How To Get A Mediterranean Home
With winter well and truly making itself known, most of us are probably flicking though our holiday pictures wishing we could be back in those warmer climates. When you think of the Mediterranean, guarantee you will imagine sparking seas, clear blue skies and bright, bold colours. So, why not take inspiration from these gorgeous places and bring the same looks in to your own home.
Mediterranean homes take inspiration from a number of countries including regions of Western Asia, North Africa and most commonly Southern Europe. This wide range of cultures gives you plenty to choose from when it comes to inspirations. Typically, most interior design concepts take popular looks from Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco.
Renown for its use of a brilliant white and a vivid azure blue, Greece is certainly hot on its colour. Therefore using both these white and blue tiles together will immediately create that Greek style in your home, especially when used with a patterned tile. This authentic and genuine Greek look will transport you to those golden beaches and give your home that much needed injection of life. Alternatively, try white wall tiles paired with black floor tiles for a more monochromatic look that can be paired harmoniously with reds and yellows for a stunning contrast of brighter colours. Pair these tiles with potted plants and flowers for that whimsical finishing touch.
Slightly more rustic in appearance, the Spanish look works with warmer colours with more brown undertones and natural palettes. Think exposed wood beams, textured painted walls and of course terracotta tiles. The terracotta tile is an iconic piece of Spanish culture offering a stunning orange colours with warmer tones to bring that heat back in to your home. Combine terracotta tile, wall or floor, with metallic accessories, woven furnitures and bold artwork for a charming villa aesthetic.
The Italian look is far more sophisticated and focuses instead on those lighter colours found in tiles such as marble and stone. These luxurious tiles give you a sophisticated finish and adds a sense of class to your home which is ideal for Italian inspired interiors. Match these tiles with warm colours such as olive greens and yellows to echo the stunning vineyards and greenery of Italy. Complete this look with detailed artwork, wooden furnishings and potted plants to bring your home back in touch with nature.
Arguably one of the biggest trends to take off recently is the Moroccan look, cropping up in kitchens and bathrooms everywhere. Morocco might not be your first thought when you think of the Mediterranean, but it’s close proximity to the Mediterranean coast lends itself to these gorgeous aesthetics nicely. Moroccan tiles in particular focus on a mix of detailed patterns that hold a rich historical importance to the culture. This pattern, known as Zellige, transports your home to a faraway place and is great for bringing in an exotic design to your home. Mix and match patterned tiles to get that genuine look and match with metallic accessories as well as slightly Arabic inspired furnishings.