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The Roots Of Mediterranean Decor

Oct 9, 2007
How to use the Moroccan influence in your Mediterranean decorating theme. The use of color, texture and metals to create this look.

Many have tried to describe the style of Moroccan home design. Which words come to mind? Grace, charm, seductiveness, mystery, and a certain allure all beacon. This style of design, which comes from the Mediterranean region, both north of the sea and south of it shows its strong influence from Moorish design, the materials available in the area, the climate influences and other factors. This design, though it had its origins in this region, can now be seen throughout the world. It is easy to create a seductive room with a Moroccan theme for your home.

This decorating concept is especially popular in the southern part of Spain and the northern part of Africa and it represents the strong traditions of the area. As it spreads further afield, other influences are added, and the Mediterranean style has now become one of hate most popular styles in the world. Even in the "New World" we see how important this style has become in the decorating world, even though it has become a bit muted as it evolved to this new setting. Let's have a look at the real Moroccan style and see how we can incorporate it into our homes.

In the Moroccan style, the walls are usually textured. This comes from the original materials used for walls, but it can be recreated in modern times by using paint in a neutral color that you have added sand to to give it the aged, washed looked that is desired. You can even buy specially developed paints that have the texture added already.

To complete the style on the walls, you should incorporate architectural features such as moldings, columns, cornices and other wall and ceiling items as much as you can. The colors that should be used include warm earth colors, lavenders, and soft yellows mixed with the cerulean blue that is predominant in the pottery of the area. The accessories also include these colors and textures. Soft earthy colors and aged looking metals will complete the illusion. Make sure you use this theory in everything-ceilings, doors, furniture, etc.

This does not mean that a lot of planning should go into a project such as this. The style is almost random in its casualness; walls look like they have been half finished, rather than perfectly painted and trimmed. This is the look to strive for at the beginning and the look can be enhanced more and more as you move on.
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