Everyone has a budget in mind to do a project — the key is to prioritize your needs and wants, and start with one room at a time. I spoke with Interior Designer, Jennifer K. Laporte who shared her tips with me on how to redecorate on a low budget. No matter how much money you have to work with, always start with a design concept. You have to stay focused on the purpose the space serves during the process.

Here are 6 tips on transforming a space:

1.  Start with sorting, organizing and either donating or tossing items that no longer serve your needs. Photo Credit here

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2. A freshly painted room and newly painted trim will bring new life to any room. Photo Credit here.

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3. Make a focal point of the room the place you invest! If the sofa is the focal point in the room – and a new one isn’t an option – invest in well fitted slipcovers. Photo Credit here.

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4. Old is new again. Take an item you have and find a creative way to use it; an iron gate door can became an interesting coffee table. Photo Credit here.

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5. Less is more most of the time. Minimizing the furniture or items in a room let it breathe. Put collections all together so they become more important. Photo Credit here.

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6. Lighting is key. Well placed and sized lighting is essential! There should be three layers of light–with at the least two in every room: general light (overhead), table light (for reading or ambiance) and accent (a picture light or sconces). Photo Credit here

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