How to Decorate Your Home in a Mediterranean Style

If you adore the styles of Greek or Italian homes, you need to check out the Mediterranean style for your home decor.
How to Decorate Your Home in a Mediterranean Style

Last update: 24 November, 2018

In today’s post, we’d like to show you how to nail the Mediterranean style for your home. Aside from Italian or Greek homes, this is also quite a common style for coastal homes in Spain. And we often even see city homes that are far away from the coasts with this vibe.

Using Mediterranean decor is the best way to generate those feelings that we get when we find ourselves in a beautiful place. So, wherever you might live, you can always give your home a summer or coastal air.

As you’ll read below, these kinds of rooms usually have something rustic about them. They’re normally simple but full of charm. Even though there might be a few accessories, the walls in these homes are generally free of decoration and follow a kind of minimalism.

Below, we’ll give you with the key points that you’ll need to decorate your home with a Mediterranean air. You’ll love the results.

Mediterranean simple design

Blues and whites are a must

You won’t be able to get enough of the white and blue color combination, which is fundamental in any Mediterranean room. As we’ve seen in previous posts, white provides light and visual space and can make rooms feel larger than they actually are.

Blue, on the other hand, takes us to the sky and the Mediterranean Sea (to places like the Blue Caves on Paxos Island). It fills us with serenity. All tones of blue work here – turquoise, sky blue, indigo…

You can also add in some brown tones as well – ocher, beige, and olive green. With all of these colors, your rooms will be bright, spacious and breezy.

However, the base color of your home needs to be white. You can use the other colors in things like blue glass, bedding, shutters, dishware… there are lots of options.

Open spaces

It’s not always possible, but remember that Mediterranean home interiors are usually open spaces. For example, kitchens that open up to the living room or a combined living room and dining room. With an open concept, sunlight can easily brighten up every corner. So, if you use curtains, make sure than they let light in.

Mediterranean natural light

To divide the area a little bit, many people try using small level changes (with one or two steps) or wide, open arcs for the walls that lead to the rooms.

The home exterior is also an important aspect for this look, like the gardens, patio area, and balcony. They’re usually painted white and full of colorful plants. In Mediterranean homes, people often use these spaces for gatherings with family and friends.

To keep the areas from being busy, don’t use too much furniture. The ideal pieces are of simple, but sturdy wood or natural fiber (for chairs) to highlight the natural feel.

The most common Mediterranean materials

The most common materials for Mediterranean layouts are stone, wood, and clay. To give you an example, many homes leave walls just as they are. In the Mediterranean, walls are usually thick for temperature control.

Exposed wooden beams in the ceiling or walls are also a common sight in these homes. Beams give a natural, rustic feel, which is perfect for the Mediterranean look.

Mediterranean wooden beams

As for floors, these kinds of homes usually have stone or blue-tiled floors (like the Moroccan style). However, sometimes they have wooden floors as well.

We can’t forget about the roles that textiles play in this style. They’re normally natural fibers, which add a rustic feel. For example, some homes might have wicker lamps or baskets to store towels.

The most common sort of rugs is normally wicker or rattan ones. Some might even look rough, but it’s all part of their charm. To use them in your decor, try adding other small accessories that are made of these materials as well. For example, you can try hanging hats on the wall or wrapping demijohns with natural fibers…

Creating a Mediterranean air in your home is possible, with our pointers. Only use natural elements and white as your base and use different shades of blue for pops of color. That way, you’ll create freshness and serenity.