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Non-DIY Decor Ideas – How to Quickly Up-level the Style of Your Home

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Decorating your home can be a fun and exciting process, but not everyone has the time, skills, or desire to take on DIY projects. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-DIY decor ideas that can still make a big impact in your space. From simple changes to bigger investments, here are some ideas to consider.

You don’t have to be a DIY master to give your home an instant facelift. There are plenty of ideas out there that only require a little elbow grease and an eye for design.

And so, here are our suggestions for fantastic non-DIY decor ideas!

Wall Art

This may be everyone’s go to or default choice. Wall art is not only a great way to decorate your home, but there’s such an abundance out there that you’re assuredly going to find one for yourself. You like abstract art? Great! Photorealism kind of more your thing? How about just a simple painting of a rose? Sky is the limit!

Faux Flowers

I love having faux flowers. You get the benefit of having something beautiful and “outdoors-y” without the responsibility of having to take care and watch over them. They just exist and they’re just great.

Vintage Vase

Ahh. You’re stylish, I see. If you’re buying a vintage vase, you’re most likely in it either for the aesthetic or theme or the value of the item (as most savvy collectors tend to peruse). Maybe you’re not in it for its sturdiness, but that shouldn’t be an issue, especially if you’re buying a brand new item.


Chandeliers are one of the most eye-catching and awe-inspiring single piece/category of decor you can get. Just make sure that your ceiling can hold the weight for decades. You wouldn’t want mishaps involving a chandelier (trust me)!


Most people wouldn’t think of a tablecloth first when considering decorations. But once you replace an old and raggedy tablecloth (that probably came as a free item when you got the table), you’ll immediately see how much it affects the room.

This is one of those things that just isn’t obvious or apparent until you experience it. Get a table cloth that matches the overall look of the room. Think about complimentary colors and just get one that exudes quality. Sometimes, it’s worth sacrificing your preferred color for quality.


Speaking of things that aren’t too obvious unless you experience it, mirrors! Mirrors is another decor idea that isn’t exactly what people would first consider.

See, mirrors are amazing. Usually, what makes a room look beautiful is if it’s well lit. Mirrors help with that a TON. You want your room to be brighter but don’t have space for more lights? Add mirrors! Light bounces off of it so well that you’ll really appreciate it. Plus, who doesn’t love just having mirrors in the room?

Also, mirrors make the room appear larger. It’s an ocular effect, I guess. I recently installed a really large mirror in my living room and everyone complimented it the exact same way. “The room looks larger”, everyone said verbatim. Strange how they all used the exact same sentence!


Chairs are decors too! Maybe it’s time to replace those chairs you have and finally get the one you want. Try to match it with the overall aesthetic of the room, or at least the table in which it is to be used with. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. Go for it!

Fancy Coffee Table / Side Table

The coffee table, for me, is one of the least used furniture pieces. But, it’s one that is highly noticeable. Thus, I just replaced my old wooden coffee table with one that matches the color of my walls. Yes, it’s not a very functional piece. But hey, it looks good!

Plus, you can add everyone’s favorite. Potted plants! These are always our go-to table decorations.

Bookshelves / Bookcases

This might be a harder one to replace as most bookshelves and bookcases are very large and bulky pieces of furniture. But that is exactly the reason you should get a new one. It’s probably been there for ages and it just looks old. And because it’s so big, it impacts the overall feel of the room in a major way. Get a new one! Match it with whatever else you have.

Shelving Unit / Wall Storage

A shelving unit or wall storage is an excellent way to add extra storage space and a decorative element to your home. Shelving units can be used as a place to display items and books, while wall mounted storage units can be used to store things like keys, mail and more. Here are some non-DIY decor ideas for shelving units and wall mounted storage:

A. Install a bookshelf in the living room

B. Install a magazine rack in the bathroom

C. Use a ladder as a shoe rack

D. Use an old dresser as a nightstand

Throw Pillows / Cushions

Throw pillows and cushions are the easiest way to add personality and style to a space. And when it comes to non-DIY decor ideas, they’re also the most affordable. The best part? There are so many different ways to style throw pillows and cushions that they can be used in just about any room of your home.

Your living room is the perfect place to start with throw pillows or cushions because they’re an easy way to bring color into the space without having to paint or wallpaper. If you have a sofa or loveseat that doesn’t match the rest of your furniture, try using bright throw pillows on one side and neutral ones on the other.

Or if you want something more subtle, choose a single color throughout the entire room.

The great thing about throw pillows is that they’re easy to switch out with each season — whether it’s adding new ones for spring and summer or taking them off when it gets too cold outside. It’s also fun to mix up different textures and patterns, like pairing polka dots with stripes or florals with solids, for maximum impact at minimal cost!

Area Rug / Carpet

A. Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great place to start when decorating with rugs and carpets. They can be used to define a space, like your living room, or they can be used to tie together different areas of the same room. For example, if you have an open floor plan, you may want to use an area rug in the center of the kitchen or dining room area to help pull those rooms together visually.

B. Rugs and Carpets For Bedrooms

Bedrooms are one of the most important places in your home and can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to decorating with rugs and carpets. If you have guests over often, consider using a rug or carpet in their bedroom instead of traditional bedding such as bedspreads. This will add warmth and comfort to their room while also making it feel more like home for them!

C. Kitchen Rugs

Kitchen rugs are another great way to add color and style to your kitchen without having to sacrifice functionality! Instead of just using a tablecloth or placemats under your chairs, try using an area rug instead! This will help protect your hardwood floors from spills and scratches that can occur when people walk around barefoot. Pro tip: match your rugs with your kitchen countertop decor ideas to make things more appealing.

Candle Holder / Lanterns

There are so many creative non-DIY decor ideas that you can use to decorate your home and candlelights are a great way to add warmth and ambience to any space. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can find one that fits with your decor. But sometimes, it can be tricky to find the right candle holder for you. Here are some ideas for non-DIY candle holders or lanterns decor ideas:

A. Candleholders made from vintage glass bottles

Vintage glass bottles make great candleholders! You can use them as they are or you can cut them up into smaller pieces and use them as vases too.

B. Mason jar candles

Mason jars are popular with DIYers because they’re so versatile — you can use them as storage, lighting, decor and more! You can buy cheap mason jars at any craft store or grocery store, but if you want something fancier, check out Amazon or Etsy for some gorgeous options!

C. Crate coffee table with candles inside

If you have a coffee table that doesn’t have drawers or shelves underneath (like this one), then try placing a few candles inside it instead. The lighting effect will be amazing! You can also try adding some colorful paper lanterns inside too… just make sure there’s enough ventilation so that the candles don’t burn out quickly!

If you want to add a little decoration to your home, you can go out and buy these easy-to-use decorations. One major tip we’d like to really stick is to try to have some sort of harmony between each piece. There must be some coherent or logical flow, rhyme, or reason to what’s going on with your non-DIY decor pieces.

There are plenty of non-DIY decor ideas that can help you refresh your space without picking up a hammer or paintbrush. From adding some plants to investing in quality furniture, there are plenty of options to suit your style and budget. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with your decor!

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