Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to rent a living space knows that, more often than not, space comes almost completely empty. Unless you have some sort of a special agreement with your landlord, the only things you can expect to find in your rental are empty walls, old appliances and a few basic pieces of mismatched furniture. And while it certainly is great to have this sort of a starter pack, so to say, the entire set can quickly become quite depressing.

That’s why many people choose to decorate their rentals to make them feel a bit more like home. Now, the extent to which you choose to decorate your rental will depend on the duration of the lease you signed, and it will have to be done in consultation with your landlord. Some landlords simply won’t let you hang anything on the walls for instance while others couldn’t care less, so make sure you run all the changes you wish to make by your landlord first.

That being said, here are some fund décor ideas you can try out if you wish to make your rental feel more like home.

Remove the things you don’t like

The fact of the matter is that if your living space is filled with the things that simply don’t sit well with you, they will only continue to bring you down more and more each day. That’s why you should find a way to get rid of all the things that just don’t seem to work for you personally. Talk to your landlord and see if you can relocate those items somewhere, like in your landlord’s garage for instance. If, however, you get turned down, move all the things you want to get rid of in an unused nook in your rental. This way, you can simply put all the things back where they were once the time comes for you to move out, but you won’t have to look at them on a daily basis.

Learn to live with the things you cannot change

On the other hand, there will be certain things in your rental you absolutely won’t be able to get rid of, such as appliances and even bathroom and kitchen cabinets. When it comes to things like these, instead of letting them bring you down, you should find a way to add a personal touch to them. The easiest way to do so is to use the power of reusable stickers to your advantage. Aside from reusable stickers, you can also get some vinyl wallpaper and use it to cover old, worn-out doors or cabinets.

Invest in just a few luxurious items

The good thing about living in rental apartments is that it teaches people how to be a bit more minimalist. Simply the fact that you know that you won’t be staying in your rental forever will automatically make you more inclined to reduce the number of the things you own. This way, when it comes the time to move out of your current rental you won’t be left with a huge pile of things you need to organize transport for. Aside from being extremely practical, this will also allow you to invest in fewer, but more luxurious items. For instance, aside from filling your rental with numerous cheap furniture pieces that, let’s face it, don’t look all that great, you should look into high-quality leather lounge suites. Implementing just a few luxurious pieces like this in your interior will instantly make you fall in love with it.

Decide what will happen with the walls

Finally, if the walls of your rental have seen some better days, you should ask your landlord for permission to do something about it. For instance, painting is always the best option and you can even ask your landlord if they are willing to reduce one of your month’s rents for painting expenses. Alternatively, if they really won’t budge, you can – again – go with the reusable stickers. The great thing about these is that they’re so versatile that you can easily find something to fit your aesthetics, but they don’t leave any trace behind once you take them off.

So, if you’re looking for simple ways to make your rental feel more like home, definitely check some of these tips out. Even when dealing with the worst type of landlords, with just some imagination you can still make you’re currently in more pleasant and enjoyable.