$200 at H&M = A Brand New Apartment
Everything we’re buying for fall from the retailer’s newest collection.
Updated Oct 12, 2018 6:36 AM
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Vibrant hues, in both warm sunset shades of golden yellow and pale pink and jewel-toned blues, will bring a pop of color to any room in your home. Which, as we’re gearing up for the cold, gray months, is always welcome. There are cool, matte black stoneware vases ideal for adding some sculptural intrigue to an empty bookcase or mantel. A range of cozy textiles, from crisp linens to wool knits, are ready to warm up floors and furniture. Apologies in advance for using one of the most overused phrases to grace the (web) pages of a magazine, but there truly is something for everyone.
According to Evelina Kravaev Soderberg, H&M Home’s head of design, the latest offerings from the fashion and home goods behemoth trace their root in a plethora of places and spaces.
One is globally inspired: “Travel is probably our major source of inspiration, and meeting people from different cultures. I am watching and observing different surroundings,” said Soderberg of her thought process behind the collection. Rustic striped throws and patterned woven cushion covers reflect this best, emulating the vintage look and feel of items one might find at a market in Turkey or Morocco.
“Nature is a source of inspiration that is still very strong, so we will see even more natural materials like wood and ceramics,” continued Soderberg, adding that a sense of comfort and luxury were of the utmost importance when designing the products. Add a bit of natural calm and elevated comfort to the parts of your home that need it most.
A simple ceramic plant pot for added greenery to your bedroom (a top tip for getting better sleep), or a chic linen bathrobe and gorgeous woven basket made from water hyacinth to mimic the feel of a spa in your bathroom, for example.
Intrigued? We’ve curated a shopping list of some of our favorite new H&M Home products, just in time for fall. The best part is, everything together comes in at a grand total of $199.88, so you can refresh practically every room in your home for under $200.
For the modern minimalist, there’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of pattern to your home—as long as it’s monochrome. This cotton blend duvet set it just that, featuring a black and white grid design for a pop of graphics that won’t overwhelm. It’s part of H&M’s “Conscious” line, which is the brand’s eco-friendly (well, as eco-friendly as a fast-fashion retailer can be) vertical that uses sustainable materials, so for any environmentally driven consumers out there, this may be the bedding for you.
Like something plucked from a home in the Greek islands, this simple rag rug is perfect in its imperfection. It has the same unfinished, rustic vibe to it that we love from the style of Mediterranean interiors, and will bring a casual elegance to the floors of your home.
It works just as well in the kitchen over tiles as it would in front of your living room sofa or at the foot of your bed. And thanks to the white color and pared back, minimal design, it’s prime for layering over existent rugs—get creative and ground more colorful or pattern-heavy carpets with this neutral piece.
Anyone who’s been on the hunt for the perfect ceramic dinnerware set knows that it doesn’t always come cheap. These pale blue porcelain plates defy that notion. They’d look particularly great juxtaposed with some other lively colors—maybe a mustard yellow or coral pink—on any tablescape or displayed on an empty kitchen wall with open shelving. Alternatively, you could go tonal: H&M also just came out with larger dinner plates (Porcelain Plate, $4.99) and bowls (Porcelain Bowl, $3.99) in a deep teal color perfect for layering in an ombré look.
To add some texture and color to your dinner table without having to worry about spilling on a tablecloth or buying some extravagant centerpiece, try placemats. Simple straw ones, like these sunny yellow ones, will do the trick. Whether used for some contrast against an all-neutral tablescape or as a welcome addition to an already-vibrant one, you’ll get use out of them at both weeknight dinners and more formal get-togethers.
Not sold on the yellow? The same style comes in a perennially chic charcoal color—it’s the material that counts, after all. Straw is instantly reminiscent of warmer weather, and using it year-round is a great way to keep a bit of summer alive… even in the middle of November.
As the weather cools and you start spending more time inside, you might want to bring some of the outdoors in since 40 degrees Fahrenheit is hardly an ideal temp for strolling in the park, unless you are a polar bear. That starts with greenery—there are so many easy-to-care-for chic houseplants to look into and bring home. Once you’ve figured out what kind of plant baby is best for you, give it a stylish new home in a large pot like this one. With a textured finish, it’s a design statement in its own right, with or without a plant.
This is the modern finishing touch your entryway needs. The cool oversized gold framing is the only detail needed to make it an instant eye-catcher. Place it near the door, above a small wooden ledge shelf that holds keys and other hallway essentials, as a convenient way to do a final check before you head out in the mornings.
For any small space dwellers unsure of adding more clutter to an already tiny space, a mirror is always one of the smartest buys you can make. Not only does it add interest to an empty corner and make use of typically overlooked real estate on the walls, but it’ll add depth to any room by virtue of its reflective properties. And when the mirror in question is as sleek as this one, there’s no danger of it overpowering a room, either.
Need some accent pieces to round out your coffee table decor? Pick up one or two of these gold candlesticks for a sleek, contemporary addition. H&M conveniently also sells tapered candles (4-Pack Tapered Candles, $9.99) with which to fill them—go classic with a light gray or white candle, or try something a little bolder with a cool black candle.
Alternatively, keep them entirely empty and let the style speak for itself. When you have more going on in a space—stacks of colorful books on a shelf, for example, or a busy tablescape in need of a finishing touch for the centerpiece—sometimes, less is more.
Between the dusky pink hue and unusual handle design, this stoneware piece is a far cry from the tacky mugs cluttering the kitchen aisle at any given mass retailer. The perfect tiny accompaniment for morning espresso or tea, you’ll want to have these out on full display at your next fall brunch. If you feel like collecting a set, mix and match with the other two colors—a gorgeous deep wine color and a decidedly autumnal mustard yellow—for some variety.
Instead of getting entirely new pillows to refresh your tired couch, try swapping out the covers. These plush cotton ones in an interesting beige-and-black pattern will instantly make any seating option ten times cozier. Which is all you can really ask for as we find ourselves approaching Netflix binge season, right?
If you and your black thumb aren’t quite ready to delve into a massive plant worthy of a large planter, start small with a new green friend for your windowsill or desktop. For a funkier look, consider looking into patterned plants; options like a rattlesnake plant or pink-tinted red aglaonema will bring a unique edge to your indoor nursery. Alternatively, a tried and true favorite (possibly because they’re conveniently hard to kill) is any kind of succulent.
Greenery recommendations aside, matte black stoneware may just be the coolest possible material for any pot. So whether or not you actually fill it with a plant, fill it with your collection of matchboxes, or just keep it empty is quite frankly immaterial—buy it now, decorate with it later.
If you don’t want to ruin your walls by hammering in nails for a wall of hooks, a great alternative to an entry hanging rack is a little decorative dish. Hunt down a smaller entryway table and place a stylish bowl or plate like this one on it as a catch-all for your necessities. The crescent shape is a little more unusual, while the vivid orange tone makes a bright addition to a typically overlooked part of any apartment or home.
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