While schlepping to a brick-and-mortar store like HomeGoods or Ikea for cheap bowls, trash cans, water pitchers, and dish towels can be a convenient way to get all your apartment decorating done at once, it isn’t the only option. With a little digging, you can find lots of more handsome and well-priced home décor online — you just have to know where to look. From faux-sheepskin rugs to Turkish towels to chic coasters, any of the 34 items below — all of which are (roughly) $20 or less — will go a long way toward sprucing up your home. Most of the things on this list are all available at Amazon, but we’ve found a few of them elsewhere for those who like to shop around. And if you’re looking for even more cheap (but expensive-looking) home décor, check out our individual roundups of things for bathroom, bedroom, dining room, kitchen, and nursery.
A cool Matisse that’s less obvious than the ubiquitous Blue Nude print.
This highly rated cluster of dried pampas-grass plumes comes with 30 stems and would look nice in a sculptural vase.
A (faux) fur rug to zuzh up a forgotten corner.
Here’s a retro non-ticking clock for your wall that’s, well, timeless.
An iridescent jar that would make a nice-looking home for candy, cotton balls, or small knickknacks.
This serving tray is big enough to hold a nail-polish collection or to function as a family catchall on any entryway table.
This handsome leather tray is subdued enough to blend into most any décor scheme and comes with two compartments to keep it from looking too cluttered.
Areaware’s graphic coasters are a twofer: When arranged together, they form a trivet.
Coasters, a breakout star in the pandemic home-décor boom, allow you to style your coffee table and protect it from water rings at the same time. These recycled rubber offcuts are the product of a collaboration between Studio Proba and Slash Objects. They’re not only for drinks — you can also use them as trivets or beneath a small planter.
A see-through lamp for folks who like to keep things light (!) and airy.
This elegant ceramic dish is perfect for holding a kitchen sponge or displaying a fancy soap collection. It also comes in glossy black and bright white.
Complete the display with this poppy-scented soap made by Portuguese brand Claus Porto, a favorite of former Strategist writer Hilary Reid.
It’s fair to consider a towel an accent when it’s as thick and luxurious as this option from Restoration Hardware. This comes in a wide variety of muted colors including eucalyptus green and light blue.
If you’re not ready for a checkerboard rug, this frame is an easier way to tap into the trend. The resin inlay makes it look much pricier than it is.
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