- Create the ideal backdrop for Mediterranean accessories with a high contrast color palette. Dark wood furniture and cabinetry are staples in Mediterranean style decorating. Furniture is dark, substantial in scale and often has metal inlays on doors. The darkness of the furniture is in high contrast to white or cream walls that make the darkness pop and creates an air of luxury and sophistication. A Mediterranean kitchen is warmer with yellow-gold, orange or red walls as a backdrop for dark cabinetry.
- Prominent in any Mediterranean style room is metal. Dark metal is intricately shaped to create wall art, candle holders, frames, mirrors, baskets and decorative accents on furniture. For kitchens and baths, use oil-rubbed bronze fixtures in sinks and bathtubs. Hang an ornate piece of metal relief art on the wall in the living and dining rooms. Place metal base lamps on tables and desks, and display magazines in wrought iron stands.
- The bold rich colors of Mediterranean decor are found in terracotta pottery. Arrange a collection of vases, bowls and pots in every room of your home. Rich orange, red and yellow pop against the dark metal and wood. Place a tall terracotta yellow vase on a table or kitchen counter. Store rice and beans in jars with wrought iron bases. In a bathroom renovation, opt for a terracotta vessel sink on the vanity.
Tapestries, Rugs and Drapery
- Richly-colored wall tapestries and floor rugs add texture to a Mediterranean room. Frame windows with silk or velvet drapery for opulence and luxury. Balance the hard lines of wood and metal accents by layering in tapestries and drapery. Rugs anchor furniture and create seating areas while protecting hardwood floors from scrapes. Place matching and coordinating pillows on seating to reinforce the color palette. Add a throw to the back of the couch.