Friday, January 31, 2014
The Mediterranean architectural style is a perennial favorite among Filipinos. In any subdivision in the Philippines, there’s bound to be at least one Mediterranean style home. Even with today’s modern trends leaning towards minimalism and the use of modern materials such as glass, many still prefer the warmth and coziness of the Mediterranean style.
For a complete and cohesive look for your home, it’s important to dress your interiors to complement your home’s architectural style. Take inspiration from these stunning elements of the Mediterranean interior design style...
Style and ambiance
The Mediterranean style is inspired by the cultures of countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, particularly Spain, Greece and Italy. The character of the Mediterranean style is embodied by a warm and light-filled ambiance and a bold aesthetic sensibility when it comes to color, texture, pattern and lines. Mediterranean homes often have a lot of large windows with wrought iron grating, filling rooms with lots of light.
The Mediterranean color palette largely subscribes to rich and warm hues. Terra cotta and yellow are popular color staples for this design style, while earth tones such as rust, tan, brown and gold are the perfect backdrop to showcase these hues. Spicy red, ocean blue and lavender are also great choices, depending on the particular Mediterranean regional style you’re going for.
Texture and pattern
Another important element of the Mediterranean style is the use of different textures. Plastered walls and tiled floors are constant style features. Plastered walls may be refined or more rustic. Plain tiles usually come in terra cotta color, but decorative tiles with ornate patterns are also largely used. These may be used as flooring borders around rooms or areas of interest and may also be applied on accent walls, as in kitchen backsplashes.
Furniture and accessories
Mediterranean furniture typically has a hefty look. Tables and chairs usually come with beautiful turned legs. Wrought iron is a prominent feature for ornate scrollwork and detailing, while burnished bronze is often seen in Mediterranean accessories, as in urns and light fixtures. Woven materials and leather upholstery coincide with the style as well.