40 Cheap Tricks Decorators Use To Make Homes Look 10x Better

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Nonexistent backsplashes, barren floors, dull walls — some homes just need a little extra TLC to get them looking as good as possible. But if you’re trying to stick to a budget (or if you don’t know where to start), don’t worry. I’ve reached out to a few professional decorators and designers who were more than happy to share their favorite cheap home-decorating tricks when it comes to making any space look 10 times better.

Look at the wall behind your stove: Is there a backsplash there? If not, the founder and CEO of DecorMatters, Farris Wu, suggests using a peel-and-stick backsplash as an affordable alternative. There are also rustic area rugs for your common spaces, rolls of removable wallpaper that come in gorgeous prints, as well as stylish cabinet pulls for your kitchen — all recommended by decorating professionals. By adding a few of these items to your home, your space could look brand new again.

Working with a budget doesn’t mean you can’t make your home look expensive, either — and these cheap decorating tips from the professionals are proof. Keep scrolling for more ways to make your home look great without spending a ton of money.


These Throw Pillow Covers Made From Soft Velvet

Farris Wu, the founder and CEO of DecorMatters, suggests using these throw pillow covers throughout your home. They’re made from soft velvet that makes them perfect for napping — and they even come in more than 35 colors to suit any style, as well as nine different sizes.


A Trio Of Woven Baskets For Cute Storage

Need some extra storage space in your home? Wu also recommends grabbing these woven baskets. They’re perfect for office supplies, toiletries, and more. Each one is hand-crated from 100% recyclable paper rope — and they even come in six different colors to suit any room in your home.


This Subway Tile Backsplash That’s Easy To Install

If your home didn’t come with a backsplash already installed, Wu suggests putting up this one on your own. Each panel of tile is backed with adhesive, allowing you to put them on your walls just like a sticker. And since they easily wipe clean, there’s no need to worry about them getting dirty with food splatter.


A Roll Of Contact Paper That Looks Like White Marble

Wu also suggests using this roll of contact paper if you’re looking to update various surfaces without spending a lot of money. Not only does it look just like white marble, but it’s also made from tough vinyl that’s meant to holds up against moisture. Use it on counters, bookshelves, boxes, and more.


These Long Curtains That’ll Help The Room Look Bigger

If you’d like to create the illusion that your room is bigger than it is, Wu recommends hanging up these luxurious curtains that are extra long. Each panel is made from soft linen, giving them a timeless appearance that I doubt will go out of style anytime soon. Plus, each order includes two panels.


An Electric Throw Blanket With 3 Heat Settings

This electric throw blanket is just the home accessory you need to add color and texture to your couch while making your room cozier. It features three heat settings and an auto time-off function for safety and comes in two sizes and six colors. The cherry on top: detach the electrical components and toss it in the washing machine and dryer to keep it clean.


The Area Rug With A Vintage Look

You don’t have to go dumpster diving for a vintage-looking rug — this one recommended by Wu is available with free two-day Prime shipping. It’s also stain-resistant, as well as easy to clean in the event of spills. Plus, you even have the choice of 12 different colors.


These Throw Pillow Covers That Offer 4 Different Designs

Devan Shaffer, the lead interior designer at Decorilla Online Interior Design, recommends these throw pillow covers. One pack comes with four that each have a different design, so they can be used in one room or many. Aside from the faux leather option, they’re made from linen. Plus, the zippers are fairly hidden so that they won’t snag on your clothes.


The Privacy Film For Windows That Looks Like Frosted Glass

Add privacy and polish to your windows with this frosted window privacy film, which conveniently relies on static cling (not a drop of adhesive or glue) to stay on without leaving residue behind. The reusable clings block UV light and come in eight sizes.


These Pretty Botanical Art Prints For Minimalist-Chic Walls

Sometimes soft, minimalist artwork makes the biggest impression. This set of four botanical prints can be arranged in a number of ways on your walls and match any decor. They each measure 8-by-10 inches and come without frames, so you can add any colored frame you’d like to create the walls of your dreams.


A Trio Of Glass Jars With Chic Cork Tops

Looking for decor that’s functional and fashionable? Shaffer recommends incorporating these glass jars into your decor. Each one is made from tough borosilicate glass, while the natural cork tops create an airtight seal. Use them for jams, rice, sugar, hair ties, Bobby pins, and more.


These Faux Succulents You’ll Never Need To Water

If you don’t have time to water your plants on daily basis, don’t worry: These faux succulent plants — which were also recommended by Shaffer — can help bring little pops of green. You’ll never need to water them, yet they look incredibly lifelike — even when you get in up close.


The Stainless Steel Polish For A Fast Kitchen Upgrade

The fastest and cheapest way to give your kitchen an instant upgrade is by decluttering, cleaning, and polishing notoriously hard-to-clean areas like stainless steel appliances. This plant-based stainless steel polish does just that — it removes grease, dirt, and even water marks from dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators. The cruelty-free formula cleans like a dream and won’t leave streaks behind.


The Strip Lights You Can Control With Alexa

If you ask me, affordable home upgrades are never a bad idea — and likes these smart strip lights are a great, cost-efficient addition to you home. Shaffer recommended these as well; pair them with Alexa, and you’ll be able to control them using voice commands from the comfort of your couch. Plus, they easily install under cabinets, counters, behind televisions, and more.


The Frame That Looks Like It’s Made From Golden Bamboo

Chanel of Coco on Fifth, a Latina lifestyle blogger and interior decorator, is a big fan of this metal bamboo frame. It’s perfect for desktops, as it adds a touch of bright gold to dull cubicles — and the high-quality velvet backing helps keep your photos safe from moisture.


A Pair Of Wall Sconces That Are Easy To Install

Sabrina Beaumont, the interior designer and CMO at Passion Plans, recommends hanging up these wall sconces. There’s no complicated wiring needed to get them working, as each one is powered by three AA batteries (which are not included) — and you can even set a timer so that they turn on and off automatically.


This Toothbrush Holder Made From Galvanized Steel

Not only does Beaumont recommend this toothbrush holder, but it’s also made from tough galvanized steel. It’s so versatile that you can even use it as a small vase for flowers — though when used as a toothbrush holder, there are enough slots for up to four of them.


A Wood Planter Box For A Rustic-Looking Floral Arrangement

Glass flower vases are beautiful, but they may not always jive well with your home decor. For a more rustic look, lean on the solid acacia wood of this homey wooden planter box. You can use it outdoors or indoors and it comes in three sizes to suit a variety of floral and plant arrangements.


This Corner Floating Shelf For Displaying Home Decor

If you feel like you’re constantly shoving home decor on top of your bookshelf, find a more artsy and attractive way to display items — on this floating corner shelf. The tiered shelf has an L-shaped design, is easy to assemble and mount, and comes in three colors. Use it in your living room or bedroom for books and decor, and add one to your kitchen to neatly (and beautifully) store spices.


These Wine Cork Holders That Can Also Be Mounted To The Wall

These wall-mounted letters are both decorative and functional because they give you a space to store your wine corks in a stylish way. Each one has a hollow body that’s meant for stacking the corks, and they’re easy to install. These aren’t designer-recommended, but they’re still great options for filling up a blank wall in your home. Choose from an array of different letters and symbols to create the words of your choice.


These Cabinet Pulls With A Modern Touch

Andra DelMonico, the lead interior designer at Trendey, recommends swapping out your tired cabinet pulls with these modern ones. Not only is it an easy (and affordable) way to update your kitchen, but this set in particular is also made from rust-resistant stainless steel.


The Decorative Mirror With A Sunburst Frame

DelMonico is also a big fan of this decorative mirror — and for good reason too. The sunburst frame looks great above a side table in an entryway, while the reflective center can even help bounce light around dark rooms. Choose from two finishes: gold or silver.


A Roll Of Moulding You Can Use For Sleek Updates

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to add trim throughout your walls; DelMonico recommends using this roll of moulding all over your home, and it’s only $26. Add it around mirrors to give them a stylish frame, or even put it into corners where wall meets ceiling. Plus, the back is lined with adhesive for easy installation.


These Blackout Curtains That Come In Tons Of Colors

Kate Diaz, an interior designer and co-founder of Swanky Den, recommends putting these blackout curtains up. They’ll help dim the room, and they’re especially great if you like sleeping in on the weekends. The curtains come in 33 different colors, as well as 13 sizes. Plus, the thick fabric can even help insulate your home.


The Spice Rack Organizer That Mounts To Your Fridge

Save precious kitchen counter and cabinet space by mounting this spice rack organizer right onto your fridge, where it looks great and conveniently gives you access to what you need, whether that’s a salt shaker or bottle of olive oil. No drilling is required — just use the removable hooks and magnetic clips to keep it adhered to metal appliances or surfaces. It comes in a pack of two and boasts an impressive 4.8-star rating.


The Candle Bowls That Come In Soothing Scents

Kristin Patrician, the owner and principal designer of Dwelling Envy Interiors, is a big advocate for these candles that were set in dough bowls. Each one is handmade in Dallas, Texas, and they even use 100% all-natural organic soy wax that smells like lavender. There are five total scents available.


A 20-Pack Of Eraser Sponges That’ll Clean *Anything*

Any home decorator or cleaning professional knows that a good pack of eraser sponges can go a long way when it comes to sprucing your space. With just a little water, the sponges can tackle anything and everything, and they’re safe to use on most surfaces. Use them to remove scuffs on walls, baked-on stove stains, and coffee stains on. your mugs.


These Throw Pillow Covers That Are Oh-So Plush

If your throw pillows could use an update, Patrician recommends grabbing this stylish set of two. They’re made from an ultra-soft cotton-wool blend, with a touch of faux fur that feels oh-so plush. One reviewer even wrote “I’m so happy with how cute they look.”


These Glass Bottles For Drinks & Flower Stems

For an easy everyday upgrade, you can pour your water, juice, or other beverages from these glass bottles. The narrow design means they’re easy to store in the fridge, and the BPA-free swing-top lids create a tight seal. You can also use them as vases for single stems to add a little casual beauty to your day.


The Luxe Satin Pillowcases That Stay Cool`

Add a luxurious touch to your bed with these satin pillowcases. The lustrous material isn’t just silky smooth, it also stays cool to the touch all night long. Just as good, unlike with cotton, your hair will glide across the material, resulting in less hair breakage overnight.

  • Available sizes: Standard, Queen, King, Body
  • Available colors and styles: 27


A Shag Area Rug That Adds Warmth & Texture

When it comes to tying a room together, an area rug does some heavy lifting. This shag area rug won’t just create a cohesive aesthetic, it’ll also add warmth and texture to your space. It also has a memory foam layer that’s so comfy, you just might want to curl up and sleep on it.

  • Available sizes: 6
  • Available colors: 24


This 2-Pack Of Elegant LED Night Lights

Night lights don’t have to be purely functional — they can also add an elegant touch of ambiance to your room. This two-pack of LED night lights comes in 11 different styles — from brushed nickel with soft white light to more vibrant rainbow light hues — so you’ll be sure to find the right look for your space. Plus, you can adjust the brightness for the perfect glow.


These Mirror Tiles That Are So Easy To Install

Looking for a mirror solution for your bedroom, home office or gym, closet, or foyer? These customizable mirror tiles are perfect for adding a mirror that looks totally custom to your space. They’re available in several different pack sizes (the four pack is featured), so you can create a grid of any size. And the best part is that they simple adhere to your wall surface, no drilling required.


A Slip Cover That Makes Your Sofa Look Brand New

Whether you have an older sofa that could use a quick exterior refresh or you’re looking to protect a new couch investment, this stretchy slip cover is the answer. Made of a durable, washable polyester-spandex blend, it promises to slip on easy and keep that couch of yours looking brand new. It protects against stains, pet hair, and the general wear of daily use. Choose from dozens of colors and multiple sizes.


These Stylish Food Storage Containers Made From Glass

Looking for a chic alternative to plastic food bins? Patrician suggests taking a look at these glass containers. Each one is made from tough borosilicate glass that’s temperature- and odor-resistant. Plus, the lids are as elegant as they are durable in stainless steel.


A Set Of Flameless Candles That Are Infinitely Reusable

If you’re looking for fake candles that look extremely realistic, Patrician recommends buying these flameless candles that can be controlled with a remote. The LED bulb flickers just like real fire — but unlike regular candles, these ones provide up to 300 hours of light using just two AA batteries (which are not included).


Another Flameless Candle Set With Glittery Pillars

These flameless candles will help you add some sparkle to your space because the pillars are covered in glitter. They’re also battery-operated and remote-controlled, giving you the option to determine the brightness, timer, and flame flicker from afar. The set has a 4.4-star rating, but it wasn’t specifically recommended by designers.


The Perfect Holders For All Of Your Flameless Candles

If you have a set of flameless candles and nowhere to put them, don’t worry: These candle holders are the perfect options. The set comes with three holders of different heights, each of which have a powdery black finish and sturdy circle base. While these weren’t recommended by experts, they’re still helpful in displaying the candles that were.


This Chic Tablecloth That’s Resistant To Stains

Beth R. Martin, the founder at designer at, recommends using a tablecloth — like this one — to make any dining room look 10 times better. The tassels along the border give it a fresh, modern touch. And unlike some cloths, it’s also made with stain-resistant cotton.


A Set Of Picture Frames That Won’t Break The Bank

Need a good set of picture frames that won’t break the bank? You can’t go wrong with this set of five that come recommended by Martin. You can grab them in 17 different colors, as well as nine sizes. And since the covers are made from plastic instead of glass, they won’t shatter if dropped.


This Honeycomb Wine Rack For Stylish Countertop Storage

This stylish honeycomb wine rack is a great way to store wine on your counter top without adding clutter. It can hold up to seven bottles of wine and it’s available in three lovely finishes: black, gold, or rose gold. Fans love how it displays bottles in a unique way.


The Nonslip Gripper Pad To Make Your Rugs Look More Expensive

It’s easy to accidentally move rugs around the floor while walking — so grab this gripper pad to help prevent that from happening. It also helps elevate the look of your rug while giving it some extra cushion, and Martin is a fan. Plus, it’s made with a protective rubber coating to help prevent any fraying.


These Coasters Made From Sleek Stainless Steel

Michelle Madison, an event designer, award-winning journalist, and lifestyle expert, suggests using these sleek coasters that’ll provide little pops of gold on your coffee table. Each one is made from stainless steel, making them resistant to rust — and the nonslip backs helps prevent scratches to your table.


A Set Of Motion Sensor Lights You Can Put Almost Anywhere

Under cabinets, inside dark closets, above workbenches — Madison also suggests using these lights that can help brighten up your home. The best part? Each one features a built-in motion sensor so that the rechargeable battery doesn’t go to waste when no one is around.


Some Magnetic Duvet Clips To Keep Your Comforter From Slipping & Bunching

There’s nothing worse than having your comforter slip and slide around inside the cover, ultimately ending up in a bunch at the bottom of the bed. Enter: these magnetic duvet clips. There are 8 pins in a pack for safely (and easily) securing your comforter or duvet. As one reviewer raved, “I bought these because there was no way to affix my duvet cover to my down comforter. All I can say is Wow. They were really easy to install and hold my cover in place perfectly.”


These Floating Shelves With Gold-Toned Frames

Got open wall space? Karen Lee, a functional home decor expert and founder of Smart Robotic Home, recommends putting these floating shelves up. They’re made from high-quality pine wood, and the guard rail around the edges helps keep your things from falling off. Choose from two colors: white or brown.


This Purifying Water Dispensing Bowl For Your Pet

Even your pet deserves to drink clean and pure water. This water fountain and bowl features a quadruple filtration system that removes bad tastes, odors, and most importantly heavy metals. At just over two liters, it’s best suited for small to medium dogs and cats.


A Stainless Steel Kitchen Caddy To Keep Your Sink Organized

Create a space in your kitchen sink for your sponges, dish soaps, and brushes. This sink caddy easily attaches to any faucet. And because made from durable stainless steel, it's waterproof, rust-proof, and fingerprint-proof.


A Candle That’s Actually Effective At Getting Rid Of Bad Smells

Sure, candles are cozy and relaxing, but sometimes we need them to rid whatever horrid odors are lingering around our home. This scented candle is highly fragranced and claims to eliminate 95% of smells with a burn time of up to 80 hours. Choose from 25 different scents.


A Trio Of Decorative Jugs Made From Ceramic

If your shelves look a little bare, don’t fret: These ceramic jugs can help fill the area while also providing a space for flowers. They were recommended by Bizzley and have a rustic touch that looks great in kitchens. Plus, each order comes with three that you can arrange however you like.

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