Mediterranean style was born in the region north of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, namely Spain, Greece and Italy. Mediterranean style furniture ranges from simple and functional to more formal and heavy. Sofas and chairs tend to be short, with ornately turned legs. Hardware is dark and heavy, with wrought iron or burnished metal playing key roles. Glass table tops lighten the mood.

Mediterranean colors are inspired by the colors of the sea, sky and earth. Bright, deep blues contrast with clay red or golden wheat. Walls are often glazed to simulate the look of ancient plaster with textured finish.

Mosaic tiles are key accents in Mediterranean décor, and can be used on floors, walls, kitchen backsplash, bathroom, mirror frame or tabletops. Stenciled paints can recall the look of tile on floors, walls or furniture.

Floors are wooden and rough-hewn, or smooth marble or terrazzo tile. Rich fabrics and tapestries add warmth and texture in contrast to smooth wood and stone.

Accessories for the Mediterranean home include bronze or clay urns, wright iron fireplace screens, tall candlesticks and colored glass lamps.

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces, too. A patio or deck is the perfect place to bring in Mediterranean influences such as iron furniture, painted tiles and warm, sun-drenched colors.