Mediterranean Style 101
Not sure exactly what Mediterranean style is? Get all the design details here.
This style originated in countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, and is often referred to today as "Spanish modern." Mediterranean-style furniture ranges from simply functional to extremely formal. Pieces are short, with ornately turned legs and feet; hardware is heavy and often burnished. Walls are predominantly textured. A bullnose edge is a common design detail on countertops and fireplace mantels. Here's how the style breaks down:
Colors: Mediterranean colors echo those of the sea and sky and, depending on the region, can also include warm terra cotta, lavender and yellow.
Tile: Mosaic tile designs embody the beauty of a Mediterranean interior. Bring the designs into your home on the floor or a kitchen backsplash or on something you can take with you if you move, like a mirror frame or a tabletop. You can also simulate the look of tile with a stenciled mosaic border on floors, walls or furniture.
Accessories: Burnished bronze urns, filigree light fixtures and a wrought-iron fireplace screen exemplify a Mediterranean look with a Moroccan influence.
Texture: Layers of paint and glaze are hand-rubbed onto plaster or sand-textured walls to add visual depth. Simulate the look of a plaster wall with a textured finish using tinted drywall compound and colored beeswax.
Tuscan Style 101
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Transitional Style 101
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Decorating With Pots: Mediterranean Style
Private courtyards, framed views, terra-cotta tiles, olive oil jars, exotic leaves, and heady scents are hallmarks of the Mediterranean garden. A few drought-tolerant plants, some pelargoniums, herbs, and a lemon tree complete the look.
Old World Style 101
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Traditional Style 101
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Explore your options for Tuscan-style bathrooms, and prepare to create a bath space that's a spa-worthy, rustic retreat.
Traditional Style Tuscan Kitchen Makeover
Designer Chantal Devane takes a kitchen from boring and blah to beautiful with a classic, Tuscan design.
Garden designer Amber Freda of Home & Garden Design didn't let rigid landscape rules deter her from creating an outdoor space that suggests a faraway oasis.
Curb Appeal Tips for Mediterranean-Style Homes
Whether you call it Spanish or Mediterranean, you'll make the most of it by taking these colorful and clever curb appeal tips from the experts.
Incorporating Mediterranean Style Back Home
If your mind's still on vacation but your body's back home, consider incorporating Mediterranean style into your garden. Any outdoor space can reflect the Mediterranean vibe, from large, sheltered plots to colorful, decorative courtyards.
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