Mediterranean Ideas for Your Home

How can you bring more color into your home? There are so many different ways that this is just a short list of them.

Using mosaic tile, with its bright colors of the terra cotta or brick hues will automatically bring a floor and a room to life. Bring the concept even further into the room by putting these mosaics on the walls as molding, around door frames, and as back splashes, if you are doing a kitchen or bathroom. Start small by putting the tiles in small space such as an alcove or a foyer, and use a dramatic sweep of lavender or red caulking that you can easily apply with a trowel.

Furniture is another sure fire way to add drama and color to a home. The wood may be simple or complex designs, but if you keep them low and include different accents made of marble, iron or tile, you will create a bright Mediterranean look. This is probably more authentic then the types you will be ready made in the stores.

These kinds of materials such as terra cotta, glass and iron have been used to decorate homes for ages. These materials have an appeal to everyone because we all realize that they are time tested decorating ideas that involve care and craftsmanship, and are therefore very respected.

Another idea for color is a tapestry on the wall. If you use wrought iron mountings to hang it, it will look even more authentic. A grill made of wrought iron will serve as a simple decoration on a wall, or you can use it to create the look of a window or to accent entrances, doorways or mirrors. All of these will add color and charm. Use the basic paint colors to allow these accent pieces to stand out.

Pottery is an easy way to add color to a room as well as form and a sense of drama. It can be in its natural state of terra cotta or it can be glazed in lovely colors, but either way it will add a lot. Try giant pots, elaborate vases in old world shapes and you will create a bright dramatic look for your home. Add wrought iron racks and candelabras, wood embellishments, table runners that reflect the colors of the pottery, and you have a lovely romantic setting. Other touches that will add to this ambiance are urns of burnished brass, a water fountain made from stone or one of the new resins that resemble stone, a relief over the fireplace and other touches that add to this look.

The purpose of all of this is to create the look of a bright Mediterranean idyll, full of sunshine and warmth. Create this by a main theme that creates the interest, and continue it will small touches that you and your guests glimpse at every turn.

To do your planning, perhaps it would help to envision yourself with a glass of Chianti at a villa by the Mediterranean. Picture yourself sitting in an garden enclosed by a stucco wall lined with sunflowers. The exit is a wooden door with wrought iron scrolling for hinges and pulls. In the background, you can glimpse the terra cotta tiles on the roofs of the local homes. Yours will look like that soon.

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