9 Designers on the Bargain Decor Piece They’re Secretly Obsessed With

You know that victorious feeling that takes over when someone asks if your Zara blouse is designer? You better believe that same jubilation applies to the world of home decor. Which is why we asked a few down-to-earth interior designers to share their favorite secretly inexpensive decor piece on the market.

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An Elegant Bench

“We love a good high-low mix—especially when the "low" is as stunning as this black Windsor bench from World Market. The clean lines and tall spindle back have such a luxurious feel, especially when paired with cozy pillows. It serves as a beautiful focal point in an entryway.”

–Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors

bench with a particularly tall back
Courtesy of World Market
bathroom with sconces
Photo: Kyle Ortiz; Courtesy of Black Lacquer Design

High-impact Sconces

“After days of searching, I finally found these sconces on Amazon (!) and they were the perfect fit for a recently completed master bathroom. I love the fun, dynamic shape and playful pink finish. We weren't looking for something insanely affordable—but insanely affordable they are!”

Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design

Courtesy of Amazon

Buy ($66)

bedroom with artwork
Courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors

Artwork With Panache

“Framed intaglios (like these from Minted Home) are a personal favorite when it comes to decor. These sculptural artifacts are carved out of stone or plaster and bring a unique sense of history to any space. Whether you’re looking for something vintage or you’re content with reproductions, they’re a lovely way to add interest at any price point.

–Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors

Courtesy of Minted Home
living room with mirror
Courtesy of Jana Bek

A Grand Statement Mirror

“I love this mirror from Ikea because of its massive size. Plus, with the thin nickel frame, it can fit in with any aesthetic! I often spot this mirror in interiors—I think everyone falls for the size, and the price point is fantastic.”

–Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design

simple long mirror
Courtesy of IKEA

BUY ($129)

oriental faded rug 728
Courtesy of Decorist

A Durable-yet-beautiful Rug

“I have a toddler and a seven-month-old baby, so hard-wearing, easy-to-clean rugs have been on my must-have list. I recently discovered that World Market has a fabulous selection of indoor/outdoor rugs in tons of styles and sizes—like this great Persian-style kilim.”

–Briana Nix, Elite designer at Decorist

Courtesy of World Market
room with objet dart
Photo: Sara Tramp; Design: Kerry Vasquez; Courtesy of Homepolish

A Wow-worthy Objet D’art

"Honestly, one of my all-time favorite decor pieces is this sculpture from CB2. I've used it in almost every project and whether the decor is masculine, feminine, super modern or more traditional—it just works. It's classic and chic, no matter where you put it or what your style is."

–Kerry Vasquez of Homepolish

cb2 sculpture
Courtesy of CB2

BUY ($60)

line of chairs in a room
Courtesy of Tharon Anderson

A Versatile Chair

“One of my go-to’s is the Serena & Lily Tucker Chair—it's under $200, comes in a handful of colors and it looks great on its own or dressed-up with a fun seat cushion. See above for the chair in action at a breakfast table on Nantucket!”

–Tharon Anderson of Tharon Anderson Design

Courtesy of Serena & Lily
room with a vase
Spacecrafting Photography; Courtesy of Raena Interiors

A Timeless Vase

“This glass vase from CB2 is reminiscent of a crystal heirloom, but it has modern appeal in its geometric patterning. We used this vase to showcase a bundle of gorgeous lilacs in a formal living space, and now I cannot wait to use it in upcoming projects!”

–Raena Albers of Raena Interiors

cb2 vase
Courtesy of CB2

BUY ($70)

room with barstools
Courtesy of September Workshop

Stylish Bar Stools

“In a home that was almost entirely white—white walls, countertops, cabinetry, furnishings, etc.—we looked for ways to add warmth without taking away from the bright feel of the room. Enter these barstools from CB2, which are the perfect shade of tan and break up what would’ve been a very flat perspective of the space.”

–Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.