The magic of a Mediterranean bedroom
As far as Mediterranean
style goes, delightfully charming décor style is enduringly popular
because of how easy it is to achieve. Think sand, the sun and the sea
with a touch of the ornate and exotic, and you’ll turn your
Mediterranean-inspired bedroom into exactly what it’s supposed to
be: heaven on earth.
influences and signature
There is no single set
influence to draw from when styling your Mediterranean bedroom. The
best way to go about it is to think about that idyllic Med break
you’ve been dreaming of or recently enjoyed, and to emulate the
charming, earthy look that is both casual and dramatic.
Mediterranean style comprises elements of Greek,
Spanish, Italian, French and North African Moroccan interior décor.
As such, you could choose to lean towards the styles of any one of
these countries with their sunny, by-the-sea climates, or fuse
elements of the various styles as you please. It is almost impossible
not to achieve an enchanting, soothing Mediterranean ambience. Best
of all, it is easy to tweak almost any existing style you already
have going in your bedroom!
Feel free to mix modern
and traditional, muted and daring. As the climate in these countries
is warm and moderate, the idea is to keep an airy, soothing ambience
no matter if your style leans towards Moroccan or Monacan.
Choosing your colours
It’s not surprising that
one of the favourite foods on the Mediterranean coast – the humble
olive – also stamps its superiority as one of the predominant
colours. Olive greens and earthy over- and undertones are common, as
are azure and aqua sea hues.
The colours you ultimately
decide on will be based on the style of the region your emulating:
– lots of earthy and terracotta tones plus daring and bright
Moroccan-inspired flashes of colour. If you like the work of famed
Spanish artist Salvador Dali, you’ll be happy to know that you
could go for those same vivid, rustic colours and basically turn your
into its own work of art.
– think dark wood, and rustic old-world charm.
– incorporate elements of nature such as a marble floor, crumbling
stone-textured walls, intricate wrought iron furnishings and
– sea and sky hues, with white or patterned walls will fit neatly.
– daring without being clashing is the order of the day. Think
ochre, fushia, marine hues, sunset orange, cobalt blue, emerald and
other enticingly intense colours. This is true not only for your
Moroccan bedroom accessories, but for the walls themselves, not
forgetting those richly woven rugs!
The great news is, you can
be as indulgent as you like without fear of achieving a mongrel of a
Mediterranean look! Rich wool and silk textures, brocade, lace
appliqué, embroidered linen – these are all within the style
parameters of Med design not only for your bedding, but for your
drapery lampshades and rugs as well.
Hanging up ornamental rugs
rich in vibrant colour and pattern is a wonderful way to achieve a
Moroccan-inspired focus wall above your bed, or even adjacent to it.
As Moroccan décor also draws on Persian influences, you would not
miss the mark with gold, orange and green statement pieces if you’re
into opulence and grandeur.
Although your drapery can be ornate, it
should not be so heavy as to filter out too much light.
that are simple, airy and stylish and window embellishments that can
play in the breeze are important. I central idea in
Mediterranean-inspired décor is to ensure and abundance of natural
Keep your walls neutral
and white and utilise wall sconses and local artworks, such as what
you’d find at a typical fleamarket. The market here would be one in
the Med country you’re using as your style base. Remember that if
you’re going with spicey Moroccan your walls could also be painted
with intense, vibrant colours. It’s best to start with neutral
walls, and then to build up the texture and colour accents.
You can’t go wrong with
exposed beams, an ornate wooden bed base and wrought iron touches.
As for the ceiling, exposed beams add a
stylish element of Mediterranean enchantment. Add to that ornamental,
filigree lighting and you’ll be winning in the Med bedroom style
As for your floor, think
indulgence once more: warm wooden flooring that’s not too dark,
inviting stone tiles, neutral tiles with a mosaic motif in places or
a grand and opulent – how you express yourself here is almost
endless, as long as it works for your lifestyle!
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