One of our biggest dilemmas in life is that our champagne tastes for cute home products are in direct conflict with our beer budgets. With every changing season, we get into a major redecorating high, only to find ourselves paring down our shopping carts dramatically due to insufficient funds. That's why we're constantly on the prowl for
cheap home decor.
Knowing that there's a must be a way to refresh our homes on the cheap, we've decided to turn to the pros for help. We've challenged five interior designers to pick out their essentials for refreshing different rooms in a home — with $100 as the total budget for three products. Click through to see their picks, and be brace yourself for making some quality impulse purchases you won't regret.
Living Room Danielle Walish, partner at Walish + Stambaugh "You can update your living room by changing or adding a collection of throw pillows in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures. A good rule of thumb for a sofa is three pillows: One pair and one accent cushion, but don't be afraid to add more. This fuzzy pillow is great for adding texture." CB2 Toodle Pillow With Feather-Down Insert, $49.95, available at CB2
"It's amazing what a new scent can do to a room — you instantly feel transported to another dimension. I love diffusers, incense, spray, and candles. I have all of them on hand and keep them on a rotation. This room spray has a calming lavender scent."
Cold Spring Apothecary Lavender Room & Linen Spray, $18, available at Cold Spring Apothecary
"Bringing greenery into a space is my number-one decorating tip. I recommend a variety of small potted plants that could live on window sills or coffee tables and one or two potted trees, depending on your space. If you don't have a green thumb, try a cactus or succulent, as they require the least amount of maintenance."
The Sill Echeveria and Ezra Succulent Plants, $32, available at The Sill
Living Room Ann Lowengart, interior designer at Ann Lowengart Interiors "Art instantly brings personality and character into your home. But, not all of us may have the experience or budget for blue-chip art. Society6 offers a variety of prints for affordable prices, which work great above the sofa or as a part of a gallery wall." Elisabeth Fredriksson Sky Art Print, $20.99, available at Society6
"You should never be afraid of a bold color or pattern. If the rest of your furniture clean and modern, a vibrant piece — like this storage ottoman — can spice of your living room. The best part? It's dual-purpose, so you can hide away any remotes or clutter."
HomePop Sunshine Storage Cube Ottoman, $47.99, available at Target
"Rooted in a soothing gray hue, this rug is a safe addition to any living room. At the same time, the bold pattern and pops of yellow add life to your interiors. This design can be complemented with other accents in the room, such as throw pillows or accent blankets."
Andover Mills The Melrose Gray Area Rug, $18.99, available at Wayfair
Bathroom Heidi Caillier, interior designer at Heidi Callier Design "Having cute rug to step on when you get out of the shower will do wonders for your mornings. This tasseled bath mat will look fantastic on your bathroom floor." Spartan Shop Tassel Bathmat, $65, available at Spartan Shop
"These affordable towels add a nice textural layer to the bathroom. The material is also much more absorbent than regular terry cloth towels."
Longest Thread Turkish Peshtemal Towels, $18.50, available at Etsy
"This rattan bath container will round out your space and help your countertop feel more finished. The texture is lovely, and it will provide good hidden storage for toiletries like cotton balls or q-tips."
McGee & Co. Rattan Bath Container, $25, available at McGee & Co.
Bedroom Paulina Oldenbrook, principal and owner at Paulina Oldenbrook Interiors "Candles are a fantastic way to bring ambiance to any space. This jasmine soy candle is my personal favorite. I love the way it adds sparkle and mood to any nightstand. The clean, geometric shape of the ceramic container also functions as chic décor." D.L. & Co. Jasmine Slate Candle, $19.20, available at D.L. & Co.
"Glam up your bed by adding a faux fur throw at the end. Plush and refined, this throw from Target instantly elevates the room and creates a luxurious atmosphere."
Threshold Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $33.24, available at Target
"I'm a huge fan of seaside motifs in a bedroom. This coral pillow cover will bring a calmness of the ocean to your room. It'll look fantastic with a pair of gold decorative starfish."
Fresh Canopy Coral Pillow Cover, $14, available at Etsy
Bathroom Carolyn Rebuffel, founder of Workroom C "For a small price, you can switch out your cabinet knobs to something really sexy. Anthropologie has lots of great options, such as these playful bubble knobs." Anthropologie Glass Bubble Knob, $8 to $10, available at Anthropologie
"Plush, monogrammed towels is a small luxury everyone deserves. These towels will not only keep you dry after a well-deserved bath, they will also look super stylish on your towel rack."
Sferra Rima Bath Towel, $49, available at Neiman Marcus
"There’s nothing worse than walking into a puddle of water after a shower. This stylish woven rug will help get rid of slippery floors."
Dash & Albert Denim Rag Diamond Ivory Woven Cotton Rug, $34, available at Dash & Albert