Home Depot is a home run when you're in need of screws, plywood and mulch, but it may not be the first place you think of when it comes to decorating. 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), don't forget 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.
This one might not be a total surprise, but it's also easy to forget. You might run to Home Depot when remodeling your kitchen or swapping out closet door knobs, but don't forget they have some pretty solid (albeit simple) options in store for DIY projects like refreshing furniture pieces. (They also have a much wider selection online, so it's worth digging around there, as well.)
Sure you might think of Home Depot for all your outdoor gardening needs, but don't forget indoor plants. If you picked up a new one 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.
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.