Back in the early 2000s, Mediterranean homes were being built by the minute. Scrolled ironwork, yellow, red or bronze walls, and dark-stained cabinets and floors were at the top of the request list.
Fast forward 10-20 years later, and the styles have changed but many of the homes built back then have not.
We’ve helped many clients, living in this Old World era, lighten and brighten their spaces without a total renovation. Here’s how:
Travertine tile is very characteristic of a Mediterranean build. Rather than rip out the tile, we try to leave it in place and change the wall color to pull some of the lighter tones from the stone. We can also work around wood floors in this way but might choose to refinish the floors with a neutral stain color.
Do you have yellow, red or bronze walls? Painting simplifies the color scheme and provides a softer palette to work with. Benjamin Moore, “Revere Pewter” or Sherwin Williams, “Accessible Beige” are both great neutrals.
Mediterranean homes typically have ornate details in the moldings and millwork. We often replace this trim with something simple and streamlined. This gives the overall design a more cohesive look.
Chandeliers with scrolly metal components and amber shades get replaced with more current lighting options that reflect true light.
Most people don’t realize that the whole bannister doesn’t have to go. It can be reworked. Cutting out the old design and putting a more classic design in its place can make it look brand new again. This applies to doors too.
Soften up the windows and let more natural light in by doing away with heavy window treatments. Replace them with stationary panels or shades instead.
The goal is always to create liveable spaces that are current, stylish, and completely about who the person is and how they’ll be using the space. Call our office to schedule a design consult (918) 250-1650 or fill out an online design request HERE.