Whether you want to channel the cool blue waters of Santorini, the beautiful beaches of Ibiza or the rocky coastline of Capri, Mediterranean design is a way to bring a little piece of Europe into your home. This spin on coastal design is inspired by southern Europe, especially France, Italy and Spain. We’ve got some tips on how to achieve this laid-back, old world aesthetic—no matter how far you are from the seaside.

the hallmarks of mediterranean design
Mediterranean interior design focuses on indoor-outdoor living, natural materials and a minimalist approach to decorating. The style can be used to complement both classic and more contemporary design. Features found in older homes, like stone walls, exposed wood beams and tile floors, are a great match for the Mediterranean style, and these elements pair well with more modern furnishing to keep a home feeling current. Other key points include:

  • An emphasis on natural light and views to the outdoors
  • Arched windows and doors
  • Airy interior spaces
  • Common areas for entertaining
  • Natural materials like wood, rattan and linen
  • A neutral palette with pops of color inspired by the natural world, such as the blue-greens of the ocean, warm terracotta-inspired oranges or the golden hues of the sun

how to introduce it in your home
One of the easiest ways to embrace Mediterranean design is to follow the minimalist approach by decluttering your space. Paint is another great way to make a big change quickly. Opt for shades of white or cream, and don’t be afraid to embrace imperfections on walls to allow for added texture. You also can use white-wash to add texture and patina to walls and floors. Here are other changes you can make:

  • Install wide plank flooring or tile.
  • Bring in more natural light with bare windows, solar shades or gauzy curtains.
  • Decorate outdoor spaces in a way that is cohesive with your indoor design.
  • Incorporate natural materials into furniture and decorative objects.
  • Highlight existing architectural details to add character.
  • Add arches through decor like mirrors, bookcases or curio cabinets.
  • Go with Mediterranean-inspired greenery, such as olive and lemon trees or dried flowers.

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