The romantic feel of the Mediterranean is something we are in constant search of, especially during the hot summer months. It seems that Italy, Greece and Croatia really had an impact on us as we would really love to experience that Mediterranean feel once again. Sometimes, we would like to feel those vibes to such an extent that we are looking for ways to bring just a dash of this part of Europe into our homes. And how can we do that? Nothing’s impossible, so if you really want to give your home that Mediterranean feel, these are the most important things you should have in mind.
The color palette
The most important thing for a home resembling the true homes of the Mediterranean is the colors that you incorporate. The colors should be both vibrant and earthy, so the combination of the two is the perfect option. Use colors such as emerald green, aubergine, Lapis Blue or bright yellow, and use some earth-toned backdrops to make the colors stand out. As far as your walls are concerned, make them white, as this is the best way to accentuate all the details in your home. The textiles, furniture, tiles and other things should come in other different bright colors.
One of the best features of the Mediterranean home style is the tile floors. They are amazing as it’s very easy to maintain them and are very durable. The most used color is terra cotta, although you might as well opt for limestone and marble. This is what makes or breaks the final look in your home, so it would be best to opt for beautiful and high-quality exclusive tiles that will accentuate all the important corners of your house. You want your house to look high-end yet very relaxing, and the flooring will help you reach your goal.
If you want to have authentic furnishing for this design style, you want to choose large, sturdy and rustic pieces. If these pieces are hand-carved, even better. However, this is not a cheap option as this type of furniture can get quite pricey. Keep your mind open for any furniture that resembles this style, and you will most certainly find something that’s affordable even though the general idea of introducing this furniture into your home comes at a great price. Another thing that you should bear in mind is that you need to incorporate plenty of plants into your living room and your halls. Mediterranean homes are filled with greenery, which could be a plus for you if you don’t want to emphasize your furniture.
As far as the materials are concerned, apart from wood, which should be the main material for your furniture, try to include as many natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk as possible. All of your drapes, pillowcases and rugs should include these fabrics and be very heavy in order to mimic tapestries. Another important material is iron. This is a plus, as iron hardware is very affordable to incorporate in your home. Keep your eye open for iron doorknobs, cabinet pulls and hinges.
Finally, the lighting can either make or break your final look. This is why it’s extremely important to make sure your home gets plenty of natural light. If this is an issue, though, try to find lamps and chandeliers that will mimic natural light. Use lighter paint hues and mirrors to reflect the light that you already have. Also, if you don’t get enough light, drop the curtains as you want the maximum amount of light to penetrate your home.
Giving your home that Mediterranean feel is definitely a difficult task, yet not an impossible one. It will require money, time and devotion, but in the end, if this is what you really want, you can do it. And most importantly, it will look extremely beautiful, warm and welcoming.