit.
Swap out hardware – Buy and install hardware that suit your individual style but save and reinstall the existing hardware prior to your departure.
Add lighting – If you do not like the utilitarian lighting fixtures in your unit, buy ones that suit you and install them. Again, these are your fixtures and you can take them with you when you leave but, you must replace the fixtures you removed with the owners fixtures (make sure that they are still in working order)
Add Color – This can be easily accomplished with area rugs, pillows, artwork and window treatments. Have fun. There are no limits. Again, painting may be an issue with the landlord, but do not rule it out. It does not hurt to ask permission to paint, the worst thing he can say is no.
Add plants – Bring the outdoors into your apartment with vibrant colors, aromas and energy. Do some research and choose plants that fit your lifestyle.
Invest in quality furniture and accessories that you like and suit your individual personality. For that extra homey, crisp and polished ambiance, invest in fine cotton or cotton/linen blend accessories. They are luxurious to the touch, easily interchangeable for personal style and satisfy any individual indulgence. Consider these an investment, quality items well worth your while to purchase, because these items will move with you, allowing you to recreate your environment wherever you roam.