Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bring Warmth of Med Back Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bring Warmth of Med Back Home

Article excerpt

Creating a sunny Mediterranean-style feel to your home has never been easier. You can take inspiration from books, magazines and pictures or, if you've been lucky enough to visit the Med this summer, you can include some of the colours, textures and styles that will remind you of your holiday.

And not only can you bring influences from the Med into your interior designs, but you can add more tropical, exotic plants into the garden.

These stylish, architectural plants such as lavenders and bay topiary are now widely available across the UK and will add some foreign chic to any garden.

You can make a dramatic transformation to your home simply by changing the colour of paint on your walls ( not only will you have a different look but it can help create the feeling of space, particularly in a smaller room.

For a Mediterranean feel, be bold and choose lavish colours like bright blue, lime green, orange, red and ochre and set them off against `whitewash'.

So, you might have two bright blue walls and two white ones (try Crown Breathe Easy Matt Emulsion in Brilliant White, which has the advantage not only of being low-fume but of also being wipe-clean, pounds 6.98).

When you choose your colours, think of the aspects of the Med that they might evoke, so oranges and yellows for sunlight, blues and greens for the sea (try Dulux one coat gloss paint, from pounds 9.98 or the wide range of colours in the own-brand Colours range from B&Q).

If you're looking to recreate a special hue, you could always have a custom-colour mixed with B&Q paint-mixing services in-store.

As well as terracotta and wicker, wrought iron is another material widely used in the Med. You can reflect this in your choice of furniture, fixtures and fittings, such as door handles and table legs, but don't forget that indoor lighting is also a great way to include metallic touches.

A ceiling fan is perfect for balmy evenings or to reminisce about evenings spent under the stars. And you might like to install downlighters in the ceiling of your living or dining room.

Floor tiles

Marble or terracotta tiles are popular in the Med because they help keep rooms cool in midsummer. …

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