Mediterranean Summer

Image courtesy of Amara

As temperatures soared in the UK this weekend, it’s hard not to start dreaming of holidays and everything that makes those one or two weeks away from the routine so wonderful.

One of my favourite things about holidays is exploring the local hotels because they often have such beautiful interiors and decor, brimming with cultural design influences.

For most of us holidays offer escapism, but what if you could create your own beautiful destination, available all year-round at the turn of a key. The good news is, you can! Mediterranean inspired decor is both calming and uplifting, featuring a crisp white backdrop accentuated with natural materials, one or two bright colours and understated greenery. What’s not to love?

I’m all about future-proofing an interiors trend and making sure any design influence I follow can be adapted and liveable all-year round. And that’s the beauty of a Mediterranean inspired home, a simple addition of heavier textiles in autumn/winter in deeper, cosier shades et voila! A design trend to see you through all seasons.

Image courtesy of Amara

accent colours

Reminiscent of colourful market stalls, beach loungers and an extravagant holiday wardrobe, a bright colour pop perfectly complements a crisp, white backdrop. Coral, cobalt blue and lime green layered together create a fabulous taste of the Med.

Bagsie Sofa in Azure Blue, Loaf £1,695

rattan

A laidback style, which isn’t overly accessorised needs statement furniture as a focal point. Rattan (and wicker) have been transformed since the dodgy days of 1980s kitsch interior design.

“Rattan and wicker is the equivalent to going to visit someone, and when they open the door, they’re barefoot. You suddenly feel like, ‘Oh, phew,’ because they’re welcoming you into their home to hang out rather than socialise. It’s softening and disarming.” Celerie Kemble, New York-based Interior Designer.

If you’re nervous about using the material for the first time, opt for a lampshade or footstool and work your way up to a statement piece such as a coffee table or bookcase.

botanicals

According to Pinterest, saves for botanical ideas increased by 75 per cent globally in 2018 making it one of the fastest growing home trends last year. (1)

Think large, oversized leaves rather than delicate florals, and experiment with plants, wall prints, printed textiles or various shades of green to incorporate botanicals into your Mediterranean inspired home.

Framed Wall Art Print, Made.com £45

References

  1. House Beautiful

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