In mediterranean style, the keyword is simpleness. Colour palette is formed by the reflections from nature.
wide geography determines mediterranean style; from Portuguese's Atlantic
shores to Aegean's rocky islands, from Egypt, Libya, Algeria to Turkey's
turquoise coloured shores. Houses are big and away from the anxiety of winter
colds. Because, even winters are warm in mediterranean. Stone walls and
wooden covered windows opening to sea, reduces the burning effect of the
On floors, terracotta tiles, natural stones, unpolished marbles or rush mats are used. Mediterranean style is able to compete with modern technologic offers in creating cool and clean spaces with the help of natural solutions.
In most places of mediterranean, houses are built around a central courtyard as independent rooms. Preperation and service of the foods are made in the chilly kitchens and eaten under shadows of the trees of flowered courtyards. Houses built with native stones and stuff, plastered with mud and painted with lime. Lime is very healthy due to allowing walls to breath. But it must be applied one on top of the other a few times and renovated every spring.
Regionally, we can divide mediterranean colour palette to three groups as, Greece, Africa and Provence.
GREECE COLOUR PALETTE
In Greece style decoration, incase of style changes and renovation in time, the blue and white combination always exists. Houses located on Greece's Aegean and Mediterranean islands have lime white-wash. Architectural elements as wooden covers on windows, doors and window borders are painted blue. These details makes a nice contrast with white. Same combination is also used on sails, fisher boats and chaise longues on beaches.
PROVENCE COLOUR PALETTE
Provence region is surrounded with crops of sunflower and lavender, olive gardens and vineyards. So all these colours take place in decoration here. Dark tones of green and blue, lilacs, dark pinks, yellows and terracotta colours are dominant in provence colour palette.
AFRICA COLOUR PALETTE
Source of natural colours of Africa colour palette is the rockies of Atlas Mountains, deserts of Northern and Southern Africa and Nil Delta. Colour of terracotta is the heart of this palette and many of elements as roof tiles, floor coverings and cooking pots are made with terracotta.
Ceramic and mosaic are frequently used materials in mediterranean houses. Ceramic is used in kitchen and bathrooms in interiors and on the walls as panels outside. Usually stylized flowers and geometrical motifs worked on these. Ceramics are decorative and practic when cleaning and they give nice coolness to space. Mosaics are prefered on floors of entrances, stairs and corridors. Square-shape cut mosaics surround can be bordered with mosaics again to gain a good decorative effect. Be sure to measure application area before making an arrangement with ceramic or mosaics. Make water insulation before applying to kitchen or bathroom. Prefer heat resistant materials around furnace.
CARPET AND FABRIC PRODUCTS
You usually see Northern Africa, Egypt, Turkey and Syria sourced traditional motifs on carpets and fabric products. Most of primitive motifs placed on some carpets and kilims symbolizes a legend. Some carpets and kilims which include religionistic themes describe the fight of God and Devil with asymmetrical ornaments. Angled and eight cornered stars, triangles, squares, circles, spirals, flower motifs, abstract animal figures, human hands and eyes are frequently used motifs.
Simple formed functional, light and practical furniture is the mediterranean style furniture. Different style furnitures may come together in living rooms. You can furnish living room with one resting armchair, two single armchairs, wooden or ceramic tabled tripods and a few chairs, and then colourize your room with authentic wraps, pillows and ethnic objects. An old appearing wooden or ironwork table is suitable for mediterranean style in dining rooms. To achieve the best effect, make the ironwork table dark shadowed, black or green coloured. Chairs must be in simple form. Wooden and iron mixed chairs easily suiting to your dining room can also be used in balconies, terrace and gardens due to their ease of carrying. Patchwork bed covers, flax and cotton bed sheets and a functional set of drawers are adequate for bedroom.
In this style, light and flying fabrics as silk, flax and cotton used. Wooden or ironwork ones are the best matching cornices for such curtains. Avoid using heavy drapery works.
KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS
Simple and rustic appearing mediterranean kitchens are good planned for functionality. Open shelves made from wood are usually placed into niches formed when building the house. These can sometimes be mounted to walls. Hand made ceramic plates, terracotta cooking pots and hand painted glasses are placed to these shelves.
Mediterranean Style in Pictures
|Unite interiors and outdoor spaces, terraces or porchs wherever possible. Create an airy home.||
High ceilings and wide outer doors helps to keep more cool and fresh air. Also see thick outer wall. Prefer them to get rid of suns warming effect of interiors.
|Observe the light and colour managements suitability to mediterranean climate and style.||
Cool ceramic tiles, uncluttered furnishings, high whitewashed ceiling are all suit the mediterranean climate.