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creating the Mediterranean decor style in your home

Mediterranean style interior design combines the warm, carefree summer vibes from the Mediterranean and the popular indoor-outdoor living practised there.

This minimalist-chic approach to decorating makes full use of natural materials and finshes. Mediterranean is a branch of coastal design, which is a broader term used for seaside living.


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WHERE DOES THE MEDITERRANEAN INTERIOR ORIGINATE FROM?

Mediterranean style generally refers to the aesthetics of Southern European countries such as Greece, Italy, and Spain.

Keep in mind that there are actually 21 countries that border the Mediterranean, meaning that you can see design influences from Israel, Morocco, and beyond.

These countries share a collective sensibility related to their shared proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, they each still possess centuries of distinct culture and design traditions.


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MODERN MEDITERRANEAN

Modern Mediterranean architecture and interior design focuses on the current ways we like to live, with bigger rooms and large energy efficient windows but paired with classic materials, ensuring that the building will still pay homage to history.

Use contemporary furniture and decor with original features such as natural stone walls, exposed wood beams and tiled floors.


Read on to discover more detailed elements of the Mediterranean style and how to adapt it for your interior regardless of location or climate.


KEY ELEMENTS OF MEDITERRANEAN STYLE DESIGN

  • Emphasis on indoor-outdoor living

  • Open plan living

  • Maximises natural light and views of the outdoors

  • Arched windows and doors

  • Exposed beams, natural stone walls, tile or hardwood floors

  • Keep the design paired back, use the less is more approached

  • Use of natural materials in finishes and decor such as wood, rattan, ceramics, tiles, terracotta, wrought iron, linen, and cotton

  • Neutral palette with white plaster walls

  • Draw on the natural environment and use blues from the ocean, yellows from the sun and greens from the vegetation for bolder colours

  • A large dining area is a must with multiple seating for big gatherings


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MEDITERRANEAN STYLE INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS

  • Declutter to keep the space minimal

  • Opt for shades of white or cream on the walls

  • Allow natural imperfections on surfaces to show through to add texture

  • White wash walls or floors to add texture and patina

  • Choose wide plank wood flooring or tile depending on preference and climate

  • Use same flooring throughout to create a cohesive look

  • Leave flooring bare or use flat-weave rugs in natural materials and muted colours

  • For other surface finishes, consider raw materials such as natural stone, unfinished wood, bamboo, or cement


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  • Incorporate natural materials for furniture and decorative objects, such as rattan, wicker, straw, rope, jute, linen, cotton, and wool

  • Highlight existing architecture or add in details such as exposed beams, stone or vintage tiles to add character to a newer build

  • Choose rustic, handcrafted, sculptural decor objects, like ceramics, baskets, and vases

  • Make the most of natural light with bare windows, linen or cotton unlined curtains

  • Create indoor-outdoor living with French, sliding or bi-folding doors

  • Why not try mosaic tiles to add interest and detail to an area

  • Combine multiple textures to create warmth and interest

  • Take the same care and attention to detail to decorate outdoor spaces like a patio, balcony or terrace as you would with interior spaces, think about tying these two spaces together with textile print

  • Use open shelving to display curated dinnerware, glassware and accessories

  • Place Mediterranean greenery like a potted olive or lemon tree to complete the look

Below I have done two mood board for the Mediterranean style interior


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This mood board is a modern take on a classic.

Keeping with traditional seaside colours of blue, white, light beige and terracotta but using them in modern designs and fabric patterns.


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With this mood board I've taken a more modern and paired back approach.

Drawing on the natural beauty of materials like rattan, ceramics and wood.

Colours are muted and soft creating a cool interior for those hot days.


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I hoped you have enjoyed this article - let me know what your favourite design style is?


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