Mediterranean Interior Design Spells Warmth

The hardware tends to be heavy and often burnished, and the florals and greenery abundant in Mediterranean  interior   design . Walls are usually textured and the delightful and colorful mosaic tiles are often used as flooring or as backsplashes. That same mosaic pattern can be stenciled on the flooring, walls or furniture. The furniture influence is a combination of Spanish, Greek, Italian and French Country. Furniture may range in style from an informal simple look, to a very formal effect. Because Mediterranean  interior   design  is a soothing, comfortable style of  interior   design , it comes as no surprise that it is one of the more popular styles today.

Your Own Decorating Project

Many people who have visited the Mediterranean, have fallen in love with the region. It’s not difficult then to bring a little of the Mediterranean  interior   design  back home with you. With this style being so prominent in the design world today, it is a simple job to find accessories, furniture, paint and fabric to help you achieve this look. While it may prove a challenge to mimic the textured walls of a Mediterranean home, with the paint colors available today, there is no reason why you cannot achieve a Mediterranean  interior   design  feel in your living room.

To succeed with this theme in your own home, begin with the paint choices. Depending on the size of your room, you may want to choose a rich terra-cotta color. If this is too dark, go with a golden yellow or perhaps a French blue. After deciding on wall color, the next step is furniture arrangement. Will the sofa stay or go? Usually, it stays. That means the search is on for the perfect fabric. After furniture and fabric is decided upon, look for accent pieces, such as tables and lamps. Coffee tables with black wrought iron legs will work perfectly and matching table lamps can go well together.

Do not omit functionality when choosing the lighting and placing the furniture. If mosaic tiles are out of your price range, consider stenciling a mosaic design on the fireplace or on the walls around door openings. Having a touch of the mosaic tiles in your room will help to achieve your Mediterranean  interior   design  look. Try using a beautiful flower arrangement to pull together all of the colors in the room and add plenty of greenery to finish your mediterranean  interior  design  look. It really is not a difficult task to complete. If a new upholstery project is not in your budget; let the paint and accessories do the work for you. Mediterranean  interior   design  is a beautiful, relaxing style and fairly easy to accomplish if you have the time and the patience.

Top 3 Interior Design Project Challenges

1. Finding Products

Finding the desired materials, furnishings, and accessories for a project is the number 1 project challenge most people face. It could be that this is impacted by budgetary and or geographic constraints, but many simply do not know where to start. These days, fortunately, the internet makes it easier to gather information without ever leaving your home or office.

Many cities have design centres or districts. Some are established for the trade only – interior decorators and designers – while others are open to the public. They may be formal “centres,” or it may simply be an area where like-minded retailers have set up shop. Look for these areas. Consider working with a design professional, even on a consultative level, to gain access to professional sources not available at retail or to get a list of places to look for the items on your list.

2. Defining Design Style

Styles evolve and change, both within the industry and personally. For those who prefer sticking to trends, there can be a fear of commitment lest something should change or lose favour after the purchase. Some do not like being placed into a box that says, “This is my style.”

There are several quizzes you can take that will help you better define your style, such as the following from Sproost and Style at Home. However, I suggest spending an afternoon or evening scrolling through Houzz or Pinterest to gather ideas. Both have search functions that allow you to zone in on particular rooms. While you can also search for styles, you can also enter things like “white cabinetry,” ” granite counter,” or “wide plank wood floor” to find what you want even faster. Creating ideaboards or inspiration files will better help you understand what you are attracted to within certain spaces.

3. Making Design Decisions with a Spouse

Finding common ground might just be the trickiest of the three as some of us can be very strong in our opinions and unwilling to compromise. Given the investment you are making in your home improvements, you want to be able to love the results and feel comfortable, so it does merit consideration.

Calling in a neutral third-party to mediate can prove helpful. While it could be a trusted friend, it could also be the specialist at the flooring store, the rep at the bath centre, or a local designer/decorator. After asking questions about the way you live, how you want the space to function, and who you live with, you might quickly learn, for example, that your 100-pound dog’s nails would quickly mar the finish on the wood floor you’ve been coveting and suggest a better alternative. Product knowledge can make all the difference when making decisions, so become educated.

If fear of a public argument is holding you back, rest easy – I do not know of a design professional who has never witnessed a “lively discussion” between clients and stepped in to smooth the way. Contrary to what you may think, it very much fits the designer task list for every project.

To remove the stress from your renovation or design project, call in a local designer or decorator to guide you through the process. Many can also work virtually, so do not despair if you find you prefer someone who lives in a different area than you. Give the firm a call and see how they can help!