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We're willing to bet you'd rather spend your money on a trending décor item than a not-so-exciting home basic. Of course, novelty pieces are just much more fun to shop for. But how much use are you really going to get out of that floral-patterned accent chair? It might look chic in the moment, but there are a few other items you might want to prioritize first. To find out which home basics we should actually be buying, we consulted Los Angeles-based interior designer, Emily Henderson.
Meet the Expert
Emily Henderson is an interior designer, author, and host for HGTV. She's an expert at designing spaces to create an eclectic look.
The sought-after designer has a penchant for creating impeccably styled, yet pragmatically functional, spaces. For example, a light-filled family home can be packed with subtle storage solutions perfect for a single mom raising four young kids. The popularity of the designer's practical approach speaks for itself: Henderson has garnered over 800K followers on Instagram, penned a New York Times bestseller, and even hosted a hit television show. She has a lot of insight to offer on the topic of home basics everyone forgets to buy, so if anyone can convince you to hold off on that accent chair for a bit in favor of something more practical, it's Henderson.
Keep scrolling to find out which seven items Henderson says everyone should own, then shop them for your own home.
1. A Decorative Tray
You might think a decorative tray falls under the "novelty" category, but here's your permission to stock up. "They can seem unnecessary, but they are the perfect, stylish way to corral items. They are good for honestly any room in your home," Henderson says.
2. A Good Rug Pad
A quality rug pad is just as important as the rug itself. "This is the first home [where] I've used a thick, plush one and it is a comfort game-changer," Henderson says.
3. Large Art
According to Henderson, quantity is not always it when it comes to art. "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."
Don't always go straight for the trendiest design store—you can find things for your home at antique stores, on eBay, or even in your parents' or grandparents' attics. Henderson says that "this essential is not necessarily forgotten, but in my opinion, it's so essential. Vintage gives your home instant soul."
5. Cool Décor Objects
Henderson does believe you should sometimes invest in things that aren't totally functional, like unique décor objects. "They can seem a little silly, as they are purely decorative, but will give your space personality."
6. Under-the-Sink Shelf
A shelf under your sink won't really be seen by anyone, but it'll make a big difference. "This is purely practical but so smart," Henderson says. "Maximize your storage under your sink with a shelf."
7. Batteries in All Shapes and Sizes
If you don't have a drawer full of back-up batteries, now is the time. "This is another more practical essential, but trust me. It will be 11 p.m. and your smoke alarm battery will die, and not having that 9-volt on hand will make you want to cry," Henderson says.