Home Depot is a home run when you're in need of screws, plywood, and mulch, but it might not be the first place you think of when it comes to decorating your kitchen or dining room. And while I'm not about to say that it should be, necessarily, it certainly shouldn't be ignored.
The next time you're popping into the home improvement store to pick up a new tape measurer or drywall anchors (or what have you), take some time to look out for the following style upgraders.
When I'm on the hunt for a new rug, strolling through my local hardware store is not my first inclination, but hey now ... that doesn't mean it shouldn't be. I recently was helping a friend decorate a new condo, and while on a Home Depot run for some essentials, we stumbled upon some really great rugs. She had her eye on a vintage-looking (read: pretty trendy) piece and though they didn't have the size she was looking for in-store, a sales associate helped her to special order what she needed. And with rugs being such hot kitchen accessories these days, it's worth a look, no?
This one might not be a total surprise, but it's also easy to forget. Home Depot has some pretty solid (albeit simple) options in store for updating your cabinet doors and drawers. (The retailer also have a much wider selection online, so it's worth digging around there, as well.)
You might think of Home Depot for all your outdoor gardening needs, but I'm here to tell you that it's good for indoor stuff, too. If you picked up a new plant with every trip you took to get lightbulbs or an air filter, you'd have a home filled with happy plants in no time. A new snake plant (good for low light!) or fiddle leaf fig would really spruce up a dead corner or a sad, empty side table. Check out the planters, too.
For the amount of times I was my dad's sidekick on his weekly trip to Home Depot, I like to think that the hardware store played its part in the village that raised me. I know all kinds of things about different wood and screw types, can tell you about the niche products you can find all the way in the back near the employee break room (acrylic sheets!), as well as some of the more obvious (like their lighting). While I don't love all the lamps and chandeliers offered at HD, you are likely to find a few stylish gems hiding in the aisles if you look past the more traditional options. The sconce above would look super cuter flanking a window over a kitchen sink!
Blink and you'll miss them, but yes ... you can find decorative mirrors and other small decor items at your local Home Depot. If your store is big enough, you may find an aisle — or part of an aisle — dedicated to some picks (like curtains, mirrors, table lamps, and the like) from the brand's Home Decorators Collection. If you don't have a window over your kitchen sink, we love the idea of hanging a mirror to help make the space appear bigger and brighter.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 5 Surprisingly Beautiful Decor Finds Worth Shopping For at Home Depot
What other unexpected things do you shop for at Home Depot?