There aren't many big-box retailers whose names spark joy in our hearts the same way Target does. Designers are no different than those of us whose Target run to pick up basics turns into hours perusing the aisles for inspiration. (#targetstyle hails over 3M posts on Instagram, after all.) While it's often seen as a one-stop-shop for everything nail polish to dish towels, Target's designer partnerships with Studio McGee, Magnolia's Hearth & Hand, and Justine Blakeney's branch of Jungalow, Opalhouse, make it a treasure trove for outfitting interiors without breaking the budget.
But they're not the only in-house brands for scoring design-forward finds. While designers scour Etsy and Parisian flea markets for unexpected, even bespoke treasures and love Amazon and HomeGoods for basics, Target is the sweet spot for distinct decor and quality materials. The interior designers we spoke with kept noting just how impressed they are with Target's bed sheets, pillow covers, and vessels. "Our clients are always shocked when we tell them that the bedding is from Target," says Tamarra Younis of Union of Art Interiors in Los Angeles. "While we absolutely love a luxury bedding set, there is something really nice about knowing that your sheets and towels aren't so precious on a daily basis. Because let's be honest, it's only a matter of time before your dog jumps on the bed with dirty paws or you dribble your morning coffee on those fresh whites!"
Target's furniture, accessories, and rugs are definitely impressive as well. “Target online is my go-to,” says Amy Pigliacampo of Amy Pigliacampo Interiors in Los Angeles. "They have so many items you'll never see in store, including hundreds of side tables, lamps, and rugs."
Here, 18 Target finds interior designers can't stop buying.
"I love Target for vessels," says Jessica Davis, founder of Atelier Davis in Atlanta, who picks up bold vases like this blue stunner from Opalhouse. "Their collaborations with McGee and Jungalow [for Opalhouse] always yield some fun accessories that are inexpensive but help to add something sculptural to a space."
Rosanna Bassford, principal of Memmo Interiors in Silicon Valley, California, has picked up Hearth & Stone with Magnolia rim bowls because they remind her of a Japanese meets Scandi design look. "The vertical edge gives it a modern look while the unglazed bottom adds a bit of rustic warmth," she says.
Woven Storage Baskets
Jennifer Hunter, principal of her eponymous design studio in New York, is all about chunky natural woven baskets for kids' rooms or play rooms. "They are great storage options that are still chic to be kept in view," she says.
Aspen designer Kristin Dittmar of Kristin Dittmar Design also stocks up on light woven baskets to keep pantries, sculleries, and bathrooms organized.
In a stroke of genius, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, interior designer Shani Core uses Target's large rattan baskets as planters.
Emily Moss, principal of Emily Moss Designs in Anna Maria, Florida, loves the stylish and durable stoneware that she uses for styling dining tables and kitchen islands. "The quality and price point make it one of our consistent go-to Target items," she says. "The organic shape really adds to a high-end look for a finished tablescape," as on the table she set above.
Decorative Pillow Covers
Chelsey Cox and Rachel Rector of Chinotto House Design Co. in Gainesville, Florida, look no further than Target for solid-colored, decorative pillow covers, then pair them with inexpensive pillow inserts from Amazon. They mix and match the Target pillows with pricey silk pillows from designers such as Laine + Allege.
Acrylic Tissue Boxes
"One of my go-to items that never fails to impress me are Target's acrylic tissue box holders," says Kara Childress, principal of Houston-based Kara Childress Interiors. "Their aesthetic appeal and versatility bring an elevated touch to any powder bath or bathroom!"
For styling a bookshelf, or on top of a coffee table book, Sara Malek Barney of BANDD/DESIGN in Austin loves miscellaneous home decor items from Target's exclusive lines—like these leather links from a Threshold and Studio McGee collection. "They add a depth and organic texture to a space as well as fresh, affordable styling."
Target sells a ton of furniture online—way more than you can find in the store. "I have bought nightstands on numerous occasions,” says Peter Spalding, CCO and cofounder of design marketplace Daniel House Club in Portland, Oregon. "They usually fall between $250 and $500, which really helps when you're working on a shoestring. The style range is huge and these are the sorts of small case goods that are easy to move to a second or third bedroom when a client can afford something else."
"My secret weapon is sourcing 100 percent wool rugs from Target's website," says Pigliacampo. "I have gotten some of the most incredible deals this way, and if they don't work out, returns are free! It's my all-time fave."
Casa Luna Linens
Several designers mentioned getting linens at Target, and Casa Luna bedding came up repeatedly. "We are obsessed," says Tamarra Younis of Union of Art Interiors in Los Angeles, who has used the towels and bed linens in several projects. "Not only are these products very reasonably priced, they are sustainably made, so soft, luxurious, and come in an array of lovely color options."
Christine Vroom of Christine Vroom Interiors in Palos Verdes Estates, California, uses Casa Luna sateen and percale for clients who are on a time or budget pinch. "They are a great option for kids' or guest bedrooms, and no one would really know the difference with that soft, luxurious feeling sateen," she says.
For Bridget Tiek, principal interior designer at Tiekbyday, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Casa Luna coverlets, shams, and throws are the real steal. "They've got that soft feel and organic look of something far more expensive," Tiek says.
"A lovely cotton end-of-bed throw is an easy way to bring in a little color and texture with minimal investment," says Andrea May, principal of Andrea May Interiors in La Jolla, California. This one is from Target's Threshold line.
Courtnay Tartt Elias of Houston-based Creative Tonic Design is a die-hard fan of Target's seasonal outdoor items, especially its outdoor rugs. "They are great quality for the price, and I've found them to be quite durable," she says.
Tartt Elias often buys towels for secondary bathrooms and loves how "fluffy" they are! "They're perfect for relatively infrequent use, both price-wise and quality-wise," she says.
For lamps that look like an old piece of pottery, Amy Peltier, founder and creative director of Peltier Interiors in San Marino, California, knows that Target has options. "These stylish lamps are just the right size for a small accent chest or table,” she says.
On the other hand, those looking for a retro accent can indulge in white metal mushroom domed lamps recommended by Pigliacampo.
Boise, Idaho, interior designer Maren Baker picks up bath accessories and soap dispensers. "Either ceramic or glass with a nice silver pump," she says. "I also use them in my kitchen for hand and dish soap."
When Dittmar is looking for organic texture and a pop of color, she browses Target for ottoman poufs. "They add layers to a space, are the perfect size, and add a touch of whimsy," she notes.
Duvet Cover and Sham Set
For a more earthy aesthetic, Moss likes the cotton-linen duvet and sham set as the "perfect neutral, foundational element for any bedroom." She uses it as a base to then layer on color, pattern, and texture with pillows and blankets. Her pro tip: Fill it with a high-end duvet insert to add fullness to the appearance and to customize temperature preference for cooling or warmth based on the season.