Using Mediterranean Home Decor
The beauty of the Mediterranean. What elements comprise
Mediterranean style and how you can incorporate them into your home.The
Mediterranean style is the style derived from the countries located along the
northern coast of the Mediterranean seas, such Greece, Spain and Italy. Many
homes today are adopting this style of decorating since its palette of rich
colors in earth tones is so attractive. In addition, there are so many
attractive accent pieces available to enhance this style.
If you decorate your home in the Mediterranean style, you will incorporate some
beautiful colors and textures. Walls are textured or rough to reflect the
stucco walls of the region and they are painted in earth tones. Clay pots in
rust or sienna cover the window sills and are full or herbs or geraniums. Herbs
also play a role in the art work and you will frequently find posters or tiles
with the herbs of the area, such as oregano or thyme decorating them.
The accent pieces remind one of the old fashioned pace and look of the area.
Pottery pieces with olive themes, religious items that look like they came from
Assisi or Sienna and depictions of vineyards and wine abound. Picture place
mats or a border with bottles of wine such as Chianti or Grand Tuscany, and you
have a sense of this style.
The furniture in a Mediterranean style home is a mixture of both simple and
fancy pieces. The furniture is always very practical, but it may contain fancy
decorative embellishments of wrought iron or carved wood. Texture plays an
important role in the furnishings as well, and so you will have tapestries or
cut velvet on the furniture. The style is wide with variety, but one common feature
you will always find is color, either contrasting or matching. In either case,
the style will be immediately recognizable.
You cannot decorate in the Mediterranean style without the use of tiles.
Kitchen walls, alcoves in entryways and other areas will have tile accents, if
not completely made of tile. Mosaic tile plays an important role, since the
tiles used are considered art as well as building materials. The tiles used
will reflect the theme, be it herbs, or vines or village scenes. The typical Mediterranean
colors will also predominate, including rusts, tans and the greens of the
earth. The beauty of this mosaic tile cannot be imitated.If you live in a
Mediterranean designed home, you are truly living within a work of art. Beauty
abounds, yet the style is practical and functional and very easy to create.