This is the Original Friday Inspiration series – amazing things that we handpicked to inspire you. This week’s post brings the “Mediterranean Grace” to the forefront.

Mediterranean-style interior design is a spin on the décor found in Mediterranean countries. Whether you’re imagining a warm, carefree summer in Santorini, Capri, or Ibiza, the best Mediterranean-style interior design emphasizes indoor-outdoor living, natural materials and finishes, and an effortless, minimalist-chic approach to decorating rooted in centuries of life along the beautiful Mediterranean coast.

Because Mediterranean-style architecture is best suited to warm, sunny climates, it is most commonly found in places like California and Florida in the United States. However, Mediterranean-style interior design has become a catch-all term for building, interior design, and architecture in the United States and beyond.

Mediterranean-Style Interior Design Tips:

Natural exposed wood beams in the ceiling or hardwood floors throughout the Mediterranean home create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Homes decorated in the Mediterranean style look great with handcrafted wood furniture.

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Furnish outdoor spaces like a patio, balcony, or terrace with the same care you would use to decorate the interior spaces, with a cohesive aesthetic between indoors and out.
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Stucco is the most common material used for the exterior of Mediterranean-style homes, which mimic the look of the old-time villas.
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Texture can be added to walls by allowing their natural imperfections to show.
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Add depth and character to your home by whitewashing your walls or floors.
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Clutter can be minimized by focusing on the most important things.
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Create a cohesive look by using the same flooring in all areas.
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Mosaic tiles can be used to add pattern and interest to minimalist spaces.
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Consider raw materials like natural stone, unfinished wood, bamboo, or cement for your finishing touch.
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Natural materials like rattan, wicker, straw, rope, jute, linen, and cotton can be used for furniture and decorative items.
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To add character to a newer building, highlight the existing architecture or add in details like faux exposed beams, stonework, or tilework.
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Choose rustic, sculptural items such as ceramics, bowls, baskets, and vases, whether vintage or handcrafted.
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With bare windows, solar shades, or pale gauzy curtains, take advantage of the abundance of natural light.
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Depending on personal preference and the climate, wide plank wood flooring or tile may be the best option.
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Walls should be painted in white or cream tones.
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Paint arches, or use arched mirrors or bookshelves in your design.
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Choose potted olive or lemon trees from the Mediterranean region if the climate permits. For something more rustic, you could try a rustic vase with branches or simple dried flowers.
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Leave flooring bare or use flat-weave rugs in natural materials and muted colors.
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Natural exposed wood beams in the ceiling or hardwood floors throughout the Mediterranean home create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Homes decorated in the Mediterranean style look great with handcrafted wood furniture.
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Stone wall facades, columns, and fireplaces with tumbled stone detailing are traditional Mediterranean elements. Modern Mediterranean interiors feature a wide range of tile, from the floor to the ceiling, in a variety of colors and patterns.
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Indoor or outdoor, linen furniture or furniture slipcovers are the ideal organic material for Mediterranean furniture.
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In a room that is otherwise neutral, rugs with traditional designs and neutral colors can work as well as those with vibrant colors that add a pop of color.

 

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