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Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Living-Room Décor Accents That You Can Buy on Amazon

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Whether you watch Succession on your laptop or Strictly on a TV set, or you eat your dinner off your lap on the sofa or at a dining table, you probably spend a lot of time in your living room. And the smallest (not necessarily the most expensive) touches can help you move your living-room vibe from Ikea student flat to a sleek shared domicile. Below, find everything from a set of nesting coffee tables to a luxurious (faux) sheepskin.

An on-trend circular mirror (available in gold or black).

A best-selling trio of evergreen indoor houseplants — be aware that this is a lucky dip, and the company might send you a selection from the following: Dracaena fragrans (corn plant), Dracaena marginata (Madagascar Dragon tree), Chamaedorea (Parlour palm), Ficus elastica (rubber plant), Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Codiaeum (Croton), Fatsia (castor oil), Calatheas (prayer plant), Tradescantia, and Asplenium.

A record stand that could just as easily double as a plant stand.

Having friends over and not enough space on the sofa? Good thing you have this artisanal Moroccan leather pouffe. Be wary of buying cheaper options online — quite a few are cover only.

A set of nesting tables that look like they’re Murano glass but actually work out at under £40 apiece. The listing calls the tables ‘clear,’ but review photos show them up as a kind of sea green.

A lightweight Portmeirion tray, with a William Morris print.


Just a nice Conran-shop-y fruit bowl.

A three-bulb lamp that gives a mid-century-modern touch, on a middle-of-the-month budget. There are plenty of colour combinations, but I think all-chrome looks the best.

A set of five iron candlestick holders, which can be arranged as you wish.

And a set of handmade beeswax candles to put in your candlestick holders. These ones have a subtle honey smell and would work well as a small hostess gift, too!


It’s always worth checking Anglepoise — there’s generally a deal, and it’s hard to go wrong with the classic desk lamp.

Mondaine SBB Wall Clock

A design classic that’s the official clock of the Swiss railway.

A thick faux-sheepskin rug to casually throw over an armchair.

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A coffee-table book from the sell-out V&A exhibition.

And that Bowie book would look great on this very 1990s-Habitat plastic table.

A vintage poster advertising the 1951 Festival of Britain at the Southbank Centre (available framed or unframed).

An indoor/outdoor dining chair that comes in a wide range of colours. If you don’t care too much about the colour (I love the yellow), then take a look and see which version is cheapest on the day.


And a handmade ceramic vase to put them in.

A stain-resistant and (crucially non-static) faux-leopard-skin rug.

We’ve featured this rug before, and we love the vibrant print on this fabric – it’s made from 100 percent recycled plastic.

You could keep overspill blankets and throws in the storage basket underneath.

You’ll need a helping hand to keep all these plants happy; the eye-catching cover is a bonus.

An Andy Warhol coffee-table book is a must.

We featured this plant hanger in our bedroom accents story, but it’d also fit in well in the living room.

JYCRA Plant Stand

Why not a minimalist plant stand too?

We love this understated armchair, which also comes in yellow and light blue.

We featured a similar throw in our bedroom accents story, but this one’s even cheaper.

These tasseled yellow cushion covers would match the green of the throw perfectly, but there are also 21 other colours to choose from.

This bohemian cushion cover is made from fabric woven in northern Thailand.

We love the industrial feel of this ladder-shelf bookcase – and it’s got space for even more plants.

Place these elegant candleholders on the top shelf, or get them out for dinner parties.

This soy candle claims to burn for 20-plus hours, and reviews confirm it’s long-lasting. Use the amber jar for trinkets afterwards.

This Scandi-style shelf is the perfect home for that candle (plus a baby plant).

Strategist intern Hannah owns and loves this diffuser.

You’ll need some essential oil – take your pick from these 37 scents.

We love this eye-catching, abstract print by Hilma af Klint.


This wooden poster hanger is a cheaper, simpler alternative to finding the right frame.

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42 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Living-Room Dècor Accents