By H. Iacobacci-Miller
The Mediterranean design theme is one that is gaining popularity with
it's vibrant color scheme and relaxed, clean feel. It's easy to achieve
inviting style with the use of paints, painting techniques and the
First, grab up a handful of travel and/or decorating magazines
and thumb through to get a general feel for the Mediterranean design
theme, the colors, textures and accessories. You'll find that the
style tends to be open, airy and full of vibrant blues, yellows
and lots of varying textures from the stucco on the walls to the
fabrics used on the window treatments. Think sun, ocean and warm
Now, it's time to pick your colors. If the thought of a cobalt
blue wall frightens you, try a washing technique to tone down the
blue or choose shades of ochre or creamy whites. To add depth and
texture, washing or stippling techniques work well and can give
your walls an aged feel.
Depending on the room, you might want to change your flooring.
Rich burnt-orange, terracotta tiles work well for a Mediterranean
kitchen, bathroom or sunroom. Natural or white washed pine flooring
is another option, or add grass or rush mats.
it comes to accessorizing your Mediterranean room, keep in mind
the relaxed feel that defines the Mediterranean region. Wrought
iron candelabras or
sconces add weight and texture. Terracotta pots filled with
rich greenery are inexpensive accessories and can be left as-is
or hand painted and aged. Cobalt blue glass can be found at nearly
every antique mall or flea market and it's an inexpensive way to
add a splash of color to any room. Hand painted tiles make rich
looking coasters, trivets or candle holders.
When it comes to fabrics, always choose fabrics that feel nice
to you. Just because they're pretty, doesn't mean they're comfortable.
Gauzy curtains work well in a Mediterranean room. They won't compete
with the rich colors on the walls and keep your room open and airy.
When you have a window open and the curtains blow in the breeze,
you can almost believe you're in a Mediterranean
villa. Add a variety of toss pillows
with ethnic designs, colors and textures. Beaded fringe and trims
always add an air of luxury.
If you're looking to completely transform your room with new furniture
as well, rustic pine and wrought iron furniture works well in the
Mediterranean design. You can easily re-stain or paint existing
furniture and slipcover any couch or chair. How far you go is up
With these design ideas, you can create your own Mediterranean