15 Home Decor Items You Should (Probably) Own By 30

Reaching the big 3-0 is daunting. There are certain life expectations you should be well-versed with like how to do your taxes, organise bills, cook decent meals instead of ordering UberEats on a nightly basis and be up to date with current affairs. But if you really want to nail life after your roaring twenties, the key is to have a sophisticated home.

By 30, the space you live in should be a direct reflection of your personality and interests, you should be able to host dinner parties for your friends and family, your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary, and your living room a place where memories can be made and conversations are had.

So, to help you nail life after thirty, here are fifteen decor items you should consider filling your home with.

15 Home Decor Items You Should (Probably) Own By 30

1. Linen bedding

Investing in quality bed sheets like 100% flax linen is probably one of the best investments you can make for your bedroom and your health. Plus, it’s one decor update that will pay for itself in the long run.

But purchasing high-quality linen won’t set you back hundreds of dollars; our Threads are actually considerably affordable, too. Traditionally, linen bedding was reserved for the elites who could afford it, but here at Bed Threads, we’ve managed to find an ethical and environmentally friendly way to make it accessible for everyone because ultimately, we believe it’s silly to have to compromise on quality or price in the pursuit of catching those elusive zzz’s. 

If you need more convincing as to why our linen is worth the price tag, here are seven of the biggest benefits of sleeping in 100% flax linen. 

 

2. An indoor plant

A home isn’t complete without a houseplant (or ten). Why? Not only do indoor plants look beautiful, but they can help foster a connection to the outdoors and brighten the mood. Studies have even shown that plants are effective at absorbing and purifying toxins in the air. They’re decor, they’re wellness - they’re just a bit of everything, really. 

3. A trusty tablecloth

Let’s face it - you’re going to be hosting a lot of dinners for friends and family now you’re officially adulting, which means you need the bare essentials. That means investing in a chic tablecloth. You also don’t want to ruin your perfectly good dining table every time you entertain, so a tablecloth is a must for both aesthetic and functional purposes.

Our Tablecloths are made from the same 100% flax linen as our beloved bedding and are available in a spectrum of rich and inviting hues. 

4. A set of napkins and placemats

On top of having a proper tablecloth, you definitely need matching napkins and placemats if you’re wanting to create that show-stopping tablescape. Explore our range of linen placemats and napkins to find the perfect colour combination for you.

When it comes to napkins, a simple piece of linen can be folded and draped a million and one different ways, so we’ve previously rounded up eight of the most simple (yet intricate) ways to fold a linen napkin here. 

 

5. Special dinnerware

Every home needs a good set of dinnerware - you know, the set you reserve only for your guests? You could stick to the old-fashioned and minimal all-white tableware, but if you want to go the extra mile, we would suggest investing in colourful yet chic dinnerware.

We can't get over the Bitossi Home range, which features bold colours and prints. The beauty of the Bitossi range is that you don't have to stick to matching sets - they look even better mixed and matched. 

6. A set of wine glasses

This one is pretty self-explanatory and a much-needed home item for not only yourself, but all your lovely guests. 

7. A statement ceramic vase

You only need to scroll through Instagram or flip through interior magazines to see ceramics are becoming increasingly popular. Placed on a buffet table or by the bed on a nightstand, they make for the ideal focal point to any shared living space or the perfect accompaniment to your sleep sanctuary. Plus, they’re more versatile than wall art as they only require a flat surface, are easily moveable and are able to create an impact while taking up relatively little space.

But scouring the internet for that perfect piece and you’ll soon come to realise that show-stopping ceramics can leave quite the heavy dent in your wallet (we’re talking upwards of $1000). If you’re able to spend that kind of money on a piece you really love then go, you! But if not, then that’s more than OK because there are still ceramic pieces you can purchase that don’t have completely unattainable price tags, yet are still incredibly beautiful. Our Iggy and Lou Lou collection is a perfect example of this, as is our Rachel Saunders and Marloe and Marloe collections. These pieces are handcrafted, timeless and will be with you forever. 

 

8. A signature home scent

A signature scent says something about you without having to say a word. Just like your decor items are an expression of your personality, your home’s scent is an extension of your personal style and will remind people of you and your home every time they smell those same notes anywhere else. To create a signature scent for your home, think about the mood you want to set, and get inspired by nature and the things that bring you joy. 

9. Coffee table books

You can be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on a selection of beautiful coffee books, but it’s all for good reason because they really don’t get the recognition they deserve. Statement coffee table books like our bright Assouline Art Books, are as functional as they are aesthetically-pleasing, and are as inspirational as they are informative. Plus, they serve as a source of entertainment for you and every guest that enters your home, and you can express your personality and interests through your choice in coffee books.

10. A full set of cutlery

A full set of cutlery instantly says you’re nailing adulting. However, it’s not something you’re likely to buy more than a handful of times in your life so it’s important to choose a set you truly love. 

The pricing of a good cutlery set can range from a few hundred to even a few thousand so the design you select will largely depend on your budget. Whatever you choose, ensure it suits your taste, dining style and brings you joy because you’ll be using it on a daily basis. 

11. An artwork you love

A piece of art can instantly elevate a space and inject a major dose of personality into an otherwise underwhelming room. If you want to go a step further, creating a well-curated gallery wall is more of a statement. The only problem is that single artworks can cost thousands of dollars, so curating an entire collection for one wall has the potential to be an extremely expensive investment, which will more than likely send you broke.

To help you make this gallery wall a reality, we recommend sourcing a selection of affordable works that still look like they’re worth a million dollars. We’ve previously rounded up eight of the best emerging Australian artists whose work you can still pick up for less than $1000 here, but you can also find a large range of affordable artworks you’ll fall in love with on our Shop. In fact, you won't find any over $80.

We also have a complete guide to creating a gallery wall of your dreams on a budget here. 

 

12. Something vintage

Some of our favourite rooms and interior spaces feature a curated selection of new and vintage items and in our opinion, it makes for a much more interesting and charming feeling. But this doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your home with vintage finds - remember the key is to find a balance of the two. In fact, even one vintage item amongst all your other decor items is enough to bring a sense of delight.

Your vintage item could be something large like a rug, dining chairs or coffee table, or it could be something smaller like a lamp, glassware, a mirror or a collection of books and magazines. 

13. A cosy throw

On the bed as an extra layer of warmth, draped over the living room couch as an accessory or wrapped around you like a cosy blanket, there’s no denying the fact that a throw is a home essential.

Our luxuriously thick linen Throws come in a range of our most popular hues that will feed warmth and energy into any setting to create a cosy, homely environment. 

14. Luxurious towels

If your towels are looking a little worn out and stained (hello, fake tan!), your bathroom can instantly feel old. Instantly elevate your bathroom by replacing your old towels with ultra-lush styles like our 100% waffle linen towels. They’re thick and luxuriously warm, perfect for when you step out of the shower. 

 

15. A statement lamp

Combining form and function, lamps are the high-impact home décor piece du jour. Lightweight paper lanterns will do the trick as will a budget-friendly IKEA one, but investing in a solid and beautiful lamp that you’ll have forever is without a doubt something you should strongly consider once you reach your thirties. You only have to look towards Instagram for the latest lamp trends but our favourites have to include the Caprani lamp and Mushroom lamp.  

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