If you have the love for Spain, Italy, Greece and other southern countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, then Mediterranean style is the perfect style for you. A popular style with a European charm, has taken the world by storm, and is not going to go anytime soon.
Mediterranean style focuses on simple interiors with a clutter free look, coastal charm and a royal feel. The versatility of this style is that it can give a rustic vibe or modern, contemporary feel.
When it comes to the history of this style, it is said to be influenced by the temperate climatic conditions of the Mediterranean region. The style is designed to fulfill the needs and requirements of a sun drenched place. Every country in the Southern region has different culture and traditions with a slight variation in the country interior style, but the common Mediterranean style elements are the same. Since it incorporates many country style features in one, the Mediterranean style is broad and versatile and can cater to your desires, be it a touch of rich patterns and textiles of Morocco or the aquatic shades of Greece.
A Mediterranean style is easy to design if we keep a few things in mind. So let us discuss these common elements that make up this rich yet minimal style, to create elegant interiors for our home.
Neutral colour palette
Mediterranean colour palette is mainly inspired by nature. Textured White plaster walls are a commonality across many Mediterranean style homes. It reflects sunlight and brightens up the space. Other neutrals such as ochre, chestnut, burnt umber and terracotta give an earthy, rustic touch. Many Mediterranean spaces are also adorned with shades of the sea, sky, plants and the sun that brings a natural, refreshing vibe. These colours are used in form of accent walls and features to add a statement of style.
Natural finishes and architectural elements
Interior finishes and furniture materials in Mediterranean style consists of stone, marble, wood, wrought iron, glass and terracotta. Stone and painted or exposed weathered wood are commonly used in these spaces, either as wall feature or flooring. Ceramic tiles are very popular and widely used as well. Mosaic patterned tiles infuse the space with Mediterranean essence, and add colour, pattern and variety to the minimalistic space.
Exposed wooden beams are an integral architectural element in this style. It is very rare that you wouldn’t find them in Mediterranean homes. It adds character and brings much needed warmth in these spaces to create the cozy, intimate feel. An Italian touch can be incorporated with the use of arches near doors, windows and other corners to add a distinctive feature.
Easy view of the outdoors and ample sunlight
Mediterranean style spaces emphasize on cohesive indoor-outdoor living. It incorporates lots of greenery indoors or use large windows that give an expanded view of the outdoors and maximize natural light in the room. This is the reason you would see spaces in this style with large windows, often covered with light curtains or sheers, and white sills for a bare and clean look. Outdoor space designs such as balconies and front yards are equally focused on, as the indoors, with comfortable seating and architectural details, that help create a harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor.
Simple furniture, furnishings and accessories
Furniture with a Mediterranean style has simple, romantic aesthetics with an old world charm and contemporary feel. The emphasis here is on functionality and minimalism therefore you will see simple and sturdy furniture with structures made out of wood, wrought iron and rattan. Depending on the in-depth style, there may be a rustic touch, elaborate carvings or metal detailing in railings or chairs. Colourful pillows and flat weaved rugs adorn these spaces and create visual interest with patterns and textures.
Decorative elements such as vintage ceramic plates, handcrafted accessories, ornamented vases and antiques accentuate Mediterranean style. Light fixtures range from rustic or ornate pendant lights to arc metal lamps and old world inspired chandeliers.
The highlights of Mediterranean interiors are airy and bright spaces with open layouts that are sophisticated and create a ‘less is more’ feeling. The aim is to design family friendly spaces, that are more warm and hospitable. The style is broad but we have given an insight here with key elements in focus, and hope that it helps you design an inviting Mediterranean style home.