Originally from countries north of the Mediterranean including Spain, Greece and Italy, the Mediterranean style is now often referred to as “Spanish Modernism”. This style became popular in architecture over the last century, and some beautiful features of such decor have since been incorporated into interior design. Would you like to integrate them too? Here are some tips.
Use neutral colors as a base for your interior, white, cream and even buttermilk. Mediterranean colors are reminiscent of the sea and sky and can also include warm terracotta, lavender and yellow, depending on the region. Pick up plenty of texture, too: layers of paint and glaze are hand rubbed onto plaster or sand-textured walls to add visual depth. Simulate the look of a plaster wall with a textured finish using tinted drywall mix and colored beeswax.
Mosaic tile designs embody the beauty of a Mediterranean interior. You may have heard of famous azulejo tiles – we’re talking about them and designs inspired by them. Bring the designs into your home on the floor or kitchen, or on something to take with you when you move, like a mirror frame or tabletop. You can also simulate the appearance of tiles with a stenciled mosaic border on floors, walls, or furniture.
Furniture & Accessories
Mediterranean style furniture ranges from simply functional to extremely formal. The pieces are short, with intricately twisted legs and feet; Hardware is heavy and often blued. A bullnose edge is a common design detail on countertops and mantels. For accessories, favor burnished bronze urns, filigree lights and a wrought iron fireplace screen for a Moroccan influence. Do not forget about printed and colorful textiles – with stripes, a worn look and in shades of blue, they instantly embellish the room and make it more Mediterranean.