45 Tricks That’ll Make Your Home Look So Much More Expensive

Upgrades that will make your home look bougie for a bargain.

by Erica Gerald Mason
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It’s easy to outfit your living space on the cheap, but scoring cheap things that actually make your home look expensive is much, much harder. You don't want to waste your time with lackluster items that look and feel low in quality, or shell out for pricey products when you could get a much better deal. Buyer’s remorse isn’t fun. No worries, though: you can score home products that are so impressive they’ll make people think you’re rich with a few quick clicks — and without spending very much at all.

You don’t have to scour the internet for the perfect geometric rug or a set of elegant dripless candles, because you can find them here. Whether you need a pair of battery-powered wall sconces or you're in search of a hotel-quality lamp, these bougie things for your home are actually bargains that bring a sense of “wow” to your space, regardless of your decor style.

These 45 items can all be found on Amazon, and they truly look so much more expensive than their price tags. Even better, they’re all highly rated by happy customers on the site. Scroll through the list below and check out these luxe-looking home items to start leveling up your home on a budget.


Hide Unsightly Cords & Cables In This Box

It’s hard to cultivate a super chic space when there are device cables jumbled up like linguini all over the place. The Baskiss cable management box keeps all your wires and cables neat and tidy while tucking them away from kiddos and pets. One Amazon shopper wrote that the box “took a jumbled mess and turned it into a sleek and attractive area.”


Make Your Closet Feel So Much Bigger With S-Shaped Hangers

A clothes-cluttered space hardly gives off an expensive vibe, but it can be tough to make the most of a small closet. This set of s-type hangers will level up your closet by allowing you to hang five pairs of pants, scarves, or towels on each hanger. It’s a great way to store trousers without causing wrinkles, too.


Use This Magic Socket To Make Cords Disappear

Nothing ruins a perfectly styled room more thoroughly than lots of visible cords and plugs. This electrical outlet cover, available in three-, six-, and eight-foot lengths, cleanly covers your electrical outlets while providing a power strip where you can plug in. It’s hard to hide cables when they’re plugged into the wall, but tuck the nearly-flush outlet cover and power strip behind a sofa or dresser and you’re good to go. “It allows us to push furniture flush against the wall. And it looks great if the outlet is out in the open,” raved one reviewer.


Use A Roll Of Double-Sided Tape To Help Your Rugs Lie Flat

Ever notice the way a good rug lays perfectly flat? Of course not. When a rug lies flat, you don’t have to notice it at all, which is a hallmark of luxury. Use this double-sided carpet tape to keep your rugs close to the floor and prevent ripples. No one will ever notice — but trust me, that’s a good thing.


Upgrade Your Couch With A Luxurious Throw Blanket

Drape this gorgeous throw blanket on your couch, and it’ll *instantly* up the luxury factor in your space. Made from fleece, the ribbed blanket is warm and soft for the most amount of comfort. And it comes in a wide range of colors (including neutrals like dark gray or champagne, and fun pops of color like purple or mint) and sizes to vibe well with any aesthetic.


Make Your Home Feel Like A Fancy Hotel With A Lamp That Charges Your Phone

The best part of staying in a nice hotel isn’t room service: it’s those lamps with the USB ports built right in. Recreate that expensive hotel experience for a much lower price with the OUNEDA lamp, which has USB ports and a two-slot outlet to charge your devices, plus a wireless charger and touch controls to turn the lights on.


Turn Posters Into Upscale Art With Magnetic Frames

Cheap posters can be an inexpensive way to cover your walls in art, and these sleek poster frame hangers are a great alternative to pricy frames if you actually want them to look expensive. Magnets embedded in the wood frames (which are available in sizes ranging from 8 to 24 inches wide) keep your art wrinkle-free and ready for display. One reviewer noted how the hanger is a “really nice look for canvas and posters that you don’t want to/can’t frame.”


Use A Mirror Tray To Make Organization Look Glamorous

Super luxe and unapologetically ornate, the Mukily mirror tray adds a touch of glam to any room. The tray comes in three finishes and can be used to corral jewelry or cosmetics, or even act as a chic serving tray. “This mirrored tray just transformed my bathroom to a 5-star Luxury Suite,” said one Amazon customer.


Fake A Built-In Curtain Rod With A Tension Rod

Nothing has to last forever, at least when it comes to decorating. This Ivilon tension curtain rod, available in a variety of sizes and in finishes like black, gold, and chrome, allows you to add beautiful curtains or shower curtains without damaging your drywall. Amazon reviewers love how the rod stays put when placed, with one shopper writing, “it’s easy to install, sturdy, and looks so cute.”


Brighten Any Room With Sheer Curtains

When you need beautiful curtains for your windows, but don’t want to spend a lot of cash, this set of two sheer panels fits the bill. And since good lighting is everything, it’s vital that they allow soft sunlight to filter through the fabric. Available in a bunch of colors and sizes, Amazon shoppers adore the light and airy curtains, with one reviewer noting that “the quality of the fabric was something I wasn't prepared for.”


Swap Your Worn Out Bath Mat With This Fan-Favorite One

Boasting a 4.5-star rating overall on Amazon after 56,000-plus reviews, this bath mat is clearly a favorite on the site. And for good reason — it pairs a thick memory foam filling with a velvety cover for comfort, and the non-slip base ensures it’ll stay in place during use. It’s even machine washable for your convenience. Choose from a range of colors and sizes to work in any bathroom.


Replace Your Bulky Dish Drying Rack With One That Rolls Up When You’re Done

Form meets function in this easy-peasy roll-up dish drying rack which provides a convenient drying surface without requiring you to permanently cover your counter with a bulky countertop rack. Unfurl the rack across the sink to dry dishes (or even fruit and vegetables), then roll it back up and tuck it away when you’re finished. The dishwasher-safe BPA-free design (available in three sizes) utilizes silicone-tipped stainless steel to keep both your countertops and dishes blemish-free.


Opt For Matching Dish Towels & Linens

Sustainable and super cute, these handy kitchen towels are available in sets of 10 with your choice of four color-coordinated prints sure to match any kitchen decor. The towels are made from a recycled cotton-polyester blend, and can be thrown into the wash whenever they need a quick refresh.


Replace Your Hangers With A Matching Velvet Hanger Set

The slim profile of these velvet hangers means you can fit more clothes in your closet — and they’ll look good, too, since they come in matching tones of black velvet and rose gold or other chic shades. But that’s just the beginning. The hangers hold your clothes securely, have more than 129,000 Amazon reviews with an overall rating of 4.8 stars, and they’re a super good deal since a 30-pack of suit hangers comes in at under $20. Choose between suit, skirt, or shirt hangers, in packs of 24, 30, 50, or 100.


Put Up Nice Metal House Numbers

Give your entryway or mailbox an upgrade by installing these rust-resistant stainless steel house numbers. Fashioned to appear both classic and modern, these should be bold enough to read clearly from the street. The numbers can be mounted flush, or you can use included spacers to float them a bit above your surface for a three-dimensional look.


Cover Your Throw Pillows With Luxe Velvet Cases

Revamp a tired couch or bed with this set of velvet throw pillow covers, which are available in over 30 rich and beautiful shades. Featuring a hidden zipper, soft texture, and tons of different size options, it’s no wonder that they have over 50,000 Amazon reviews, with one customer reporting that “these could easily pass for something from a high-end store.”


Add Fluffy Pillows To Your Bed & Sofa

When you want to decorate your bed or couch, just slip some chic pillow covers over this two-pack of Utopia Bedding throw pillow inserts to add instant comfort and style. The pillows are available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the size that will best fit your space. More than 88,000 Amazon reviewers give the pillows an overall rating of 4.7 stars, which is how you know they’re truly a good product even though they’re cheap.


Install Easy Mood Lighting With Battery-Powered Sconces

There’s a phrase to describe what it’s like to set up these modern, matte black Westek wall sconces: easy-peasy. The pair of sconces is perfect for areas in your home where an outlet is not available and won’t require the aid of an electrician, since each sconce is powered by three AA batteries. Reviewers love that the sconces have an automatic shutoff and two different light settings.


Cover Chairs, Floors, & Furniture With A Faux Sheepskin Rug

Give yourself the gift of luxury with this fluffy faux sheepskin throw, which you can drape artfully over a chair or sofa, or place on the floor as an ultra-plush area rug. Available in a range of perfectly aesthetic colors and sizes, you’ll want to sink into the soft faux fur forever.


Drink Your Morning Coffee In Style With This Glass Mug Set

Start your morning off on the right foot by drinking your coffee (or other favorite beverage, whether cold or hot) from one of these ultra-stylish glass mugs. The mug’s handle is designed to always remain cool to the touch for your comfort, and when you’re finished with your drink, simply pop this pick in the top rack of the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The set comes with six mugs, each of which has a 10.8-ounce capacity.


Use This Trusted Spot Remover To Make Carpets Look As Good As New

Nothing ruins a vibe like a stained carpet, so make sure yours stays totally spotless. Rocco and Roxie make a stain and odor eliminator that plenty of Amazon customers have grown dependent on. If you have a cat, you might want to stock up. “My wife came home from work and was again SHOCKED that the house had that “New Home” smell and the floors, the [hardwood] floors, looked amazing,” said one satisfied Amazon customer.


House Your Favorite Beverages In This Elegant Glass Pitcher

This glass pitcher can hold 68 ounces of your favorite cool drinks — think: milk, lemonade, juices, iced tea, and more — and it’ll look gorgeous while doing so. The pitcher is made from 100% thick, textured glass. And it has a sturdy handle, built-in pouring spout, and secure lid for your convenience. This pick is made in Italy.


Make A Statement With A Gallery Wall

When a single statement piece isn’t in your budget, a bunch of cheaper artwork can have a similar impact when arranged on the wall in matching frames. Get the gallery wall look with the usimples frame set, available in a variety of sizes and colors. Each frame includes a mat for a professional look, but you can also remove the mat to fit a larger piece of art. Reviewers suggest that the lightweight frames are “great for the money,” and it’s hard to deny that they’re truly a total bargain.


Keep Your Walls In Good Shape With Adhesive Hooks That Actually Look Nice

A massive upgrade from the plastic hooks you’d typically find in a college dorm, these Fotosnow hooks are made from brushed stainless steel, so they look expensive even though they attach to the wall by way of easy-to-apply adhesive. Whether you’re looking for a renter-friendly hook that looks fancy but doesn’t damage the wall or just don’t want to spend too much time on installation, these are exactly what you need. “Very modern clean look at a great price,” raved one reviewer.


Tidy Your Fridge Or Pantry With A Set Of Organizer Bins

The most expensive-looking kitchens are the ones with organizational systems that are totally on point. These clear stackable bins keep your fridge or pantry tidy and easily accessible for snacking, cooking, and meal prepping. The set includes eight shatterproof bins of various sizes, all of which are easy to clean with soapy water.


Slide A Roll Of Paper Towels Onto This Chic Chrome Holder

A rogue roll of paper towels on your kitchen counters will always look a little bit sloppy. Luckily, for just $10 this paper towel holder will fix that — it’s designed to hold a single roll of paper towels (including regular-sized rolls and jumbo ones, too), and it has a sleek chrome finish for a modern touch. Amazon reviewers give this pick a 4.6-star rating overall, after 4,400-plus reviews, with one fan writing, “Holds a single roll of paper towels flawlessly. Sits on our countertop effortlessly. A must have.”


Use A Matching Storage Set That Locks Closed For Fresher Food

You will always have an elegant, airtight container for lunches or leftovers once this set of 24 glass food storage containers and lids in a wide variety of sizes is in your kitchen. The borosilicate glass containers are dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe so you can cook right in them and then grab lunch from the freezer to microwave for lunch. The lids lock closed so there are no leaks.


Achieve Perfectly Even Slices Of Bread With This Nifty Product

Made from high-quality bamboo, this bread slicer is equally fashionable and functional. The slicer can be used to achieve perfectly even slices of bread, bagels, or other tasty goodies — and it even comes with a sharp knife to do the cutting, too. The built-in tray will catch any stray crumbs, and the non-slip bottom ensures the slicer won’t slide around as you work.


Keep Your Microwave Pristine With A Collapsible Lid

Keep your kitchen looking designer showcase clean by using this collapsible microwave lid to cover your food. The lid comes in a handful of colors and can also be used as a base under your dishes in the microwave... no more burned fingers on hot plates. The manufacturer also boasts that due to the venting system, the cover can also be used as a colander to wash fruits and vegetables, making it truly multipurpose.


Organize Your Pantry With These Transparent Food Storage Containers

A pantry filled with half empty boxes of food can be a bit of an eye sore. Instead, utilize these storage containers to organize everything from dried pasta to coffee to chips — the possibilities are virtually endless! This specific set comes with seven transparent containers and seven air-tight lids (other options are available based on your needs), as well as labels and a marker to help you keep track of the contents inside.


Keep Your Olive Oil In These Modern Glass Dispensers

Sure, you could keep your olive oil, vinegar, or dressings in the original container from the store. But why do that when you could place them in these modern glass dispensers instead? The containers are super easy to fill (the wide mouth opening is crucial for this) and use — and the convenient measurement markings on the side allow you to control the amount of product that you pour out.


Use Fairy Lights To Make Your Space Sparkle

Create a romantic vibe in any room in your house with the set of twinkly fairy string lights. The 66-foot long string of lights is powered via USB and has eight different settings you can adjust by remote control. One reviewer wrote that while she originally didn’t have high hopes for such cheap lights, “They bend so easily which makes hanging them in any design incredibly easy. They are nice and bright and they made my cozy space perfect.”


Polish Your Wooden Furniture Until It Gleams

Old wooden furniture doesn’t have to look tired, thanks to Weiman wood cleaner. This restorative cleanser is designed to bring a luxurious gleam to wood. Smelling like cherry almond, this spray will give your furniture the TLC it deserves. Perfect for tables, chairs, cabinets, and bureaus, you can make every piece of wooden furniture in your home look brand new.


Stash Clothes, Linens, & Other Items Under Your Bed In These Handy Storage Bags

Short on storage? These handy bags are designed to fit underneath most beds, allowing you to capitalize on this often under-utilized spot for storage — they can hold seasonal clothing items, extra linens, and much more. The sturdy bags are lightweight with a clear plastic cover for visibility and a handle for easy access. At just $10, you really can’t go wrong.


Set Your Dish Sponge In This Cute Holder

Instead of letting that wet kitchen sponge float around the sink area as chaos blows it, set it neatly in this ceramic sponge cup where it can dry off and become an objet d’art that’s fitting to the scene it’s in. It’s a small, simple touch that brings both beauty and order to this busy area. “Super cute! Remodeled my kitchen and this is the perfect little detail!” said one reviewer.


Add Bathroom Storage With A Stylish Over-The-Toilet Shelf

Store your sundries on this stylish freestanding shelf that’s designed to easily sit over the back of your toilet, without requiring you to drill any holes in the wall. The matte powder-coated iron comes in your choice of ultra-modern black or pristine white, which makes it a seriously attractive way to add additional storage to your bathroom.


Upgrade Your Mixing Bowls To This Stainless Steel Set

At less than $25, this set of mixing bowls is an absolute steal since each one is made from high-quality stainless steel that’s designed to last the long haul. Included are five bowls in various sizes — utilize them for prepping, mixing, stirring, and other kitchen tasks — and they each have a flat base to ensure they stay stable. For storage, the bowls nest together to take up minimal space.


Grab These Rope Baskets For A Versatile Storage Solution

These cotton rope baskets are incredibly versatile — utilize them in the living room for blankets, in the bathroom to hold towels, in a bedroom for toy storage.... the possibilities go on and on! The baskets feature reinforced handles for durability and they stand up totally straight on their own. When not in use, they can be folded down nearly flat for storage. Choose from a range of size and color options.


Use Seriously Strong Double-Sided Tape For Invisible Hanging

A great way to make your home look expensive is to hang art, shelves, hooks, and other wall decor without any visible nails, screws, or adhesive. Use this double-sided tape for all of the above and more, whether you want to hang posters, keep your carpet flat, hold lightweight shelves in space, or stabilize outdoor decor. One reviewer even vowed they would never use “a nail and hammer ever again to hang something up.”


Create Beautiful Lighting With A Collection Of Pillar Candles

Nothing transforms a room more effectively than good lighting and candlelight is the most romantic and calming light there is. Stash these three pillar candles strategically around the place and light them when you want to boost the mood or create a relaxing vibe. They are unscented, smokeless, and hand poured and they come in a terrific selection of colors so that, even when not lit, they serve as elegant decor.


Lay This Weatherproof Rug Down To Protect Your Flooring

This door mat features a waterproof surface, making it a good choice for any spots in (or outside) of your home that experience high traffic — like your entryway, garage, etc. The low pile rug features an anti-slip backing to ensure it’ll stay in place when walked on. And it’s incredibly easy to wash; just give it a quick spray down with water, and it’ll look good as new.


Transform Basically Anything Into Shimmering Gold

It’s hard to believe how easily you can make any surface look like it’s made from gold. All you need is a tube of Rub ‘n Buff, which you simply apply to any item and polish until it looks like shiny metal — the more you polish, the shinier it will be. Use it on basically any everyday object to transform frames, furniture, light fixtures, and more into glamorous masterpieces. The product comes in a number of different finishes, including several gold tones, ebony, and a few other metallics.


Make Whipped Cream Anytime With No Effort

Next time you serve a coffee drink, cocktail, or chocolate pudding ask, in all seriousness, “Would you like fresh whipped cream on that?” Then pull out this cream whipper, pour in some cream, and push a button to dispense whipped cream in beautiful shapes. It uses a CO2 cartridge and has three decorating nozzles so your cream is fancy. It also makes frosting and butter. It takes a quick treat from pedestrian to four-star dining with one sentence.


Hang Up Pants, Skirts, & Other Bottoms With These Wooden Hangers

These high-quality wooden hangers feature adjustable metal clips that are designed to securely hold pants, skirts, and other bottoms, freeing up space in your dresser drawers. The hook at the top swivels for your convenience, and you can choose from three color options — natural, vintage wood, and cherry wood. This pick has stellar reviews on Amazon with one fan writing, “These are the best pant hangers I have ever had. They are very sturdy and the pants stay in the clips.”


Make Your Bathroom A Spa-Like Oasis With This Bamboo Mat

This bath mat will make your bathroom look and feel much more luxurious. Made from bamboo, the bath mat has a water-resistant finish so you can utilize it next to your shower, pool, hot tub, bath tub, and more, without fear of it getting ruined. The non-slip gaskets at the bottom ensure it won’t slide around during use.

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