7 Home Decor Trends That You Can Actually Afford

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You might be looking to revamp and refresh your home for the summer. Fortunately, today’s trends are more affordable than ever. From boucle pillows to accent walls, you can spruce up your space without spending a fortune. Here are some of our favorite trends and what you can expect to spend on them.

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Living Wall Art ($319 and up)

Summer 2024 design trends are all about natural living and that means opening blinds and curtains to let in lots of light — and maybe even adding a living wall (or moss wall art) to a living area or bathroom.

Prices for living walls vary widely. The sky’s the limit to how much you can spend for a professionally installed living wall, but this Moss Wall Art from Wayfair won’t break the bank at just $319.

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Indoor Trees and Plants ($20 to $70)

If a moss wall feels like too much of an investment, or if you don’t have empty wall space to hang it, consider adding plants and indoor trees to your living room and bedroom. This indoor cat palm from Home Depot stands roughly three to four feet tall and thrives in a moderate sunlight environment, making it the perfect indoor plant. It has air-purifying capabilities to remove toxins from the air. Find plants like this one ranging from $20 to $70, depending on the size and species.

Smart Lighting ($30 to $87)

Smart technology adds style and convenience to the modern home, creating the perfect blend of natural living and high-tech design. Sophisticated smart home systems, professionally installed, can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But, you can upgrade various components over time on a budget and use a consumer smart home hub, like Hubspace, for control.

The Denning 13-inch Brushed Nickel Smart Voice Controlled LED Light from Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or The Home Depot Hubspace App. If you’re upgrading the lighting in your home, there’s no reason not to choose smart components — particularly since prices compare to regular lighting.

Large Mirrors ($56 to $300+)

Mirrors reflect light to make a space feel bigger and brighter. Oversized mirrors can be propped against a wall or hung on a door, The Glass Guru suggested. Make sure you choose one with a frame that matches your room to create a cohesive look.

This Metal Arch Mirror from Wayfair is just $76, but you can spend a lot more (or less) depending on the size and style mirror you need.

Large, Bold Tiles in Unexpected Places ($500 to $1000 and up)

Tiles make their way out of the bathroom and into dining rooms, living rooms, and even on walls. The bigger and bolder the design, the better. Floor & Décor has a wide variety to fit any budget. You can outfit an accent wall with these Pianetto Monaco Noir polished porcelain tiles for under $500.

Accent Walls ($40 or less)

If $500 is to steep for your budget, a simple coat of paint can also create a focal point in any room. Accent walls remain popular as a way to infuse personality and visual interest in your space. A gallon of Behr paint sells for around $40 at Home Depot, and is more than enough to cover one wall in a 12′ by 12′ room. For more savings, check out the bargain bins, where stores sell paint “mis-tints,” or paint that customers rejected, at a discount.

Boucle Pillows ($23 to $50+)

USA Today’s Reviewed called boucle “one of 2024’s biggest design trends.” This fabric is replacing velvet as the hot upholstery, adding texture and visual interest to any room. If you aren’t ready to upgrade your sofa, you can embrace boucle in a minor way with fun throw pillows. Pottery Barn sells boucle pillow covers that you can add to existing throw pillows for under $25, or choose a pillow stuffed with down features (or a down alternative) for less than $50. Colors range from bright cardinal red to neutral ivory or camel to match any design aesthetic.

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