5 Decorating Trends You Can Actually Afford

Unless you’ve mastered the art of dumpster diving, Craigslist hunting, or flea-market bargaining, decorating your home can cost a pretty penny. That custom-cut, teak coffee table? Not in our budget. That retro Eames chair? If only we won the lotto. 

But just like our outfit choices, our home is another opportunity for self-expression — and, luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a chair arm and a leg. Ahead, we show you five affordable — we’re talking less than $100 — decor trends, from teak accents to colorful shells. Your home sweet home awaits. 


Candy Shells — Both the decorating fearless and the color-averse alike can get behind this semi see-through hue trend. The slight opaqueness tones down the intensity of bright hues — so while more subtle, in the right accent piece like a lamp or drinkware, the effect can still bring that much-needed pop of color and personality to your digs — after all, isn’t that the point? 

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Candy Shells

Jonathan Adler Orange Hollywood Lotion Pump, $42, available at Jonathan Adler.


Candy Shells

Pop Acrylic Drink Glass, $2.95, available at Crate&Barrel.


Candy Shells

IKEA Sommarfint Mug, $2.99, available at IKEA.


Candy Shells

IKEA Gavik Table Lamp, $14.99, available at IKEA.


Candy Shells

Kartell Dune Tray, $85, available at ABC Carpet.


Gone Cagey — Okay, at first thought, metal wires can bring to mind cold concrete and warehouse vibes. But, here, industrial meets chic comfort in modern shapes and punchy colors. Just don’t overdo it — include contrasting materials, like woods and fabrics, to make your house feel like home. Plus, you don’t want to look like you live in a steel prison…unless that’s your thing. 

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Gone Cagey

Urban Outfiters Momento Headboard, $99, available at Urban Outfitters.


Gone Cagey

Urban Outfitters Cage Lamp, $39, available at Urban Outfitters.


Gone Cagey

Fab Side Table, $95, available at Fab.


Gone Cagey

Industry West Harry Wire Chair, $99, available at Industry West.


Marfa Magic Whether or not you’ve ever been to the quaint West Texas town of Marfa, you can still outfit your home with the natural materials, quirky prints, and Southwestern-influenced style the creative outpost is known for. Hey, it might be a desert city, but it’s never short on whimsy — and neither should your home. 

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Marfa Magic

Digital Center Pillow, $19.95, available at CB2.


Marfa Magic

IKEA Lappljung Rug, $69.99, available at IKEA.


Marfa Magic

Zara Home Banana Bread Bag, $25.90, available at Zara Home.


Marfa Magic

Urban Outfitters Woven Pendant Shade, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.


Marfa Magic

Z Gallerie Pebble Dinnerware – Sets of 4 – Graphite, $39.96 – $59.96, available at Z Gallerie.


Marfa Magic

Lamps Plus Rojo 16 Iron Studded Hedgehog Bowl, $39.91, available at Lamps Plus.


Marfa Magic

CB2 Brite Old Fashioned Glasses, $6.95, available at CB2.


Nu Metals — Brass is having a BIG moment in interior design, but if you want to take the trend to the next level, mix your silvers, coppers, brasses, and golds all together for a look that’s luxe but not over the top. The key is to feature metals in small accents, to complement the softer materials in your larger staple pieces. We love gold…and everything else! 

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Nu Metals

Anthropologie Gold-Dipped Flatware, $38, available at Anthropologie.


Nu Metals

CB2 Sphere Hanging Mobile, $34.95, available at CB2.


Nu Metals

Ciovere Metallic Bud Vase, $45, available at Still House.


Nu Metals

Urban Outfitters Tiered Pendant Shade, $64, available at Urban Outfitters.


Nu Metals

Zara Home Gold Tumbler, $14.90 each, available at Zara Home.


Teak Trimmings — Not big on the rustic look? You can still feature wood’s quality, classic look, and natural grains in the way of subtle accents. It doesn’t hurt that this trend can seamlessly blend into any home, be it an ultra-modern apartment, country cottage, or college dorm room. Bonus! 

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Teak Trimmings

Alfredo Haberli Silver Container, $45, available at The Future Perfect.


Teak Trimmings

HITO Wood Alarm Clock. $36.99, available at Amazon.


Teak Trimmings

Leif Floral Lace Service Tray, $88, available at Leif.


Teak Trimmings

TOO By Blue Dot Side Table, $64.98, available at Target.


Teak Trimmings

Win and Willow Home Wooden Salad Bowl, $63, available at Etsy.

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