Another great way to change the look of your home without putting out a lot of cash is to update the lighting. We always keep a lookout for stores including the big box stores that have clearance sections on lighting because it is a terriffic way to find deals. Changing out lights can be a great way to update your home and a great tip when buying lamps is to purchase lamps that you can use in different rooms. By doing this you can change out lamps from the bedroom to the den and everyone will think you have done more updates than you really have.
Just like with lamps buy furniture that you can move from room to room. One time I remember wanting to buy a chaise lounge for my bedroom and I remember being advised that a better investment might be a club chair and ottoman. This ended up being smart because I could use the chair and ottoman in the sunroom, den, kitchen or bedroom. Be smart when making purchases and try to purchase to use for multiple purposes.
As you can see there are simple changes that you can make that are inexpensive and there are other changes that can be made that are more of an investment. Be smart, be brave and have fun with the changes you want to make. It is your home and it should reflect your style and taste and what brings comfort to you and your family.