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    30 Cheap Things That'll Just Make Your Home Look Nicer

    Looking to upgrade your place on a budget? No problem.

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    1. A Himalayan salt lamp that'll give your room just the right amount of light and positive energy throughout the night β€” without the stress of a burning candle.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This lamp emits the same kind of the glow as a candle, except with a preinstalled lightbulb, plus two extras (buy these replacement bulbs as needed), and a 6.6-foot cord with a dimmer switch to adjust brightness.

    Promising review: "I just wanted everybody to know what a quality product this is. It came in one of the finest boxes I've ever seen!!! It was so well packed and it arrived without even the smallest dent in the package. I pulled out the lamp and I couldn't believe the substance of this lamp. It's hard to believe I got this at such an amazing price. The lamp is totally enclosed and it came with two extra bulbs. I didn't realize they were extra until I opened up the bottom expecting to have to put a bulb in, and low and behold there was already a bulb inside. I plugged it in, and it's beautiful. I just had to write up this review because this is a very high quality piece that would make a perfect Christmas gift!!!" β€”Deb

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two designs).

    2. A polished bamboo wall hook mount for a convenient and super cute place to throw your jacket, hat, scarf, and bag when you walk in the door.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This system of wall hooks was easy to assemble and hang and it looks very good on the wall. I needed something that I could hang aprons and pot holders on, and this fills the bill very well." β€”Janet Lund

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A peel-and-stick faux ceramic tile backsplash so you can accent your home in that classic tiled look, with a fraction of the effort (and money).

    amazon.com, Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This turned out great! I feel like I have a new kitchen. So I read a lot of the reviews on this item and took in all the tips others offered. I sanded my wall first (I had textured paint, just sanded area where I was applying the backsplash). Cleaned wall the night before so it would dry well. I used an adhesive spray. Measured and marked where to line up just to make sure it all went on straight as possible. As others said, It takes PATIENCE! My first two took a couple tries (be careful β€” once applied, if you pull off you will pull off paint). But once I got going it went well. Spent a couple hours applying this. But well worth the time spent. I plan on purchasing more of a different design to put in my bathroom." β€”H Adkins

    Get one sheet from Amazon for $5.99 or ten sheets for $29.99+ (available in six colors/patterns).

    4. A magnetic knife strip that's both functional and ~sharp~.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "After years of using a knife block, we decided to free up some counter space and install this magnetic strip for our knives. It was easy to install. The magnet is very strong. And we have extra space on our kitchen counter. Win, win, win." β€”A. Tran

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    And check out our picks for best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    5. A bottle of wood polish and conditioner to transform your old, worn-down furniture into a dazzling new focal point of your room.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel... fantastic smell!" β€”Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $8.48.

    6. A set of chic brass salt and pepper shakers so even your condiments look jazzed up.

    Nordstrom

    Get them from Nordstrom for $19.49.

    7. A pretty botanical shower curtain that'll probably have you mesmerized every time you're in the bathroom.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This curtain is gorgeous! It is a bit sheer, so use a solid liner if you want full color saturation. The colors in this print are abundant and broad enough to match well in almost any bathroom! Everyone who has seen this in my bathroom has raved over how lovely it is, too. I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to find a shower curtain that would look nice in my vintage tiled bathroom. I looked at about 2,000 (really!) to find one, and I am so incredibly happy that I looked long enough to find this one! I spent a few extra bucks to get the 84" length so it would be an even more dramatic focus in the tiny bathroom. Tl;dr: it is a beautiful print and it is a fantastic price. Get it!" β€”Bethany Blah

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in three sizes).

    8. Some glossy marble contact paper to transform a countertop or DIY almost any piece of furniture that needs an upgrade.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wanted to spruce up my rented apartment's kitchen counter, and this contact paper did not disappoint. The contact paper is super sticky, but no matter how many times you messed up (and I've messed up A LOT!), the contact paper will still be sticky. There is a technique to sticking it so you don't get bubbles (we used credit cards to force out the bubbles), so you will have to play around with it. Highly recommend it!" β€”G. Chen

    Read our deep dive on this contact paper, "This Marble Contact Paper Will Make Cheap Furniture Look Like It's From West Elm," to learn more about why people love it so much!

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89+ (available in four sizes).

    9. A felt letter board so you can put your favorite inspirational quotes up on the wall.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my felt letter board & letters. It's super easy to assemble & works beautifully with my Instagram aesthetic. I've received so many compliments about it! The light pink is true to color & the letters are sturdy & easy to place. I'm ordering the pastel letters next!" β€”Mandy Farmer - A Fierce Beauty

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes and 27 colors).

    10. Copper string lights you can use in many different ways for a serene magical glow, whether you put them in a vase or clip photos to them on the wall.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great string lights for any decorating project or to add a little light in your home. This is the second set I ordered for my latest project. I love that these lights are electrical plug-in and do have a rather warm glow for LED lights. Had my first set for two years now and use it every night. Dependable, affordable, and beautiful. Highly recommend it!" β€”A Landon

    Get a 40-feet-long string from Amazon for $10.99 (available in five styles).

    11. A branch-adorned two-piece duvet cover and pillow sham set that'll make your friends think you hired an interior designer to make your room so good.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This duvet is so much more elegant in person. I can't believe the price. It looks like a $200 duvet. The fabric is also very comfortable, like a crisp (but soft) cotton sheet. I also love that it's reversible, because you simply roll it down a bit and you have a bed that instantly looks neat and layered. The covered zipper is also a great detail, so much better than the annoying buttons that most duvet covers have. At this price, we thought this would just be our temporary duvet cover until we found something we liked better, but it has turned out to be our permanent duvet because it's truly beautiful." β€”S. Blonder

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in four colors and five sizes).

    12. A fluffy faux fur throw, because who wouldn't want to cuddle up in one of these during movie night?!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like this blanket because it's snuggly soft, large enough to get cozy under, easy to wash & lightweight. I had several friends over recently & a few of the girls were all wanting to snuggle up with it." β€”Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in four colors and four sizes).

    13. A stackable concrete two-tier jewelry organizer accented with a copper lid, perfect for storing your favorite bling and adding a unique piece of decor to your dresser or end table.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Much larger than I anticipated. The pictures online make the lid size look comparable to that of a hockey puck or Alexa. However, in person, the size is MUCH larger. More like a dessert plate. I read another review that said that size was larger before I purchased so I am not upset. More bang for my buck! But definitely keep this in mind if you are looking for a smaller jewelry box. I also like the felt on the inside of the box and the color of the lid is super pretty. Other than the size, the item is exactly as pictured. This box is also heavy and sturdy." β€”AMG

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in five colors).

    14. Tiny ceramic succulent planters you can use to add some greenery to any room in the house. They'll make any baby plant (real or fake) look like modern art.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These succulent pots are so beautiful! I bought a total of 8 and they look so nice near my kitchen window. They are of nice quality and I like the drainage holes. I thought they would be on the smaller size but they were perfect for the succulents that I had. I would purchase again!" β€”meegarnet

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in sets of two or four).

    15. A petite tabletop fireplace (or candle holder) to add a little warmth to your sitting area. Just add some fuel and you have your own lil' indoor campfire.

    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    Fuel isn't included, but you can buy some at Amazon.

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $24.50+ (available with or without rocks/sand β€” the sand is needed to disperse the heat of the flame away from the wood, but you can easily find some on your own if you'd rather not buy it here, and the lava rocks are completely optional/for decoration).

    16. A mold-resistant grout pen that can cover up to 60 meters of grout area so you can make that tiled floor look brand spanking new again.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have 12-inch white tile in my whole house that is 20 years old. Even though I have kept it looking nice, the grout still was getting dark. I cleaned the grout and let it dry good till the next day then used the grout pen. It looks like it is brand new. One thing that I found out was that if the tip of the pen starts to look worn you can just pull it out and turn it over β€” it is the same tip on both ends. It will take some time to do the whole house but it looks so great that I will just do a section at a time till finish. One other thing that I did was run my finger down the grout line after I apply the grout pen then wipe down the tile line with a paper towel so no other clean-up was necessary." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    17. A rustic wall shelf organizer so everything you need is in sight when you're ready to walk out the door. Maybe you'll even stop losing your keys!

    Amazon

    It comes with a slotted box for mail, a shelf for your phone and small accessories, as well as three hooks for hanging up your bags or keys.

    Promising review: "Love this! I use it as an end table at our lake house, where space is tight. The shelf is perfectly sized for a charging a phone overnight, the hooks hold my cords off the floor, and the box is large enough for water bottles, etc. Though it is a bit of a bear to put together (not difficult, just tedious), its function makes it well worth it. Highly recommend, especially for tight quarters." β€”R. Burdett

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A complimentary doormat that'll no doubt make you feel good every time you walk through the door.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super cute and so happy I found this! Makes all of my visitors and myself feel good every time we go to my front door." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30.39 (available in two designs).

    19. A small and aesthetically pleasing bluetooth speaker so you can jam out to your playlist while it sits on your table or shelf, without taking up much space at all.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little speaker is super loud and impressive. A little heavier than I expected, but nothing burdensome. It's very easy to set up using your phone's Bluetooth. I would definitely recommend to a friend. I bought this product because it came up in a 2017 BuzzFeed article of Amazon products to buy, and I have no regrets." β€”Agnes Hong

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A beautifully illustrated book any bibliophile will love to display on their coffee table.

    Amazon

    From touring the world's most beautiful bookstores to peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors, be prepared to devour it all!

    Promising review: "Wow! My copy arrived just a couple days ago, and I was delighted from the moment I opened it. What a gorgeous book, cover to cover! It is full of wonderful tidbits and will delight any book lover. It really feels like the author herself is fascinated by every part of the book world. Somehow she knew just what nuggets of information and details would be the most interesting and engaging. I've been digging into the lists and anecdotes, which are made so much more special and vibrant by the author's wonderful illustrations. The variety of lists was a fun surprise, with lots of categories that I hadn't even thought of before, and the book has already lengthened my 'to read' list considerably! I really love the book, and I'm definitely buying extras as gifts for the book lovers in my life!" β€”Kate

    Get a hardcover version from Amazon for $16.29.

    21. A set of geometric wire decor guaranteed to add some fun detail to your wall or table.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE these. I have been drooling over geometric pendant lights, but couldn't afford them at $60 each. So I found this set and wondered if I could rig something with lights. I was delighted to find that they snap together and could hang them in multiple ways!! I was able to snap them around the wire of a plain pendant light, and it turned out even better than I expected. Highly recommended. I would buy again and tell anyone about my new obsession." β€”Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in three colors).

    22. A set of gold eating utensils to replace your boring silverware with and make you feel extra fancy every time you eat dinner.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Was originally worried about the quality, but it turned out to be a good buy. The color is so pretty and elegant, so I'm sure it will be a good display when hosting a house party." β€”Yi-Ying Tsai

    Get a set of 20 (for four people total) from Amazon for $20.99.

    23. A cordless handheld Bissell Cleanview vacuum for quick cleanups when you have company on the way and pet fur covering your furniture.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Cleaned my ceiling fans, tons of dog hair off steps and baseboards, and even sucked out floor vents β€” I have a very dusty house, and it worked awesomely. Got places a regular vacuum misses. Lightweight and easy to use. Nice, long cord." β€”Paula Karmia

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    24. Some gorgeous agate bookends to hold up your collection of novels and add some interest to a plain shelf.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These bookends are perfect for my space! I absolutely love the unique look of each one. They are heavy/can support my books without slipping, and they look good too. One issue I had was that the green dye marked up my white shelf but nothing a Magic Eraser couldn't fix. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with this product!" β€”Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four sizes and six colors).

    25. A pack of two velvet throw pillow covers with a pom pom trim that are luxe, stylish, and available in tons of great colors.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These pillow cases are so soft and cozy! The color is true to the picture, a nice deep red, and the material itself is cozy and velvety. The little pompoms are actually very much secured to the pillow, and I've never experienced any of them coming loose, and I am using them daily. The zippers are very well hidden without being difficult to use, too." β€”Al

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven sizes and 20 colors).

    26. A charming area rug to pull your whole living room together and make it feel way more cozy.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't think I've ever written an Amazon review before, but holy cow β€” this one deserves it! I have six dogs. My experience with having rugs in the house hasn't ended well in 12 years, but we just moved into our first home and I wanted some new decor and furniture. Let me just tell you. I don't know what kind of genie magic they placed over this bad boy before shipping out, but this thing WILL NOT STAIN. I honestly don't know how that's even possible considering it's an off-white color, but good lord am I happy! So far it has stood up against dog pee, poop, mud, dry dirt, and spilled drinks β€” and it still looks amazing. Side note: The instructions say not to use a vacuum with rotating brushes, but I've had no issues at all with it. I've even cleaned it with a carpet cleaner and not had any problems with the carpet fraying. Buy this rug!" β€”Big daddy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.41+ (available in 14 sizes and shapes, as well as eight colors/patterns).

    27. The cutest little bed holder for your sponge that'll no doubt catch your company's attention and make you smile even when there's a pile of dishes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is fun for your kitchen, the only thing is make sure to buy extra thick spongers otherwise it will look like the pillows are floating. It has a removable grid under the pad so you can clean it out easily." β€”Bert Whetstone

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

    28. Some vibrant removable wallpaper to brighten up any wall or corner. How can you not feel happy surrounded by this ~peachy~ print?

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love the vivid colors and how forgiving peel-n-stock wallpaper is. Adds personality to an otherwise boring space." β€”LLDL

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49.

    29. A gold tray with a mirrored bottom you can use to display your perfumes, jewelry, or other trinkets in a very classy way.

    Amazon

    It's lined with felt on the bottom, so no need to worry about it scraping your lovely furniture and tabletops!

    Promising review: "I bought this tray to use in my bathroom, to hold various creams, serums, etc. It’s a perfect size for that, it’s lovely, and very sturdyβ€” not at all light or cheap feeling. I’m super pleased with it." β€”Jocelyn Merkel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    30. And a hanging shower caddy that looks sleek and modern and will help you keep your grooming products organized.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like this shower caddy. I have no complaints with it. It fits all of my shower essentials and has held up very well in my shower! I like how you can adjust the baskets if needed. It was exactly what I was looking for. There isn't anything really like this that I have seen anywhere else. The baskets are also very easy to clean. You just remove them and wash down with soap and water. They also have little holes in the basket so that water is not collected, which is a must!" β€”ERyser

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    When you're home looks great and you can just relax and take it all in:

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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