Let’s be honest. It’s a lot easier to commit to decorating (or redecorating) when you’re able to keep the process affordable. Thankfully, that no longer translates directly to: floor-to-ceiling Ikea in your home. Of course, I would never knock an IKEA trip to round out home or apartment essentials, but don’t be afraid to think outside the Swedish retailer box when it comes to inexpensive home decor that’s also stylish.
There are so many great companies selling home goods today—many of which are direct to consumer, which helps keep the prices low. That means you get well-made, stylish furniture and design pieces for a surprisingly affordable price.
Check out stylish and inexpensive home decor picks (all under $1,000), below:
You’ll see hints of IKEA in Hem’s Scandinavian-influenced design, and its affordable pricing, without having to worry you’ll also see your furniture in everyone else’s home.
Started by four software engineers back in 2014, Article has quickly become one of my standby non-IKEA furniture company recommendations. By skipping physical showrooms and salespeople, they’re able to sell beautiful, well-made modern furniture at a fraction of the cost you’d expect to see from a traditional retailer.
Coffee table books are a great, inexpensive way to decorate a space (like, say, by putting them on a coffee table!). If you don’t care about the covers, they can multi-task as coasters, too.
Because everyone needs a light box touting positive affirmations in their home.
Platform beds say, “I have enough closet space that I don’t even need those little riser things that let me stuff a few Tupperware containers worth of off-season clothes underneath.”
That’s a good look.
A flat-pack couch company with a 100-day trial period. That’s right; the couch above comes in four boxes you assemble yourself. If you can put together an IKEA bookshelf, you can put together this couch.
Minted by Mary Gaspar, $21-$860 (depending on size and frame)
Art is, of course, a great way to add personality to your home. Minted’s selection is pretty insane, so do some thinking on how you can narrow your scope before starting to search. Maybe you want abstract art, or you need a piece that’s landscape (longer than it is tall) rather than portrait (taller than it is long). Setting some parameters will help you avoid selection overwhelm.
Perhaps you’re familiar with Minted’s work as “every family in America’s go-to custom holiday card” maker or “all your millennial friends’ save the date wedding invites” provider. But did you know the e-comm site sells fine art and home decor, too?
Browse their editors’ picks, or filter pieces based on what you know you like. Still feel intimidated by the amount of offerings? Consider using their art styling services to take out the guesswork.
There are so many great direct-to-consumer linen companies these days, it’s almost impossible to shout them all out here. Brooklinen is a recent favorite, with these throw blankets elevating any couch.
Framing is expensive. Like “Oh my god I’m going to throw up” expensive. But if my eighth grade CCD teacher taught me anything, it’s that you don’t put a beautiful piece of art in a cheap frame.
Okay, sure, she was talking about not having sex outside of marriage. But in the case of art, she’s definitely right. Framebridge makes framing easy and surprisingly inexpensive. Just like your loose morals.
If I had a car, I’d have way more pieces from Target’s home collections, from Project 62 (their more modern, West Elm-y line) to Threshold (which is more “classic”) in my life. You can hit them up for larger furniture like side tables and lamps, to the ever-important for an adult’s decor strategy, “tchotchkes.”
Too many guys discount accent pieces, but items like the small blue vase above, are what take a home from purely functional (Me sit on sofa, me eat at table) to a true reflection of your personal style.
Felt like it would be helpful to show this pouf (the tall cushion in the forefront) in context, so when we recommended you put a “pouf” in your home, you wouldn’t be all, wtf are you talking about?
Were we right?
Plants are always nice to have around…even if they’re fake, like this faux succulent.
I find Cost Plus World Market to be hit or miss when you visit their stores. But their online site is hella consistent with good prices for globally-influenced pieces. Check out their natural fiber rugs for a quick dose of style in your home for cheap.
This sounds like something Samantha would say on Sex & The City, but nice sheets are very sexy. (And she’d be right.)
Perfect for when you can’t keep a real plant alive.
Let there be light. And let it be a cool overhead pendant light that’s flattering to any room and easy to install. And under $100.
Not familiar with MUJI? Me neither til it hit NYC a few years back. There’s stores popping up all over these days, but you can shop them online too. Consider the brand Japan’s answer to IKEA.
Etsy is a great place for one of a kind art, like this dip dyed wall hanging tapestry. If the above isn’t just your style, do yourself a favor and spend some time searching the site for an artisan whose tastes you like. You can always contact them directly and request a custom order in a color, size, or other spects you’re looking for.
It’s also a very cool way to bpth support local artists and get something into your home that you know no one else will have.
Repeat after me: a couch is not complete without a throw pillow (or three) ((or four)).
Repeat after me: You can never have too many sets of (good) sheets.
Stuff on the floor = mess. Stuff in a basket on the floor = elegant sophistication.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST “ADULT” HOME PURCHASE?
Note: Originally published in 2018 and updated in March 2019 because, duh, your home looking good is always in style