43 Cheap Things to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Yes, you can have elegant home decor on a budget.

By Marenah Dobin Oct 31, 2021 2:00 PMTags
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Unfortunately, we all don't have unlimited budgets to decorate our homes. However, great style doesn't always have a high price tag. There are plenty of "cheap" things that you can add to your home to elevate each room and make your home look more expensive. A few small touches here and there can make a huge difference without breaking the bank. Keep on scrolling to see some of our ideas and product recommendations from Amazon.

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Soap Dispensers

Sure, you can just use the container that comes with your liquid soap, but you can also get something more aesthetically pleasing that doubles as decor beside your sink.

JASAI 18 Oz Clear Glass Soap Dispenser with Rust Proof Stainless Steel Pump

This glass soap dispenser is simple, yet elegant. It even has a blank wooden tag if you wanted to specifically label the container for hand soap, lotion, body wash, or something else. This soap dispenser has 10,600+ five-star Amazon reviews.

AmazerBath 16 Oz Clear Glass Soap Dispenser- 2 Pack

If you want glass soap dispensers in multiple rooms of your home, get this set of two.

Simplehuman 9 oz. Touch-Free Rechargeable Sensor Liquid Soap Pump Dispenser

Keep cleanliness and efficiency as a priority with this touch-free liquid soap dispenser. This automated soap dispenser comes in six different colors and it has 11,500+ five-star reviews.

Coat Rack

When guests somewhere, they should have a designated place to put their coats and bags. A coat rack is a simple, yet thoughtful touch for your entryway.

Mind Reader Coat Rack

This coat rack has 11 hooks. It's also available in white and silver. This is a practical piece that also looks good, which is a win-win. Oh, and it's just $20. It has 4,700+ five-star Amazon reviews.

ASAGLE Coat Rack, Hall Tree with Shoe Bench for Entryway

This hall tree has everything you need to stay organized. There are hooks for coats and bags and shelves for shoes or even some decorative accents like a decorative pillow or a plant. 

Dseap Coat Rack Wall Mounted - 5 Tri Hooks

If you want to maximize your floor space, just add some hooks to your wall. This matte black set is chic and there other options in bronze, gold, and white. These hooks have 8,800+ five-star Amazon reviews.

Silky Sheets & Pillowcases

Opting for silk or satin pillowcases and sheets is great for the skin and hair, plus they just look so incredibly luxurious on your bed.

Pure Bedding Satin Sheets Set

These satin sheets sets are available for twin, full, king, queen, and California queen beds. There are 16 colors to choose from and they have 11,400+ five-star Amazon reviews. The feel soft and the look oh-so-fancy.

Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin Queen- 2 Pack

If you don't want to commit to an entire sheet/bedding set, then just opt for a satin pillow case. It's great for your skin, hair, and to add a touch of luxury to your bedding. This set of two pillow cases has 152,200+ five-star Amazon reviews and it's available in many different colors.

Flameless Candles

Candles can create an ambiance and fill out your counter space. However, they can be pretty expensive to replace. Instead, opt for flameless candles so you can always have a well-decorated (and well-lit) space. Plus you won't have to worry about fire hazards or cleaning up wax.

Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration, Pack of 12

These flameless candles come with easy-to-replace batteries that have 100+ hours of light-time. All you need to do is switch them on and off for convenient operation. You can even put them inside of decorative votives to emphasize the illusion that these are real candles. This 12-piece set has 23,900+ five-star Amazon reviews.

Enpornk Flameless Candles Battery Operated Candles- Set of 9

If you prefer flameless candles that are remote-operated, this is the set for you. These look like melted wax candles and this 9-piece set has candles that are different heights, which can be used to create a balanced, realistic setup. This set has 4,600+ five-star Amazon reviews.

Gallery Wall

You can arrange a gallery wall in your home as a chic way to display your favorite photos. And, thankfully, framing your pictures does not have to be expensive.

Upsimples Picture Frame Set of 5

These white frames would look so elegant on a white wall. You can arrange them however you'd like in your personal space. This set has 22,800+ five-star reviews.

Gallery Perfect Gallery Wall Kit- 9 Pieces

If you prefer black frames, this 9-piece set is just what you need to create a gallery wall in your home.

Golden State Art, 7 Pack Frames

Add a subtle touch of gold to your home with this seven-pack of frames in assorted sizes.

Gallery Perfect 7 Piece Black Photo Kit

If you love the look of black frames, but you want to switch things up with different sized frames, this 7-piece set could be just what you need in your living room.

Umbra Exhibit Picture Frame Gallery Set Adjustable Collage Display for 5 Photos

If you want a gallery wall in your hallway, but you don't want to arrange a bunch of individual frames, just get this display instead. Even if you do want to make some changes, this display is adjustable.

Umbrella Storage

You don't want to drip water on the floor when you come in from the rain. Having a designated place for your umbrella to dry out of the way is a great way to prevent that and it also just makes you look like such a prepared host when people step into your home.

Birdrock Home Umbrella Holder Stand

This black umbrella holder looks chic and it has a removable water tray.

Yamazaki Smart Umbrella Stand White

This white umbrella stand has sections for long umbrellas and for short, folding umbrellas. It also has a removable base, which makes it easy to clean. This would blend in seamlessly with a white wall to create a minimalist vibe.

Metal Umbrella Stand Rack

This metal umbrella stand rack brings an abstract aesthetic to your entryway. It's also available in brown.

Gold Clocks

Yes, we can all see the time on our phones, televisions, and microwave clocks, but there's just something so classy about having a gold clock in your home.

Foxtop Gold Wall Clock

This clock looks vintage, but it's actually super affordable. If gold isn't your vibe, it also comes in silver, cream, and copper.

Large Modern Metal Wall Clocks

Add some antique vibes to your home with this Roman Numeral wall clock. It also comes in white, silver, and red.

NIKKY HOME Vintage Table Clock

If you want to add a touch of vintage to your home, but you don't want to hang a clock on the wall, go for this antique-looking tabletop clock


Having a map or globe in your home can make you seem worldly and interested in travel, whether vacations are in your budget or not.

Stupell Industries Vintage Abstract World Map

This world map would be a beautiful addition to your home.

Premium Decorated Ostrich Egg with Wooden Display Stand

This egg-shaped map is a unique take on a traditional globe. It's a great conversation starter and adds some sophistication to any room.


Coasters are functional, protecting your counters and tabletops, but you can also add some glamour when you choose some stylish coasters.

WAYIFON Coasters for Drinks, 6 Pieces

Marble coasters are just so classic, but you don't need to splurge to get that iconic look. You can also get these marble-looking coasters in white. 

Glass Gold Coasters for Drinks- 6 Pieces

These unique glass coasters are durable, yet stylish. 

Cool Coaster 6 Piece Set

These unusual stone coasters are so unique that your guests might wonder if you got these during your travels. However, they're actually quite the bargain from Amazon.


Anything personalized just seems expensive. However, actually customizing your belongings can get pretty costly. Instead, opt for something monogrammed that's already made to add some personal aspects to your home.

Roman Font Custom Luxury Turkish Towel- Set of 2

Hang these letter towels in your kitchen or bathroom to amp up the elegance. There are a few different color options to choose from, so you can pick the set that coordinates best with your decor.

Monogrammed Hand Towel, Set of 2

These monogrammed hand towels are available in silver, white, and navy. Hanging these are an easy way to make your bathroom a bit more sophisticated.

Monogrammed Towel Set

This set has everything you need for your bathroom, a wash cloth, hand towel, and body towel. Just choose your favorite color combination.

COLLECTIVE HOME - 7-inch Tall Mirrored Glass and Wood Decorative Letter

Technically, this isn't a monogram, but this silver free-standing letter adds a bit of personalization to your mantle, end table, or counter. 

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are functional to store some of your favorite things, of course. They're also a great way to showcase your personality and experiences by displaying your favorite books, photos, travel souvenirs, and more. They're also relatively easy to install, which is always a plus.

InPlace Shelving Slimline Floating Wall Shelf with Invisible Brackets, White

You can never go wrong with a white floating shelf on a white wall. This is perfect for picture frames or any of your other favorite items. It's easy to install and remove, with hidden, invisible brackets that give this shelf a high weight capacity. This shelf has 6,800+ five-star Amazon reviews.

SRIWATANA Black Floating Shelves, Set of 4

These black floating shelves bring a contemporary vibe to your space. This set comes with four different shelves at different sizes, so you can put together a creative display in your home.

Umbra Conceal, Sturdy Metal Floating Bookshelf for Wall

If you want a cool place to keep your books, but you don't like the look of a shelf, then go invisible. These shelves look invisible behind a stack of books and the hidden mounting hardware create a floating effect, turning your books into a work of art. These shelves come with mounting hardware and they can hold up to fifteen pounds.

Hexagon Floating Shelves, Set of 3

These premium floating shelves are modern and minimalistic. They come in a set of 3 and they're also available in black and other varieties.

TFer Floating Shelves

Make good use of empty place and create a warm place to display your photos, books, collectibles, small plants, trophyies, vases, and more with this floating shelf.

BAYKA Floating Shelves Wall Mounted, Rustic Wood Wall Shelves Set of 3

Make your wall space useful and by creating a versatile storage space for keepsakes, photos, and much more. Go for a rustic vibe with this set of 3 shelves, which is also available in other colors. 

Planters/Planter Stands
Bring new life to your space with some greenery. An elegant planter or stand is just what you need to elevate your plants (literally and figuratively).

Gold Plant Stand Indoor- Bamboo Wood Flower Stands, Adjustable

This bamboo wood flower stand is adjustable to fit your favorite planters. It comes with a tray, foot pads, and tools, so you'll have everything you need to create the perfect plant setup.

Amazon Basics Plant Stand, Black

If you prefer a modern aesthetic, this black plant stand is just what you need to enhance your space.

Adjustable Plant Stand

This adjustable plant stand is a great addition to many design aesthetics. This mid-century modern plant stand is incredibly easy to assemble.

Fopamtri Plant Pot Set Matte White Ceramic Planter for Indoor Outdoor Plants- Set of 3

This three-piece plant pot set is made of refractory ceramic, glazed finish interior. They're suitable for indoor use and for outdoor use. This set also comes in black.

SAROSORA Ceramic 6' Succulent Plants Planter

Use these indoor or outdoor as a finishing touch on for your decor.

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—Originally published Oct. 26, 2021 at 3 AM PT.