I love a bargain but my design heart wants rich looking soulful interiors. Home Goods and Target are excellent sources for "style-friendly" finds but I am very selective on what I buy in order to stay true to both my design aesthetic and commitment to consciously buying only "hell yes" items that are of great quality. In fact, this self-discipline has been key in keeping my home relatively clutter free for the past few years.
To avoid the "cheap look", which happens when you have too many mass produced items that don't have a depth of texture, look for accessories made from natural materials. If it's natural it's going to look expensive - given that you create the overall environment for it.
Say no to too much shine and to too much solidly painted items. You can definitely have them, just mix them in with natural materials and the overall look will be elevated.
Natural Materials Look Expensive Even if They're Not: