When you think of Mediterranean Style, words like “ornate,” “rich,” and “sumptuous” probably come to mind. Originating in countries north of the Mediterranean Sea – such as Spain, Italy and Greece – this style summons up visions of saturated colors, eye-catching detail, and layers of texture that beg you to touch its surfaces.
While there is history to its finishes, Mediterranean Style – sometimes called “Spanish Modern” – has been updated to look at home in today’s contemporary settings. The result is a vacation-esque feel that is inviting and warm. If you’d like to incorporate this style into your home, here are four of its characteristics:
1. Formal lines. Mediterranean-style furnishings are low to the ground and feature ornately turned legs and feet, and lines that make use of generous curves. Comfort is key, and chairs and sofas are richly upholstered to provide the best place for relaxation. Our Cristina Chair is a great example of Mediterranean style. Its wood tobacco-finish trim outlines the shape of the arms and back with bronze and black upholstery for drama.
2. Colors of the sea and sky. From warm clay to cool lavender, the colors of Mediterranean style come from the dramatic scenery found in Greece, Italy and Spain. Inspired by nature, the hues evoke images of sunsets at the sea. Our Deandre Sofa makes a statement with its terra cotta upholstery. Generously sized, it features rolled arms and plush pillow backs.
3. Mosaic tile accents. Mosaic tiles can be found throughout the Mediterranean, and this design feature is an important part of a Mediterranean-style interior. Used on everything from floors to walls, tabletops, frames and backsplashes, mosaic tiles evoke a sense of history with its rich detail. Our Baroque Nesting Chairside Tables feature a mosaic tile inlay, which perfectly complements the brown wood finish.
4. Burnished metals. From bronze urns and light fixtures to wrought-iron fireplace screens, Mediterranean style has a Moroccan influence. Hardware on dressers and cabinets is often heavy and burnished. And today’s modern pieces are given a vintage-inspired twist with weathered finishes. Our Marlow Collection Drum Stool is a great example. Its fashion-forward lattice design provides a bold and stately piece that can be used as a side table, pedestal or accent piece.