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Is your home’s interior beginning to look stale? There are times where we want to update the look of our home, but the potential price tag throws us off. Fortunately, if you’re smart about your renovation, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can give your room an entirely new look without causing too much damage to your bank account. If you’ve decided it’s time to finally breathe new life into your home, keep reading for a list of some of our favorite affordable interior design tips.

Update Your Lighting

You’ve probably already heard this at least once this year—proper lighting is the latest and greatest when it comes to effectively showing off everything your home has to offer. It’s strange to think that something as simple as your choice of light bulb can make such a huge difference in the look of your home, but it’s completely true. If you’re getting sick of your home’s current look, it may be time to see things in a new light—and we mean this literally.

Have an Accent Wall

Paint and wallpaper aren’t incredibly expensive, but they go a long way in creating a more modern look. An accent wall is perfect for adding dimension to a room and creating an established focal point. You can choose to keep things slightly more subdued by merely painting the wall a different color, or you can amp things up by installing wallpaper with a different pattern or texture.

Use Slipcovers

Brand-new furniture is expensive, but some people are wary of buying used furniture if it has fabric. If you still wish to make use of the furniture you have, purchase some new slipcovers to change things up and to add some additional protection. Using slipcovers has a host of benefits, not least of which is the fact that they leave room in your budget for other decorations.

Mix Patterns

Knowing how to tastefully mix patterns shows that you know what you’re doing when it comes to interior design. There’s a fine line between tasteful and simply mismatched, and knowing how to use that line can add a certain sophistication you wouldn’t find otherwise. Mixing patterns is also a great way to play with balance in a room.

Use Books

We’re going to take a leap and assume you have at least a few books in your home. Every coffee table needs a few of these, and the books you choose ultimately have a lot to say about who you are, which you’ll also reflect through your décor. Decide on some creative way to display books—and remember, you don’t have to limit them to the coffee table.

Re-stain Wood Furniture

Sometimes, we end up with a collection of wood furniture pieces that simply don’t match—or, in some cases, they just seem outdated. We don’t want to ditch these pieces altogether, as wood furniture is durable and economically friendly. Rejuvenate your wood furniture pieces by sanding them down and applying a brand-new coat of stain or paint.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.