7 Ways to Gain A Fresh New Design Look in 2016

IDC welcomes interior designer and guest blogger Rebekah Perry Clark of Decorating Den Interiors to the blog.  Enjoy Rebekah’s great tips for keeping your interiors fresh in 2016.

The holidays are over.  Colorful and festive decorations are stored for another year and now when you look around your home, you find yourself thinking, “I need to do something to liven up my rooms, but I just don’t know where to start.”

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, it’s always fun to “shake things up a little bit” and give at least one room in your home a facelift.  Here are 7 ideas that will help you to get started on a new look for the new year:

1. Rearrange

Oftentimes, it’s not something new you crave, although new furniture can definitely give any home an instant lift.  Simply rearranging what you already own within a specific room or transferring pieces from one room to another will make a huge difference.  I like to work with my clients to help move their furniture into more interesting positions. Rather than the traditional line of furniture around the walls, try angling your large pieces. I guarantee that you’ll love the difference an angle can make!

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

2. Let There Be Light

Nothing gives a room a brighter sparkle easier and faster than new lighting, especially if your room feels drab.  Consider adding a new lamp or a pair of lamps.  Even replacing an old lampshade can make the right adjustment in brightening a dull room.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

3. Start Your Own Decorating Notebook

If a whole new room is in your future, than now is the time to plan. I suggest that you save pictures of favorite rooms, favorite things, favorite colors, and make some notes as you study these photos. Ask yourself: Why do I like this room? What would I change? By including the answers to these questions in your decorating notebook, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time, but your design professional will be thrilled with the thought you’ve given to your project.  Also consider more of a digital notebook by storing your favorite images and notes on Pinterest or Houzz app accounts.


Apps like Houzz and Pinterest allow you to digitally archive your design inspiration and ideas.

4. Lighten, Brighten & De-clutter

Try clearing your rooms of excessive clutter and downsizing your precious collections. Brighten your floors with a new area rug. Change out your window treatments to lighten any room. Add a few accent pillows to your furniture for a great new look.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

5. Try a New Color Scheme

How about adding an accent wall to a room?  Consider a shade or two darker than the room’s other three walls.  Block painting or adding wallpaper to a focal wall adds more visual interest. It’s amazing what a fresh new color scheme can do.

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

6. Add a Fresh, New Pattern to Your Decor

Perhaps it’s time to consider replacing that tired, worn-looking sofa. Smart fabric choices of bold stripes, botanicals, leafy patterns or geometric designs would definitely add some spice to your decor!


From the portfolio of Decorating Den Interiors

7. Refresh Your Accessories

A new lamp or lampshade, a new piece of art, or the addition of an exciting piece of sculpture can set the tone for a wonderful room makeover.

There’s never a better time than now to think about a fresh new look for your home.

“I believe that everyone deserves to be able to say, no matter what kind of day I’ve had, when I come home I feel happy, peaceful and uplifted!”

– Rebekah Perry Clark, Decorating Den Interiors

Guest Blogger & Interior Designer:

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Rebekah Perry Clark
Decorating Den Interiors

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Rebekah Clark and Melanie Nash of Decorating Den Interiors pride themselves on always putting the client first. “Our objective is to make sure our client’s projects reflect their own personal style and character. No two people are alike, so no two designs should be alike.” Starting her own business in 1996 along side her mother was not an easy task. Years of hard work and determination developed into a design business Rebekah continues to cultivate each day. She purchased full ownership of the business in 2001 after working as a decorator for her mother, Barb Perry, for five years. Since that time, she has added two decorators to her team, Melanie Nash and Stephanie Lindley.

Design services include floor planning, space planning, residential interior, and small commercial interior. Products offered include an array of window treatments, blinds, shutters, furnishings, accessories, artwork, floor covering and interior lighting.

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