They teach us lots of things in school: How to write a letter, the difference between an isosceles and an equilateral triangle (still waiting to use that in real life), and lots of other things that I’ve already forgotten. But, aren’t there a lot of things they’re leaving out? I’m talking about day-to-day helps like doing your taxes, all the different ways to prepare an egg, or how to decorate whether you’ve got $10 or $1,000.
But, hey, I’ve got you covered here because I’ve put together a list of 37 customer-recommended home items that’ll kick your decorating up a notch (even if you’re starting at zero). How about a diffuser (peep No. 6) that does double-duty to enhance the look (and smell) of your space? Or, maybe you’ve got some great photos from adventures you can frame yourself with No. 14. Not to be outdone, No. 33 will give you all the vintage vibes … if that’s your thing, of course. Decor problems? No problem, thanks to Amazon.
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A Burst Of Decor
I can’t think of a single house this sunburst wall mirror wouldn’t complement. Featuring a unique wire metal sunburst frame with an antique gold finish and a beveled glass mirror, this cutie measures 24 inches wide including the gold frame. Add it to a bathroom, hall, office, or entryway for a burst (see what I did there?) of stylish design that goes with anything.
Your Friends Will Love This One
If you grew up glued to the television on Thursday nights from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, you already recognize this yellow frame. This is a replica of the piece that used to hang on Monica’s door, complete with a peephole (in case your door doesn’t have one). Install it with two-sided tape so there’s no damage to your door or gift it to the “Friends”-obsessed friend in your own life.
Go All In With A Candelabra
Candles can do more for a room than you realize because not only are they attractive by themselves, but they lend a hefty dose of ambiance when they’re actually lit. This six-slot candelabra is a great way to display pillar candles of the same size, various sizes, or even the flameless variety that runs on batteries. The black matte finish won’t detract from whatever type you choose to display.
Purchase These Pots
I choose to decorate with fake plants like these potted eucalyptus plants because if having a “green thumb” means you’re a good plant mom, I have — what’s the opposite of green? — not a green thumb. This three-pack can be grouped together or spread around your dwelling and, best of all, you can go on with your life and not have to worry about watering them.
A Duvet Do
I’m going to let you in on a little Decorator 2.0 secret here: A duvet cover is the quickest way to transform that tired bedding you’ve been toting around since your college days. And, do you know why? Because it “covers” (thus duvet “cover”) whatever bedding you currently have. This one features a seersucker design in colors from white to navy. You’ll get a pair of pillowcases, too.
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It Smells As Good As It Looks
Somewhere along the way in your life, someone probably told you how great candles are … and they are, no question. But, and hear me out here, step it up a notch with these reed diffusers that not only smell great but look pretty, too. Add or remove reeds to adjust the fragrance to your liking and choose from various styles including a black edition, lavender, or the rose-themed one pictured.
Galvanize Your Look
If you’re into gardening or even picking up fresh bouquets at the store, grab this galvanized vase crafted in the style of an old-school milk can to display them in. Finished with a distressed look that gives it a vintage feel, this is a perfect addition to a coffee table or dining room table. Hey, it might even work in reverse-psychology style: Buy the vase and someone will fill it.
Just Throw-ing It Out There
Nothing changes up the look of your existing furniture like swapping out throw pillows and blankets. This buffalo check throw works well for fall and winter when all things plaid are suddenly en vogue. Made of woven cotton with a decorative fringe finish, you’ll get double the mileage out of this one, which is nice to casually toss over a chair and also cover up with when you’re chilly.
Buy Boho Accents
What was I just saying about throw pillows? These boho-inspired pillow covers have so much potential, thanks in part to their neutral color palette and mix-and-match capabilities. Refresh your home instantly with tribal-inspired patterns and faux leather accents. Just remember, you’re only getting the covers here; you’ll need pillow inserts like these, so throw them in your cart, too.
Don’t Forget Your Coat (Rack)
*Yawn* … a coat rack … I know what you’re thinking. What’s a coat rack going to do to spice up my space? First of all, this is a coat AND HAT rack. Not only will this help you organize yourself for getting out the door more quickly, but it’ll free up valuable closet space. And, dare I say, it could add a bit of charm by displaying your color-coordinated or seasonal favorites in a holistic way.
One Clever Side Table
Some of you live in small spaces — studios, tiny apartments, small houses with roommates, and too much stuff. This dark walnut C-shaped side table is a classy addition to your decor while being functional as well. Use it as a place to eat a meal, display a lamp or hold your laptop. The vintage styling adds immediate character that’ll mesh well with any existing pieces of furniture you’re still hanging on to.
The Power Of Touch
I love pieces that hold a secret surprise and this touch-control lamp is full of surprises like two built-in USB ports and even an AC outlet on its base. If you’re short on space, this is a great option with a three-way dimmable light that’s adjustable by tapping on the base or pole and charging ports for your devices. The sleek silver metal base and classic linen lamp add go-anywhere style.
Pillars Of The Earth
I’m back with more candle holders, this time of the tall variety to add height to your table or mantle. These decorative candle holders come in a bronze-like finish and reviewers rave about their elegance and quality: “They are heavy-duty, meaning they won’t easily tip and are made well! We purchased a couple of other items that match the candle holders and it really brought the room together, while adding elegance.”
You’ve Been Framed
I’ve never been much of a picture taker, which is something I regret now that I’m in my 40s. Trips to the Caribbean, Europe, and elsewhere didn’t produce many “framable” shots. But, maybe you’re different, in which case, grab these smooth wood-grain frames to display your favorite memories. They come in single or two-pack and colors from beige to black.
A Cowhide Rug You’ll Want To Show Off
Looking for something to complete your cozy living room aesthetic? You found it! This Hillyard Premium Natural Cowhide Rug is sourced from the best tanneries in Argentina and comes in three strong colors that won’t fade in direct sunlight. No two prints are alike, so you can be sure your neighbor won’t have the same one. The cowhide rugs are 7.5 x 6.5 ft and fit for any surface! Treat yourself to the good life, my friend. You won’t regret it.
Find Fabulous Frames
Don’t forget about your small memories, too! This copper picture frame holds your favorite 4×6 shot in a modern geometric design. Your picture will actually sit between two panes of glass, giving it the look of “floating” in the frame. It comes in other sizes and colors including brass, chrome, and silver, and is priced well so you can coordinate frames all around your house.
When Life Gives You Lemons
Kitchens are a tough nut to crack because there’s just not much you can do in there to change up the look. The appliances stay the same, the cabinets, you get the idea. My best suggestion for creating new looks is to swap out your kitchen towels. I love the look of this lemon set, which is colorful without going lemon-crazy, thanks to the contrasting patterns and the single towel with an all-over lemon print.
Who would’ve thought you could decorate with just a clock? Of course, this isn’t any old clock since it can be adjusted in size from 23 inches up to 47 inches. This frameless wall clock will transition with you as you move from studio to apartment to house, thanks to its size versatility. It’s also a functional timepiece so there’ll be no more yelling, “What time is it?” to whoever might be listening.
Let’s Shelve It
You ever look at that one space in your home that’s too small for most anything but just needs “something?” This slim wood shelving unit is the perfect piece for those tiny spots and offers something that doesn’t come along very often: Additional storage space. It’s available in natural or brown and has adjustable shelves so you can get it just right for your space.
Divide And Conquer
Have you ever been in a room so big it just feels cavernous? A lot of people are into opening spaces up, but sometimes you just need to enclose an area to achieve the right aesthetic. This hanging room divider is an economical choice in either white or black with various patterns. And, hey, if you want to get really crazy, grab the white one and paint it to better match your decor.
Spell It Out
This might be my secret (or not-so-secret?) favorite decor piece on this list. These wall-mounted farmhouse letters spell out “EAT” … or I guess you could rearrange them after dinner to say “ATE?” Anyway, you can’t go wrong with these seven-inch-tall letters in a distressed white, weathered black, and robin’s egg blue color scheme. You can even snag the “italic” version for less than $10!
Everybody Gets The Blues
When a review states, “To start, I used to manage Pottery Barn and they have stunning velvet pillowcases. I was wondering what these would be like in comparison, and honestly, I like these better,” you know it’s going to be good. These velvet-look pillow covers come in tons of rich colors like the blue pictured and the price couldn’t be better at just $7. Mix and match your way to an instant look.
Unload Your Stuff In The Entryway
I want an entryway bench so bad but I just don’t have room for one … yet. This white (or black) entryway bench has a ton of great features including a shelf, coat rack, and shoe storage bench for less than $40. Give the kids a place to throw their gear when they roll in from school or grab your belongings quickly as you head out the door in the morning. You’ll be organized and chic rolled into one.
Season Your Space With Salt Candle Holders
More candles? More candles. I love these Himalayan salt candle holders, which are mined and chipped by hand in the Himalayan Mountains. Enjoy the incandescent flicker and natural properties of these unique salt crystal candle holders, which perfectly accommodate votives or tea lights. Many people believe these salt candle holders add health benefits as well, such as improved mood and better sleep.
Metal wall art isn’t something I’d given much thought to previously, but I was attracted to this collection because of its varied designs. This Moroccan Mirrors version pictured is 24 inches tall by 10 inches wide, which is perfect for a long, skinny wall that needs a touch of class. The coffee cups art would be cute in a kitchen while the sports pick screams “kid’s room.”
The Ideal Curtains
What do you do with patio doors? Leave them undressed so everyone can see in? Put full curtains on them so you can’t get out? Why not split the difference with these energy-efficient door panels? The tiebacks can be added or removed at your choosing. While not tied back, these offer room-darkening properties; the tiebacks allow a space to be flooded with natural light. I call that a win-win.
Remember those tall candle holders from No. 13? These decorative orbs are a perfect complement to them for a set that makes any space look pulled together. The tray isn’t included here, but there’s unlimited potential for using these by pairing them with a favorite bowl or tray you already have. But, I must say, if you want a tray to complete the look, check out this one.
Snap, Crackle, Pop
The holidays are right around the corner and these crackle glass tealight holders will look gorgeous on your Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. Standing at nine-, 10- and 12-inches tall, these holders will add sophistication to any setting. The metallic and rose gold look good year-round, while the red screams Christmas and the blue would be perfect throughout the winter.
Add Color With A Cozy Throw
The quickest way to change up a bedroom is to add color. These soft faux fur throw blankets offer colors that appeal to everyone from your picky teenager to your grumpy husband. The blanket pictured utilizes advanced tie-dye technology and a blend of luxurious faux fur and soft sherpa materials. There are more “grown-up colors,” too, like a dark blue you could get lost in and a go-with-anything gray.
Make Way For Mason Jars
If farmhouse chic is your style, these rustic Mason jar sconces are a must-have. This handmade decorating option is finished with a distressed look, which lends an antique feel to any space. Hang them between mirrors in the living room or bathroom, near artistic paintings, above the couch, or by the kitchen window. The LED lights are battery-operated and feature a six-hour timer for convenience.
Ring Around The Wreath
Eucalyptus is great to decorate with because it’s neutral enough to go with anything and it’s a seasonal favorite when the temperatures start dropping. These eucalyptus wreaths can be used in a variety of applications, from hanging them on the door to encircling a candle as a tabletop centerpiece like pictured. You’ll get a set of two with this purchase or you could drop down to a single if you want.
One of my biggest struggles when I move into a new place is finding curtains that work for new windows and doors. It always seems like whatever you used in your last home or apartment doesn’t work for your new digs. These extra-wide window panels have a ton of great features including room-darkening capabilities, a detachable pull wand for patio doors, and thermal properties that’ll keep the heat or cold outside where it belongs.
Little stuff can take over your space. Whether it’s a desktop, kitchen counters or the stuff that falls out of pockets in the laundry, keeping a hold on it is just as important as true decor pieces. This speckled woven desk organizer has four total compartments to hold your small things and yes, while it says it’s for a desk, think outside of the box in all the places you could utilize this.
Amazon calls this four-piece bed sheet set a “vintage” look, but I love it regardless of their word choice. A gray background emblazoned with a vibrant floral pattern, this set is made out of microfiber and comes in a variety of patterns and sizes to fit whatever bed you’re buying it for. Wrinkle- and stain-resistant, this set is soft to the touch and breathable so you won’t get hot at night.
A Take-Anywhere Tray
Call this one a decorative option that’s also functional. This contemporary tray with metal handles is equal parts attractive and useful, whether you’re using it on an oversized ottoman, to serve beverages or as an organizer on your vanity table. I’m smitten with the teal-colored one, but you can’t go wrong from white to navy. The polished, glossy finish is an added bonus.
Snug As A Rug
I never think about rugs in unique places like the one pictured that perfectly ties together a cozy reading nook. This ultra-soft rug in a hexagon shape adds an interesting design note to any space and is especially great in a nursery or playroom. Measuring four feet by four-and-a-half feet with a rubber non-slip backing, it’s just the right size to become your kiddo’s new favorite hang-out spot.
We’ve Got A Runner
Nothing says “I’m put together” like a table runner and this buffalo check version gets heaps of praise from Amazon reviewers. One reviewer said, “We use only cloth napkins and I am very particular about the fabric. I bought the black/white and blue/white sets from Amazon. These are very nice medium-heavy weight 100% cotton.” Snag the matching placemats here.
We’ve reached the end of our list and I hope you’ve found a few things to dress up your space. Let’s finish it off with a multifunctional piece that not only adds a new look to your space but added storage and seating. This folding storage ottoman bench features a flip lid, a load capacity of up to 600 pounds, and can be folded away out of sight when not in use. Does it get any better?!