A weathered, placid and captivating abode perched on a hillside overlooking the sea: that is what I envision when hearing the word Mediterranean. A Mediterranean design is energized by impressions evoking a coastal lifestyle, specifically from Spain, Greece, Morocco, France and Italy, and concocts rustic features with warm tones.
Also known as Spanish Modern, this theme is ponderously influenced by the climate of the countries where it comes from, emulating palettes of the landscape in the north of the Mediterranean Sea, such as sexy azure, glowing terracotta, vivid lavender, deep red and creamy yellow. Thick and textured walls, bull-nose borders and rustic furniture produce this mature design that has been adopted worldwide.
Here are some examples of beautiful Mediterranean-inspired homes.
This Mediterranean house was built in 1923. The corridor ties together Venetian plaster arched walls, Spanish tiles, and deep burgundy hues. The chandeliers cast a warm shadow in the adobe walls, and small tables display the homeowner's antiques.
Designed by Lombardo Architects in San Francisco, this romantic entrance's very simple design speaks volumes of the Mediterranean style. It has the right palette (neutrals, lavender, green) and the right architectural features.