March 1, 2024


Home living innovation

39 Home Decor Upgrades Under $25 To Try In 2021

After spending so much time at home this year, it’s time to upgrade a few things (without breaking the bank).

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.

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A rope basket to store blanket or trinkets, because your place looks nicer when it looks like everything has a place.


Promising review: “I love this basket. We use it to store the living room throw blankets and pillows rather than having them pile up on the couch. It fits a lot, and the quality is good, not cheap looking/feeling. I can tell it’s the type of product that will last a long time. I would definitely consider buying from this brand again. The very minor downside is that it comes with a big crease from the way it’s packaged, but I’m sure it’ll go away after some time — no biggie.” —DHz

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in five styles).


A set of floating shelves that’ll take advantage of wasted space on your walls and show off any cool books, candles, or souvenirs you love.,

Promising review: “I’ve been looking everywhere for shelves like these but have had no luck. Anything I found was either too big or over $100. These are fantastic. They go perfectly in my bathroom and allow me extra shelving for things I can’t fit on the counter top. I’m buying another set or two for my living room. They’re super easy to hang, especially if you have a drill.” —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in black and white both under $25).


A cord organizer to help you hid any messes that accumulate from pulling in all your devices that are a total eyesore in the room.


Promising review: “I had a mess of cables on the table next to my bed, and if you pulled one too much, the chargers would fall. This keeps everything in place. It is very LARGE, I didn’t expect it to be that big, but it holds a full-size surge protector, and I’m able to plug in everything in there! It’s very helpful!” —Patrick Pflaumer

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three colors all under $25).


An abstract geometric wall art print that’ll bring a bit of color to the room and make people think you might have picked it up from a fancy art gallery.

The Crafted Prints / Etsy

The Crafted Prints is a BIPOC-owned brand creating unique and accessible wall art since 2019. All prints are printed on-demand on 60lb matte art paper. The frame is not included.

Get it from The Crafted Prints on Etsy for $16+ (available in sizes 5×7, 8×10, and 11×14).


Adhesive backsplash tiles – people will think you spent hundreds of dollars redoing your kitchen when all you did was peel it off and stick it to your kitchen wall (or shower or wherever else you want in your home).

Promising review: “This is perfect for 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 from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in six colors).


An indoor planter stand that sadly won’t remind you when you should water the plant inside, so don’t blame me when the stand still looks great but the plant inside looks a little questionable. We can’t all have a green thumb.


Promising review: “I love this thing so much! It is the cutest and very well made. Nothing about it screams cheap or flimsy. The pot is a bit shallow, but I knew that when I ordered it. The hole is big enough to drain well. It all fits very nicely together and looks amazing.” —Kenzi

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four styles all under $25).


A minimalist table lamp to help you achieve that mid-century modern look without having to spend typical mid-century modern prices.

Promising review: “This lamp looks more expensive than it is. It’s a great-looking lamp, you can really change up the feel just by changing the style of the light bulb. I’m very very happy with the quality and look.” —River Weeks

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.


A shelf that’ll add some life to your walls. Yep, your stuff definitely looks better on the wall than in a pile on the counter. I guarantee it.

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “I bought three of these shelves, and they look so cute! They are of good quality and are not too expensive. I would recommend these.” —sierra65

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8+ (available in three sizes and two colors).


A set of two velvet throw pillow covers because putting these on your couch will make you feel like you’re basically living at Buckingham Palace, I swear.


These are just pillow covers, so don’t forget the pillow inserts, if you need them.

Promising review: “I love these pillowcases! They are way nicer than I expected for the price. They are soft, wash well, and look more expensive than the price. I’m super happy with my purchase. I was kinda iffy on buying them, but I went ahead and did it because I knew I could return them if I didn’t like them, but I was actually pleasantly surprised.” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in eight sizes and 33 colors).


An entryway organizer perfect to put by your front door so you have a place to store your mail instead of just letting it pile up on your counter or kitchen table forever.


Promising review: “This is really handy. It really reduced my key hunting time. It’s also great to stage your mail or small items such as sunglasses. It’s good quality” —Jack M.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


A leather tissue box designed to cover the eye-sore that is a regular tissue box and make it a ~marble-ous~ addition to your living room.

Karen Jai Home

Karen Jai Home is a Black woman-owned business that sells luxury home decor accessories.

Get it from Karen Jai Home for $22 (available in black and white).


Garage magnets meant to make your current garage door look like a fancy-schmancy carriage door without having to spend a butt load of money replacing the darn thing.


And you can easily take them off if you move! Plus, if you really want to complete the look, you can also add some magnetic windows to the top (like the picture above shows).

Promising review: “These faux windows are an ingenious upgrade product that added value and style to my home without breaking the bank! With an installation that takes about 30-50 seconds, I instantly improved my home’s curb appeal without having to spend thousands on new garage doors. I did not cut any of the panels, but the templates included for cutting custom shapes were easy to use and understand. So far, through two harsh Minnesota winters, they have stayed right in place. I’m very happy with my purchase and would recommend these to anybody looking for a facelift for their property.” —martymar

Get a set of six magnets from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in several styles and packs).


An LED light strip to turn your mirror into a vanity worthy of a big Hollywood star. Plus, you’ll be able to do a much better job on your makeup when you have good lighting on your face.


Promising review: “It looks beautiful on my new vanity! The brightness is incredible, and I love the dimmer feature. To line my mirror, I used about half the roll, and I wish it came with another plug/dimmer for the second half! I’ll definitely be ordering them. The light is strong, and shows you ALL imperfections (which I guess is the point, but wow, surprise!!) I am now hooked, and I’m telling my husband all the things in our home that HAVE to be lined with lights!” —Jenni P.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


A geometric wire photo frame designed to add a little dimension to your decor.


Promising review: “Can I just say I love this picture frame. It looks much more expensive than it was, and everybody that sees it compliments it! It makes me way too happy. Happier than a picture frame should. It makes me want to go buy a bunch of other stuff from Umbra because it is all very cool.” —Monica Wood

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes and six colors all under $25).


An under cabinet wineglass rack perfect for holding any glasses that are too tall or fragile to be crowded into a cabinet with the rest of your glasses. These will turn heads and make your kitchen feel like a Michelin-star restaurant.

Promising review: “I really like this wine rack! I needed a nice, space-saving solution for wine glasses that are too tall to go in my glass cabinet, and this rack fits the bill. It was simple to install and looks great. Good buy!” —Cycle Mom

Get it from Amazon for $21.93+ (available in four styles and four colors).


A grout pen to transform your bathroom (or kitchen) floor from drab to fab by restoring it to the pristine color of yesteryear.

Promising review:We moved into our new home, and the shower had a really yellow grout. Cleaning didn’t do anything, and I saw this grout pen online. What a saver! Otherwise, I would have just hired someone to replace my shower. I used this grout pen, and my husband was so impressed 😀 The tip loses its shape fast, but just pull out the TIP AND FLIPPED IT OVER, and you’ll have a new tip.” —jennifer

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


A faux bouquet, because flowers are great, but buying fresh flowers is expensive, especially when they die so fast. These beauties will add some life to your home for years to come.

For Love Of Pampas / Etsy

For Love Of Pampas is a small business based in Brooklyn, NY that has the largest stock of Pampas grass in the US. They also offer a selection of dried bouquets, artificial flowers, and palm leaves. This bouquet comes with one stem that has eight flower heads.

Get it from For Love Of Pampas on Etsy for $21.60 (originally $27; available in four colors).


A gold wire photo wall frame to showcase photos, mementos, and other small trinkets.

World Market

Promising review: “I love this! I put this on my bedroom wall for photos, cards, and inspiration pictures. It’s easy to hang, looks great, doesn’t take up too much space, and comes with the clips. It’s easy to change out the photos too.” —lori

Get it from World Market for $19.99.


A faux fur throw you can toss on your couch, a chair, or basically anywhere else you’d like to feel 10 times cozier.


Promising review: “I bought two and love them, thrown over my leather furniture. They are easy to clean and look far more expensive than what I paid for. I would give six stars, if possible.” —carlamari

Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in three colors all under $25).


A set of peel and stick floor tiles designed to make it super easy to redo your floor, without spending a lot of time or money.

The tiles are water-resistant and washable. To apply, just peel the backing and stick to a clean floor. You don’t need any special tools or even grout.

Promising review: “I’ve only had these on my bathroom floor for a month or so, but they seem like they’ll hold up. They were a bit of a pain in the ass to cut, but I didn’t have the best tools or patience. The price is bananas for how good these look! They really transformed the room for cheap.” —Picky Bargain Mom

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $13.10.


A static cling decorative window film perfect if you live a little too close to your neighbors or have big windows in rooms that probably don’t need big windows.


The film is glue-free and reusable. It blocks 98% of UV rays and glare and also provides more than 95% privacy. It can be used on any smooth and clean surface. And it’s easy to apply. All you have to do is remove the backing, spray soapy water on the window you’re applying it to, press the film on, and use a squeegee to remove any excess water.

Promising review: “I was looking for something to provide privacy to our front door sidelights, without blocking the natural light. This looks great! It’s subtle and classy looking. It was very easy to apply as long as you get your measurements correct. I had to do six small windows, so after I made sure the first one would fit, I used that as my template for the remaining windows. The film goes on just like a window cling. So easy!” —SarahHK

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 11 sizes).


A set of five petite glass vases because flowers in tiny vases are just so much cuter than they are in regular-sized ones.


Promising review: “These little vases look great holding fresh, artificial, or dried flowers or herbs. Alone or in groups on a nightstand or a luncheon table, you can enjoy their pretty colors and designs.” —C. Gaj

Get the set from Amazon for $19.95 (available in multi-color and clear varities).


Some sheer drapes to add a touch of greenery to your home without having to worry about having actual plants you need to remember to water all the time.


Promising review: “I have extra tall windows in my sunroom. I decided to order ten of these panels because they were so inexpensive and because the print would add a nice touch to all the plants, white wicker, etc. I LOVE THE WAY THIS LOOKS IN A SUNROOM. The quality is what you would expect for the price, the print is great but the seams pucker slightly. But when I put the ten panels together, that all just worked together. My windows are now bright with leaves cascading down and the whole room is just fantastic because of these curtains.” —Janice Briggs

Get them from Amazon for $9.96+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors).


Some under-cabinet lights that will help ~illuminate~ your space so it looks and feels brighter, which in turn will improve your mood.

Promising review: “I had my doubts but I thought, what the heck, for the price I’d give them a try. I am in real estate and known as a lighting snob. The first thing I look at in a kitchen if there is under cabinet lighting. These are so nice (it helps if you have a lip at the bottom of your cabinets) They are a true white, very bright, and I was lucky they were just the length I needed. I just ordered a set and had them shipped to my mom’s as her halogen transformer which is buried in a wall, fried, and it drives me nuts that the workspace on the counter is dark. I can’t wait until I make the 250-mile drive to install them. I may buy more just to use at our listings!” —pauly

Get a 10′ strand with 60 lights from Amazon for $22.68 (available in white or warm white lights.


A set of minimalist wood hooks to put your coats on rather than just throwing them on the floor.


Promising review: “Me: I’m going to put hooks on the back of the door.

Wife: No you’re not. No hooks, nothing, nada, never.

Me: Here are the hooks for the back of the door.

Wife: Oh, those are so nice!!” —Ihaveopinions

Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.49 (available in two finishes).


An adhesive ledge shelf set that’ll blend seamlessly into a white wall or cabinet and give you a place to store any items that have been cluttering up your counter space and making it feel smaller.


Promising review: “These looks so good, are super easy to install, and are highly functional. The end of my kitchen counter always had keys, phones, whatever, and now, it’s clear.” —TC&Mina

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in white and blue).


A centerpiece bowl with an interesting eye-catching design you can use to draw the eye to the center of the table (and give you a place to store some fruit).


Promising review: “I love this bowl. It looks more expensive than it actually is. I like that it’s not plastic, and it looks good with my decor! I will actually buy a second one for a different area in my home.” —MomReviews

Get it from Amazon for $20.35 (available in black and white).


A magazine rack perfect for storing any magazines, newspapers, and catalogues you’ve collected instead of them forming piles on your coffee table.


Promising review: “I just got this magazine holder today, and I can’t tell you enough about the quality of this product. It’s beautiful, just like the picture, and it’s efficient…I put it alongside my TV stand and no longer have to clutter up the stand ;)” —N.M.P118

Get it from Amazon for $12.74.


A beautiful runner with a boho-chic feel you can add to your entrance way to give that area the breath of life it deserves.


Promising review: “This rug came rolled up in thick plastic, and the quality and colors are just perfect. For the price, this rug is great. It blends well with my decor, and I like the fact that it is soft but seems durable. It’s easy to vacuum to clean. If you are looking for a nice-looking not expensive rug, this is what you need.” —Martha

Get it from Amazon for $22.49 (available in two styles and 28 sizes not under $25).


A set of plastic canisters perfect to give things, such as Q-tips, cotton balls, or even bath bombs an elegant look while sitting out on the counter like it’s a 5-star hotel bathroom.


Promising review: “The small, medium, and large sizes were absolutely perfect. They look well put together and are perfect for organizing the bathroom while giving it a more elegant look.” —Nikki

Get a set of two from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five lid colors).


A rectangle tray you can put on your coffee table or actual table and dress up flowers, candles, or any other small decor items.

Promising review: “I love this tray. It looks very expensive and seems to be made from durable material. I took a gamble by ordering the gold color because some can be too bright, but I’m so glad I did. This tray is beautiful and provides a nice accent color in my bonus room.” —TDT74

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 12 colors all under $25).


Photo clip string lights that will not only add some ambiance to the room but also give you a place to display all your favorite pictures that make you smile.


The lights come with 20 clear photo clips that emit warm white light. It requires three AA batteries that are not included.

Promising review: “My daughter absolutely loves this in her room! The lights don’t get overheated and haven’t burnt out yet. The clips hold the pictures perfectly without damaging them or being too loose. This is a great purchase!” —Shelley

Get the 20-LED set for $14.35 (also available in six sizes and two styles, all under $25).


A set of soap dispensers that just might make you feel like you’re showering in a spa with luxurious products. Trust me.

Promising review: “This is for those who have glass shower enclosures! We recently updated our bathroom, and then to my horror I realized how ugly it is to have all your bath products on full display in your gorgeous new shower. So I bought these great dispensers for shampoos, body wash, and conditioner, and I couldn’t be happier. It gives it a more finished and spa-like look to the room.” —GayLynneRN

Get set of two from Amazon for $18.99.


Some wood polish and conditioner made with beeswax and orange oil to transform any old scratched furniture that you thought was a lost cause and turn it into something that looks brand new.

Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand-new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $13.02.


A marble self-adhesive film to make every surface look 100x fancier and help ensure that you get your security deposit back when you move out., Amazon

The film is made from vinyl/PVC film and is water-resistant. To apply, you cut the film to the size you need, remove the backing paper, put it on any dry and flat surface using a D-C-Fix smoother, and it will look as good as new.

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 from getting caught underneath the paper. This cheap update made such a difference!!!”—Anna F.

Get it from Amazon for $10.47+ (available in nine sizes).


An antique decorative mirror tray you’ll feel super fancy putting your keys on when you get home. Then, when you’re ready to leave again, you’ll know exactly where they are. Imagine that.


Promising review: “I’ve been on the hunt for a vanity tray, but they’re all so pricy. Not going to lie, when I saw this I was like ‘no way this is going to be that nice for that price.’ I can let you know I happily was surprised! It’s perfect! I want every color now!” —xxitsjess69

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


A floral medallion tapestry to give your walls new life, which is great if you rent and can’t paint the walls — or you just don’t want to.


It comes with two traceless thumbtacks, two metal clips, and two mounting tapes, so you can hang it however you like.

Promising review: “This is so pretty and very well-made. It was very easy to hang and came with everything I needed. I was worried about the quality since it is such a great price, but I was pleasantly surprised, and I am thinking about buying one for my spare bedroom. I bought the blue, and it matches my gray theme throughout the apartment. If you live where you can’t change the wall color, it is a great option for decorating on a budget. It turned these drab walls into something colorful and pretty.” —Debby R.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in medium and large and in three colors).


A table lamp you can turn on before you turn off the overhead lights so you have a bit of light when you get into bed instead of just diving in the dark and hoping for the best.

Home Depot

Promising review: “The size is perfect for a two-drawer nightstand. The bottom has a soft smooth surface. I like the switch. It is an easy push button. I used electrical tape to adhere it to the back of the nightstand for easy accessibility. It gives lots of light for a minimalist lamp. It’s very effective without taking over the room with style and light.” —Delilah McCullough

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.


A folding storage ottoman you can fill with all the random stuff in your living room you’re not sure what to do with and then use as a footrest or extra seating. We love multi-purpose items.


Promising review: “This ottoman is very useful. It doesn’t have a tray, but if you turn the lid, it can be used as a tray. It’s not very big, but I can rest and put my feet there. We can even sit to take pictures, and I store the blankets of the children in there. It’s good for the price. I even ordered a second one.” —marisa caballero

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

You home upgrade will be *almost as great at Cinderella’s glow up.

Walt Disney Studios

*Sorry, nothing will ever really top this transformation.

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

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