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Colors and doing more with what you have

Interior Designer Marilyn Herbert, with The Rancher's Wife in Prescott, said colors play an important role when decorating the interior of your home.

"Color is critical. Depending on where you live, different colors will work for you. Our lighting here is so warm, it just lends itself to earthy colors," Herbert said.

She described the local style as "Prescott Rustic."

"It's a timeless style because it brings the outdoors in," Herbert said. "Add to that our rich western heritage, along with generations of ranchers and, of course, our local Native American influences. These components melt beautifully to create our own unique style."

Color trends in the area, she forecasted, include peacock blue tones with terra cotta similar to the colors of Lake Powell; red, black and grey similar to Navajo rugs; warm neutral colors such as wheat gold, juniper green and local grasslands, and non-metallic metal tones such as steel, copper and bronze.

Herbert has worked as a designer in the area since 1989.

"The national trends are blue, and aloe was actually the color of the year, yellow, metal tones, black and white combos. Designs are supposed to include feathers, tribal patterns, art deco patterns that are geometric. Room designs are overwhelmingly contemporary and modern," Herbert said.

Besides color tips, those seeking to do more with what they have are in luck. According to Redo Renew Interiors Owner Pat Mercurio, reworking your existing space is a simple way to make an old space feel new again. Mercurio specializes in furniture placement and real estate staging.

She offered a number of tips for those seeking to update their house or stage a home for showing when it's up for sale.

"Look at the window treatments. Sometimes they can be heavy gathered fabrics. Now, the trend is a lot less clutter, and blinds: wood blinds or faux wood blinds, which has more of a cleaner look," Mercurio said.

Accent wall painting is another consideration for those seeking a simple update to the interior of their home.

"In a living room you can accent the fireplace with a different color, or the wall in the bedroom behind the bed. It's one of the least expensive improvements, but gives it impact," Mercurio said.

In the bathrooms, Mercurio said removing towel racks is a simple way to make a new look.

"Replace them with big hooks for towels. It takes up a lot less space on each wall. You have to have a bar for each towel and you can put many more towels in a small area with the hooks. It's more of an updated spa look," Mercurio said.

She also recommended replacing old fixtures with steel, or brushed nickel, for an updated look. Have a sliding glass door in the bathroom? Replace it, Mercurio said.

"We recommend the rounded spa-style rod and a curtain for the bath," Mercurio said.

Redo Renew has proved successful in the Prescott area for its work in re-using furniture and interior decorations individuals already own.

"It's a matter of re-purposing. People think they have to go shop and buy all new things and keep up with trends, but that really isn't true," Mercurio said.

Furniture placement, she added, can make a big difference to the feeling of a room.

"You can re-upholster pieces people like, or add accent pillows and things like that, which are very inexpensive," Mercurio said. "A homeowner has to decide how they want a room to feel, how they use it and what they don't like. It could be furniture placement."

Some homeowners, she said, might also feel they don't have enough furniture.

"Yet, once it's placed properly and other furniture is brought in from another room, they have more than enough. Most people have too much furniture actually," she said. "Using what you have is more cost-effective and, usually, it's furniture placement that's wrong."

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