I purchased my home about three years ago and it came with a large patterned tile floor, rock fireplace, and dark paneled walls in the living room. The style of the house outside is Mediterranean and I'd like to keep that style inside, but it is currently far too busy and dark for me. I want to have a stucco fireplace, new (less busy) tile floor, and to paint the paneling a light color to neturalize the room and brighten the downstairs. Problem: can't find any ideas on this type of enterior. Builders/Designers don't seem to use dark paneling anymore. Help? »
Venetian plaster is a classic paint finish in Italy and other Mediterranean countries. The original technique involves applying several layers of plaster, along with natural pigments. Fortunately, today we can purchase acrylic "plaster" for easier application, or we could hire a terrific faux artist! Colors such as terra cotta and azure are commonly seen in this wall treatment.