Mediterranean homes have those stylish yet traditional arches that surround the windows in the living room and in other rooms throughout the house. These windows now have a great framing for curtains as a window dressing. So there are specific types of curtains that would best suit a Mediterranean style living room. A heavy material is prefered for this kind of living room, as they fit in perfectly with the rest of the decor in the room. Some fabrics that an interior designers would use are damask, velvet and cotton. These are all each different in texture but each one has great potential for this style of living room. The curtains should be a fairly neutral colour such as beige, cream or a gold colour. This is a way for the living room to be balanced with the bold colours on the wall or in the artwork and even on the bed.
The alternative option to curtains are blinds. Blinds may go against the whole traditional look, but this a way for the designer to instill some modern window dressings with a great material. The preferred style of blinds are wooden ones, as this adds another layer of texture to the stylish room. The wooden blinds are the perfect way to try and combine the traditional material of dark wood in a modern way. Depending on the location of the house, the blinds may become faded over time due to the direction of the sun.
Warm toned terracotta tiles are the flooring material of choice in a Mediterranean style living room. They can left bare or they can be polished and shined to display a shiny and more modern look to any room they occupy. These belong to the rustic style of italian architecture and interior design. These are the traditional style of flooring for this kind of living room, as they maintain the entire interior style all throughout the home. They come in a variety of colours that can be made to resemble the cobblestone streets of Italy and Spain.
Another great alternative to tiles, are traditional wooden floors that suit any interior decoration scheme that might be flowing through the living room. Wooden The special thing about hardwood floors is that they are shined and polished to create an extra element of class. There are great options in wooden floors, starting with beautiful natural hardwood floors. This is probably the best way to dress the floors in any home but especially in the Mediterranean living room.
Light grey or even a cream coloured lounge suit is a good way to start designing the designing the furniture in your Mediterranean style living room as this colour will be used as a base to adding complementary colours in the smaller pieces of furniture. The lounge suit should contain four different sizes of chairs, starting with two large sofas that create a square around the around followed by a medium two seater size sofa and then finally a one seater chair.
Next to add to the room would be a medium to large size coffee table depending on the size of the room. It is important to measure out the size of the room before consulting with interior designers on the kind of coffee table. A wooden coffee table is the prefered choice especially if the floors in the living room are wooden too. Also keep in mind the height of the table. A coffee table should not be higher than your knees.
Following this addition, you can now add in the smaller pieces of furniture such as accent tables. Accent tables are a great way to have a place for your magazine or stand alone lamps that you wish to place in the living room. They should be a completely different texture of material compared to the coffee table, for example, if the coffee table is completely wooden, add leather accent tables to create a touch of texture layering to the room.
Lighting in a living room is tricky, as it all depends on how big the living room is as well as what will be placed in the living room. If there is a television in the living room, the lighting should not be as bright as if there were not as the reflective light from the television will also add to the overall light in the room. There are options for this as well. Designers could opt for one large light fixture in the center of the room that would usually be a chandelier of some kind, or they could suggest a cluster of ceiling fixtures to spread out the light more evenly across the entire room.