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The Affordable Decor That Makes Your Home Look Expensive

Velvet pillowcases, white vases, and a fluffy white rug
MIULEE/Sullivans/Ashley Home Decor

We’ve all fallen in love with something at a home goods store only to check the price tag and feel our jaws drop. Home decor can be pricey, but you don’t have to dig into your savings to make your house look nice.

There are plenty of affordable pieces that look a lot more expensive than they really are. This decor will let you live your fanciest home dreams without spending more than $50 on any item.

Velvet Curtains

Gray velvet curtains over a window

Nothing screams “posh” like velvet. Swap out your regular curtains for these velvet ones to instantly make any room feel fancier.

Silky smooth and soft to the touch, these thick drapes also block out most sunlight and will create a dark and cozy environment when you want them to. They can also help reduce energy costs by keeping out hot air in the summer and cold air in the winter. Plus, they’re machine washable and easy to care for.

StangH Grey Velvet Curtains

Keep light out and your home fancy.

A Faux Fur Rug

A white faux rug on a couch and on the floor
Ashler Home Deco

A large, fuzzy rug can quickly add an expensive feel to your bedroom or living room. This faux fur rug is made with faux sheepskin fur that is extra thick and soft for a fluffy feel. The bottom is also made with slip-resistant suede that will keep the rug secure on the floor.

Drape this as an accent piece on your couch or use it like a rug as intended in any room. To clean, use a gentle vacuum, wipe spills with a sponge, or throw it in a washing machine on a gentle setting and let it air dry.

Ashler Faux Fur Rug

Keep your feet cozy and warm.

Gold Picture Frames

Photos on a while gold frames

One easy way to elevate the feel of your home is to swap out your black or white picture frames with gold ones. Small touches of gold will make your space feel glitzy and glam, and these gold picture frames can make that happen in a matter of minutes.

These frames come in a pack of five and can be spread throughout your home or used to create a gallery wall. They’re made with a light but firm material that looks much more expensive than it really is. These frames can be mounted horizontally or vertically depending on your style preference.

upsimples Wall Gallery Photo Frames

Fill your wall up with a variety of photos and art while maintaining a keen sense of style.

An Arched Floor Lamp

Two arched lamps next to couches

With a minimalist and classic design, an arched floor lamp will add an elegant touch to your home. This stylish lamp gives off warm, cozy light that creates a comfortable space beside your book chair, couch, or another corner of the house.

This piece is easy to assemble, and the lampshade features a 180-degree adjustment that allows you to point light wherever you need it. The simple design also works with many home decor styles, including urban, mid-century modern, minimalist, vintage, and traditional.

DEWENWILS Modern Arched Floor Lamps

Light up a room with this practical and beautiful lamp.

Modern Vases

Six white ceramic vases

Create an elevated space in your home with a set of matching vases to hold flowers or just serve as decoration. This set of three ceramic vases is perfect for adding a touch of rustic elegance to any room.

The distressed design is stunning on its own or when filled with your favorite faux florals, stems, bouquets, and greenery. Crafted from ceramic, this set is built to last and will keep your home looking fresh and up-to-date year after year. Whether you use them on your tabletop, shelf, mantel, dining room table, bathroom counter, or covered patio, these vases are sure to make a statement.

Sullivans Ceramic Vase Set

Create a space in your home with rustic, yet elegant vases.

A Gold Serving Tray

A gold serving tray on a table

If you’re searching for an elegant and sophisticated way to serve your guests, try out this gold serving tray. This lovely tray is made of food-grade stainless steel and features a brass surface plating treatment that gives it a luxurious look.

The sleek and modern design is perfect for any home decor style, and the brushed metal finish adds an extra touch of class. Plus, it’s large enough to hold all of your favorite foods and drinks, making it ideal for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just having friends over for drinks, this tray is sure to impress.

FREELOVE Round Serving Tray

A beautiful accessory to add to any table or countertop.

Floating Shelves

Sets of floating shelves on a wall

These shelves were a popular trend a few years ago, and for good reason. Floating shelves add a minimalist and upscale touch to any bare wall. They’re not particularly fancy, but they can really help your home look more put together.

Installation is simple and can be done with the hardware included in the package. Floating shelves are also ideal for people with small spaces, as they take up no floor room and give you more storage space.

Herncptar Wall Shelves

Free up storage space and decorate your walls.

Velvet Pillow Covers

Several pillows with velvet pillowcases

Just like velvet curtains can make your living room feel fancier, velvet pillowcases can do the same. These affordable accents are surprisingly well made and look much more expensive than they really are.

Choose from over 35 different colors that will fit a standard throw pillow size. These are also machine washable and easy to care for, making them perfect for someone who wants their home to look nice but doesn’t want to put in too much extra work.

MIULEE Pack of 2 Velvet Pillowcases

Make any couch or bed feel luxe and cozy.

A Magazine Rack

A sleek magazine rack
Spectrum Diversified

Instead of stacking old magazines on a table or bookshelf, place your favorites in this sleek magazine rack. You’ll feel like you live in a fancy hotel, and your guests will feel it too.

It’s an easy way to stay organized and display magazines, books, or pamphlets in your home. The design is simple enough to fit into any home decor scheme and can stand on the floor, on tables, or on shelves.

Spectrum Diversified Seville Rack

Organize books, magazines, and more.

A Chic Art Piece

A Picasso painting on a dog

Nothing says “expensive” like some fancy wall art. While you can easily spend thousands (if not more) on artwork to decorate your home, you don’t need to be rich to spruce up your home decor game.

A few nice pieces of classy artwork will make any room feel fancy. This chic piece features a simple drawing of a dachshund, a nod to Pablo Picasso’s love of his own dog, Lump. While it’s not a true Picasso painting, it will certainly make your home feel nicer.

Pablo Picasso Wall Art & Decor

Add an elegant touch to any wall.

It’s true that you can’t put a price on style, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to achieve an elevated look in your home. With a few affordable decor pieces, you can give your space the high-end feel you’re going for without spending a fortune.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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