5 Ways to Achieve a Mediterranean Look

Mediterranean style is a perennial favorite in design and architecture and it's easy to see why. Read on for tips to achieve this particular brand of casual elegance. 


Tile details

Originally hailing from countries like Spain and Portugal, tile work is a hallmark of this design. This colorful detail can lend a unique and historic sensibility to any interior. Tiled fireplaces, back splashes, windowsills and staircases are just some of the ways Mediterranean patterned tiles can be used in the home. This element specifically is widespread in Spanish Revival homes throughout Southern California and the American West.

 

Color Palette

Think sea, sky and rich earth! Taking color cues from nature is a great way to give your home an authentically Mediterranean feel. Rich hues of tans or creamy beige are a wonderful start. Try pairing these neutral tones with pops of red, lavender or yellow for a livelier feel.  

 

Photo: Houzz.com

Photo: Houzz.com

Decorative Wrought Iron Lighting and Accents

We would be amiss not to include wrought iron on this list! Iron chandeliers are often the focal point of a Mediterranean style room and candle style wall sconces offer the perfect accents. Wrought iron window grilles and balcony railings are a great way to bring the feeling of the Mediterranean to the exterior.

 

Photo: James Glover

Photo: James Glover

Wall Texture

Stucco exterior walls are essential for creating a Mediterranean feel. Mottling and color are two ways to play with either a more old-world or contemporary look. There are a world of possibilities out there and tons of professionals to help you get the job done! One of our favorite resources is Houzz.com. The site makes it easy to find highly-rated professionals in any area.

Indoors, it’s all about plaster! Mixing texture with the right colors will absolutely transform the room into Mediterranean style retreat. Wall treatments are one of the best places in the home to get creative.

 

Photo: Houzz.com

Photo: Houzz.com

Terracotta

Terracotta roofing is one of the first things that come to mind when envisioning a classic, Mediterranean style home. This Spanish Revival style home in Carmel, California is a great example of this particular type of roofing. While this is certainly one of the most quintessential parts of the design, the look can also be achieved by bring terracotta indoors through flooring. Try the tile in a kitchen or entryway to get that earthy, rustic look.