I live in a rental, and these apartment items meet my style and comfort standards

Disco balls and shower curtains

Disco ball, artwork, and decor on a yellow background
(Image credit: Future)

Renting an apartment can be super freeing, but there are plenty of challenges that come with living in this sort of place, too. From awkward spaces to very white walls and therefore zero personality, you've got to get seriously clever with what you bring into your space. Function comes into play in every home but even more so when square footage is limited. Sure, it depends on how visual/interior design-led you are — hey, would you be here if you weren't? — but nailing how your apartment looks can up the chances of you feeling content at home.

Having lived in my fair share of rentals, these decorative apartment essentials have always done my space well visually, and they have helped streamline everything from the daily grind to weekend antics entertaining myself and friends.

Camille Dubuis-Welch
Former Deputy Editor

I'm Cam, the former deputy editor of Real Homes who worked on the site from 2020 to 2023. As a renter myself, sharing a home with two friends (and my cat) in London, I know all too well the challenges that this can pose when it comes to creating your perfect setup. As someone who has always loved everything interior design-related, I cannot rest until a home feels right and I am really passionate about helping others get there too, no matter what their living situation, style, or budget may be. It’s not always the easiest to figure out, but the journey is fun and the results are so worth it.

After interior design, travel, art, and photography are my next big passions. When I’m not writing or editing homes content, I’m usually tapping into other creative outlets, exploring galleries in London or further afield, taking photos, scribbling, or drawing!