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An urn can be used as a base for a large stone tile table top in a Mediterranean-themed bedroom.
An urn can be used as a base for a large stone tile table top in a Mediterranean-themed bedroom.
A sheer fabric can be hung from acanthus leaf bookends over a doorway to assist in a Mediterranean theme.
A sheer fabric can be hung from acanthus leaf bookends over a doorway to assist in a Mediterranean theme.

Creating a Mediterranean atmosphere in a bedroom

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Issue 24, Volume 17.
Laura Taylor
Special to the Village News
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If you are looking to apply a makeover to your bedroom with a theme representative of the Mediterranean, this can be accomplished fairly simplistically and within a modest budget.

When one thinks of the Mediterranean and its numerous cultures and themes, places such as Northern Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and parts of the Middle East possess old-world styles that echo through contemporary translations.

Starting with a color scheme is always a practical approach, whether you want to stay basic with flat paint or go a bit more into depth by introducing a ‘fresco’ style on the walls. This technique doesn’t have to commit to the whole room; maybe only on one wall or the back panel of a built in bookshelf. Paint stores or do-it-yourself references can inform you about how to apply the technique of a wet rag and glaze which creates a bit of texture and character, or even other methods such as faux finishes mimicking stucco, wood or leather. Painting the molding of the doors and windows in a thematic color can also bring in the ambiance that you are trying to capture.

What items come to mind with creating a feel of the Mediterranean environment? Mosaics, rich wood, terra cotta, patterned tiles and wrought iron are perfect examples of bringing the cherished outdoor atmosphere of the Mediterranean inside for one’s enjoyment. Think in terms of a large and weathered urn, a rustic bench, mosaic side table, or possibly an ornate wrought iron table lamp.

Variously shaped small mirrors adorned with glass décor for the frames can be arranged in a pattern on a wall. Revitalize old shutters for an interesting look by framing the window on the inside on the house. Have an open mind when looking in shops that have secondhand items, as they may be completely turned around into a focal point after a little refurbishing through paint or other enhancement.

Certain subjects associated with the Mediterranean lifestyle may be found in patterns on fabrics or depicted in a painting. Nature-inspired items include topiaries, olive trees, citrus or grapes. Columns and pillars communicate the architectural nuances found in the region. For example, a small Corinthian column could be used as a pedestal for a night-table or a potted plant.

Seating area: If you are able to have a seating area in the bedroom, look for a settee or chaise lounge (French for long chair) which might only need a simple reupholster or slipcover in an appropriate pattern. A small tea table and two side chairs can become an intimate corner.

Storage and table ideas: An old dresser drawer can be turned vertical and, with added shelving, becomes a display case for curios and books. Utilize television table-trays doubling as nightstands. After a little TLC and refinishing, it is possible to adhere laminated photographs to the tray itself. Utilize a seasoned storage chest as an end-piece to the bed.

Vanity screen: A simple wicker, wood or wrought iron vanity screen can be transformed via paint, or just by adding pictures or small paintings to personalize the boundary while creating a piece of art at the same time.

Miscellaneous decorative items: Keep an eye out for lamps, glass vases and ceramic urns, or an area rug that brings the room together. An old globe or iron candelabra will also add a certain impression to the room itself.

Bed area: If you are looking for a shelf over your bed, think about that lone mantelpiece that you may have found. Use a decorative throw or pillows for the bed, with sensual textures such as satin, tassels, or just an interesting design and vibrant colors.

That ‘Old World Charm’ can easily be obtained by searching re-sale shops, thrift stores, and yard sales for great buys.

Whatever the accompaniments that you decide to introduce into your retreat, make sure that it reflects your unique goal of obtaining your very own sanctuary.



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