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    31 Cheap Things That Will Give Your Home A Little Needed Oomph

    *pets walls lovingly* You deserve nice things and I shall give them to you! Well, as long as they're within budget.

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    1. Prism-like window film for not only privacy from the outdoors without having to keep the curtains closed and your room shrouded in darkness — but it creates an absolutely stunning effect on your windows (and rugs and cats???), especially as the light changes throughout the day. 🌈✨


    Promising review: "This window film is just STUNNING! I used it for the bottom half of my windows on my main floor for added privacy, so I don’t always have to keep my curtains closed! I wasn’t expecting all the beautiful colors the film presents throughout the day. It’s like having crystal prisms all over the house and it changes from minute to minute! Applying it is also very easy; I recommend getting the application kit that is recommended by Amazon." —Stacy M. Ambrose

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in seven sizes).

    Read more about this rainbow window film to find out why people love it so dang much! And if you'd like a less colorful film, check out this rectangular one!

    2. A color-changing shower head (the colors indicate the temperature range: cold, warm, and hot!) to transform your shower from drab to solo dance party — and not to mention, you get a new showerhead with actually great pressure to properly wash your hair in (a simple treat in of itself).

    Promising review: "This is by far the best shower head I have ever owned. I picked it up because my landlord had the oldest one in the world. I figured it would be more of a novelty, but it comes in handy when the water heater is as finicky as mine. The light feature is most useful when you're first adjusting the water: blue is cold, green is ideal, red is really hot, and flashing red is burning hot. It switches quickly and has a slight hum from the water powering the light. The modes work as expected and the entire thing is very easy to install." —Ninjohn

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. Adhesive backsplash tiles that'll look so convincing and chic that people will be fooled into thinking you hired professionals to redo your kitchen or bathroom walls! Or even if they aren't fooled, they'll still be impressed. Just trim as needed and stick onto a *clean*, flat surface!

    Promising review: "This is perfect for an upgrade on a budget. These 'tiles' have given my dull kitchen new life and withstood extreme cold and humidity (electrical issues) with no problem. I receive compliments all the time!" —Deidre Dennis

    Get a set of six 10" x10" ~sheets~ from Amazon for $16.98 (available in two colors).

    4. A gorgeous marble cutting board no one will believe you got on Amazon — I mean, the weight, the sturdiness (it has little rubber "feet" to stabilize it), and the contrast makes it perfect for preparing dough or serving cheese and other light bites.


    The marble stone naturally keeps dough and other ingredients cool, helping butter, cheese, and other cooking items chill and firm. And it is recommended you hand-wash the cutting board with a mild detergent.

    Promising review: “In love! I was looking at much more expensive versions of this board and kind of had low expectations based on the price. Silly me. It’s amazing, solid, beautiful, and exactly what I was looking for." —Kaela Beach

    Get it from Amazon for $21.62+ (available in three colors).

    5. Marble self-adhesive film to fancy up every dull surface in sight without having to actually modify what's underneath (perfect for renters!) — it's so easy to apply that you definitely won't lose your ~marbles~ over it!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow!!! I can't believe how much this brightened up our bathroom!! The paper is very thick and seems very durable!! It looks beautiful! It is mostly easy to install. Just takes some patience. I watched videos on how other people did it first before attempting it myself which I think really helped!! Using a blow dryer to smooth it on helps prevent bubbles getting caught underneath the paper. This $12 update made such a difference!!!"—Anna F.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.63+ (available in seven sizes).

    6. A petite indoor planter stand perfect for housing hard-to-kill succulents, cacti, and air plants, so you can upgrade your living room, bedroom, or workspace with a little ~life~ without having to actually have a green thumb (But one day you might! Don't give up hope!).


    Promising review: "Sometimes I feel like it's difficult to get a good handle on the scale of something from just a picture on Amazon, and this is one of those things. It is true to its dimensions, so as long as you buy with the expectation of getting a pretty small pot, this is right on. I bought this for my desk at work, and it's a good size for a desktop. Both the pot and the wire frame are nice-looking and well-made. The pot has a hole for drainage, which is a nice touch...just bring this to the sink when you water it or put a dish beneath it to catch water, as another reviewer suggests." —Neon Orange

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

    In need of an actual plant? Check out "29 Beautiful Houseplants You Can Actually Order Online!"

    7. Mod nesting side tables you can artfully arrange in a number of ways, and move them around as you see fit — aka, plop them front and center in front of the couch for easy access to your cheese and wine. The best kind of end-of-day treat.


    Promising review: "I can’t get over how simple, but elegantly mid-century these things are. First of all, putting them together was a breeze. Secondly, I actually spray painted the ends of the legs in gold to look like they are 'dipped in paint,' which seems to be a trendy things these days. I love how they look. I love the practicality of them and I love how versatile they are. Could be a coffee table, could be side tables. I’m actually using them as bedside tables. For how inexpensive they are, they are well worth it." —Lindsay Stephen

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $39.99.

    8. An elegant AF rose gold wine rack so gorgeous that it might take your breath away — so my advice to you is: breathe in, breathe out, and take a big sip of wine from any of your six bottles (no less, you gotta maintain your supply!!).


    Promising review: "This wine rack is even nicer in person. It is a beautiful color and can hold up to six wine glasses. It is so pretty and can definitely be used as decor as well. The rose gold color makes it very on trend and modern. It seems durable and good quality as well. I am very happy with this wine rack. It isn't bulky, so it adds that minimalist look." —slp07e

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in four colors).

    9. A modern slotted knife stand to slot your varied collection of knives in a more aesthetically pleasing and probably safer manner (knives all jumbled up in a drawer together = scary).


    Promising review: "This is the coolest thing I've purchased in a long time. I replaced two magnetic wall strips where I stored all my knives. I have placed 24 knives (editor's note: if you stack two into one slot) and a pair of kitchen scissors in this baby...NO PROBLEM. Other reviewers talk about their knives touching the bottom. They must have LONG knives. I have three bread knives and three chef knives (all pretty long) and none of them touch the bottom. This is good-looking, remarkably stable, and easy to use. It takes up mere inches on my countertop. I can see all the knives easily. I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE." —Kelli

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    10. Pretty Himalayan salt tequila glasses that'll class up all of your gaudy shot glasses and give your tequila shots the perfectly salty finish. Bottom's up! (They also come with the cute wooden serving tray pictured!)


    Because the glasses of made of salt, they'll start to erode if you leave liquid in them for extended periods of time, so just be mindful. Salt is also antibacterial, so you don't have to worry about these getting gnarly.

    Promising review: "The magnetic case they came in is very classy looking and when you open the case, it really has a 'wow' factor. The packaging is just spot on. Using the glasses is a very unique experience and all of the glasses were put to the test. There were no leaks or cracks and the flavor of the tequila was really enhanced. Fantastic product, if you have a family member into tequila, this is the perfect gift!" —AvidTraveler

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $25.

    11. A beer and wine shower holder can make your shower or bath even more amazing and relaxing by allowing you to sip the stress away courtesy of your beverage of choice — you can even use it to keep shampoo bottles (on low supply) upside down so you don't have to keep viciously shaking it every time. The versatility!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Such a simple idea, but how is this just coming into my life now? I didn't think showers could get any better but now I have a brew/wine within reach at all times. Really helps take the edge off after a long day. The thing is way sturdier than you'd expect, I've tugged on it and it's not going anywhere. The slotted design allows you to use stemmed wineglasses too. A truly perfect product. This $13 piece of plastic is working as hard as my therapist and I stan." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    You can also get a slightly sturdier beer holder (meaning it's more like a "pocket" rather than a "stand") from Urban Outfitters.

    12. A sheer floral curtain that'll honestly be for 90% cute decor purposes and only like 10% coverage/privacy, but you know what? You deserve them anyways.


    Promising review: "These are beautiful and so different! Everybody wants to know where I bought them!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.03 (available in 11 styles).

    13. A luxe faux fur throw to make an old couch feel a bit ~fresher~ — you could even glue/staple it to a cushion for more permanent decor, or toss it on the floor for a lil' fancy rug/feet-warming action!


    Promising review: "Used on chairs for a retreat to create a cozy environment for clients while receiving psychotherapy. Easy to travel with and made a camping chair look great for the limited space I had and helped it appear more cozy!" —Lyndsey Fraser

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in nine other sizes/shapes and five colors).

    14. A speckled dinnerware set can add just a little bit of excitement to each meal, without feeling like they're *too* special for everyday occasions and must stay locked up for parties/gatherings.

    Crate & Barrel

    I bought the dinner plates and I'm obsessed. Finally graduating with plain white IKEA plates = a big appreciation for small upgrades and a greater desire to cook more and serve food on them.

    Promising review: "I love these plates! The neutral color makes it easy to dress up for a nicer meal setting but they also look casual enough for an everyday meal. They are sturdy with a little texture. They are dishwasher-safe and we haven't had any breaks so far! Recommend them for sure." —Dani

    Get the four-piece set from Crate & Barrel for $40.95.

    15. A classy gilded tray to display all of your perfumes, skincare items, and more in umpteenth style — people will ask, "Is this a bedroom for ROYALTY?"


    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 sturdy— not at all light or cheap feeling. I’m super pleased with it." —Jocelyn Merkel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. Copper string lights you can organize in about a million different ways for a warm glow that'll make your home feel like a magical oasis.,

    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 (see the first photo). I love that these lights are electrical plug-ins 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!" —A Landon

    Get a 40-feet-long string from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight styles).

    17. A stylish and functional wire wall grid so your favorite photos and momentos have a special place to chill — get creative and add intertwine some string lights/flowers/cotton plants for an extra "wow" spark.

    NOTE: The horizontal shelves are sold separately. The grid itself includes five white hanging hooks, though some reviewers preferred their own. As for actually hanging up stuff, binder clips or clothespins would work nicely!

    Promising review: "These grids are great and very well-made. They made my room look way nicer and more modern. They are a good deal. They even come with items to hang the grids, which is really helpful!" —Bart S.

    Get a set of two large rectangular grids and one mini grid from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. A four-cube floating shelf to hit that ever-so-sweet spot between decor and functionality — let them be bare, or fill them with all of the sculptures, diffusers, vases, and other small treasures that don't have a home for more ~dimension~.

    Promising review: "Super simple to put together and a great pop of interest to the room. I painted the edges yellow for a pop of color. I bought small fake plants (also on Amazon) to put in the small area of the shelves." —Kyle Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.35+ (available in white, gray, and brown).

    19. A gorgeous and unique glass carafe that'll make you want to host a party just so you can show it off — in fact, I'm talking about myself. Currently checking my cal to block off a night.


    Get it from H&M for $12.99 (available in two designs).

    20. A set of mirrored makeup holders to give your makeup brushes a stylish home when you're not blending up a flurry with them and getting that face beat d-o-w-n.


    Promising review: “My mom gave me an antique vanity for Christmas, and I was looking for something a little more decorative for my makeup brushes than my acrylic holder. After looking at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Target, I was very happy to have come across these! They were exactly what I was looking for. They came packaged nicely and none of them were damaged. The holders are very sturdy and hold all my brushes and display them well. They’re not 'cheaply' made, which was my only concern. The mirrored parts are genuine and match the look of what I wanted for my vanity. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for cute and decorative storage!" —Destiny Campbell

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $32.99.

    21. A shaggy diamond-patterned rug your bank account won't have a heart attack over — just sink your toes in this baby and enjoy your newfound luxury (bye, hard floor!).


    Promising review: "This rug is beautiful! It is super soft underneath my feet! We have had a few spills on it (maybe a bit of red wine) and it is super easy to clean! Hair and crumbs vacuum up well which isn’t normally the case with shaggy rugs. Arrived quickly without any issue! I’m thinking about buying another for a backup!" —HeatherMarie

    Get it from Amazon for $32.29+ (available in 10 sizes/shapes).

    22. Classy velvet throw pillow covers for cozying up your couch for yourself and guests and adding a touch of color to your otherwise drab couch (let's just not think about buying an expensive replacement juuuust yet).


    Get two from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six sizes and styles, and 27 colors; also available in single pillow covers).

    23. A beautiful botanical shower curtain to make your bathroom the best-dressed room of the house, instead of just a place to do your business while staring at your phone. Stare at this curtain instead!


    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!" —Bethany Blah

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in three sizes and 39 designs).

    24. A simple but chic hanging planter for any greenery that won't settle for sitting on a shelf — nay, it needs an attention-grabbing spot.


    It comes with instructions, rope, hooks, and all necessary hanging hardware, so it's a piece of cake to install.

    Promising review: "Already got tons of compliments. It's easy to hang and absolutely makes the room. So unusual, chic, modern, with just enough rustic. I'm obsessed." —Marleine

    Get it from Amazon for $33.16.

    25. A tiny but mighty bluetooth speaker with impressive sound and clarity to fill your home with feel-good bops all day and night long (although your neighbors might not fancy that) — plus, it just looks like a pretty decorative piece??


    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." —Agnes Hong

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    26. Eye-catching geometric wire decor you can hang on walls as they are or joined together to make full, 3D figures and plopped onto tabletops and displays., 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 can be hung 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." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $23.40+ (available in three colors).

    27. A three-tier wire basket so you'll clear up counter and refrigerator space while displaying your farmer's market goodies in a tasteful manner — plus, since they're right in sight, you won't be able to forget about them and let them go to waste. Eat, cook, eat!


    Promising review: "I love it! I had a fruit and veggie bowl on my counter, but I was running out of counter space, and it didn't hold much. This is very sturdy, and I love the color. I knew it would be more of a rose gold than a copper just by looking at the pictures, so I didn't expect a copper color. I now have counter and refrigerator space, as well as a cute way to display my foods. I would definitely recommend!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87+ (available in four colors).

    28. A multi-shelf desk organizer to keep your workspace pristine and organized, while also being much more interesting than your standard shelf.


    Promising review: "If you’re thinking about this item, go ahead and purchase it. This shelf is absolutely fantastic! I work in a tech startup office that I have to share with three other people, so there’s not a lot of shelving space. This shelf fits on my desk, is adjustable, and helps keep my workspace organized. The color is amazing too! I’ve gotten so many compliments. I even put a little command hook on the side to hold my headphones. Do your desk a favor and buy it already. :)" —Alexis Whitworth

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in five colors).

    29. A beautiful rose gold clock for an excuse **not** to look at your phone, because we're already too dependable on the damn things! This bb reminds me of my childhood, which is the last time I had an analog clock in my home, lol.


    Promising review: "WOW!!! Such a good buy! I love it so much! I have been searching what feels like forever for a clock to put in my bedroom that doesn't tick. The quietest ticking drives me crazy at night. This clock is dead silent and looks so good!!" —Shannon Bluhm

    Get it from Amazon for $17.77+ (available in four styles).

    30. A leaning ladder rack to keep any clothes not quite ready to be washed or to-be-worn outfits right in sight and neatly hung, instead of strewn all across your floor...and chairs, and desk, and bed frame. Plus, it just screams chic, but in an unexpected way.


    Promising review: "I'm one of those 'I wore it once and it's not ready to wash yet' people. This ladder is perfect for draping shirts instead of in a pile. Such a simple idea. At first it was awkward assembling it until I figured out how to attach all one side's rungs first; do not try to do one rung at a time on both sides. It's lightweight and has good soft tips at the top and bottom. I love the black and the wooden rung at the top." —amazed

    Get it from Amazon for $50+ (available in white and black).

    31. A mixed-media coffee table which is probably the non-human equivalent to an art school student who graduated at the top of their class — ambitious, put-together, and capable of hosting the grownup party of the year.


    Promising review: "Very easy to assemble! Holy cow! While putting it together, you'll realize that the wood ain't wood and the metal ain't metal, but it's light because of its materials, so I'm still very glad — I would rather have something less expensive and lightweight, so I don't have to stress about it getting damaged. At the end of the day though, I still love the way it looks and I have been making extensive use of it from the moment it was assembled. Highly recommended!" —Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $83.99+ (available in four colors/styles).

    You after decking out your house:


    Ready for your fab TV debut like Dave Chappelle!!

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

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