Brighter colors are being noticed this season, especially at the High Point furniture market this week in North Carolina. There are brighter pops of color in furnishings, mixing patterns of all shapes and sizes. Incorporating old with new is definitely here to stay.

One of my clients requested a brighter room design this week, a year after our initial consultation on her living space. Stacey’s project is one of my favorite and most fun to be involved in. What made it easy is that she had an inspiration magazine page torn out and ready for a room decor implementation when I arrived.

Since our meeting last year, Stacey had purchased an off-white sofa and entertainment wall unit and wanted to add some life to the room with color. Not knowing how to pull it all together, I was excited to see that she had some key pieces to work with. Of course the sofa and wall unit would stay. Her excitement came when I noted that the existing mid-century modern chair, coffee table and accent chair could all stay with some enhancements.

Stacey also had a leather top drum table that needed a little love. She was thrilled when I suggested the drum table could stay with some furniture polish touch-up. The goal for Stacey’s dream design was not to purchase all new furniture and to show her own style by mixing and matching old with new.

Her magazine picture was the inspiration needed to pull this room together and give her a plan within 24 hours. Working with the colors she loved — turquoise and orange — I created a vision board.

The solution to Stacey’s decorating dilemma was achieved by adding 132-inch-long side panels to her two loft windows. Using a a half width of the 54-inch fabric chosen would add color to the room’s focal wall. A multi-colored paisley in orange and gold resting on a turquoise background was the perfect inspiration to pull the rest of the room together.

Other fabrics and textures were added as well. A solid orange fabric will be added to her existing chair, placed in the center of the window wall. A hammered copper cylinder-shaped end table will add style and texture.

Two turquoise slate lamps with copper metal accents will sit in the window alcoves, offering light to the room without overwhelming the space with additional tables for the lamps to sit on. A herringbone-patterned textured area rug will ground the space in turquoise and darker blue accents, adding more texture. A glass accent lamp in turquoise will provide a third element of light to the drum table beside the sofa.

An old oak drop-leaf dining table added to the corner of the room will be enhanced by a dotted orange fabric on the dining chairs. Finishing off the design will be a hand-painted abstract floral placed over the sofa and accent pillows of new leopard print, combined with Stacey’s existing bright pillows.

This design plan features color dispersed throughout the room achieving warmth, color and charm inspired by a magazine.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at She also blogs at