Similar to how adding accessories to your outfit expresses your one-of-a-kind personality, so does adding a well-curated assortment of unique accessories to your home. And while IRL flea markets and design stores are great places to snag interesting finds, there are also plenty of online destinations that are worth checking out. "If you have specific home items you're on the hunt for, it's often easier to just do a little digging online," says Carlie Rice of the online design studio Havenly, noting that your search will often be much more successful than scouring brick-and-mortar stores.
To help you in your search, we researched and tested the best online retailers for finding one-of-a-kind table linens, ceramics, rugs, and more. Along with increasing visual interest, these accent pieces can be a great way to modernize your existing furniture without needing to spend too much money.
Curated global-inspired selection
Curbside pick-up available
Fee for returns
The first World Market store opened in 1958 in San Francisco. While the brick-and-mortar locations are still popular, the retailer has since become a go-to online destination for home goods. When you browse the collections, you'll find everything from handwoven baskets, throws, and decorative pillows to area rugs, candles, and bookends. As the name suggests, the style is more global-inspired with some boho charm, but you'll still find a little of everything.
You can expect mid-range pricing on most items and take advantage of frequent deals by signing up for promos via text message. In addition to getting your home accessories shipped, you have the option to retrieve them with curbside pick-up. This retailer accepts returns within 60 days, but you'll have to pay a small shipping fee unless you bring the item back to a physical store.
Return Policy: $6.50 for return shipping | Return Window: 60 days | Shipping Options: Standard, expedited, curbside pick-up
Upscale, boho-inspired selection
Fee for returns
Since 1992, Anthropologie has been known for high-end, boho-inspired clothing—but the retailer has also become a beloved destination for unique home goods with artisanal flair. You can find pieces for your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and more, each full of character and charm. The selection includes everything from statement table lamps and mirrors with hand-carved frames to natural rattan baskets and unique switchplate covers, and the website is easy to navigate.
Like the clothes and accessories from Anthropologie, home decor prices can be pretty steep. However, you can generally count on quality. The returns process is pretty simple too—you have 60 days to take things back but will have to pay $5.95 for shipping unless you return your items at the store.
Return Policy: $5.95 for shipping | Return Window: 60 days | Shipping Options: Standard, express, overnight
Connects makers with shoppers
Truly unique range of products
No time limit on returns
Somewhat limited selection
No free shipping
Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace that connects shoppers with makers who craft truly unique products ranging from nerdy to innovative. It's a great place to find things you're unlikely to see in other people's homes. In terms of home decor and accessories, you'll find things like zodiac-themed vases, disco ball planters, lamps shaped like musical instruments, and scented candles inspired by national parks.
Though the selection is somewhat limited compared to other retailers, it's always fun to scroll through the current offerings. We also like that there's no time limit on returns. However, Uncommon Goods doesn't offer free shipping, no matter the size of your order—that is, unless you sign up for the perks program, in which case you can enjoy unlimited free shipping.
Return Policy: Free for most items | Return Window: No time limit | Shipping Options: Economy, standard, preferred, expedited, express
One-of-a-kind, personalized items
Antique and vintage finds
Long wait on some made-to-order items
Complex return options
Etsy has been around since 2005. It's an e-commerce marketplace with individual sellers (or "shops") offering handmade goods and vintage finds. This is the place to go when you want one-of-a-kind, customized items for your home—and when you're looking for something specific that most online retailers wouldn't carry. For instance, you could get a custom neon sign for your kitchen, a windchime with a personalized message, or a throw pillow cover displaying a particularly meaningful quote.
You can also find antiques, like vintage lamps or china dishes. Type almost anything into the search bar, and you'll be surprised by how many results pop up. Shipping options and returns vary among shops. While most sellers are really good at communicating and keeping you updated on your order, we should note that returns often aren't accepted for customized, handmade items.
Return Policy: Varies by seller | Return Window: Varies by seller | Shipping Options: Varies by seller
Modern style with art deco flair
Tasteful, high-end aesthetic
Shipping fee for returns
Crate & Barrel's sister brand, CB2, launched in 2000. The retailer offers more modern offerings than the original, as well as many pieces with mid-century and art deco flair. When you browse the site for home accessories, you'll find framed art, wallpaper, mirrors, woven baskets, firewood holders, candle holders, vases, faux plants, decorative bowls, small sculptures, and various hardware, like drawer pulls and towel rings.
The CB2 website is easy to navigate, and it's a pleasure to just scroll through the different categories to see what's currently available. One thing to note is that prices are steeper than average, and you'll have to pay a shipping fee for returns unless there's a brick-and-mortar store in your area. Still, you can expect high-end quality and a tasteful aesthetic that's sure to impress anyone who visits your home.
Return Policy: Must pay shipping fee | Return Window: 90 days | Shipping Options: Standard, premium, express
Broad range of categories
Decorative and functional items
Hip, eclectic offerings
No free shipping or returns
Urban Outfitters is also an excellent place to shop for home accessories online. The home decor section of the website includes plants, potters, dried flowers, vases, candles, diffusers, throw blankets, decorative pillows, curtains, rugs, bookends, clocks, tapestries, art prints, and other wall accents. You can also find organizational and storage items, like floating shelves, bins, baskets, and magazine racks.
Like the clothing offered by the retailer, the selection is aimed at younger adults. It leans hip and eclectic and is generally geared toward apartment dwellers and small-space living. The website is easy to navigate, whether you search for something specific or filter through the home goods subsections. Just a heads up, Urban Outfitters doesn't offer free shipping, and unless you bring your items back to a store, you'll have to pay a small fee for returns.
Return Policy: $5 restocking fee | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, express, rush
Lots of buyer reviews
Fast, free shipping for Prime members
Quality can be hit or miss
Amazon needs almost no introduction. But for those who don't know, it launched as an online bookstore in 1995 and has since become the leading multinational e-commerce company (among many, many other things). If Target has everything, Amazon really has everything, and lots of people consider it the best place to buy home accessories online.
The home goods selection includes a broad range of products from endless retailers, often with buyer reviews in the thousands. You can get wall art, wallpaper, rugs, mirrors, curtains, faux plants, potters, shelves, pillows, throws, vases, lighting, baskets, bins, candles, and nearly anything else you can think of for your home. Though the quality can be hit or miss, shipping is usually really fast. If you have a Prime membership, you can typically get free shipping and will often receive your items within a couple of days.
Return Policy: Free for most items | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, two-day, next-day, same-day
Ample product assortment
High-quality, long-lasting pieces
Not everything is returnable
Pottery Barn has been around since the mid-20th century, first as a furniture store in Manhattan. Today, there are hundreds of stores throughout the county, as well as a robust, user-friendly website with an ample assortment of products. In addition to furniture, the tried-and-true retailer carries framed art, mirrors, wall accents, floating shelves, decorative pillows, throws, real and faux plants, planters, table linens, centerpieces, lamps, wall sconces, baskets, rugs, and custom curtains.
The style leans slightly traditional and rustic, but there are plenty of modern and contemporary pieces too. While prices are a little steep, Pottery Barn home decor will often last a lifetime. Many items are in stock and ready to ship, though you'll have to wait on made-to-order pieces. Also, some products aren't returnable, including made-to-order and sale items.
Return Policy: Some items accepted | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, next-day
Mid-century modern style
Wide assortment of products
Not everything is returnable
West Elm is owned by the same parent company as Pottery Barn (Williams Sonoma). The quality, prices, and website navigation are pretty similar between the two brands, but West Elm's style leans a bit more mid-century modern. When you browse the home accessories section, you'll find everything you need to add some personality to your space. We're talking area rugs, window treatments, accent lighting, framed wall art, faux trees, house plants, pillows, and throw blankets, along with various small sculptures and decorative objects for your shelves, coffee table, mantle, and end tables.
Many home accents from West Elm are in stock and ready to ship. However, made-to-order items like custom-sized curtains will often take a few weeks to ship out and are generally not returnable.
Return Policy: Some items accepted | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, next-day
Robust product selection
Great filtering tools
Low stock for many sizes/colors
When it comes to buying home goods and furnishings, Overstock is an industry staple. Though it doesn't have any actual storefronts, the retailer has been a leading online destination since 1999. In terms of decorative accessories, you can find everything from picture frames, mirrors, and clocks to artificial plants, doormats, and curtains. Overstock also carries lots of seasonal pieces, like faux Christmas trees, holiday lights, and Halloween decorations.
Thanks to the extensive filtering tools, it's really easy to sort through categories and find what you need on the website. There are frequent sales, so you rarely have to pay full price. And if you sign up for the Club O rewards program, you can access exclusive deals and earn points for every purchase. The only real downside of Overstock is that items are often low in stock for particular sizes or colors and often sell out quickly. So if you find something you like, you might want to purchase it sooner than later.
Return Policy: Free for most items | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, expedited
Modern, on-trend designs
Website is easy to navigate/filter
Fee for returns
H&M started selling home furnishings in 2008 in addition to affordable, trendy clothing. The collection leans somewhat minimalist-modern while still following current trends. When you shop the website for home accessories and decor, you'll see ceramic vases, stoneware, candle sticks, decorative trays and bowls, mirrors, and planters. You can also get larger items, like rugs, curtains, blankets, and pillows.
Though the number of available products is somewhat limited compared to other retailers, there's still a wide array of offerings. The website makes it easy to browse categories, click through subcategories, and filter by price, product type, size, color, pattern, and material. Need to make a return? You can bring your items to any of the nearly 600 stores in the U.S. or ship them back with a small fee.
Return Policy: $5.99 shipping fee | Return Window: 30 days | Shipping Options: Standard, express, next-day
Extensive product selection
Same-day delivery and in-store pick-up available
Quality isn't always the best
Not particularly unique
Target is both a big-box store and an online destination that carries pretty much everything. While it's a go-to for beauty products, baby goods, and affordable apparel, the major retailer draws many people in for its extensive selection of home accessories. You can get large items like wall decor, window treatments, shelving, and rugs, as well as smaller pieces such as candles, vases, and decorative trays. Target is also a favorite for seasonal and holiday decor, like wreaths, ornaments, and festive doormats.
The quality isn't always top-notch, and this isn't necessarily the place to find unique home accessories your friends and neighbors don't already own. But if you're in the market for wallet-friendly pieces to decorate your space, you won't be disappointed. With flexible shipping, same-day delivery, in-store pick-up, and free returns on most items, shopping at Target is generally a positive experience.
Return Policy: Free for most items | Return Window: 90 days | Shipping Options: Standard, two-day, same-day, pick-up
What to Look For When Buying Home Accessories
Online retailers vary greatly in terms of price and quality. On the higher end, there's CB2, West Elm, and Anthropologie, whereas Target and Amazon are more known for budget-friendly options.
"If you find a home decor accessory you love but don't want to dish out an entire paycheck on, there's a really good chance that you can find a dupe online," says Rice. "Try typing in the description on Google (like 'white wood chain decor') or even doing a reverse image search to find similar items."
You can find virtually any home accessory online, no matter your budget, taste, or decorative style. This includes throw pillows, blankets, plants, clocks, curtains, rugs, candles, small tables, cabinet hardware, light switches, light fixtures, and various tchotchkes.
Some online retailers have extremely robust selections of products, while others are a bit smaller and more curated. If you're searching for really unique, one-of-a-kind items to decorate your home, your best bet is Etsy or Uncommon Goods.
Warranties and Return Policies
Before buying home accessories online, be sure to check the retailer's return policy. Some make it super easy to send your items back within a 30- to 90-day window. However, others may have stricter rules and may charge a return shipping or restocking fee.
Larger, higher-priced items like curtains or rugs might be covered under a warranty, but this is more common for furniture than home accessories.
What are some must-have home accessories?
Furniture may fill a house, but it’s the accessories that make the space a home with personality. Rugs and wall hangings are must-haves to fill the blank space, but make sure to consider these items well before making your purchase, as they tend to be bigger-ticket items you won’t want to replace all the time. Other home accessories like decorative vases and throw pillows or blankets also add to the ambiance but are easier to swap out, since there are many affordable options within these categories.
How do you pick home accessories?
Determining your needs and budget will best allow you to pick the home accessories that suit your lifestyle. It is best to live in your space for a while before purchasing all of your accessories to get a better sense of what you need and are drawn to decor-wise. For inspiration, follow your favorite stores and designers online—and don’t forget to save any photos you particularly love. This way, you can start to piece together your personal style, and you might even be able to purchase the exact items in the photos.
When is it worth it to splurge on home accessories?
It's often worth investing in high-quality, long-lasting furniture, but according to Rice, interior designers often don't splurge on home accessories. "They tend to wax and wane depending on the season, and they're swapped out quite often," she says. "That being said, certain items are worth it." For instance, you might be willing to pay a bit more for a vintage piece or a personalized, handmade item that feels unique and special.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a commerce writer specializing in online shopping, deals, and lifestyle. For this article, she interviewed Carlie Rice, social media manager at the online design studio Havenly, who provided tips and insight into shopping for home accessories. Next, she researched today's best online retailers and narrowed it down to those with standout product selections and website user experiences. Theresa has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. You can read more of her stories on Travel + Leisure and People.