For an interior design style that will keep you warm in Winter and cool in Summer, why not try the Mediterranean look for your home?
I have a friend who lives near to me and she totally rocks this style in her house. When I’m there, I feel like I am thousands of miles away.
Indoor design and furnishings
For wall colours, think dirty pink, terracotta, oranges or caramel colours for that Italy/Spain/France/Greece/Morocco feel that will lift your spirits even on a dark, cold and wet Winter’s day.
For layout, open plan lounge/diner is a great way to recapture the openness of a villa or Riad.
Cushions are another great way to nail the style. Silk or satin blends in vibrant colours such as orange or hot pink, thrown on the sofas really give off the Mediterranean bohemian vibe. Also throws of similar material and colour add to the effect too. Feeling retro instead? Replace the mediterranean look with mid century modern style.
Why not upcycle an old wooden bench from a flea market or build your own using leftover wood? This will give that real authentic Mediterranean feel.
Hot DIY Tip:
You can make your own cushions really easily. Just get some fabric and wadding or stuffing from a fabric store, or better yet, upcycle old clothes. Cut two sheets of fabric roughly the size you want, with an inch spare each side for the seam. Sew the sheets together inside out, leaving a gap on one side big enough to comfortably put your fist through, then when you are done sewing, turn your fabric right side out, put your wadding inside until it is full enough, then sew up the gap. And voila, there you have your cushion!
Having an outdoor space is very important to people living on the Mediterranean, so think white garden furniture, white walls. Wicker furniture is perfect for that Summery effect.French doors opening out into the garden are a really nice touch for that added detail. If you can even open up the space more and get folding doors, so much the better!
Candles are romantic, Mediterranean and so this year! Any will do, but big, thick candles in candle holders will really get the desired effect.
Mosaics and floor tiles
Mosaic tiling is a real novel way to get that Greek look. You can use it not only in your bathroom, but also on coffee tables, kitchen worktops and around a DIY mirror too!
For an authentic-looking cooker splashback, why not use black and white kitchen tiles? Position them on the wall diagonally for a Med Mama’s Restaurant look!
Here is a quick how-to for mosaics:
- Get your tesserae – your mosaic material! You can use stone, porcelain or glass.
- Get your mortar and your grout– available from most home improvement stores.
- Find patterns online – or make your own! You can draw it beforehand or just freestyle as you go along if you are feeling very creative!
- Mix your mortar, following instructions.
- Apply the mortar using ideally a small plastic or wooden spatula.
- Apply your mosaic pieces.
- Leave it to set – 24 hours indoors, 72 hours outdoors
- Prepare your grout mix.
- Apply the grout to the gaps between your pieces, ideally filling those gaps.
- Give the grout about 20 minutes to set.
- Cover with varnish to seal your mosaic.