Whether you own your house or you are renting a unit, it will be the place you will live in so you will need to make it feel like a home. What is a space without your personalized touch, and warm decor accents? I often get asked how one can decorate a rental unit and my basic answer is to style rather than design. Look at things as if you were adding a cosmetic touch rather than a permanent alteration.
Look for ways to add none permanent wall accents. Cut up paper, washi tape, paper lanterns.. there are so many options and all you need is a little bit of creativity.
Use stainless steel racks as storage and style them so they become a nice room accent. Most rental units lack storage and a good way to add shelf space is to use mobile storage racks. Styling this so that they look pretty makes a nice room accent while you get a place to store more belongings.
Use decorative free shelves to add storage and interest to your living room.
Experiment with DIY ways to build furniture.
Hope you like the ideas and slowly make your way to creating a home even though you are renting. Happy weekend!