1. Candle, $6
Nothing sets a mood better than candles, and this one is both masculine and unscented, which is perfect for anyone who is allergic to and/or hates synthetic scents.
2. Patchwork Side Table, $90
This side table is a nice mix of both rustic and industrial. Plus the drawer is a perfect spot to store everything from those extra remotes to condoms.
A nice way to add a splash of color to your living room, with little commitment. Also, it is the perfect thing to snuggle under with your S.O. on a chilly evening.
4. Foliage Welded Bowl, $40
The sculpture design of this bowl looks good on its own just sitting on your coffee table, or filled with fruit in the kitchen.
5. Metal Porthole Mirror, $90
A mirror outside of your bathroom is an essential. Bonus: They make small spaces look bigger.
6. Linear Brushed Silver Mix & Match Lamp, $20-$42
Invest in a nice table lamp, because nothing is more of a mood killer than bad lighting.
7. Scout Doormat, $45
Keep the dirt out of your place with this cheeky doormat.
8. Beech Wood Tree Hooks, $20
Hang one of these by your front door and you will never lose your keys again.
Perfect for putting your feet on (instead of your coffee table), extra seating, and, if you live in a small space, extra STORAGE.
Move beyond the matching pillows that come with your sofa and add a punch of color and pattern to your living room with one of these.
Best of all, you’ll only need one or two to achieve a big effect.
These lamps are great not just for lighting, but also to add visual interest to your room.
12. Italian Army Wool Blankets, $60
This 100% wool blanket not only looks good, but it will keep you warm and toasty on cold nights.
13. Wall Coat Rack, $75
This coat rack is perfect for small places. Keep it looking good by trying not to clutter it with too many coats.
14. Fjällsta Frames, $15-$40
Nobody makes better well-priced picture frames than Ikea. Plus they come pre-matted, which will instantly make any picture you put in it look more expensive.
15. Industrial Task Table Lamps, $79
These lamps not only look great on desks, but work well as bedside table lamps.
16. Clear Plastic Pump Bottles, $5
Don’t overlook soap dispensers. They add visual interest to your bathroom or kitchen sink.
Matching glassware is a must, but you don’t need to break the bank for a nice set. These are both good looking and well priced.
18. Schmidt Brothers Starter Knife Set with Block, $90
Good quality knives are a lifetime investment, and even if you’re not a big cook, these are great to have on hand for everything from slicing fruit and bread to cutting steak.
Bonus: These look great sitting on your kitchen counter.
19. International Movie Posters, $22
If you want to decorate with movie posters, separate yourself from the pack and go for international movie posters. Not only are they unique, but some, like Polish-designed movie posters, are really pieces of art.
And don’t forget: Frame them.
20. Toothbrush Holder, $7
Keep your bathroom looking clean and tidy with this acrylic toothbrush holder.
21. Trash Basket, $25
Let’s be honest, trash cans are pretty utilitarian, but this one by Ikea is nicely designed and is something you likely won’t get tired of looking at.
Also, do your guests and toilet a favor and keep a trash can in the bathroom.
22. World Globe, $80
Add some old-fashioned gentleman’s club flare with these metallic globes.
23. Metal Jar, $13
Perfect for storing those boring essentials in your kitchen or bathroom.
24. Chevron Shower Curtain, $40
A nice and simple shower curtain will add a lot of impact to your bathroom.
25. Color-Coordinated Plain Hand Towels, $6
Keep your towels a nice, neutral color to achieve a spa-like feel.
Also, try to keep a few on hand and change them out frequently to avoid them getting weird smells.
26. Laundry Bag, $39
Toss your dirty clothes into one of these cool-looking laundry bags and not on the floor.
27. Newgate Alarm Clock, $40
These retro alarm clocks will bring some warmth and charm to your bedroom, which is something you can’t get from a smart phone.
Accent rugs are a perfect way to keep stains away from high-traffic areas, and also a nice way to bring color and pattern to a room.
One area where you should splurge is on your bedsheets, but feel free to skimp on the duvet. You’re likely to get tired of your duvet quicker, and it’s also a magnet for stains and dirt (especially if you have pets who like to jump on your bed).
But don’t forget: Make your bed. It will make any potential guests sleeping over happy.