7 Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy, According to Emily Henderson

Updated 02/25/19
Home basics
Amy Bartlam

We're willing to bet that you'd rather spend your money on a trending décor item over a boring home essential. We hear you: Novelty pieces are simply more fun to shop for. But how much use are you really going to get out of that floral-patterned accent chair? Precisely. To find out which home basics we should actually be buying, we consulted an expert on the subject: Los Angeles-based interior designer Emily Henderson.

The sought-after designer has a penchant for decorating impeccably styled yet pragmatically functional spaces. Take for instance, this light-filled family home which is packed with subtle storage solutions perfect for a single mom raising four young kids. The popularity of the designer's practical approach pretty much speaks for itself: Henderson has garnered over 770K followers on Instagram, penned a New York Times bestseller, and even hosted a hit television show. Needless to say, she has a lot of insight to offer on the topic of home basics everyone forgets to buy.

Keep scrolling to find out which seven items Henderson says everyone should own, and shop them for your own home.

1. A Decorative Tray

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: A Decorative Tray
Courtesy of BHDM

"They can seem unnecessary but they are the perfect, stylish way to corral items. They are good for honestly any room in your home."

CB2 Burl Wood Rectangular Tray
CB2 Burl Wood Rectangular Tray $50
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2. A Good Rug Pad

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: A Good Rug Pad
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

"This is the first home I've used a thick, plush one and it is a comfort game changer."

West Elm Premium Rug Pad
West Elm Premium Rug Pad $119
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3. Large Art

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: Large Art
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"Small art is great but too many little guys can make a wall feel bitsy and cluttered. Don't forget the importance and power of BIG art."

Holly Addi Rococo Study 2
Holly Addi Rococo Study 2
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Holly Addi Rococo Study 2 ( Price Upon Request )

4. Vintage

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: Vintage
Courtesy of JHID

"This essential is not necessarily forgotten but in my opinion, it's sooooo essential. Vintage gives your home instant soul."

Redford Leather Chair
Redford Leather Chair $2300
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5. Cool Décor Objects

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: Cool Décor Objects
Courtesy of Sarah Sherman Samuel

"They can seem a little silly as they are purely decorative but will give your space personality."

Jayson Home Brass Pedestal Bowls
Jayson Home Brass Pedestal Bowls $138
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6. Under-the-Sink Shelf

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: Under-the-Sink Shelf
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

"This is purely practical but so smart. Maximize your storage under your sink with a shelf."

88 Main Expandable Under Sink Storage Rack
88 Main Expandable Under Sink Storage Rack $25
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7. Batteries in All Shapes and Sizes

Home Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy: Batteries in All Shapes and Sizes
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

"This is another more practical essential but trust. me. It will be 11 pm and your smoke alarm battery will die and not having that 9volt on hand will make you want to cry."

Amazon Basics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries (8-Pack)
Amazon Basics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries (8-Pack) $10
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Up Next: 30 chic home essentials that'll actually improve your interior design.

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