Your home is your sanctuary, so it should look the part. Creating the right ambiance in your home can improve your mood and also inspire you to keep it clean. From decor to helpful tools to unique storage solutions, there are tons of little ways you can make your living space more, well, livable. We found dozens of products at affordable price points that can set you on a course for a better home.
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This Set of Rustic Floating Shelves
via: AmazonFloating shelves have become an essential part of modern decor, but they tend to have the same, minimalist design. If you want something with a bit more character, check out this set of shelves. The metal and wood design feels contemporary while still having a rustic charm. You can get sets of two in small and large, small and small, and large and large configurations or opt for a three-pack containing a small, medium, and a large shelf. The wall-mounted shelves include all the hardware you’ll need and come in a tan or brown base.
This Faux Fur Rug
via: AmazonIf you’ve seen any hip, lifestyle ads or follow influencers on Instagram, you’ve seen some version of this fur rug. Its size allows you to use it as an accent rug, a throw for your sofa or even a chair cushion. The fluffy surface will feel great beneath your feet on a chilly morning and it comes in several colors and sizes to fit your space.
This Cleaning Tool Rack
via: AmazonDo you have a special nook for your broom, Swiffer, etc.? How often do they fall to the floor? Secure your handled cleaning tools with this simple organizer. The base holds five tools of handle width thanks to rolling balls in the clasp that adjust to the thickness. You can even store light, stick vacuums or sports items like hockey or lacrosse sticks there since each opening supports up 7.5 pounds. Smaller tools like dustpans and squeegees can hang on one of the six hooks at the front of the rack.
via: AmazonThough you can use these frames as standalone decor, DIYers will especially enjoy exploring design possibilities. You can use it as a collage picture frame, decorate the wood, or even put mesh or particle board in the windows to hang jewelry. The frames come in sets of two or three in two different sizes. They’re very light, so most users only needed to use a nail to hang them!
This Mini Marquee
via: AmazonIf you want to see your name in lights or just a cute message, check out this little lightbox. The LED lightbox comes with 90 letters/characters, including some symbols and popular emojis. The letters have a few duplicates, especially vowels, so you can craft a wide variety of messages. This little guy isn’t even 6 inches long, but there are a few larger sizes if you really want to glam up an area.
via: AmazonTired of clamoring for a spatula in your cooking utensil holder? This rotating stand comes with six essential utensils that hang on little hooks. Each tool also features a little rest on the weighted handle so that you don’t get the ends or your counters dirty while you're whipping up dinner. The utensils work on non-stick and stainless steel cookware, and there’s also a stainless steel version for your cast-iron pans. Both the nylon and stainless steel versions come in different colors and slight variations in the included tools.
This Cute Remote Caddy
via: AmazonYour couch cushions will get jealous of this simple, charming caddy. The shabby chic caddy has three different compartments to make it easy to keep track of a complicated entertainment system. Those of you with glass coffee tables who don’t like the constant sound of clattering remotes will especially enjoy this clutter-combating organizer.
via: AmazonBenevolence LA makes some of the best inexpensive soy candles. They burn for about 45 hours in their sleek, matte black, glass holders that blend into any space. You can enjoy the soothing scent of eucalyptus and chamomile, the tantalizing blend of bergamot and jasmine, the floral muskiness of rose and sandalwood, or the decadently complex, earthy notes of oud wood.
via: AmazonIf you prefer to leave fire out of the equation when it comes to making your home smell fantastic, get one of these nature-inspired diffusers. Instead of using electricity or disposable wood reeds, these diffusers use a cotton wick to disperse your favorite essential oils through the air. You can choose from an owl, elephant, fox, giraffe, monkey, or even a little mushroom, but know that the reservoir sizes are different in each diffuser.
This Marble Contact Paper
via: AmazonFor an inexpensive upgrade to your countertops, try this marble contact paper. It sticks well and looks like the real deal once it's applied. If you’re in a rental, it’s easy to remove without damage once you’re ready to move out. You can get creative and create backsplashes, update tiles, or add some elegance to some casual knickknacks.
via: AmazonKeep your products organized with this brilliant shower caddy. Six, angled shelves hold onto your shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and more, allowing gravity to grant easier access once you’re towards the end of the bottle. Two flat shelves at the bottom will hold your bar soaps and hooks below can hold onto loofahs or secure razors. There are several metal finishes, so if you have hard water, you should pre-treat it to avoid rust.
This Multifuctional Stool
via: AmazonThis accent stool comes in white and a few eye-catching colors to make a real statement in any space. It can be used as a side table or an ottoman as well as a stool, but all forms have a secret: storage! You can tuck away magazines, kids or pets’ toys, throw blankets, and more in this unassuming piece.
This Cotton Swab Holder
via: AmazonNo one’s judging you if you still use cotton swabs in your ears, especially if you store them in this cute holder. It comes in a few different colors with a clear top to protect the cotton from splashes, but all the variations create a lotus blossom effect when filled with up to 25 swabs. You can also use it to hold onto toothpicks or floss picks for more attractive storage.
via: AmazonLook, pretty much the rest of the world knows how great bidets are and we’re just barely catching up. This affordable bidet has simple instructions and can be set up in 15 minutes or less. It has a self-cleaning function and several water pressure intensities for a refreshing clean.
This Little Rope Basket
via: AmazonThis cotton basket is a little more than 9 inches in diameter, so it can hold a few toys or blankets or a bunch of items, like makeup or yarn skeins. The neutral colors complement any room and subtle handles make it easy to move around. This soft storage is great to have around young kids while being sturdy enough to carry what you need.
These Modern Nesting Tables
via: AmazonIf you don’t have a ton of space in your living room/area, nesting tables are a great investment. You can use the larger one as a small coffee table and then pull out the little one when you need a little more space or an end table. These two white-topped tables come in rounded triangles or circles, so you can choose which one suits your home better.
These Knives Sharpen Themselves
via: AmazonThere are a lot of knives out there, but the only two that you really need are a mighty chef’s knife and a delicate paring knife. This set of knives includes those two exact knives which come with protective sheaths. The end of the sheaths feature a knife sharpener, so you always get a clean cut.
This Simply Sleek Vase
via: AmazonHave you ever been caught without a vase? Keep this crosshatched beauty for those special occasions or use it immediately for some monstera leaves. You can also get it in gold, a larger size, or a more squat planter. It’s so stylish that this ceramic planter can even be left out when there’s nothing in it at all!
This Clear Ice Cube Tray
via: AmazonWant to take your ice cube came to the next level? From cocktails to iced tea to a simple glass of water, you’ll impress guests with some perfectly clear ice cubes. The tray is insulated with foam so the water can freeze more uniformly without impurities that cloud your regular ice cubes. The tray makes 10 ice cubes and reviewers say you’ll always get clear ice as long as you follow the directions. The tray is much cheaper than the professional systems bars use and you get more cubes than comparable trays on the market.
via: AmazonIf you love natural light, but your windows let your neighbors or passerby know exactly what you’re up to, you can finally get some privacy. Instead of installing sheer curtains, apply these window films! They use static instead of adhesive, so they’re easy to remove, and almost completely block out UV rays. They also have a heat control feature that helps keep heat inside when it’s cold and prevent your home from baking in the dog days of summer. In low light or overcast days, the film simply looks frosty, but sunny days and bright light give the film a prismatic look.
This LEGO Storage Box
via: AmazonWhether it’s for a kid’s room or a kid at heart, this storage cube will bring a lot of joy to anyone who sees it. If you decide to use this big LEGO to store little ones, beware of the crevices at the bottom of the storage. Once users taped those off or put a piece of cardboard down, they could sit back and enjoy the functional aesthetics. The bins come in several colors, and just like little LEGOs, they’re stackable!
These Minimalist Coat Hooks
via: AmazonCoat hooks don’t have to look gross or take up a bunch of spaces. Shout it to the rooftops with these wooden hooks. You get a set of two hooks in black walnut or beechwood that can be mounted with or without the included wall anchors. With the anchors, the hooks can hold up to 30 pounds, but if you just want to hang hats or scarves, you don’t have to deal with the hassle.
These Salad Tossing Utensils
via: AmazonMixing, dressing, and serving a salad evenly just got easier and more attractive. These gigantic, wooden tools are made from acacia which gives them beautifully unique patterns. You’ll love showing these off at dinner parties! When not in use, the fork and paddle curve in a way that they can nest in the other.
This Starry Wall Decor
via: AmazonStarburst metal decor showcases the collision of brutalist and mid-century design schools. They ride the line between minimalist and simplistic, soft and industrial. Many starburst sets are gold or copper, but this distressed silver finish gives more of a night sky effect than the sunburst analogies of its sister decor. This set includes three wall hangings that are 12, 9, and 6 inches in diameter.
This Tissue Box Holder
via: AmazonNo matter how tissue manufacturers try to make their boxes more attractive, none are as cute as this holder. This little house fits neatly over any square-shaped tissue box so each little tissue looks like smoke coming out of the chimney. As a proud owner of this box, I’ll let you in a pro-tip: remove all the plastic from the top of the tissue box; it allows you to take a tissue without the entire holder moving!
This Luxe Tray
via: AmazonLook, I love a good tray. Breakfast in bed. Cheese. Keys. Drinks. Remotes. Everything can be elevated with the right tray! This Kate and Laurel Lipton tray contrasts minimal white with luxuriously gold handles, and it’s large enough to hold any of these things. Most people enjoy using theirs on an ottoman to provide a less plush service, but don’t let that limit your imagination!
via: AmazonNever struggle with a mechanical wine bottle opener again! This electric option comes with a foil cutter which is the only twisting you’ll have to do. Just put the opener atop the wine bottle and the cork is removed in seconds. The opener works with natural and synthetic corks without any issues. It comes with a charging base that you can just leave it on, but one charge will open up to 30 bottles.
This Cute Lil’ Dustpan
via: AmazonFor the tiniest messes in the kitchen, grab this little dustpan. The attractive bamboo handled brush can be hung with pride so it’s within reach for the inevitable coffee ground spill. The shape of the dustpan also allows you to simply set it upright without it tipping over. It comes with white and grey accents or vibrant green accents.
This Retro Wall Clock
via: AmazonFor a little retro flair in your kitchen or bathroom, pick up one of these square clocks. They’re about 9 inches across, so they’re readable without being too huge for small spaces. Thanks to its silent hand movement, this is also a great choice for a bedroom clock that won’t drive you nuts in the middle of the night. It runs a single AA battery which is not included, but otherwise, in any of the available colors, it’s basically perfect.
This Rattan Nightlight
via: AmazonWhether you have a kid, night terrors, or just want to gently light your bathroom at night, this little ball will do the trick. The rattan-style string ball sits on a wooden base for an overall warming look, but it can also be hung by the cord. Some users find the included LED bulb too bright, but depending on your needs, you can always swap it out for something dimmer or a dimmable smart bulb.
via: AmazonThis geometric wine rack can be set in a variety of configurations from hexagons to parallelograms to funky patterns in between. It can always hold six bottles of wine, no matter what arrangement you land on, and you can buy multiple to make the rack bigger. The rack is easy to put together without sacrificing sturdiness.
via: AmazonFrom succulents to air plants, these festive planters will add some whimsy to your home. Playing with typical leaf patterns, these planters transform your plants into something new. The white, ceramic pots come in a campfire, volcano, and whale base. Depending on the plants that suit your fancy, a different style will provide a fun effect!
via: AmazonForget those boring tray tables of the past and try out one of these modern alternatives. The steel table has a wear-resistant coating that makes it suitable for indoor or outdoor use. You can also twist a see-through shim to adjust the table’s height and it can fold away when you don’t need it. Though the tabletop can be removed as a tray, it’s still stable when acting as a tabletop. Find the right eye-catching color for your home!
This Espresso Maker
via: AmazonIf you prefer espresso over coffee, you don’t need a fancy, expensive, gigantic machine in your home. This classic Moka pot is basically an espresso percolator that works on your stove. It costs almost half as much as the classic Bialetti and works just as well. You can choose from a red, black, or aluminum color to match your kitchen. For longevity and optimum taste, toss your first batch and only hand wash the pot. Some people treat it like a cast iron and don’t use soap, but that parts up to you!
via: AmazonIf you want to get going on being a plant parent, look no further than this four-pack of plants. The assortment is completely random and can include a devil’s ivy, parlor palm, dieffenbachia, snake plant, peace lily, and/or fern. Each plant will be between 8 and 14 inches tall, the perfect size to already be a great decoration with plenty of room to grow. Due to regulations, they can’t ship to Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, or Hawaii, but others can receive vibrant plant sin moist soil in no time.
This Soft Night Light
via: AmazonIf you’re looking for a true night light that only emits enough light to not bumble around or make a kiddo feel safe, grab this one. The light comes in pink or green lampshades and bases. The green version has a white light mode while both versions have a soft yellow and yellow breathing mode. The breathing mode is especially helpful in nurseries and you can also manually dim the light to a certain brightness level. The lamps run on a rechargeable battery and they automatically turn off after 30 minutes when in soft yellow light mode.