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An interior designer reveals the home decor you should (and absolutely should not) buy at HomeGoods

What you should and should not pass up in HomeGoods, according to an interior design pro

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HomeGoods offers homeowners stunning and sophisticated pieces to add to their interior designs without blowing their reno budget out of the water. However, just because HomeGoods boasts incredible prices for luxe-looking goods doesn’t mean every decor item is a must-have. Here is some advice from an interior designer about what you should and should not buy at HomeGoods.

What you should buy at HomeGoods

Interior designer @the_avantgarde on TikTok shares her take on what homeowners should never pass up at HomeGoods. When decorating on a budget, these are some must-grab items.

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Snag the plain white sheets

Julie Sousa, the interior decorator behind the account, says, “Plain white sheets: this is literally the place to find them on a budget.” Plain white sheets are a classic addition to any bedroom, fit with nearly every color palette, and offer a hotel luxe aesthetic. Sousa also recommends snagging the Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren bed sheets, saying they are “always the best ones.”

Go for the classic bath accessories

According to Sousa, another pro tip when shopping at home decor stores is to go for classic bath accessories. Flat bath mats and classic white towels give the bathroom what Sousa calls “hotel vibes.” If you want that gorgeous hotel-luxe look in your space while remaining under budget, then you don’t want to pass up this HomeGoods find.

The vase combos are a must

Sousa also gushes over the amazing vase combos you can find in HomeGoods. With plenty of options and an array of sizes, shapes, and colors, homeowners can find vase pairings that blend with their existing home decor.

Don’t pass up the decorative baskets

Decorative baskets are another decor steal this interior designer says not to pass up. HomeGoods has several options in many hues, so you can find exactly what you need.

If you see All-Clad pots and pans, get them

Sousa says, “Sometimes you can get lucky and find some All-Clad pots and pans.” She continues by noting that “this is the best brand for pots and pans.” So, if you want chef-grade goods on a budget, add these to your cart.

Save money with large lamps

In her TikTok video, Sousa adds that HomeGoods has fantastic options for saving money on large lamps. If you’re looking to spruce up your interior with a larger lamp but don’t want to drain your wallet, HomeGoods could have just what you need.

What you should absolutely not buy at HomeGoods

Julie Sousa, interior designer of @the_avantgarde on TikTok, shared another video on what homeowners should absolutely avoid when shopping at HomeGoods.

Avoid frames without a matte

Sousa advises homeowners to avoid frames without a matte. She notes that matted frames look more elevated than those without.

Steer clear of items with words on them

She also warns homeowners to steer clear of items with words on them. “It leaves nothing to the imagination,” she says. Also, words can look tacky and outdated in many interiors.

Keep away from nature-themed items that are far from natural

If you’re considering adding artificial nature-themed items to your cart, think again. These items don’t add a genuine natural feel and can often feel cheap in the home.

Don’t get pillows without a zipper

Pillows without zippers on the cases don’t hold up as well and are much more challenging to clean and maintain. “Opt for some like this [pillowcase with a zipper] instead, which you can easily remove,” advises Sousa.

Opt out of blankets that lack texture

Blankets that lack texture appear flat and dull. Sousa says, “They tend to look a little cheap.” Instead, she tells homeowners to “go for something textured […] or anything that is knitted.” These add more dimension and visual interest to a space.

HomeGoods has several lovely budget-friendly home decor items, but only some things should come home in your cart. Follow these tips from this design professional to avoid tacky items so you can have a luxe and sophisticated design.

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