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The Decor Pieces You'll Regret Not Owning by 30

Nov 25 2015 - 11:05am

Thirteen going on 30? Well, that was fast. If you are approaching the big 3-0, are nowhere near it, or will forever be 30, here are the 10 pieces you (and your home) probably want to have. Because while we'd love to say a futon is the key to your beauty sleep and that mismatched dinnerware is a good look — it's not. No one wants to grow up, but let's get real, a sophisticated place is kind of key to your overall plan. Since you likely have the essentials [1], consider the below investments. They are worth every pretty penny — promise.

Photo by Monica Wang [2] via Style Me Pretty [3]

A Nice Sofa

Forget futons; a quality sofa is a must for any adult apartment and a piece that will hold the test of time (especially if you believe in reupholstery). Get the most bang for your buck by choosing a neutral fabric that will allow you to switch up your decor. Keep size in mind too; avoid buying an oversize couch that may not work in a new space if you happen to move. Don't worry, even most stylish sofas can be the perfect spot for a nap [4]!

Photo by Monica Wang [5] via Style Me Pretty [6]

Quality Linens

Nice linens are like nice shoes: you don't appreciate their value until you own a pair. Quality sheets not only look polished, but they also help you feel like a queen. Better yet, there are affordable options [7]. That cashmere throw? Go for it. But purchase one in the Spring; this is the time they are usually on sale.

Photo by Tracey Ayton [8] via Style Me Pretty [9]

A Timeless Rug

Sure, those affordable cotton mats come in handy, but a nice rug is definitely a sign that you live in a sophisticated apartment [10]. For an edgy look, consider a cowhide since it can be layered over other rugs. Persian rugs are the ultimate splurge [11] and worth every penny.

Quality Dinnerware

Paper plates, hand-me-downs, red cups — leave those to your early 20s. Quality dishware will not only elevate casual dining, but it will also make hosting spur-of-the-moment get-togethers a breeze. Also, if you choose a timeless, neutral option, a set should last you years.

Source: Domino [12]

A Signature Scent

By the time you reach 30, you've probably tried your take at countless candles. Stop buying the ones that don't smell just because they're cheap. Instead, invest in the candles (or brand) that make you feel special. Appeal to the senses, and your guests will take note — literally!

Photo by Monica Wang [13] for The Everygirl [14]

Something Antique

Don't be afraid to think of decor as an investment. The best way to do this is through antiques. You don't need to own big items, but always be on the lookout for a special piece that will increase in value. Who knows, you could star on the next episode of Antiques Roadshow!

Source: Domino [15]

A Headboard

Aside from ditching your twin bed, buying a headboard is the ultimate "I've made it" moment. And if you don't want or can't have a headboard, at least consider these stylish alternatives [16]. You're welcome.

A Piece of Silver

The fact that your mom made you polish the silver as a child is reason enough to have a piece of your own! Aside from that, a silver accent adds a hint of luxe and is something you can pass down from generation to generation.

Meaningful Art

Notice how we say meaningful, not expensive. While art can be a good investment, the most important factor is that you like it. Just avoid bare walls altogether, even if you live in a rental [17].

Photo by Tessa Neustadt [18] for Homepolish [19]

Fresh Flowers

OK, OK. Compared to the rest of this list, flowers aren't necessarily an essential, but by the time you've hit 30, you deserve them. They're that little touch of luxury that won't kill your budget but help to make a house a home — trust us.

Source: Domino [20]

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