It takes time to make a rental feel like home, but with a little bit of effort it can be done. Here's how to do it without risking losing your deposit
Get creative with wall stickers
If you don't want to do anything permanent, decals or wall stickers that peel off without a trace are the ideal alternative to paint and wallpaper. Above the ufengke Flower Peach Blossom wall decals from Amazon add a Japanese touch to an otherwise bland wall.
Add some wall art
If you're concerned about knocking nails into walls you don't own, check out 3M's range of super strong picture hanging strips. These adhesive strips come in various sizes and can hold quite heavy pieces to walls without the need for nails. If you follow the instructions, they should remove off cleanly when it's time to move on too. I've tried them. I found they did the trick and came off without a mark, but you do have to follow the instructions to the letter.
Throw some rugs on the floors
Dress the windows
Dining chairs can have seat pads added too and for the duration of your rental you can also switch out the lampshades, toilet seat and shower curtains for ones more to your liking.
Finally to make a rental feel homely, filling the shelves and window sills with your decorative bits and pieces: books, vases, mirrors, photo frames and other treasured mementos.