54 Ways To Decorate Your Home Like A Bonafide Adult

This *may* be the easiest part of being a grown-up.

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Throw a set of gorgeously lush velvet pillow covers on your favorite pillows to give some new life to your old but still reliable sofa.


Promising review: “This is the second set of these I’ve purchased (bought two different colors to change out when one set is in the laundry), and I completely love them. They are so soft, easy to put the pillows into, and they come out of the laundry looking brand new. Get a couple of different colors and switch out for holidays, or when desiring a quick easy decor change. I highly recommend them.” —Melanie Mastin

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight sizes and in 32 colors).


Or if you’re tired of spending countless dollars on flowers that just die on you, try a bundle of faux jasmine flowers that’ll add a delicate statement to any room — without the need to replace them every week.


Promising review: “I have never used artificial flowers but these changed my mind — they are blow-you-away gorgeous! Every client comments on these. I combined these with some other silk flowers from Amazon and it’s really stunning.” —Lisa B

Get a 10-piece bundle from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).


Bring in more light to any space, especially with something like this leather table lamp, to warm it up and make it feel way cozier.

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Promising review: “This is a great little lamp, very classy-looking. It definitely looks more expensive than it is (it’s not flawless, but you can’t see the minor imperfections unless you’re looking closely). It is somewhat small as some other reviewers have said, but that was what I wanted. It fits perfectly on my little nightstand. I think the sample photos of it on the dresser give you a pretty good idea of its size. I would definitely recommend this lamp, especially at this price. I might even buy another one for my desk.” —Bee

Get it from Amazon for $19.59+ (available in 16 colors).


Create your own art and have something unique to cover your walls in with blank wooden skateboard — okay, hear me out. Skateboard art is all the rage, bright beautifully decorated boards which, with a small piece of fishing wire wrapped through the holes, hang perfectly on your wall but they’re also SUPER expensive (like hundreds of dollars, see example below). So, what if you bought a board and painted/decorated it yourself? You could create one really intricate board that hangs perfectly on a pillar or small corner or an epic collage with a few!

Paragonyc on Etsy

Here’s an example of three skateboards covered with the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat currently available from MoMA for $550.

Paragonyc is a New York-based Etsy shop.

Get this single, blank skateboard from Paragonyc on Etsy for $35.97.


You could also hang a macrame wall mirror to bring in a bohemian flair and double as a great touch-up spot.


Promising review: “This mirror is GORGEOUS!! I bought this with few expectations and it’s simply amazing! It’s securely placed in the macrame and hangs flat. I want more but don’t need them. :D” —M. Bradley

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


And while you’re at it, lend your space an inviting, bohemian feel with a detailed macrame tapestry.


Promising review: “I absolutely love the look of macrame, but it can be extremely challenging to find ones that are affordable and also good quality. This piece is a great addition to my bathroom, and I love the natural touch. It’s the perfect size that fits above my toilet and makes it feel homier. Great for any smaller wall space you’re looking to add a decorative touch to.” —Ash

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two colors).


Place an embossed faux-alligator decorative tray on your coffee table or ottoman to have a spot to hold all your little treasures.


Promising review: “If you’re looking for style, look no further. I got this tray to complement my bedroom and hold things on my bed when I’m laying in it. It is lightweight and the colors are shiny. I just love it and I’m sure you will too! I bought another one for my daughter’s room. She loves it!” —AJ Mendez

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 12 colors).


Try a luxe microfiber quilt set complete with a quilt and two pillow shams for everything you need to make your bed the most inviting place in town. ::wink:: ::wink::


Promising review: “I bought this for a vacation home we own. I wanted something lightweight and inexpensive that would do the job. My husband and I visited for a week and we’re so pleasantly surprised. We love this bedding! I’ve always been a big comfy comforter person. Now I’m not, because of this awesome quilt.” —J. Dermody

Get the set from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).


Add some color and personality to your walls with unique and fun wall art.


Promising review: “This little guy has been the color palette that has guided the transformation of my living room.” —Ashley

Get it from Wayfair for $33.99+ (available in four frame colors).


Bring your table to life with a stackable set of geometrically shaped storage trays you can potentially use as plates in a very beautiful table setting.


Promising review: “I purchased these trays for food displays. They are thin and pretty small but everything looked great on them! They definitely can’t handle anything incredibly heavy so in the future I’d use them as decorative trays for utensils/napkins or cheese platters but you can’t beat the price. I love the colors.” —melissah

Get the set of four from Amazon for $10.85.


Let there be light…on your kitchen cabinets with a set of Alexa and Google Home voice-controlled LED Lights that are easily applied under and above your cabinets and that can shine in up to 16 million color options. MILLION.


Promising review: “We love our new strip lights so much that I decided to buy a second set. The first one was installed above the kitchen cabinets where we placed some artwork and vases. The second set was placed under the kitchen island top. Grandkids love speaking to Alexa to change the colors of the lights. Set up was extremely easy and it works with the Alexa app.” —junin07

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizing options).


Freshen up the air with a set of the prettiest pink peony reed diffusers — they’re made of a super porous sola material that will absorb the scent and colors of your favorite oil fragrances. It’ll basically be like having perfect flowers that never die and always smell delightful.

Plawanature Store on Amazon Handmade

Plawanature is a community manufacturer and exporter of handmade, eco-friendly dried flowers.

Get the set of 10 from the Plawanature Store on Amazon Handmade for $20.99. They’re also available in a more neutral set of mini gerbera roses.


Get a super cute woven basket bag to keep your linens or even a flowing plant to help with your overall aesthetic.


Promising review: “I have styled this tote basket on a peg rack in my entryway with some greenery hanging over. Perfect size. I absolutely love it. This basket can be used for all seasons. Just change the florals/greenery accordingly.” —Vic

Get it from Target for $45.


Learn how to layer all your accessories to construct a visually appealing shelf, coffee table, or sofa.


While we’re on the topic, invest some time in keeping your bookshelves and coffee tables well-organized and artfully curated.


One way to do that is by filling your shelves with perfectly coordinated books sets that’ll help make your shelves look like they belong in the pages of an interior design magazine.


Covogoods is a Utah-based shop on Amazon Handmade specializing in unique and colorful book designs for any space.

Promising review: “If you’ve been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you’ve found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hollow fake ones you see. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality superb. Will be ordering more from here in the future!” —JH2

Get a set from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade starting at $4 (packages start with just one book and go up to 25 books, they’re also available in 16 colors including custom colors).


Add some peel-and-stick wallpaper to freshen up your space and give it some dimension and texture — it’s also easily removable for when you’re ready to change things up or move out.


Also, if you’re a renter, or just not ready to invest in a whole new backsplash, try a temporary peel-and-stick tile backsplash to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank.


Promising review: “I love, love, love my backsplash. It was super easy and VERY sticky. It added so much flair to my all-white and silver kitchen. It’s perfect.” —Amazon Customer

Get six 12″ x 12″ tiles from Amazon for $22.99.


Keep your memories alive and give your home some personalization with a guided gallery wall kit that includes everything you need to create one — including seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and even some pretty black-and-white prints that you can use or replace.


Promising review: “I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level, and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase.” —Cristina C Sanchez

Get the seven piece set from Amazon for $37.59+ (available in three finishes).


Use large pieces of furniture to bring luxurious pops of color into your space.

The Novogratz

Get it from The Novogratz for $449.


Give any room in your home a glamorous touch with room-darkening velvet curtains that’ll help in your quest to sleep in a little later.


Promising review: “Purchased these for my studio, which is in an old mill. I wanted them for their insulating properties more than to block out the light because my studio loses a lot of heat at night due to its enormous windows. The curtains/drapes work great for both — I am especially pleased with how well they help keep the space from losing heat! Before having the curtains the space would lose about 8 degrees in temperature overnight (which in the winter is a significant amount, especially in the northeast). Now, with the curtains, the space no longer loses heat overnight! It is now so nice to go into my studio in the morning and find it still toasty warm!” —Noname

Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ a panel (available in four sizes, eight colors, and with matching pillow cases).


Don’t invest your whole budget on carpet, this medallion area rug comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your decor style, plus its refined loom makes it great for anyone with pets!

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Promising review: “I LOVE THIS AREA RUG! The rug came within three to five days of ordering and it’s amazing quality-wise and aesthetically. I purchased the 8×10 and it fits my room perfectly. Personally, I did not feel the need to buy a rug pad for added thickness. It is soft and cushy (super-technical term) to walk on barefoot. The colors are absolutely perfect for my room. The ivory is a true ivory and the gray goes perfectly with my blue-gray walls. I could not be happier with this purchase — especially for the price!” —Flint

Get it from Amazon for $22.15+ (available in 15 colors and 30+ sizes).

Explore more rugs on Amazon and learn more about rug placement in every room of your house from Shannon Claire Interiors.


And bring the inside out with an outdoor area rug that’ll make nights in your yard a little cozier.

Rugs USA

Get it from Rugs USA for $42.10+ (available in three colors and five sizes).


Try pleated fabric shades for some added privacy without totally blocking the light.


Promising review: “I live in California really close to the beach. The house I’m renting doesn’t have air-conditioning and it gets hot! I bought a window air-conditioner for my casement window (slides horizontally instead of up and down), which doesn’t let me lower the blinds over the AC unit. I was trying to figure out a way to close the gap next to the air-conditioner and these work perfectly! You can trim them to size and simply stick them to the bottom of your installed blinds. They keep the sun and heat out and give me privacy. Very happy!” —Shelley R

Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in four sizes).


Add a bold and beautiful houseplant to help bring any room to life — just make sure you follow the provided tips to keep it alive.

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Promising review: “Awesome. Really, that’s all I can say. Who would think you could buy a full-size palm for home or office from Amazon?! Well, I decided to try it and wow! The plant arrived in a tall, narrow box. The soil in the planter was well secured with packing paper and tape, and removing it was easy. I transplanted it into a larger pot, watered it, and it’s absolutely beautiful, gracing the corner of my office and giving me plenty of healthy air. Packing included a care guide with more information online. Nice touch. Stands about 3 feet tall x 2.5 feet wide once the fronds relaxed a bit.” —4StarDad

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in Majesty, Neathebella, and Cat varieties and in seven planter styles).


Speaking of keeping things alive, nothing says “I’m an adult” more than keeping a houseplant alive, which this handy guide might help you accomplish.


Make your tiny space seem a little bigger with perfectly placed mirrors, which will also help in your quest to capture the perfect OOTD pic for Insta.


A great tip for placement of your new mirror in your space is to place it on or up against a wall that’s beside a windowed wall (like they have in the picture above). It helps extend the look and light the window.

Promising review: “Absolutely stunning, packaged very well, and easy to stand up. I’m a TALL girl (a little over 5-foot-10) and having a mirror that was large enough for me was very important. This does exactly that but isn’t so big that it takes up too much space. The gold trim is super classy and adds an expensive-looking quality to the mirror and my room. Overall amazing and definitely worth the buy!” —Bria Million

Get it from Amazon for $121.99+ (available in 12 colors and 31 frame styles and colors).


Find a sophisticated floor lamp that’ll not only add a gorgeous piece of decor to a room, but also just make your home feel really cozy.

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Promising review: “Beyond easy to put together, I didn’t even look at the instructions. You have to clip on the shade to assemble — I didn’t expect that but it was super easy (you can’t tell by looking at it). The whole thing took me about five minutes. Looks great in my room.” —NTP

Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in brass and black)


It may seem obvious, but make sure you have clean sheets and pillows — this one is really important. When I first met my now-husband in college, he would use T-shirts as his pillowcases and I don’t think they were always clean T-shirts. I still make fun of him for that ’til this very day. Especially when he gets on my case for having too many throw pillows (which is impossible!!).


Experts suggest you wash your sheets at least once a week.

Explore a variety of sheet options here or get these from Amazon (which have over 188 THOUSAND 5-star reviews) for $24.90+ (available in sizes twin-California king and in 39 colors).

Get detergent that’s formulated to make your sheets feel fresh and new for $19.01 — or just use regular ol’ detergent for $13.99 on Amazon, but please, just WASH YOUR SHEETS!

Experts also suggest getting new pillows every year or two. So get some new pillows for $39.99+ on Amazon (available in two sizes) and check out our top picks for the best pillows.


And on that note, invest in a comfy (and not previously owned) mattress so you can get a good night’s sleep and be a functioning human in the morning.


Like I was saying, make your bed as plush as the ones you dream of sleeping in when you’re shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond with this handy guide about how to lay out all your pillows.


Get the full tutorial from Matouk.


Also, buy an actual bed frame! Like, with a headboard and maybe a platform. (I know, I know, I’m asking a lot here.)


Promising review: “First off I have to say how impressed I was with the packaging, EVERYTHING is packed inside the headboard. It is easy to assemble and looks great!! I have cats who I knew would start to sharpen their claws on it and amazingly it doesn’t show any damage, the fabric is TOUGH!! Well worth every penny, I have already recommended to friends and family.” —Glama Girl

Get this stitched platform bed from Amazon for $201.16+ (available in sizes twin-California king and in dark and sage grays) and check out some of the top-rated bed frames on Amazon.


Update your light fixtures — it’s an easy way to upgrade your home without breaking the bank (while still making it look like you did).


Promising review: “I was very skeptical when I bought this. I thought I would end up returning it, but it looks great. It actually looks very nice. I ended up using LED ‘Edison-style’ bulbs instead of the traditional filament bulbs because I was worried about the heat emission (and energy consumption) of the latter. I think it looks great!” —Lou

Get this mid-century-modern chandelier from Amazon for $95.99+ (available in five finishes).


If you’re looking to make a bit of an investment, go for high-quality materials like brass, marble, and heavy fabrics for your decor and accent furniture.


Or you could learn to DIY your hand-me-down/Ikea/garage sale finds like a Pinterest star.


One way is to give your old and tattered hand-me-down furniture a fun and unique coat of chalked paint — it’ll provide all your pieces a soft matte, cozy look.


Promising review: “Love this paint and love the color. It is definitely a true white, as others have mentioned. As with all painting projects, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not painting in 20-degree weather — we picked a particularly cold weekend for this project and it definitely took three coats even with heavy sanding. I do like to use the spray as a top coat of paint before you seal it — gives a really nice smooth finish. It came with special clamps on the top to ensure that the paint would not bust open in transit.” —littlewren

Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in 12 colors).


You can also upgrade your old counters or tabletops with vinyl wrap film — a temporary solution that’ll last a long time and won’t cost a small fortune.

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Promising review: “Easy to work with and looks amazing. Very happy with the product and my project. I put a thin coat of polyutherane, but I don’t think it needs it since the paper seems very sturdy and the gloss finish is nice. I have already ordered two more rolls to finish my vanity and cover my drawers.” —Johanna Calderon

Get a roll from Amazon for $6.99.


Invest in unique and unexpected materials — like concrete — to give your space an elevated (and expensive) look.

West Elm

Get this concrete side table from West Elm for $499.


Don’t underestimate the power of a beautiful statement chair — which is not only practical, but can also provide a stunning way to make your space pop.


Promising review: “I needed an accent chair for my home office that I could read or use my laptop when I didn’t want to be at my desk. Not only does it look great in my office but it’s comfortable too. The color is true to what it looks like online and it’s very easy to put together. This is chair is what my office was missing!” —Chris S.

Get this brass accent chair from Amazon for $159.99 (available in eight colors).


And if we are going ahead and buying pieces of decor and furniture — get some that double as storage so you can hide all the little things you don’t need access to all the time.


Promising review: “Used it in my bedroom as storage and decor. Surprisingly sturdy and simple to assemble. It’s rather heavy, I suggest assembling it close to where it’s going to stay. Love that it can be used horizontally or vertically, so it’s very versatile. The finish has been durable.” —Lj McLellen

Get this shelf with storage space from Amazon for $97.89 (available in six sets) and check out these other storage solutions.


You can also get rid of all the clutter with some splurge-worthy and very awesome statement pieces that double as interesting conversation starters.

Jonathan Adler

Get this peyote container from Jonathan Adler for $228.


Use a chunky, handmade merino wool knit blanket to make all your guests think a giant made it just for you but also make your space super cozy.

Pink Unicorn Studio on Amazon Handmade

Pink Unicorn Studio is a Poland-based knitting company.

Get it from Pink Unicorn Studio on Amazon Handmade for $95+ (available in 13 sizes and in a variety of colors).


Keep your closets organized in order to make the most out of your storage space, because it’s not cute to have your clothes piled on a chair anymore.


Promising review: “This product has been one of my favorite Amazon finds, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. It has doubled my closet space in my apartment where I can’t make any damage in terms of adding another permanent shelf — so this has been a perfect solution. It was easy to assemble and is sturdy. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now with no issue. Your closet has to be pretty high for this to work or else your shirts above are going to get caught on the hangers below and for my case, some of my shirts are dragging on the floor — just keep this in mind when you’re thinking about purchasing.” —Alex

Get this closet doubler from Amazon for $16.87 and check out our ultimate guide to keeping an organized closet.


Really, really clean your home — including sanitizing and organizing the things that need to be, rather than just throwing all your stuff in the closet.

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It’s not rocket science, but a clean house can do wonders in terms of making you feel like you have your life together. Try making your bed every day before you head out, vacuuming and dusting once a week (that includes dusting baseboards), washing your dishes after every meal, and investing in some organizational tools to keep everything in its place.

Check out our ultimate guide to cleaning everything in your home and explore the best cleaning products for cleaning some really disgusting messes.


Bring fresh flowers into a room to add a pop of color and show the world you’re together enough to own a vase.


You can also update your bathroom with a resin-coated fabric shower curtain designed with dangling tassels so you can make your bathroom look like a bohemian dream.


Promising review: “I have NEVER written a review. EVER. If you are on the fence about it just go ahead and purchase. It’s beautiful and true to the advertised extra-long length. It’s in a bathroom that my four kids use (ages 19, 17, 9, and 7). We use it without a liner and it wicks away water and dries almost instantly. I can tell the material is going to be perfect for frequent washing. If it doesn’t hold up long I will just buy another, that’s how great it is!” —Toyia

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in nine sizes and three colors).


Get gorgeous storage containers to organize the things you need on the regular but you shouldn’t have laying around — like ones for cotton swabs, makeup wipes, extra toilet paper!


Get this super-functional toilet paper storage rack for $17.10+ (available in two finishes), a cotton swab organizer for $8.88, and a wipes container for $16.99 (available in two colors) from Amazon.


And maybe get a little cheekier with a handmade wooden box for all your cotton swabs.

Sparetime Creations JS on Etsy

Sparetime Creations JS is a Carrollton, Texas-based Etsy shop specializing in recipe boxes, handpainted gifts, and painted stones.

Get it from Sparetime Creations JS on Etsy for $11.


Consider a five-step decorative ladder to store and display your throw blankets, bath towels, or scarves.


Promising review: “This is so great to store baby blankets in my son’s nursery. The ladder has rubber tips on each end so it doesn’t damage the wall, and it came assembled. I’m so glad I got this!” —The Johnsons

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four finishes).

And check out our picks for the best bath towels!


Bring the outside in with an LED sunset lamp projector designed with a 180-degree rotation to help shine just enough color onto whatever wall you want.


Promising review: “Bright and worth more than it costs! Very bright and I like that it has a button to turn it on and off.” —V.R.

Get it from Amazon for $21.59 (available in three colors).


Add some delicate touches with a set of petite glass bud vases for that elegant flare.


Promising review: “I have two sets just for me, and I’ve gifted family members with sets too. Great gift. So cute on a window sill or anywhere I want a pop of color and sweetness.” —Catherine Lockwood

Get the set of five from Amazon for $19.95.


Install a set of invisible bookshelves so you can neatly store your entire literary collection without any bulky furniture — look ma, no hands!


Promising review: “These invisible bookshelves are great, they worked perfectly for us. They are very sturdy and hold a lot of books, I did not overload my shelves for visual reasons, but they could have held more books. I would highly recommend these shelves, they are a unique focal point in a room.” —Christin Tobey

Get a three- or four-pack from Amazon for $21.07+.

Now your house will feel like home — until, of course, you can finally move into Hogwarts.

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

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