Want to know where to get the softest linen bedding or lighting that’s going to transform a room? The high street is bursting with great interiors buys, you just need to know where to look.
From H&M’s soft linens to Zara’s designer-look accessories, our favourite high street stores all have something they do really well. So, next time you’re browsing for wardrobe updates, take a detour into the homeware section instead. Or, better still, scroll on for our guide to the best interiors to shop on the high street.
Zara Home – Best for Home Decor
Next time you have a little scroll on your Zara app (let’s be honest, we all have it), take a browse at their home department too for a cornucopia of quick-win interiors pieces.
From vases to storage baskets to room-changing mirrors, their home decoration pieces are second to none on the high street. They’ve successfully nailed that rustic, calming interiors trend, using textures and materials that belie their humble price tags, and we can’t get enough.
Favourites include the Plaited Baskets with Handles – perfect for bringing some Provençal calm to a bathroom space; the Enamelled Candlesticks that will instantly upgrade your dinner situation; and their excellent selection of vases styled with some simple eucalyptus or gypsophila. A great shout if you’re looking for a gift for an interiors lover too.
Zara's homeware section proves the high street favourite is more than just nice dresses.
M&S – Best for Lighting
Sadly, good lighting doesn’t often come cheap, but get it right and you will set the mood in your home. M&S’s selection is by far some of the best you’ll find at high street prices, whether you’re after shades for your bedside tables, a floor lamp to transform a dull corner or a showstopper to hang above a dining area.
There’s something for most tastes too, from industrial, loft style bar lights to Flos-inspired opal lamps for under £100.
H&M Home – Best for Linens
Linen has become the most understated trend in the interiors (and fashion) world of late, with the normcore look popping up all over Instagram. H&M without a doubt does the best linens at the most affordable prices and given the high street brand’s stance on sustainability – it’s one of the more responsible giants making change for good – it makes sense, as linen is one of the most eco-conscious fabrics out there.
Slip into soft, barely-there sheets with their selection of premium linen bedding – bonus points for the fact that they actually look better unironed. Or dress your dinner table with soft pastel hues with linen table runners and French-vibe napkins.
The £12.99 ruffle edged cushion covers have also caught our eye. Add to bag immediately.
From French vibe table runners to barely-there bedding, H&M have nailed linen at high street prices.
John Lewis & Partners – Best for Rugs
Not only do rugs feel cosy underfoot, but they can completely transform your space, whether that’s bringing together a sofa and coffee table or framing a bed to make an impact in a room. John Lewis have a great selection for all budgets and, if you’ve bought a rug before, they can get seriously expensive. For modest budgets check out the department store’s recently launched ANYDAY range, which brings together great quality and design with realistic prices.
The collection has an incredible range of Persian-inspired rugs that will add charm to a modern space. There’s also a great selection of fun, playful rugs ideal for children’s bedrooms and, if the budget allows, a good range of design-led pieces. We love Louis De Poortere’s Medallion style in soft blush and lilac tones, as well as Luke Irwin’s bold, inky blue ikat design.
French Connection – Best for Designer-Look Furniture
French Connection’s small but strong collection of furniture pieces are some of the most luxe on the high street. The collection plays into some of the biggest interiors trends, from rustic rattan to industrial loft style pieces.
The brand uses good quality materials that get better with age, so even though their pieces fall at the higher end of high street, they are built to last. Think marble top coffee tables, reclaimed wood stools and zinc consoles.
We love their current selection of French cane, from coffee tables to chairs and bedside tables. For an instant bedroom update, check out the black dyed wood and light rattan cabinet. Hand-woven front panels on each door, sustainable mango wood frame and bold monochrome hues, make it a keep-forever piece that will help organise your home.
ARKET – Best for Dinnerware
Big sister brand to the likes of H&M and & Other Stories, ARKET is a bit of a hidden gem on the British high street. Their fashion department is all about simple, classic basics – they do the best white T-shirts FYI – but their interiors selection is worth checking out for the ceramics alone. Scandi-inspired plates are mixed with cult Bordallo Pinheiro vegetable dinnerware, contemporary shapes with rustic finishes. Browse their selection for a perfectly mismatched approach to your dinner setting.