First, figure out what you like - A few years ago, Indiana residents that wanted to get ideas for ways to change the look of their home had two options: visit their neighbors or head to the library. But today, one of the best places to determine your own signature style is Pinterest. Browse the website and make a pinboard of your own personal favorites.
Color before detail. The biggest bang for your buck is a splash of color. A new coat of paint can make a room look entirely different. You don't have to paint all the walls; consider just one wall, or use masks to create stripes or patterns. Once you have built a foundation of shades, now it's time to look to individual pieces and options.
Rearrange before your buy. Chances are you already own a few items that work in your space. Try moving the furniture around to get a different perspective. And if you end up putting the couch back where it was, at least you got some.
Don't decorate dirty! If the room has clutter, that's all you'll notice when you're trying to make it look better. Toss out trash, vacuum and sweep, dust and mop.
Accent with character. What was a useful item a generation ago might make a great decoration piece today. Typewriters, mason jars, postcards, bottles, and iron tools can all be used to liven up a space. And if your style is more modern, consider painting any of these items a solid color or covering them with a contemporary print.
Visit the ReStore. Of course I'm going to mention the Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County ReStore! You never know what you're going to find there, but it can be a great place to find unusual items or just inspiration.
Good luck with your decorating project. And if you need motivation, schedule a housewarming party. That way you've got a deadline!