35 Ways To Decorate Your Home Like A Bonafide Adult
Being an adult is a state of mind (and Toys 'R' Us is closed forever, so it's time to grow up).
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Let there be light! Find a sophisticated
floor lamp that'll not only add a gorgeous piece of decor to a room, but also just make your home feel really cozy.
Promising review: "Beyond easy to put together, I didn’t even look at the instructions. You have to clip on the shade to assemble — I didn’t expect that but it was super easy (you can’t tell by looking at it). The whole thing took me about five minutes. Looks great in my room." — NTP
Get it from Amazon for
$64.99+ (available in brass and black)
peel-and-stick wallpaper to freshen up your space and give it some dimension and texture.
Check out our
comprehensive guide to buying wallpaper online. Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy-duty quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my son’s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments on this wallpaper!" — Melissa
Get it from Amazon for
$24.49+ (available in a 10 prints).
It may seem obvious, but make sure you have clean
sheets and pillows.
And on that note, invest in a comfy (and not previously owned)
mattress so you can get a good night's sleep and be a functioning human in the morning.
clean your home — including sanitizing and organizing the things that need to be, rather than just throwing all your stuff in the closet.
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It's not rocket science, but a clean house can do wonders in terms of making you feel like you have your life together. Try making your bed every day before you head out, vacuuming and dusting once a week (that includes dusting baseboards), washing your dishes after every meal, and investing in some organizational tools to keep everything in its place.
Check out our
ultimate guide to cleaning everything in your home and explore the best cleaning products for cleaning some really disgusting messes.
pleated fabric shades for some added privacy without totally blocking the light.
Promising review: "I live in California really close to the beach. The house I'm renting doesn't have air conditioning and it gets hot! I bought a window air conditioner for my casement window (slides horizontally instead of up and down), which doesn't let me lower the blinds over the A/C unit. I was trying to figure out a way to close the gap next to the air conditioner and these work perfectly! You can trim them to size and simply stick them to the bottom of your installed blinds. They keep the sun and heat out and give me privacy. Very happy!" — Shelley R
Get it from Amazon for
$8.97+ (available in sizes 36" x 72" and 48" x 72").
Get this dish set (with service for four) for
$29.+ (available in four colors), four wine glasses for $24.99, and 20-piece silverware set for $26.99+ (available in three designs) on Amazon.
Splurge on a
rug that fits perfectly in your space by following a few simple rules.
Give any room in your home a glamorous touch with room-darkening
velvet curtains that'll help in your quest to sleep in a little later.
Promising review: "Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. Wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains, the space would lose about eight degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!" — Noname
Get them from Amazon for
$19.99+ a panel (available in four sizes and seven colors).
Get an actual sofa — not a futon, not a curbside find, but a real,
adult-looking sofa to complete your living room.
Get this velvet chesterfield sofa from Amazon for
$542.01 (available in three colors) and explore all the best places to buy a couch online in our handy sofa store guide.
If you're not ready to throw down serious cash on a new sofa, splurge on some luxurious
throw blankets (like the one pictured here) and pillows.
Promising review: "Best blanket EVER!!! It arrived quickly and was packaged perfectly. When you open the box you are met with this fresh, clean smell that nobody had mentioned in their reviews. There was a scented sachet card laying on top of the nicely folded blanket that I am sure going to add to my storage drawer. It smells and feels like it came fresh out of the dryer. It is so lightweight, soft, and cozy. If you are considering buying this blanket think no more — just buy it, you will be happy that you did! This is the perfect go-to gift for wedding showers, Christmas, or just because occasions. It looks so much more expensive than it is, nobody would believe that you bought this for under $50." — Mommy Jessup
Get this bamboo and Turkish cotton throw blanket from Amazon for
Add a bold and beautiful
houseplant to help bring any room to life — just make sure you follow the provided tips to keep it alive.
Promising review: "Awesome. Really, that's all I can say. Who would think you could buy a full-size palm for home or office from Amazon?! Well, I decided to try it and wow! The plant arrived in a tall, narrow box. The soil in the planter was well secured with packing paper and tape, and removing it was easy. I transplanted it into a larger pot, watered it, and it's absolutely beautiful, gracing the corner of my office and giving me plenty of healthy air. Packing included a care guide with more information online. Nice touch. Stands about 3' tall x 2.5' wide once the fronds relaxed a bit." — Dave
Get it from Amazon for
$21.99+ (available in Majesty, Neathebella, and Cat varieties, 12", 14", and 3' sizes, and in five planter styles).
And nothing says "I'm an adult" more than keeping a houseplant alive, which this
handy guide might help you accomplish.
Hang a macrame
wall mirror to bring in a bohemian flair and double as a great touch-up spot.
Promising review: "This mirror is GORGEOUS!! I bought this with few expectations and it's simply amazing! It's securely placed in the macrame and hangs flat. The photographs show the front and back of the mirror. I want more but don't need them. :D" — M. Bradley
Get it from Amazon for
$14.99 (available in two shapes).
Invest in (or make your own!)
art to bring an air of sophistication to any room.
Julia Heffernan on Society 6
Decide where to place your artwork by following the standards of galleries and museums. They hang their works at the midline (or center), which is about 57"-60" from the floor, because the average human eye level is 57".
Get this framed piece of artwork by
Julia Heffernan on Society 6 for $58.79+(available in sizes 10"x12"-20"x26").
And create a
gallery wall made of your favorite photos or your kid's artwork with a packaged set of frames.
Promising review: "I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase." — Cristina C Sanchez
Get this set of seven frames from Amazon for
$35.33+ (available in three colors) and check out all the best places to buy frames online.
Here's a new concept: Buy an actual
bed frame! Like, with a headboard and maybe a platform. (I know, I know, mind = blown.)
Promising review: "First off I have to say how impressed I was with the packaging, EVERYTHING is packed inside the headboard. It is easy to assemble and looks great!! I have cats who I knew would start to sharpen their claws on it and amazingly it doesn't show any damage, the fabric is TOUGH!! Well worth every penny, I have already recommended to friends and family." — Glama Girl
Get this stitched platform bed from Amazon for
$151.43 (available in sizes twin-California king and in dark and sage grays) and check out some of the top-rated bed frames on Amazon.
fresh flowers into a room to add a pop of color and show the world you're together enough to own a vase.
closets organized in order to make the most out of your storage space, because it's not cute to have your clothes piled on a chair anymore.
Promising review: "This is a great product! It's affordable, it's strong, and it's easy to install (it hangs like a clothes hanger). It doubled the amount of space in my daughter's closet, and since I can choose how high or low to hang it, I could bring it up high enough to allow space for boxes on the floor. I'm getting two more for my own closet! It's sturdy enough to hold heavy jeans or winter jackets or anything else you want. I thought for this price it would be flimsy, but it isn't at all." — Kelli S.
Get this closet doubler from Amazon for
$22.32 and check out our ultimate guide to keeping an organized closet.
Buy pieces of decor and
furniture that double as storage so you can hide all the little things you don't need access to all the time.
Promising review: "Used it in my bedroom as storage and decor. Surprisingly sturdy and simple to assemble. It's rather heavy, I suggest assembling it close to where it's going to stay. Love that it can be used horizontally or vertically, so it's very versatile. The finish has been durable." — Lj McLellen
Get this shelf with storage space from Amazon for
$90.80+ (available in nine colors and in two sizes) and check out these other storage solutions.
Bring in unique and unexpected materials — like
concrete — to give your space an elevated (and expensive) look.
Get this concrete side table from West Elm for
And learn how to layer all your accessories to construct a visually appealing
shelf, coffee table, or sofa.
Fill your shelves with perfectly coordinated
books sets that'll help make them look like they belong in the pages of an interior design magazine.
Promising review: "If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hollow, fake ones you see. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality suburb. Will be ordering more from here in the future!" — Amazon Customer
Get a set from
Covogoods on Amazon starting at $4 (packages start with just one book and go up to 25 books, they're also available in 15 colors including custom colors).
mirrors to expand your space and add a sophisticated level of decor.
A mirror can really help open and lighten up your space!
Promising review: "Really love the mirror — it's absolutely gorgeous and the right size. It's large enough to have on my wall and view my day's outfit from top to bottom, but not so large that it makes my studio apartment look smaller." — Cat Lynch
Get this mirror from Amazon for
$82.99+ (available in six options).
Get rid of all the clutter with some awesome
statement pieces that double as interesting conversation starters.
Get this glitter container from Jonathan Adler for
$88 (available in black and purple).
Or if you can't bear the idea of getting rid of all your memorable tchotchkes, curate them in
Promising review: "Perfect-sized frame. I'm so happy I got to make this shadow box that can be hung. I wanted to save some of my son's newborn things besides the things that are sitting in a baby box. It fit everything I wanted perfectly. I have seen other examples with more pictures, but in my opinion, that's what picture frames are for. I wanted to save our hospital experience in a frame, and this was perfect." — nojorahdan
Get it from Amazon for
$12.99+ (available in three sizes).
light fixtures — it's an easy way to upgrade your home without breaking the bank (while still making it look like you did).
Promising review: "I was very skeptical when I bought this. I thought I would end up returning it, but it looks great. It actually looks very nice. I ended up using LED 'Edison-style' bulbs instead of the traditional filament bulbs because I was worried about the heat emission (and energy consumption) of the latter. I think it looks great!" — Lou
Get this mid-century-modern chandelier from Amazon for
$92.99+ (available in five finishes).
And get gorgeous storage containers to organize the things you need on the regular but you shouldn't have laying around — like ones for
cotton swabs, makeup wipes, extra toilet paper!
Get this cotton swab organizer for
$10.95, a wipes container for $16.99 (available in three colors), and a super-functional toilet paper storage rack for $13.99.
Learn to DIY your hand-me-down/Ikea/garage sale finds like a Pinterest star.
Upgrade your gross old counters or tabletops with
vinyl wrap film — a temporary solution that'll last a long time and won't cost a small fortune.
Promising review: "Easy to work with and looks amazing. Very happy with the product and my project. I put a thin coat of polyutherane, but I don't think it needs it since the paper seems very sturdy and the gloss finish is nice. I have already ordered two more rolls to finish my vanity and cover my drawers." — Johanna Calderon
Get a roll from Amazon for
Don't underestimate the power of a beautiful
statement chair — which is not only practical, but can also provide a stunning way to make your space pop.
Promising review: "This chair just arrived and it is GORGEOUS! Beautifully packaged, fully assembled, and looks amazing! It's very cozy, the color is soft and the gold accents are perfect. The bottom cushion is wide, cozy, and soft. I have to say, it is SOOOO comfortable. I'm now a huge fan of this furniture line and am currently looking at other pieces from this company. High quality! Looks SO MUCH BETTER than the photo. This does not disappoint. Highly recommend!" — Rk Star
Get this brass accent chair from Amazon for
$499 (available in pink, white, and blue).
Make your bed as plush as the ones you dream of sleeping in when you're shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond with
this handy guide.
Get the full tutorial from
Now your house will feel like home — until, of course, you can finally move into Hogwarts.
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