If you want your home to feel like a villa in Tuscany but aren’t quite sure where to start, mastering a modern Mediterranean look is easier than you think.
The Mediterranean Region is generally defined as the coastal areas that surround the Mediterranean Sea. As the crossroads of three continents, the region is typically characterised by the subtropical Mediterranean climate that features mild winters and hot, dry summers. However, modern Mediterranean characteristics are more focussed on the lifestyle as opposed to the technicalities – think sangria, siestas and indoor outdoor living to make the most of the weather.
Many of us have no doubt been pining for a European summer that consists of road tripping around Italy’s Amalfi coastline or exploring the olive groves of southern Spain. Although we’re on the other side of the world, it should come as no surprise that modern Mediterranean is a design trend currently being embraced by a number of homeowners right here in Australia – but how do you get it right?
The Fundamentals For Modern Mediterranean Design
As a means to make every day feel like you’re on holiday, modern Mediterranean is a design trend that fits surprisingly well with the Australian climate and outdoor centric lifestyle. Known for stucco walls, tumbled stone and the wrought-iron accents that were hugely popular in design circles in the early nineties, Mediterranean styling is making a comeback with a few more contemporary touches. While determining just how far down the rabbit hole you want to go is entirely up to you, there are still a few key staples when it comes to getting this look just right.
Natural Stone Materials – Nailing modern Mediterranean design is all about combining boldness, simplicity and convenience, predominantly through natural materials that would have been used centuries ago. For areas such as fireplaces, outdoor entertainment and bathrooms, brick look and stone textured tiles should be your go-to material to channel this vibe.
Embrace Arches – No longer seen as old fashioned, the addition of doorway arches into your home can bring a sense of elegance and charm when paired with the right decor and furnishings as a means to channel a modern Mediterranean look – in fact, they’re almost essential. If you don’t have the budget to go all the way, try using tiles instead.
Indoor Outdoor Living – Actual Mediterraneans almost always have a dedicated outdoor sanctuary that is almost an extension of the kitchen. As such, modern tributes should aim to encapsulate the same thing. If you live in a tropical or warmer climate, consider installing a plunge pool to really encapsulate the lifestyle at it’s finest.
Earthy Colour Palettes – Regardless of whether it’s for your walls or bathroom towels, modern Mediterranean design is all about embracing natural tones. A very simple, stripped back colour palette defines the Mediterranean style, with tones such as ochre, rust, cinnamon, sand, olive or deep mustard generally seen as ideal.
Don’t Forget The Greenery – If you think about your last holiday to the Mediterranean, the olive trees of Spain, grape vines seen in villas in Italy, and jaw dropping bougainvilleas of Greece and coastal Turkey all had parts to play in how you remember your time there. As such, don’t forget to add plants to complete your new modern Mediterranean home design.
While white stucco with brick or terracotta floors have long been regarded as essential when completing a Mediterranean look, some homeowners prefer a more contemporary design when compared to the traditional Italian and Spanish inspired looks. How old school you want to go with this timeless home design is entirely up to you, but at one point or another, you’re going to need the help of the professionals when it comes to sourcing the right materials – but where do you find them?
Talk Tiles With The Professionals
While your options for carpet, timber and tiles are almost limitless, selecting the right type for your home certainly isn’t an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget?
In operation for over 25 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more – for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price and the right advice.
Even if you are just after some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote. We’re able to work with you in order to bring your dream flooring solution to life.