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    31 Cheap Things That'll Help Your Entire Home Look Fancier Than It Really Is

    I know it sounds improbable, but it's true: Every single thing in this post is both gorgeous and under $40...with most things under $30.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A striped damask sheet set made of silky-soft microfiber so you can fall asleep a princess and wake up a queen.

    Light purple striped sheets on bed

    Promising review: "I saw these sheets and had to try them because my bedroom is purple and gray. I have a queen-size bed and the sheets fit perfectly. The pocket corners of the fitted sheet stay on and I really like that. It is annoying when the fitted sheet does not stay on! I love the softness and they are very cozy. They have held up well in washing, and so far the color has not faded." —A.C.

    Get them on Amazon, $22.99+ for a queen set (available in sizes full–California king and in 13 colors).

    2. And a plush, velvety blanket to layer on top to keep your winter nights cozy and luxe like a suite in a high-end Vegas hotel.


    Of course, it's machine washable.

    Promising review: "I’ve needed a king-size blanket for a while now but didn’t really want to pay a ton of money for a blanket so I was holding off. Happened to find this on a lightning deal last week and decided to bite the bullet. Definitely was not expecting such an awesome blanket. Pretty sure my husband is sick of me telling him how much I love this blanket because it is sooooo soft. Like ridiculously comfy. I’ve even found a couple of our kids curled up in it in our bed. It’s probably a little heavier than I would like for an all seasons blanket but we usually just don’t use blankets in the summer and it will make a perfect winter blanket. If you need/want a new blanket, get this one." —Jordan Wass

    Get it on Amazon for $34.90+ (available in sizes twin–king and in eight colors).

    3. A 78" roll of marble contact paper you can carefully apply to basically almost anything — countertops, old bar carts, fireplace tiles, Ikea coffee tables, dollar store trays, and so much more — to give it a dazzling new finish.,

    If you plan to do a big project with this, follow the advice of multiple reviewers and watch YouTube videos on how to apply it neatly, and how to do the corners.

    Promising review: "Love!!! I saw on Pinterest about someone doing their kitchen counter so I bought a few rolls and hoped for the best. It's been months and it's still holding up! Didn't have the money for new counter tops so I was hopeful this would look semi good. I'm so impressed and no one has noticed it's not real. It was easy to apply. Bubbles can be hard to get out but the design hides it. I cut the corners at angles and slightly overlapped edges. Worked out better that way. Just be sure not to cut anything on it or sit hot objects on it!" —Ron

    Get a 27"x78" roll from Amazon for $17.57.

    4. And a roll of removable wallpaper because it makes it easy to create a high-design accent wall without spending the high-design cash...and all over the course of a single weekend, or less.


    It's completely self-adhesive, so you don't have to mess with glues when you put it up. You do have to have a smooth surface painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish for it to work, though. You can also use it on furniture like bookshelves and drawers, or even stair risers! BTW, you can get 15% off sitewide at Novogratz with our exclusive code NOVOBUZZ (although it's only good during nonsale periods).

    Get a 20.5"x16.5' (28 sq. ft.) roll from Novogratz for $40 (available in 26 patterns here).

    5. A set of three floating bookshelves that will transform all your favorite novels and cookbooks into works of art you can enjoy every single day.

    three stacks of books seeming to float on the wall above a couch

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get them on Amazon for $23.86+ (available in small and large sizes).

    6. An elegant faux-fur throw with a sherpa underside so you can channel your inner Sansa Stark through the seemingly endless nights of winter.

    throws in light brown, dark brown, and grey, each with a faux-sherpa reverse side

    Machine wash and tumble dry low!

    Promising review: "This blanket is SO soft and comfortable. It's warm and both sides are soft. The minute I took it out of the package my 4-year-old decided he loved it and has been sleeping with it. I have a lot of different throws and blankets and this one is by far the softest one I own." —T Darby

    Get it on Amazon for $24.99 (also available in sizes twin–king).

    7. A cushion-top wire storage ottoman/stool so you can prop up your feet on something that looks like it belongs in the Museum of Modern Art. The top flips over to become a pretty wooden table, and the open wire is the perfect opportunity to both store and display your favorite coffee table books or colorful throw blankets and pillows.

    the cylindrical ottoman with a white vertical wire base, and grey-cushioned light wood top

    And like all ottomans, it can double as an extra seat in a pinch! 

    Promising review: "This little ottoman is so cute and multifunctional! It can hold a few blankets and acts as a little end table for drinks or as a footrest. The wood part is also sealed so it won’t stain if you leave a drink on it. We also use the table top to play cards on the couch while we watch a movie. Such a great purchase!!" —Steph 

    Get it from Target for $40

    8. A collapsible but sturdy rope-handled fabric bin ideal for storing things like your throw and those decorative pillows you love...especially if you know the other people you live with will just let everything fall on the floor.

    two bins in green and white lattice print, filled respectively with magazines and knitting

    Also useful for hiding eyesores, like those stacks of magazines your kid's been somehow using for a school project going on several months now.

    Promising review: "Excellent quality and excellent price. I have two large rectangle size in the back of my car to carry groceries in. I also have several around the house that I use for storage. I keep my knitting projects in one, dog toys in another, blankets in yet another. Well made, sturdy, they fold nicely when not in use and stand up well as you're placing items into them." —angel87cat

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes, either round or rectangle, and 14 colors. Also available in six colors of gingham print or 13 colors of a wide stripe).

    9. A macramé plant hanger that's the first step in making all your bohemian-maximalist dreams come true.


    Promising review: "I really love this plant hanger! It has held up very well outside this summer. There's barely any fraying on the ends and it hasn't become discolored at all. I have a relatively heavy plant in there, but it's held up exceptionally well. Definitely think I'll get plenty more use out of this!" —Alicia

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A pack of furniture decals so you can upgrade your just-blah chest of drawers into something that looks custom and hand-painted on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Black sideboard covered in red, yellow, and orange illustrated poppy flower decals
    MaikaDaughters / Etsy

    They work on walls, furniture, wood, doors, and many more surfaces! 

    Promising reviews: "These poppy decals are the best! Not as much work as I feared and they look sensational!" —ElizabethMeredith

    "I absolutely love how these furniture decals made my little rescued desk pop! They were easy to use and so much fun! I even put flowers in the drawer and on the pullout." —agfk67

    Get the sheet with all these decals with from MaikaDaughters on Etsy for $29.99, or check out their Etsy store for more decal options.

    Maika Daughters is an Austin, TX–based small business that specializes in all kinds of materials to help you upcycle furniture (and whatever else your heart desires), as well as scrapbook! 

    11. A set of three pocket wall shelves because they're incredibly versatile, whether you want to set up a display, organize your desk, or simply use one to make the place you drop your mail look a little fancier.

    magazine organizers in rose gold wire

    Promising review: "Solid item. Set of three arrives folded and you screw in the bottom so that it stays open. Very simple. Also easy to install on the wall, it comes with all the screws and anchors you need. I use them in my bathroom to hold palettes — one holds several easily." —A Grace

    Get the set on Amazon for $29.99.

    12. Or an easy-hang ledge shelf (thanks, Command strips!) that you can use for instant custom shelving wherever you might need it, whether you're building a gallery wall, displaying kids books, or need a better spot for your spices or skincare products.

    Reviewer's nursery with a recliner and three black ledge shelves on the wall behind, displaying books

    Promising review: "Very easy to install and looks like a legit installed real wall shelf. I have used them for a picture gallery and most recently a reading corner for a nursery." —Karen

    Get one from Amazon for $15.16

    13. A 20-piece set of rainbow or rose-gold flatware because whether you're sitting down at a dinner party or just reheating some leftovers, you're wayyy overdue for an upgrade over that hand-me-down set from your parents.


    Technically they're dishwasher safe, though to preserve the finish, many reviewers say they're hand-wash only. Each set comes with four each of dinner spoons, teaspoons, dinner forks, salad forks, and knives.

    Promising review: "I had to try these out since they look so unique. This set took some getting used holding to since they weigh more than the typical forks, spoons, and knives that I use but also with the heaviness I feel like it is also better quality. They are easy to clean (I hand wash them) and they have so far kept their nice gold color." —Azad Ehsan

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in six colors, including gold).

    14. A copper or marble utensil holder — your go-to spoons and spatulas deserve a little upgrade too.


    Get the copper crock for $20 or the marble crock for $19.78, both from Amazon.

    15. A mirrored vanity tray perfect for corralling (and ~displaying~) all your favorite beauty products and perfumes in one place.

    Rectangular tray with two-inch gold railing around the sides, so you can see the cosmetics on it easily

    That lets you enjoy both 1) their genuine elegance and 2) a faster morning routine, because the essentials are front and center.

    Promising review: "Worth it! The tray is sturdy, and a generous size. The gold tone is nice and shiny and doesn't look cheap at all. The bottom is a very clear, good-quality mirror. The bottom of the tray is even lined with felt so it doesn't scratch the surface it's on. I have quite the perfume and fragrance collection and was able to put more than a dozen perfumes on one tray!" —Denise Salvesen

    Get it on Amazon for $26.99.

    16. An acrylic organizer to sort your entire (small to mediumish) makeup collection in a way you can actually see everything — which means you might actually use everything, too.

    clear organizer with three rows of bottom drawers and slotted lipstick and other storage on top

    The top piece can either come off of the drawers to sit next to them, or they easily stack.

    Promising review: "This organizer was literally everything I could have wanted it to be. It holds exactly what I wanted: my foundations, primers, lippies, eyeliners, tools, eyeshadows, highlighters, and bronzers. Everything looks super glam and I’m obsessed. It’s sturdy, easy to clean, and looks cohesive with my vanity. I love that this is so affordable compared to these Instagram and YouTube organizer companies that charge almost $100 for organizers like these." —MiamiGirl

    Get it on Amazon for $13.25+ (available in five colors).

    BTW, AnaMaria, an editor here, owns this organizer and LOVES it because she can fit so much into it — and then see it all! Read her full makeup organizer review for more.

    17. A eucalyptus bundle that you can loop over your shower head to instantly elevate something you do every day from blah to ~spa~. As the shower steams up, it'll carry the plant's natural oils into the air so you can breathe in its refreshing, relaxing scent.

    Bunch of eucalyptus branches hanging in a shower
    Eucalyptus Blooms / Etsy

    It also comes with a stainless steel hook, so you can move it out of your shower to dry (to keep it from molding). Each fresh bunch lasts about one to two weeks. 

    Promising review: "This is my first time buying natural eucalyptus, better than I thought, smells amazing, and they look beautiful." —Chrisast 

    Get it from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $13.44+ (available in three sizes). 

    Eucalyptus Blooms is a Charlotte, North Caroline–based small business that creates both eucalyptus and lavender aromatherapy bundles. 

    18. Blackout velvet curtains — you won't be able to resist touching them every time you walk by because they're just that soft.

    Reviewer's nursery corner windows hung with three floor-to-ceiling blue velvet curtains

    Plus if you hang them ~high and wide~ — like they did in the photo here — you can instantly make any windows look bigger.

    Promising review: "I am beyond thrilled with these curtains, they are very soft and solid material (think heavyweight upholstery). LOVE THEM!!! They do keep the light out and help keep the room noticeably cooler — the windows get full sun all day, this room gets hot in summer and the curtains make it so much nicer. I'd give these curtains a 10 if I could." —Angelia Olson

    Get them on Amazon for $24.99+ per 84" panel (available in four lengths and eight colors).

    19. A two-level jewelry box, which lets you store all of your favorite pieces like they're on display at your favorite boutique, all while the box sits there looking gorgeous on your vanity.

    The velvet-lined box in grey

    Maybe then you'll actually wear more of your collection, because it'll be all, well, collected in one place! This has: eight necklace hooks in the lid, a tray with ring holders along one side and 13 small sections for individual pieces, and a bottom with nine separate gridded compartments.

    Promising review: "I love this jewelry box. It's very compact yet has big capacity for lots of jewelry. The division effectively fit the box into many components and I can sort my jewelry nicely. Also love the locker at the front which made it perfect for travel without worrying about the jewelry fall out. The black material outside makes it look really classic, too." —Cindy

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A set of three remote-controlled adhesive puck lights so you can install the under-cabinet lighting of your dreams on the cheap and in under an hour.

    Ariana from Jacksonville, FL / Wayfair

    Those photos took me a second to understand, too: Both show the under-cabinet lights, but in the one on the left the reviewer's main kitchen lights are off.

    Promising review: "They’re perfect for my small kitchen. They come with double-sided 3M adhesive and screws as options for installing. The remote control is easy to use and can turn on single lights depending on how you point it. You can also turn the lights on manually by clicking the top. These pictures are with two lights at 100 brightness." —Ariana from Jacksonville, FL

    Get them from Wayfair for $19.99.

    21. A minimalist tissue box cover that will give your Kleenex a little well-designed home of their own.

    all-white house-shaped cover, tissues come out of the chimney to look like smoke

    Promising review: "Such a cute alternative to tissue boxes! Nothing ever goes with my decor, and there are 50 different prints in a package. These are a great solution to keep everything neutral and looking great. They're a pretty lightweight plastic, so they do tend to move around when you pull out a tissue but it's not a big deal." —Heather W

    Get it on Amazon for $5+ (available in four colors).

    22. Filigreed metal light switch and outlet covers so you don't have to keep looking at the dirt-attracting off-white default ones that you secretly hate. And all it takes? A screwdriver and a few minutes.

    The Artisan Mind / Etsy

    Promising review: "The outlet cover is even more attractive in person than the listing photo and the material is even better than expected. It goes wonderfully with my room design!" —Laurel

    Get it from The Artisan Mind on Etsy for $12.99+ (available in six configurations at the listing and in eight different color options here).

    Think you'd prefer a different design? The Artisan Mind is a Louisville, Kentucky–based small business that makes a range of different light switch and outlet covers, from solid wood to natural cork to floral and kids prints.

    23. A complete set of gold cooking utensils (that are in fact dishwasher safe!) because every kitchen countertop needs a little bit of bling.

    the all-gold utensil set

    The set comes with a slotted turner spatula, a serving spoon, a skimmer, a ladle, and a pasta server! And yes, they're dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "These look great in my kitchen and hold up well in the dishwasher. They are medium weight so they don't feel cheap but they aren't super heavy." —Theresa

    Get them on Amazon for $26.99+.

    24. A cutting board made from pure marble so even if you're never getting all-marble countertops, your cheese plates can all look incredibly delicious and luxe.

    White Marble rectangular cutting board with a wedge of cheese and some grapes
    Ashley Homestore

    Get the 12"x16" cutting board from Ashley Homestore for $25.99.

    25. A vintage-style gemstone poster on a wooden hanging rod perfect for that one empty wall that you know needs something but you just haven't been able to figure out what.

    poster with colorful illustrations of 27 different minerals and gems

    Love the wood dowel hanger? Get a similar one for $19.50+ (available in 25 different sizes; for this you'll need the 20 inch).

    Promising review: "This print is even better in person. Vivid colors, easy to read, and the print doesn't go too close to the edge. I purchased a hanging frame that magnetically snaps onto the bottom and top of the print to hang on the wall instead of a traditional frame, and I love that it lets the print and the beautiful paper it's on shine. The paper is very good quality, thick, and sturdy. I definitely recommend this print." —Liz Wilson

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95 (also available at about that same price on Amazon: butterflies, flowers, trees, cacti, ferns, citrus fruit, and many more).

    26. A set of six clear acrylic fridge storage bins that'll instantly make everything look both neat and ~special~. Even better? It'll be so much easier to pull out the stuff in the very back without having to dig for it.

    the clear acrylic bins

    All the bins are about 14 inches deep; the set comes with two wide bins, two narrow bins, one lidded egg bin, and one bin designed specifically for cans. They'd also work wonders in the pantry! 

    Promising review: "Got a new fridge and wanted to maximize space. These work well to keep things organized. I use one to keep all my lunch stuff in one spot so I can just pull out the tray. (Lettuce and other salad stuff) and one for cheese. And they are great for all our freezer stuff - skinny tray for husband’s freezer burritos, bigger one for his other “freezer lunches.” So far, no cracks, easy slide, sturdy, easy clean." —S. Lee

    Get them on Amazon for $29.99

    27. And some custom decals for your most-used drawers and shelves so you can feel like a Professional Organizer every time you open your fridge, and so everyone knows where to find everything and where to put things away.

    CalliBanana Boutique / Etsy

    Promising review: "These labels are perfect! I ordered several to organize and label fridge bins. I love the font. They are super easy to apply as well. I may end up labeling everything in my house." —Wendy Norman

    Get them from CalliBanana Boutique on Etsy for $1.50+ per decal (available in 4 letter heights, 18 font options, and 10 colors).

    CalliBanana is a Flemingon, New Jersey–based small business specializing in custom decals for all around your home.

    28. A 9-foot strand of battery-powered fairy lights on copper wire to create the Wonderlandworthy warm glow of your dreams without dropping piles of your hard-earned cash.

    Jars and a plant glowing with the lights

    Promising review: "I have two glass vases that sit on my fireplace mantle empty all year. I bought one set of these and immediately set them up when I got them. They are SO GORGEOUS. It's the best $7 I've spent all year." —Christine

    Get a set of six with cool white bulbs on Amazon for $10.99 (or a set of 12 with warm white bulbs for $15.99).

    29. An over-the-door storage basket that's made to hold basically everything you need to do your hair, no counter space required. You can have the decorated, neat, and functional bathroom you've always wished for.

    storage basket with hooks for a curling iron, a round slot for a hair dryer, and a loop for a round brush

    As with all organizing products, always measure before you buy — for your cabinet door to close, this needs at least 7.75 inches of depth between the inside of the cabinet door and anything else in the cabinet, and for the cabinet door to be at least 14 inches wide (and a little wider if you want to keep a hair dryer on it) and at least 14.5 inches tall.

    Promising review: "I keep my hair dryer, straightener, two curling irons, hair spray, dry shampoo, two lotions, and two other hair products on this. It just fits so much. It only requires about 6 inches of the interior of the cabinet to be cleared to make room for when the cabinet door is shut. I'm so happy with this." —Poe

    Get it on Amazon for $13.69.

    30. A copper grid organizer — you can either hang it above your desk to hold all your ~inspiration~ pieces, or mount it in your kitchen to keep your favorite tools and utensils close at hand.

    the large organizer on a wall, with 7 postcards clipped to it, and three measuring cups hung on it with s-hooks

    It comes with five clips; you can also find a set of two shelves for $15.99, a set with a shelf plus a similar basket to the one in the bottom right of the organizer for $20.99, and 25 additional clips for $7.99.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother-in-law as a gift to decorate her new home office because of COVID and working from home. She loves it!! It’s very sturdy and they used Command strips to hang it up!" —Justina

    Get it on Amazon for $25.99.

    31. And for your exterior: a set of carriage door magnets that will give your garage door an instant makeover even the Queer Eye guys would swoon over.


    Promising review: "Really dressed up our garage door!!!!

    "UPDATE!! It has been almost a year since I purchased these. They have faded ever so slightly but still hold on to the metal of the garage door and have not cracked with the cold of winter or heat of summer. Very pleased!!!" —Robert R

    Get the set of four hinges and two handles on Amazon for $17.

    You to your home, after finding a few beautiful little upgrades to give it:


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