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Welcome to the Mediterranean Decorating Style, where you will discover an exquisite range of quality tables, chairs, furniture and decorating accessories to create a unique Mediterranean look.
Originating in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy, Spain, Greece, and even the south of France and Morocco, the Mediterranean style draws its inspiration from the rolling hills, farmhouses and vineyards of Northern Italy, the turquoise waters of the ocean, the demands of its climate and the availability of sturdy, natural materials. The beauty of earthy colours found in the surrounding landscape and the emphasis on an idealized country life influences every aspect of their furnishings, architecture, wall finishes and textures. It is a decor inextricably linked to a sense of place and spirit.
With this carefree and alfresco style, start with a palette that is vibrant and earthy, such as terracotta, stone, azure, blue, celadon green, sunny yellows and lavender to aubergine. They are all the colours of the Mediterranean landscape. Like colour, texture is earthy and critical to achieving authenticity. Walls are often roughly plastered, and lime-washed, with ceilings that feature rustic timber beams. Floors have a sun-baked look and include crumbling stone patios, worn parquetry, clay tiles, mosaics, sandstone and marble both polished and natural.
The essence of this style is simplicity and comfort, which comes from furnishings and accessories that look aged and loved. Furniture ranges from pieces that are sturdy and large such as amoires and sideboards, made from dark walnut or light pine, to richly finished time-worn, yet elegant wooden and upholstered pieces. Large dining tables are often the centrepiece of the home, because the cultural emphasis is on meals shared with friends and family. Look for embellishments such as gold leaf, tile accents, metal hardware, stud trims, mosaic inlay and hand-painting. Rough-hewn iron re-enforces the rustic theme, being found in furniture, candle sconces, lamp bases and wall grilles.
Accessories such as hand-painted ceramic objects, burnished brass urns, baker stands, woven baskets and ancient looking oversized vases and pots will add colour, dimension and drama. Texture and warmth can be achieved with tapestries and floor rugs. Water is also an important element in the Mediterranean lifestyle, usually in the form of a courtyard fountain. So too are classical statues, particularly if they are minus anatomical parts. These items will further enrich your outdoor loggia or patio-which is a space that features significantly in Mediterranean design. Fabrics are textured, and include rich linens, damasks, brocades, and luxurious silks and velvets. Lighting harks back to the Renaissance period and features wall sconces, candelabra, lanterns, lamps and chandeliers which set a romantic ambiance and have a time-worn elegance.