Today we will be talking about the Mediterranean style in its purest sense. Current architecture is made of low-rise buildings, typically white in colour, surrounded by greenery and in the most fortunate cases, with a million dollar view. As for the interior design of these builds, the outside is often replicated in the inside and generally does not match the environment the building is located in.
The Mediterranean style can be contemporary, but was once made to tell stories of fishing and the sea. Today, we will dive into the unique world that takes it name from the ocean—a style that has touched so many cultures.
It in clear in this picture that everything is dedicated to the sea; from the mirror made of shells, to the drift wood table, to the dried coral decorations on display. The sea green tiles help to amplify this style, giving the room a serene and beach like aura.
In this bedroom the style focuses a lot on the textures and colours of the ceramic tiles on the floor, in this case, resembling a clam. The four poster bed is wrapped in a light veil ready to swell and circulate the sea breeze through the room while you sleep.
Ceramics are often typically used in Mediterranean design. The clay pots are reminiscent of the ancient Roman amphorae containing wine, oil, fruit preserves or even honey.The copper pots in plain sight are also a symbol of the past. This villa is a very honest portrayal of the style; one can only imagine a blissful beach holiday here.
This kitchen contains an excellent example of Mediterranean-style furniture—a simple wooden table and white painted chairs. The exposed rafters on the ceiling also add to the overall effect, the same with the hanging pendant lights.
This mirror shows the full history of the sea; it resembles all the wonderful treasures you find on the shore or what washes up after a stormy night. Bits of shell, rope and drift wood all come together to form this wonderful piece of art with a sea-like sculptural quality.
In the Mediterranean, the Arabs conquered much of Spain, then the Southern parts of Italy. The result of this influence has been felt throughout the centuries and continues today in these regions as a very popular style of design. This bathroom, designed by Studio Architects Ricciardi for this house in Salento, has textures and characterisetics that remind us of seaside Moorish architecture.
What a contemplative and desirable scene. An ancient cistern was converted into a swimming pool that hides many surprises… As a fragment of the Ancient Roman baths, the decorations here are not by accident. The original vault was restored, while the front wall is a newly created mosaic made of river stones, made of course, to match the existing bath. An incredible example of retaining the beautiful monuments of the past.
This sultry and dramatic room is really one you can imagine losing hours in. This pool has a close relationship with the ocean as it has been built with a sea salt water system. It isn't often you are presented with the opportunity to bathe in an Ancient Roman bath but what an incredible story to tell your friends and relatives.
The Mediterranean style is not limited to evoking images from the sea. This beautiful fresco is actually a modern reinterpretation of ancient art—the angel bearing tambourines ready to serenade and enchant the people on earth. Fortunately, there are still companies and artists out there today who keep these beautiful methods of the past alive and continue this wonderful dying artisan trade.