37 Affordable Things To Make Your Space Feel Way More Personal

Louetta R. Clark

2021 is the year for your “cute home decor in the background of your Zoom call” flex.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

An eye-catching handmade moon phase garland perfect for anyone whose vibe is celestial first, everything else second.


Amazon

Promising review: “I’m an incoming freshman this fall and I bought this to add some personality to my dorm. It has beyond exceeded my expectations! I placed it directly on top of my dorm bed as shown in the display photos and am so pleased with how it looks. It fits perfectly with the grey/white color scheme I was going for and have received numerous compliments from both my friends and RAs when they’ve visited. I cannot stress enough how much of an ‘aesthetic feel’ it adds to my dorm.” —jhsgf

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

2.

A set of popular fairy lights that will instantly brighten a dim room up in an unconventional way — it even comes with eight different light modes, including a *twinkle* mode, with a controller attached to the lights so you can easily switch between them.


Amazon

Promising review: “Love the ease of these lights! I bought two sets for two different bedrooms for my daughters and they ABSOLUTELY love them! They are easy to hang up over the curtains. I love that I don’t have to worry about trying to string together several strands of Christmas lights that are way too long and super heavy over the curtain rod. The LED lights are very lightweight so they don’t put any extra weight on my curtain rods. Also, we love the different light modes that it can do. My girls love the warm glow that it gives to their bedrooms. The first thing my almost teenage daughter said was, ‘My room looks like a Pinterest room!’ So overall, it was a WIN-WIN! Definitely worth the money!” —stayathomemom

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

3.

Plus a set of LED light strips that lets you customize the color, brightness, and timing of the lights, and control it through an app on your phone. Why settle for an ordinary TV when you can make it look like a Fancy As Heck TV??


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It comes with adhesive strips and hooks, a Wi-Fi controller, and an adapter, so you can easily install and sync it in your home with everything included. You can even customize it to pulse to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Basically your house can become the most exclusive quarantine club in the neighborhood.

Promising review: “With this pandemic I had been looking for ways to liven up the mood and I have to say these lights did the job!! They are so much fun!! They go with the music! If you are looking for ways to bring some fun to your life without leaving home or just to add a touch of brightness to your home, these lights will do the job!” —Haze

Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

4.

A set of floating shelves perfect for adding some dimension to the room *and* giving you a place to display all your Funkos and knickknacks.


Amazon

Promising review:These I have to say are super cute and trendy. I have wanted shelves like this for so long but nothing stood out, then I came across these. They are exactly what I was looking for with colors! They are made very well, for the price. Comes with all the hardware to install and easy as you have to screw on the brackets yourself. I love that you have a few different choice on how to put the bracket.” —Janna

Get a set of three from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors).

5.

A set of corduroy pillow covers so you can switch up the color accents on your bed or cozy up your old reading chair (which, thanks to these, just became your napping chair).


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Promising review: “These pillow covers exceeded my expectations. I needed to cover up some older and worn decorative pillows, so I chose solid corduroy to accent my home colors. The cool thing about these covers is that, along with fitting well, the fabric is super soft! Most decorative pillow covers tend to be scratchy; we ACTUALLY use our pillows for naps, so this is great! The coverings easily slipped over my pillows, and the zipper closing worked with ease. The color was just as shown (blue). I will definitely order these again.” —zbergteacher

Get a set of two covers from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 27 colors and 7 sizes).

If you’re looking for affordable pillow inserts to match the covers, you can buy a set of two 18×18 hypoallergenic pillow inserts on Amazon for $15.99.

6.

A leather tissue box to make your regular tissue boxes look oh-so-chic and set a sophisticated tone for the whole room.


Karen Jai Home

Karen Jai Home is a Black woman-owned business established in 2019 that specializes luxury home decor accessories.

Get it from Karen Jai Home for $22 (available in black and white).

7.

A truly iconic tortilla blanket so that everyone in your household can achieve the greatest aspiration of them all: becoming a human burrito.


Amazon

Promising review: “My son (7) loves tacos and I wanted to get him something to soften the quarantine blow and THIS WAS IT! He has had the blanket (so soft!) around him for the past three weeks, pretty much nonstop. Thank you to the makers for letting my son ‘become a burrito!'” —VA Resident

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in seven styles, including waffles and pizza).

8.

A set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths you can get in all sorts of different patterns to match your kitchen’s vibe.


Amazon

Psst — these are super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing, and each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 12 prints).

9.

A digital download of WFH-themed wall art with some *Zoom’s kiss* level sass to give you something to look forward to when you post up at your desk for the day.


Kiki & Nim/Etsy

Kiki & Nim is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in modern, mid-century, minimalist, and boho printables.

Promising review: “Perfect addition! It was the last thing I needed to ‘complete’ our room! I get so many compliments on it!” —Traci Skala

Get them as digital downloads from Kiki & Nim on Etsy: the “work from home” print for $6 and the “just following up” print for $6.

10.

A statement wall decal that’s preeeetty much a godsend for renters — all the joy of having a gorgeous design on the wall without any of the explaining why the paint doesn’t match to your landlord later.


Amazon

Promising review: “I loved this! Made a wonderful addition to my bedroom. I actually separated the flowers and put them on two different walls, it’s bigger than I thought but if you want it to look exactly as pictured you will need to pull up the picture from amazon and place on the wall as shown. Or do your own thing like I did.” —Tanisha McNamara

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

11.

Or a pack of constellation wall decals perfect for anyone whose aesthetic is positively cosmic 💫.


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Promising review: “We purchased these for our child’s space-themed nursery and were beyond happy with the results! We highly recommend it!” —Drew

Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $34.99.

12.

A night-light projector with customizable options to make your entire ceiling look like the night sky or calming ocean waves, instantly making any room in your house feel like the inside of a space odyssey movie.


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It even comes with a built-in Bluetooth music speaker so you can sync your favorite songs or audio with it, plus a remote with 10 color and dimming options so you can control it from wherever you are in the room.

Promising review: “Bought this for a galactic-themed party recently, and I’m amazed by the quality! The LED lights are crisp and clear, and very colorful on empty canvases. This can also be used for kids’ rooms, gaming rooms, or for a night under the ‘stars’ when it’s rainy out. The instructions are clear on which buttons are which on the remote control, so you can change the colors of the simulated nebulas, set timers, etc. easily.” —Shin-Chiao Fang

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

13.

A set of minimalist wall hooks so you can show off all your cutest and quirkiest accessories instead of making them hide unappreciated in a drawer.


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Promising review: “I am chronically cold and have a bunch of very nice knit cardigans. I usually end up leaving them laying over chair backs or recliners and cluttering things up, so I bought these to have a good place to hang them. The thick wood prevents stretching damage from the weight of the sweaters, and not using a hook prevents damage and holes in the knit. They are beautiful quality wood, smoothly finished. Definitely worth the upgrade.” —Lynn M.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.99.

14.

An eye-popping small neon sign you can install on your wall that comes in a *bunch* of cute messages and designs, whether your room is an oasis or, as I like to call my own pink bedroom, a Hello Kitty dungeon.


Amazon

Promising review: “So this sign is great. It came completely packed with the little foam pieces shown in the video to ensure it arrives intact. No setup was required, just plug in and turn on. There is a handy on/off switch so it may be left plugged in. The light is super bright and beautiful and exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to get it hung on the wall!” —Dakota Watson

Get it from Amazon: the Breathe sign for $49.99 and the Girls sign for $59.99.

15.

A set of customizable modern labels for rooms all over your house, because what is a bathroom or a pantry if not an opportunity to showcase your Personal Brand?


Jasmine Michelle Co/Etsy

Jasmine Michelle Co. is a US-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in custom labels.

These are also water- and oil-resistant!

Promising review: “Absolutely love the clean minimalist look of these labels! And Jasmine is so sweet and her customer service is amazing! Will definitely purchase more labels from her in the future when I expand my pantry!” —Stephanie Earwood

Get a set of nine from Jasmine Michelle Co. on Etsy for $6+ (available in three styles, six fonts, and custom options).

Psst — this shop offers free shipping!

16.

Plus a set of stainless-steel and glass soap dispensers so you can streamline the entire look.


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Promising review: “I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something which seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers.” —Rebecca Morea

Get set of two from Amazon for $12.99.

17.

A set of photo clip string lights so you can print out all your favorite memories and relive the magic of them every time you wake up or fall asleep ❤️.


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Promising review: “Most of my photos are on my phone now, so I put it in the back of my mind and didn’t ever follow through. Flash-forward to seeing these photo clip strings with lights! An added bonus is that these serve as an extra form of illumination wherever they are. It’s more like a glowing fairyland look. If I could, my entire house would be lit with white Christmas lights and these would fit in perfectly.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $10.87+ (available in two lengths).

18.

A toilet night-light for the rave vibes that, quite frankly, your otherwise boring toilet deserves. A bonus is that you can also navigate the bathroom at night without stubbing your toe on 86 things.


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This LED toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color.

Promising review: “I love this and so do my sons. I had to buy another one for a gift because they loved mine so much. It works perfectly. The sensor is very sensitive. It turns on when you walk past the bathroom. The light is bright enough that you don’t have to turn on the light every time you go in the bathroom. I catch myself reaching for the light switch out of habit and smile because I don’t have to flip the switch and waste electric.” —Rose Lamb

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

19.

A tiered plant stand so you can add a relaxing focal point to any room (not to mention a Proud Plant Parent flex).


Amazon

Promising review: “Ordered the smaller size — it is small and yet sturdy, looks very elegant and is good quality and finish. Assembling was super easy. I am going to order one more. Loved it and highly recommend it.” —Ashutosh Agte

Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (psst — you can check out other sizes and tiers here).

20.

A sophisticated tile backsplash to give your boring kitchen some personality at a fraction of the price and *none* of the commitment — the adhesive is easily removed if you change your mind or are renting.


Amazon

Promising review: “These tiles are amazing! I put them up in a couple of hours by myself and they were very easy to install. They lined up exactly as they should with each section and they tile beautifully! You wouldn’t know they weren’t professionally installed unless I told you! I’ve had them up since May and they haven’t budged. I absolutely love them! They made a great addition to the kitchen and compliment my white cabinets and stainless steel appliances perfectly! If you’re looking for an easy way to give your kitchen a fresh look, this is it!” —L. Rossi

Get five sheets from Amazon for $19.99.

21.

A Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet so cute that washing the dishes will be your new favorite chore. This lil’ bub is reversible, so you’ll always know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are “clean” or “dirty” and avoid any dirty dish-related mishaps.


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Promising review: “Who doesn’t love baby Yoda? I was tired of my husband saying he didn’t know if they were clean or not and with us being Star Wars fans I had to go with this design — it’s just adorable!” —Melsa

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

22.

A bunch of teensy macaron boxes
for a delightful upgrade to many rooms in your house, whether it’s storing pills or trinkets or just staring at them looking all fancy and French on your bedside table.


Amazon

Promising review: “Just received these cute little boxes and am in love with them. Very thick and sturdy plastic but easy enough to open. These will work perfectly for filling solid perfumes and giving out as stocking stuffer gifts as I don’t have to worry about it being a snug fit/lid falling off. I imagine these would also be great for pretend food for kids’ play-sets or for a kid’s trinket box. Overall I love them, love their feel, love the colors and am very happy.” —Mary

Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.99.

23.

A boba tea light complete with ITTY BITTY BOBA on the inside that actually roll around — perfect for anyone who has their local boba place’s menu memorized to a tee.


Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “I received this as a holiday gift from a friend and it’s so cute! Definitely recommend for any boba lovers. It fits in with all room decor as it’s pretty minimalist and doesn’t take up too much space.” —phoebe0bumblebee

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

24.

A set of peel-and-stick staircase stickers so you can feel like you’re going on a thrilling adventure every time you actually just need to go upstairs to grab your computer charger.


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Promising review: “With the new normal of 2020, I find myself finding ways to enjoy my surroundings at home. This project was a lot easier than I expected and brings a bit of fun inside. I did buy a yardstick and angle ruler (I think that’s what it’s called) to help with the measurements. We also had a measuring tape for the stairs. We live in a split level home so our steps are split. The pack was one short so we used contact paper for the final step. This was just what I expected and we enjoy the indoor artwork.” —Samantha Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 16 prints and in various sizes/number of pieces based on the print).

25.

A zodiac sign ring dish to add a little bit of ~twinkle~ from your very own star sign to your nightstand.


Amazon

Promising review: “I love this. It was exactly what I needed. I wanted something cute to catch any bobby pins lying around my bathroom, and this was a perfect match! I also am thinking about giving these to my friends as their Christmas gifts!” —Rachel G

Get it from Amazon for $11.98 (available in all 12 zodiac signs).

26.

A monogrammed cheese platter with deep grooves perfect for crackers, olives, grapes, and most likely your tears when you behold how beautiful it is displayed on your kitchen counter.


UncommonGoods

Promising review: “Gave this to a friend for her birthday. She is thrilled with it and loved seeing the initial of her last name carved into such a beautiful handmade piece! She told me her old cheese and cracker serving platters (all of which were glass), have cracked so needed to be tossed over the past few years. She raved about how many different varieties of crackers and cheeses this will hold, (= it’s large, so very utilitarian)! I told her to use the flat areas surrounding the letter to hold almonds, grapes, sausages, olives in small dishes, etc. As well as a fabulous cheese and cracker board, this also makes a perfect charcuterie board when you use the flat areas surrounding the letter for other items. She said this gift was ‘so clever’!” —Kathy

Get it from UncommonGoods for $85 (available in letters A-Z and three wood finishes).

27.

A lightweight vinyl line art planter to add some distinctive shine wherever your space needs it most.


Fat Mama Market/Etsy

Fat Mama Market is a Washington-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in custom-designed plastic and ceramic planters.

Promising review: “This pot is super lightweight and cute! It fits my pothos plant perfectly and the drainage holes and tray are a nice bonus!” —Kelsey

Get it from Fat Mama Market on Etsy for $16+ (available in 20 styles).

28.

A mid-century modern side table that is also — be still my millennial heart — a secret Bluetooth *speaker*, so anyone who walks into your home will know that you are the Designated Spotify Playlist Maker for life.


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It works with wireless Bluetooth devices (you can even take calls on it??), but also has two USB ports and an AUX port. It charges on with a battery life of ten hours, so you can keep the bops on all the live long day.

Promising review: “This is a great speaker. It’s loud enough, but you can’t blast it to a painfully loud volume. A friend accidentally knocked it over on my concrete patio, and it didn’t hurt it at all, which impressed me. I use it as a speaker for my projector in my living room. I move it to the center of the room and it’s perfect, I don’t generally need to turn it all the way up. The sound is best if you are sitting at the same level as the speaker. It sounds better than my Sony sound bar. The battery lasts a long time, and the Bluetooth hasn’t disconnected on me yet.” —Mike W

Get it from Amazon for $148.23+.

29.

A set of quirky peel-and-stick floor tiles so you can get the *precise* vibe you want for your bathroom or kitchen — these are water-resistant, washable, and don’t require any special tools to install, so it’s as simple as it is chic.


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Promising review: “I’ve only had these on my bathroom floor for a month or so, but they seem like they’ll hold up. They were a bit of a pain in the ass to cut, but I didn’t have the best tools or patience. The price is bananas for how good these look! They really transformed the room for cheap.” —Picky Bargain Mom

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $13.10.

30.

A set of sheer drapes so you can get your full woodsy, ethereal aesthetic without the whole “now I have to maintain a living thing” aesthetic.


Amazon

Promising review: “I have extra tall windows in my sunroom. I decided to order ten of these panels because they were so inexpensive and because the print would add a nice touch to all the plants, white wicker, etc. I LOVE THE WAY THIS LOOKS IN A SUNROOM. The quality is what you would expect for the price, the print is great but the seams pucker slightly. But when I put the 10 panels together, that all just worked together. My windows are now bright with leaves cascading down and the whole room is just fantastic because of these curtains.” —Janice Briggs

Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors).

31.

A record/magazine/Cool Stuff holder that’ll not only help you organize your life a bit, but will give you the opportunity to make your favorite things part of the decor.


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Promising review: “I didn’t want anything too bulky on my nightstand but I like to have several books I like to read in bed. I previously had them stacked on top of each other and found this and was afraid it might be cheaply made but it is sturdy and beautiful! I’m such a bookworm and I am in love with this added piece to my room.” —Stephy Lynn

Get it from Amazon for $17.59 (available in three colors).

32.

A felt letter board you can use to leave little inspirational messages to yourself, quirky sayings to give some personality to your room, or — arguably their truest purpose — to quote Disney movies with reckless abandon.


Amazon

“Ariel, listen to me. The human world…it’s a mess.”

Promising review: “I cannot say enough good things! The board is super cute and perfect in my kitchen. I was surprised and thrilled with how many letters, numbers, punctuation marks, etc. came with the board. I thought for sure I would need to order more but that is simply not the case, Felt Like Sharing was more than generous with them! The board itself is sturdy and well made, and the ribbing is tight enough that you don’t have to worry about letters falling off. Felt Like Sharing is a super responsive and pleasant company to work with and I have a feeling that I will be ordering many more boards from them in the future!” —Lisa K

Get it from Amazon for $20.95+ (available in 27 colors and six sizes).

33.

A marble and wood bookend to add just a *touch* of your whimsy to your bookshelves while still matching the rest of your decor.


Target

Promising review: “I got one of these book ends to add a bit more modern of decor to my living room bookshelf. I absolutely love it! It looks amazing and feels well made.” —Melinda

Get it from Target for $15 each.

34.

A macrame hanging wall mirror so you can jazz the room up with arguably its most stunning feature: your human face ❤️.


Amazon

Promising review: “I’ve had it for about a week but I really like it! I cut the bottom threads as they were a little too long for where I wanted to hang it. This was my second purchase from this brand, I liked the first product I got so I gave this a shot and for the second time I’m very impressed for the price. Also, it’s a real mirror, not one of the wonky plastic funhouse ones.” —Molly B

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

35.

A decorative rainbow window film that says “yes, I want my privacy, but I also want to be extremely glamorous about it.”


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Psst — you can read BuzzFeed’s review of this decorative window film and for more deets!

Promising review: “I have a weird skinny window in my house where no normal window covering works. People walking on our community trail can see up into our upstairs bathroom when the light is on and it’s dark outside. Not good at all. I placed this on the window to interrupt the view into the house. It worked perfectly! It’s very easy to use.” —Marsgard

Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in eight sizes)

36.

A rainbow sink strainer so the next time someone tries to tell you life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, you can be like, “Tell that to my ridiculously cute kitchen.”


Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “Love this! Popped up when I was scrolling and realised i need one. The rainbow got me, makes my sink look cute (if that’s a thing).” —madimadzz

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

37.

A Homesick candle curated to smell like specific states so you can make your whole home smell like home home, wherever that may be.


Amazon

Psst — Homesick has these in cities, countries, and niche memories as well.

Promising review: “I got this as a surprise for my boyfriend. He moved to my state from Texas for college. I wasn’t sure about how it would smell but I figured even if he wasn’t a fan it would be neat as a decoration for his room. When I surprised him with the candle and he smelled it, he actually got very emotional and started crying because he said the smell instantly brought back so many memories of home. I don’t know how they did it, but this managed to replicate the smell of home so well that it took my boyfriend back home immediately. It’s definitely worth my money.” —Bailey K

Get it from Amazon for $34 (available in 50 states)

Your coworkers appreciating all the little personal touches to your decor in the Zoom chat:


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