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50 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Kitchen Accents

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Whether you’re an amateur chef or a takeout master, chances are you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. (No matter which end of that spectrum you fall on, we’ll wager that time has only increased over the past year.) While we’ve rounded up the best accents for your bedroom, bathroom, and living room elsewhere, here we’ve done some digging to find a wealth of stylish and fancy-looking kitchen décor ideas that are surprisingly affordable. Below, you’ll find gussied-up basics and restaurant-worthy accessories to spruce up your kitchen, regardless of your cooking prowess. While most of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

If you’re looking to zhuzh up your current kitchen, consider switching out the lighting. This three-pack of sorbet-colored pendant lamps has a minimal design and would look nice above a kitchen island or a breakfast nook.

Complete said kitchen refresh with some new wallpaper. This one is a favorite of Devin Shaffer, a lead designer at Decorilla, who says it would make a “nice Zoom background in an office space or in any type of space where there is already energy and activity” — like a kitchen. The retro-looking pattern is available in four colors: green — pictured here — black, orange, and taupe.

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Social editor Hannah Starke made her 22-square-foot kitchen functional using this mounted pot rack, which she says was “mercifully easy to put together.” It has a functional slatted design and both ample shelf space and hooks for additional storage.

These coasters are perfect for protecting your counters and kitchen table from glass rings and go with just about anything. They’re crafted from sandstone, meaning no two are exactly alike.

This neutral, putty-colored pitcher would look pretty stuffed with wooden utensils or a bunch of fresh cut flowers.

A duo of dispensers that’ll instantly dress up your favorite oil and vinegar.

Another twofer, these egg holders have a speckled finish that gives them a handmade look. They’d add the perfect rustic touch to a farmhouse breakfast of soft-boiled eggs and a baguette.

Speaking of farmhouse, this expert-recommended washable rug has a pattern that feels straight out of a French country home. As for where to put it, we suggest the splash-prone area near a kitchen sink: The rug is made of polypropylene, which we’ve written is “a form of plastic that makes it less porous and therefore more resistant to stains and wear.”

A cutting board that’s nice enough to serve charcuterie on. It has a handy juice groove around its edge, making it ideal for for Stone Fruit Season or carving meat.

These attractive scissors don’t just look great, they’re also the best kitchen scissors out there, according to multiple professional chefs.


Having a box of Maldon salt in your kitchen not only conveys expensive taste, but will also delight taste buds when you sprinkle the flaky pieces on most anything.

Stasher’s colorful and dishwasher-safe silicone food-storage bags are a favorite among people looking to reduce waste.