Mediterranean interior design and architecture have a seductive, charming and classic beauty which can’t be matched by any other style. These attributes have made them popular and appreciated all across the globe. But how can one achieve such a distinctive style and adapt it to their home? We’ll try to answer that question with examples.
Mediterranean is a vast category which incorporates a variety of styles. Although they all share a series of basic elements and have similar characteristics, there are also big differences between them. So a Tuscan villa and a Spanish or Moroccan-inspired residence will feature obvious differences.
These differences will be materialized both in the interior and exterior design and décor as well as in the architecture of the building. This image, for example, has strong Greek influences. Those are reflected in the color palette, textures and materials used but also in the design of the windows.
Mediterranean exterior spaces are bohemian and relaxing. So a wonderful way to take advantage of this style is by adapting it to the swimming pool area. Fountains are often an important part of Mediterranean design.
Arched windows and doors are key features for this particular style. In addition, a lot of Mediterranean residences feature open balconies and terraces. There’s always a strong connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces emphasizes through vegetation and natural materials.
In terms of interior design, Mediterranean-inspired homes should focus on simple, natural colors, white being one of them. A lot of Greek residences use white as their main color, complemented by the beautiful blue skies.
When wood is used, it doesn’t get the same connotation as in the case of rustic interiors, where it takes over the décor. In Mediterranean architecture and design it’s merely a way of highlighting certain features, create contrasts and add a bit of warmth to the space.
Expansive and dramatic staircase designs can also be a defining element of Mediterranean design. But they should be closer to the traditional style than the modern one. Also, complement the staircase with a large and ornate chandelier.
It’s easier to adapt the Mediterranean style when the location offers panoramic views of the sea and cliffs. That’s because Mediterranean residences and resorts emphasize the views and there’s a strong connection between these and the architecture. White is often preferred for the exterior spaces.
A Mediterranean feel can also be created through accessories and accent features. For example, the lighting fixtures can often change the ambiance and look of a space and, in the dining room for example, this is an important aspect.
Artwork is also a means of transmitting a message and creating a style. The framed wall décor in this bedroom is a really great example.