1. Galler wall
Nothing will make you feel more at home than being surrounded by the people, places, and things you love.
Pick a prominent spot in your space and create a gallery wall with photos of family, shots of favorite places, or memories from your travels—anything that puts a smile on your face. The secret to getting it right is balance: Pick an anchor piece and place it in the middle, then work around it.
2. Good lighting
Do not—I repeat—do not live with only fluorescent lighting overhead. Simply put: It’s unflattering for you and your home. Opt for incandescent bulbs to cast a soft, warm light. Find some beautiful lamps and place them abundantly throughout your home. Your eyes—and your visitors—will thank you.
3. Quality linens
Nothing will bring you back to college faster than using cheap sheets, blankets, and towels in your apartment. Think of linens as an investment: Get sheets with a high thread count, a comforter you love, and ultra-soft and big bath towels. Besides, you’ll use this stuff every day—so why not make it feel like your own private boutique hotel?
Curtains are like paint—they’ll completely change the look of your space. Although any curtain will immediately give your rental a finished look, decide what you want them to do for you. Are you using them to block your neighbor’s view? Are they adding color, texture, or print to the space? Both? Select a fabric that works best for your needs, and then choose the look you want.
5. Removable wallpaper
Peel-and-stick wallpaper, which is easy to remove, is every renter’s dream. There are tons of companies making versions of this, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style. Transform all of your walls, create a statement wall, or disguise beat-up cabinets, all in a day’s work.