A simple scroll through the home improvement categories on Pinterest will have your mind running with ideas about upgrading your home decor. However, with so much to take in, it’s often hard to figure out exactly where to start — especially if you’re working on a strict budget. To gain insight on simple and easy ways to revamp, Bustle reached out to a handful of design professionals for suggestions on how to make your home nicer and cozier (without breaking the bank).
Pattie Kelly, a certified interior decorator and the president of Inspired Home Interiors, says she enjoys using multiple light sources within one room as a way to make your home more comfortable. Considering the rule of three, she suggests adding ambient, accent, and task lights throughout your space. Something as simple as an overhead light, a small Himalayan lamp, or even a bulb your work station can make all the difference in the world. She also urges the placement of live plants for ambiance, woven baskets for storage, and throw pillows or blankets for comfort.
Meanwhile, Farris Wu, founder and CEO at DecorMatters, makes a case for adding more mirrors to your home, revealing that they do a great job of offering “the illusion of more space in a room.” The addition of a decorative mirror — such as this one, recommended by Wu — can provide a touch of coziness to the area. Wu also suggests adding a natural-looking woven pouf for extra comfort, along with a large rug to decorate around.
Lending additional expertise is Living Space’s professional interior designer Emilie Navarro. Navarro is keen on placing natural-looking elements — such as woven or rattan decorations — around your house, along with comfortable faux fur blankets and even glistening, holiday-inspired pieces to warm up the coffee table.
Those are just a few pro-tips on home decor, and there are more where they came from. Whether you’re planning on making major changes or just looking to add a few new elements to your current dwelling space to make it a bit cozier, allow this list of cheap and comfortable home items to be your ultimate guide.
These Realistic Flameless Candles That Follow The “Rule Of Threes”
Set the mood of your home with this pack of flameless candles. They come in a pack of three — which coincides with the “rule of threes” that many designers follow — offering varying sizes with realistic flickering lights. Powered by two AA batteries each and controlled via remote, these are simple to use and can be set on an automatic timer for easy on and off.
The Rustic Ceiling Light With A Customizable Design
Designer Kelly suggests the use of ambient overhead lighting to cozy up your home (in addition to other lighting fixtures throughout the room) — and this ceiling light delivers. In addition to providing dimension with a rustic glow, it features customizable styling that allows you to use brackets and cables to clip and reshape to your desired design. This chandelier comes with everything you need for installation, including mounting screws and instructions.
This Dimmable Desk Lamp With A Built-In USB Charging Port
Kelly also suggests the use of “task lighting” in a room to coincide with other decorative lighting fixtures — such as a desk lamp like this one. It’s easy on the eyes and features a combination of five color modes and seven brightness levels to create the look and feel that you want. Plus, the built-in USB-outlet ensures that your phone will stay fully charged throughout the day.
A Rose-Shaped Himalayan Salt Lamp That Can Be Used As A Night Light
Made of 100% authentic Himalayan salt, this rose-shaped lamp — which was suggested by Kelly — offers a unique way to add some accent lighting to your home while doubling as a decorative piece (and even a night light). It comes on a wood base and features a dimmer switch set that allows you to customize to accommodate your lighting needs. The calming peach-colored glow will add comfort to your space in an instant.
These Decorative Planters With Pops Of Gold
Many designers suggest the use of live plants decorative planters to add ambiance to your home — and this set of planters covers both bases. They each boast a sleek modern design that’s accented with a pop of golden color. Add your favorite plants and place them throughout your home — side by side or spread apart.
A Majesty Palm Tree Plant To Liven Your Space
Again, live plants are big in the world of home decor — and you can buy them on Amazon. Test the limits of your green thumb with this beautiful majesty palm plant. It comes in with rich, dark leaves and stands 3 feet tall — but it’ll grow over time while livening up your home. When kept indoors, this plant will thrive best near an east or west window, per the brand.
The Stylish Snake Plant That’s Easy To Care For
It doesn’t get any easier than caring for this snake plant. It grows best near a sunny window and only needs to be watered when the top few inches of soil are dry. Place it in your living room, bedroom, or any room that could use good oxygen and energy.
The Chic Hanging Planters For Succulents, Cactuses, & More
If you’ve got enough floor planters, why not try adding some to the wall? These indoor planters are perfect for displaying smaller pieces of greenery — such as succulents, cactuses, and more — inside sleek, cone-shaped pots. They’re easy to mount anywhere and come with easy-to-follow instructions that’ll guide you along the way. Use one solo or pair it with another for a full gallery look.
These Wicker Storage Baskets For Loose Items Around The House
Made of plastic rattan, these storage baskets are just what you need to organize loose items around the house. They’re waterproof, durable, and come with a cozy cloth lining that will look great in your bathroom, bedroom, living room, and beyond. Designers including both Kelly and Navarro have suggested using woven pieces like these as nice decor additions.
These Smooth Velvet Covers To Cozy-Up Your Throw Pillows
If you have some throw pillows lying around that need an upgrade, dress them in these covers that feel like velvet. They’re made with a soft blend of polyester and cotton and feature hidden zipper closures. Choose from an array of more than 30 vibrant colors and eight sizes (all of which are squares).
These Fluffy Down Alternative Throw Pillows (In Case You Need More)
Need more throw pillows? Go ahead and add this two-pack to your cart and add them to your furniture for an instant feeling of coziness. Filled with microfiber polyester (aka down alternative), these inserts offer medium support and can be covered with your favorite covers to match your home decor. They’re even machine washable, so cleaning is simple.
This Knitted Pouf That Can Be Used As A Chair Or Ottoman
Again, design expert Wu suggests adding a versatile woven pouf to your space for added coziness throughout any season. This small pouf can be used as a chair, ottoman, or any other way you’d like. It features a handwoven outer and is filled with foam beads for extreme comfort. Choose from a variety of colors.
A Rustic Circular Mirror With A Durable Leather Strap
Another recommendation by Wu, this rustic circular mirror is a great accent to add the illusion of more space and light in your home. Made from quality materials, it features an attached leather strap with buckles so you can effortlessly hang it anywhere you’d like. This piece also boasts a durable brass frame which adds to its “farmhouse” style.
The Neutral-Toned, Decorative Area Rug For Under $35
Large area rugs can instantly make a room cozier, and Wu agrees. This decorative option — which is under $35 — will add just the right amount of texture and ambiance to your living space. It’s made of soft and non-shedding materials that are stain-resistant and easy to clean with a vacuum or carpet cleaner. Plus, it’s available in various different shades.
This Faux Fur Blanket You’ll Want To Snuggle Up In
Interior designer Navarro suggested the use of soft accent pieces to add comfort to your home — so go ahead and snuggle up with this luxe faux fur blanket for ultimate warmth and happiness. It’s lightweight, reversible, and will look amazing thrown on your sofa or bed as an accent piece. This piece can be machine washed for simple laundering, and it’s offered in a few colors and sizes.
A Knitted Blanket For Even More Texture In Your Living Space
Thick-knitted blankets were also recommended by Navarro, and this soft knitted throw is sure to become your household fave. It’s great for snuggling up on colder days and has a great texture that will look amazing paired with faux fur. The design is machine washable and available in many colors for your selection.
The Golden Globe Lights For Added Warmth On Your Coffee Table
Something else Navarro suggested is the addition of shiny, holiday-inspired pieces for added visuals inside your home. Give your space a touch of modern elegance with this trio of light-up globes. The set is highlighted by warm lighting with crackle detailing, making them great for evening use atop your coffee table and beyond.
A Natural-Looking Woven Basket For Storage, Plants, Picnics, & More
Navarro is another designers who recommends woven baskets as neutral addition to any room. Not only is this basket decorative, but it also serves as the perfect functioning storage space or plant holder for your home. It’s made of natural seaweed that’ll match effortlessly with your existing decor, and it’s designed to hold a myriad of items. Place it in your bedroom, living room, or bathroom for a neutral decor piece.
This Beautiful Yoga Blanket That Also Adds Color To Your Space
Lisa Vail, a designer at Vesta, recommends using this yoga blanket for both decor and comfort. You can use it as a yoga cushion or lay it across your sofa as a gorgeous accent piece. It’s handmade in Mexico and comes in an assortment of shades that’ll add a pop of neutral color to your space.
The Hand-Crocheted Mug Holder For Cozier Morning Coffees
These Picture Frames That’ll Create A Comforting Gallery Wall
Adding comfort-inducing pieces of art to your room can make it cozier, and these picture frames will help organize everything into a gallery in your space. Arrange them over your sofa, bed, or dining area for a customized collection of your favorite photos or artwork. Each one supports both vertical and horizontal hanging and can even be placed on your tabletops if desired.
These Decorative Candles That Offer A Variety Of Relaxing Scents
There’s no question that candles can make your home feel more comfortable — and you’re sure to fall in love with each and every one of these. There are four candles in the set that are made with the scents of lemon, lavender, Mediterranean fig, and spring. Each can contains 4.4 ounces of smokeless, non-toxic soy wax that are designed to burn for up to 30 hours a piece.
This Plug-In Dimmer That Lets You Set The Mood
Dimmable lights can immediately make a home more comfortable — and thankfully, you can turn the lights you already have into adjustable lamps. Designed to be used with halogen and incandescent bulbs, this dimmer lowers and raises the light you connect it to as needed. It features easy plug-in installation and offers sliding operation that allows you to adjust the attached light to your desired level. The six-foot cord also ensures that you have enough length to run the device wherever it’s needed.
A Dreamy Bed Canopy That’ll Make You Feel Extra-Cozy At Night
Canopies can easily make your bedroom cozier than ever — and you can get the look of a canopy bed quickly and easily with this simple mosquito net drapery. Made of premium polyester, it’s lightweight and breezy, making it comfortable for sleeping. It’s also hassle-free to install; simply hook it to the ceiling, and you’re all set.
This Set Of Rustic Mason Jar Sconces For A Vintage Feel
According to HGTV, adding “old and new” styles to your home can make it more comfortable. With that being said, you can hang this set of mason jar sconces in any area of your hour for a rustic glow. They’re filled with fairy lights and are attached to slabs of natural wood for a trendy farmhouse feel. The addition of faux hydrangeas offer a soft touch while the six-hour timer provides an evening of brightness.
These Cozy Blackout Curtains For Privacy When You Want It
These blackout curtains can add a sense of privacy and coziness in your home. They feature silver metal grommets at the top and come with two tiebacks for added convenience. The curtains are also designed to block out up to 99% of sunlight and UV rays, making them great for anyone who likes to sleep in on the weekends without disruption. Made with thermal insulation, they’ll help keep your room insulated from the cold and heat as needed while also reducing outside noise. Choose from a large selection of colors.
The Slanted Shelf To Put Your Book Collection On Display
Apparently, putting your books on display can also up the cozy factor in your home. Place this book organizer in your living room, bedroom, or office for a modern look and feel. It features five slanted shelves and is sturdy enough to support lots of different items such as photo albums, toys, and more. Easy to assemble, this bookshelf offers a simple and easy way to add style to your space.
This Shaggy Area Rug That’s Perfect For Layering Textures
According to Apartment Therapy, layering fluffy rugs can make your home comfortable — and this fizzy area rug is just the thing you need for the bedroom and beyond. It’s made of super-soft microfiber and is the perfect size to add to any dwelling space. Pick your favorite of beautiful nine colors and then layer them with other rugs if you want.
This Light-Changing Essential Oil Diffuser For Pleasant Scents
It’s true: Having pleasant scents lingering throughout home can make it cozier — and this essential oil diffuser can help. Since it’s also a humidifier, it’ll even add moisture to the air alongside your favorite smells. It features seven color-changing lamps and can be programmed or set to automatically shut off when it’s finished misting. Powered to work for up to six hours, offers near-silent use in continuous or intermittent mode.
A Pack Of Essential Oils With Scents Including Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, & More
Need more essential oils for your diffuser? This six-pack includes, lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree. Each of these scents can be easily mixed and matched to create your own customized fragrance.
The Faux Sheepskin Throw That Can Be Used As A Chair Cover Or Rug
There’s no question that faux sheepskin is cozy, which is why this multi-purpose fuzzy throw can be used as a chair cover or rug. Made with faux fur on one side and suede on the other, it is non-slip and durable. It’s also soft and easy to use as an accent piece for any room in your house.
These Remote-Controlled Curtain String Lights For A Twinkling Effect
String lights can easily add atmosphere to your home, and these string lights are made for your curtains. They feature several lighting modes that you can select to change your lighting patterns and come with a remote control along with a timer setting that allows you to control them conveniently. Each set is completely waterproof, making them perfect for indoor and outdoor use.
This Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper For Easy Exposed Brick
Exposed brick can easily make your home feel warmer, but it’s OK if you don’t have brick walls. Just peel and stick this wallpaper to any surface to get the instant look of brick. It can be applied without the use of glue and can be easily removed without whenever you want to. Made of PVC, it’s super durable and simple to clean.
This Velvet Slipcover That’ll Make Your Sofa Even Comfier
According to Lushome, velvet furniture can revamp your room — and you can give your sofa a complete makeover with this velvet slipcover. It’s stretchy and simple to place over your couch without the use of straps. Plus, the plush velvet outer is soft, cozy, and machine washable for convenience. It’s also available in 10 colors and three couch sizes.
A Trio Of Floating Wooden Shelves That Are Decorative & Functional
This Wooden Wallpaper That You Can Use On Furniture, Too
These Copper Coasters For Some Extra Warmth
You guessed it: Adding warm metals to your space can indeed make your space feel warmer — even your kitchen. Elevate your serving style with this four-pack of hammered copper coasters. They each feature a cork-padded bottom to help protect your furniture from stains and are sized to fit many different cups. You can clean them with soap in between uses.
These Minimalist Flower Vases Made With Chic Rose Gold
Yup: Warm metals include rose gold, and this set of minimalist vases is sure to become your favorite statement piece. They’re each made with a rose gold bracket around a glass vile and are suitable for buds and larger flowers alike. The set comes with two different sized glasses.
A Rose Gold Toilet Paper Holder To Help Revamp Your Bathroom
You can store and dispense your toilet paper in style with this rose gold holder. It’s equipped to hold the used roll and also has a space to secure two additional rolls for back up. The freestanding design allows it to be moved around as needed, all while the golden color warms up the room.
These Copper Measuring Cups To Upgrade Your Kitchen
Add this set of measuring cups and spoons to your kitchen for an updated look. The nine-piece set of copper-finished stainless steel utensils comes with everything needed to make your favorite dishes and recipes. The collection offers four measuring cups and five spoons that are made to nest with one another for simple and easy storage.
The Wallpaper With A Golden Design For Added Texture
Sure, exposed brick and wood can make your home feel more comfortable, but so will textured wallpaper. Give your living space an instant upgrade with this ready-to-use, self-adhesive wallpaper that features a charming gold design. It’s easy to apply and remove, making it great for temporary placement in an entire room (or just as a statement wall). This simple DIY-worthy product is also steam- and moisture-resistant, so you shouldn’t have to worry about warping or peeling.
These Glossy Wooden Trays To Help Tidy Up Your Living Room
It goes without saying that de-cluttering your home can make it feel more comfortable, and these wooden trays can help. They’re perfect tidying up the coffee table or storing your jewelry, trinkets, and other items in one sleek spot. The trays are also covered with a glossy white finish and adorned with gold metal handles on each side. Plus, each order comes with two matching marble coasters.
A Versatile Ottoman For Storage & Relaxation
Ottomans often boast various uses, from storage units to comfortable additions to your sofa. You can use this compact ottoman to provide extra comfort while storing blankets, pillows, and other household items. The lid can also be flipped to its wooden side, turning it into a serving tray for drinks and light snacks.
This Wooden Shelf Where You Can Hang Your Keys, Jackets, & More
Looking for more decorative pieces made of wood? You’ll never misplace your keys, dog leash, or other items using this wall-mounted shelf. It features four metal hooks that’ll help you organize your items in the entryway. Made of distressed gray wood, this shelf is easy to mount and comes with the necessary hardware included.