Speaking in terms of home furnishings, lighting is absolutely key. The wrong sort of lighting can throw off the look for an entire room. The different types of floor lamps should be explored in order to perfectly accentuate the colors and accents within the room of a home. More modern rooms will call for cleaner, brighter lighting, while amber tints and softer glows are popular in rustic themed rooms.
Perhaps the kitchen is your bete noir? If it is you can do a lot with some new blinds and lampshades. Try some potted plants on the window ledge this can brighten most kitchens. If the paint-work really is past its prime then you need to decide whether you need a whole new paint job or whether you can get away with touching up the doors and base boards. If your bedroom needs a face-lift then try some new bed covers and toning curtains. Add a few cushions to your bed and you immediately have a more luxurious look.