If you’ve ever traveled to the Mediterranean, you surely fell in love with the style of the houses there. There is something so comforting when you walk into a hotel or private residence that makes you feel at home. The design is almost always simple, yet so alluring at the same time.
That’s good news for the DIY home decorator. This means that it is very easy to achieve the Mediterranean look and feel in your own home. If you want to feel like you are in the Mediterranean then you just need to follow a few basics to decorate your home the same way. In this article, we will go over what some of those basics are so you can replicate them at home.
1. Use natural material
One of the key characteristics of Mediterranean design is the use of materials found in nature. Back when these houses were being built, the people would use the material they had at hand. This means they used stone and wood in just about everything.
To recreate the look, you’ll need to use a lot of this material. The look of wood is warm and comforting so look for Italian furniture made with a lot of wood accents. Shelving made out of wood is also going to help with the look and feel. Wherever you can putting some wood to add an accent is important.
Other accents can be made out of stone as well. But, if you don’t have some terracotta items then you will certainly feel them missing. Look for a rustic vase to fill some negative space made from terra cotta or other natural materials, for example.
2. Let the light in
Another element that is essential in the Mediterranean look is light. You surely noticed how bright and airy the houses were inside when you traveled there. Make sure to let the natural light in as much as possible.
If you are designing a custom-built house then make sure to add plenty of big windows that face south so you can let all that light in. Otherwise, look to take down some walls in your current home to open up the space and make it airier. This will allow light from windows to travel through the entire space.
3. Get the colors right
There is not a single color scheme that works across all the Mediterranean cultures. For instance, in Greece, the predominant colors are white and blue. However, in Tuscany in Italy, you’re going to find more rustic reds and muted colors.
When it comes to your color scheme you will have to decide on a certain area of the Mediterranean to focus on so you have the right colors to match the rest of the decorations.
You definitely won’t go wrong with using a lot of white as it will help you achieve a brightness that’s important. But pick accents based on the particular country you are trying to emulate.