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Here's how you can incorporate the effortlessly cool look of Mediterranean design into your home.
If the thought of a Mediterranean vacation makes you swoon, imagine being surrounded by the chic and effortless look of Mediterranean design in your home. Characterized by terracotta, mosaic patterns, natural textures and soft, earthy tones, this design style draws inspiration largely from Italy, Spain and Greece and is popular among celebrities — homes in LA, Malibu and the Hollywood Hills often feature elements of this vacation-inspired look. (See the homes of Mila Kunis and Meryl Streep to see what we mean!)
Whether you're thinking of redesigning your entire space or just a room, here's how you can get the look:
1. PRINTED RUGS & FLOOR MATS
Well Woven Mediterranean Tile Rug, $210.08, overstock.ca.
This stunning rug will instantly bring the Mediterranean-chic look into your home. Team it with natural elements and light and airy textiles for complementary pieces that will allow the rug to take centre stage.
2. INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING
Poolside Indoor/Outdoor Chair Cushion Set, $398 & $798, anthropologie.com.
Combining indoor and outdoor living is a big part of easy, casual Mediterranean style. This comfy yet durable chair can multitask to help create a relaxing indoor reading nook or serene backyard retreat.
3. OUTDOOR/INDOOR LIVING
Mediterranean-Inspired Blue Green Pillow Cases, from $34.63, etsy.com/ca.
Give your home's interior a rustic outdoorsy look with accessories you might typically see on a front porch or patio. These linen cushions, with their durable fabric and stripes in watery hues, help retain the casual vibe while bringing the beauty of the outdoors in.
Merrakech Curtain, $108, anthropologie.com.
Geometric patterns and heavy embroidery are popular themes when it comes to the breezy Mediterranean design. If you're looking to liven up your space, go for these eye-catching curtains that will let the air in all summer long.
5. TEXTURED GLASSWARE
Blue Raised Design Glassware, $7.90-$19.90, zarahome.com.
The secret to authentic-looking glasswear and dishwear is intricate detailing. While the blue tint is suggestive of the sea, the curves of these gorgeous vessels embody the casual vibe of Mediterranean style.
6. BLUE AND WHITE
Patterned Cover Duvet Set, $59.99, hm.com.
Apart from the warm, earthy tones that characterize Mediterranean design, blue and white are also a popular colour combo, echoing the pretty palette of the ocean. Bedding in blue and white in natural textures like cotton and linen achieve the casual-cool look perfectly.
7. HAND-PAINTED TILES
Walplus Flexiplus Mediterranean Tiles Wall Decal, $59.99, wayfair.ca.
Hand-painted tiles may seem pretty old-world but this trend of the past is leaping into the future and is an anchor of Mediterranean interior design. Try a non-permanent mosaic style with these water-resistant and self-adhesive tiles.