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Home Decorating Techniques with Mediterranean Style

shutterstock 13534615 Courtyard of mediterranean villa in French Riviera1 e1297282234361 Home Decorating Techniques with Mediterranean Style

The Mediterranean decorating style was inspired by the techniques commonly used in the northern Mediterranean area. Spanish, French, Italian and Greek influences are all seen in this style. It’s a very traditional style of decorating, evoking the overall feeling of old world charm. When decorating your home in a Mediterranean style, it’s important to stay true to the look. Although you can certainly mix and match as part of your decorating theme, modern art or modern furniture styles would certainly look out of place. If you want to bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your home, here are some decorating tips to help get you inspired.

Adding Southwestern Flair with Wall Art

shutterstock 1804648 e1300910114809 Adding Southwestern Flair with Wall ArtThe southwestern style of decorating is popular in almost every area of the country. Although you might primarily think of this decorating style in the New Mexico and Arizona area, you’ll find homes decorated in this style in areas as diverse as Florida, Washington, and Ohio. The southwestern style of decorating has a relaxed and easy feel to it, providing the perfect backdrop for rest and relaxation. Warm colors, terra cotta decorating accents, richly woven tapestries, wrought iron, and hammered tin are features that are commonly found in this style of decorating. If you’d like to bring the look of the southwest to your home, here are some decorating tips to help get you started.

Add a Personalized Decorating Touch with Monograms

shutterstock 22237288 Add a Personalized Decorating Touch with MonogramsIt’s hard to beat monograms for adding a personalized touch to your home. There are plenty of ways to add monograms to your home’s decor, including wood carvings, metal wall art, embroidered accessories, or painted items. Although some people immediately think of embroidered towel sets or pillow cases when they hear the word “monogram,” there are actually many more ways to use your initials when decorating your home. If you’d like to add a beautiful touch of personalization to your decorating scheme, here are some easy ways to incorporate monograms.

Accentuating Architectural Features with Art

shutterstock 29402878 e1292962924148 Accentuating Architectural Features with ArtAlthough almost every home has some interesting architectural features, sometimes they can go almost unnoticed. In order to call proper attention to these interesting details, it’s important to find ways to accentuate them with art and other creative decorating techniques. When properly showcased, your home’s architectural features can become interesting focal points that demand attention. Here are a few easy and effective methods that you can use to accentuate your home’s architectural details.

Using Natural Elements in Winter Holiday Decorating

Christmas1 shutterstock 31970182 Using Natural Elements in Winter Holiday DecoratingIt is almost that time of year when winter holiday decorations will be bombarding the malls and making their presence known on every lamppost and store front in town.  While the glitter and glamour of winter holiday lights is appealing to commercial stores, for the homeowner, sometimes less is more.  Instead of using the fake decorations sold by every discount department store this year, try adding natural elements in your winter holiday decorating.

The Tree

For Christmas, the tree is usually the center of any home’s decor.  You can carry this theme throughout the home by creating beautiful trees wall art from pine boughs that you gather from your backyard pine.  Arrange them on shelves, atop fireplace mantels and in the center of the dining room table.  While the tree may be located in another room of the house, the beauty and wonderful smell of the natural pine can be seen throughout the rest of the house.  As a word of caution, always discard pine boughs that become dry and brittle, as they can be a fire hazard.

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