Few design styles capture
romantic beauty, images of idyllic seaside retreats, sparkling white
sand and plenty of sunshine like the Mediterranean. Inspired by the
region and its unique blend of cultures and rich heritage, modern
Mediterranean style is in reality a fusion of the best elements. As
the idea of Mediterranean interiors instantly takes us to secretive,
secluded courtyards and airy terrace spaces overlooking the distant
coastline, it is indeed a perfect theme for the serene and stylish bedroom. With endless choices in
terms of colors, textures and specific styles, here are ways in which
you can give your bedroom a Mediterranean-inspired elegance.
1. The diverse style of
your Mediterranean bedroom
Before you start dreaming
about your Mediterranean-style bedroom, it is important to understand
that the overall style is a fusion of several different sub-styles.
You can opt for exciting, colorful and classic Spanish influences, or
a Greek style with deep blues, turquoise and plenty of white. There
is also the Mediterranean-Italian style that seems to bring home the
dreamy, old world charm of Tuscany, while bold Moroccan influences
take the bedroom in an entirely different direction. To give back to
your own roots, incorporate Filipino interior touches to your
Mediterranean bedroom. Add more bamboo accents, sea-inspired curtain
drapes, and even paintings featuring famous coastal areas in the
country. Have clarity about the inspiration for your Mediterranean
bedroom before getting started.
2. Go out with
Mediterranean colors for your bedroom
There is a popular idea
going around that Mediterranean-style interior as a rule must have a
pristine, white backdrop. The many luxury villas from the coast of
Greece to Ibiza might have a big role in shaping this global
perception, but that is barely the truth. In fact, Mediterranean
bedrooms look even cozier with vibrant, earthy shades. If you are
decorating with Spanish and Moorish influences, then bold oranges and
brilliant blues are almost a must.
If you have opted for a
neutral backdrop or do not wish to change the existing one in your
bedroom, it is time to bring in vibrant and audacious splashes of
azure, coral, terracotta, lavender, rich yellow, and fiery red to
usher in that timeless
Mediterranean style. Color is a
very important and integral part of the region’s effervescent
lifestyle, and it automatically translates into design as well. Just
think of a lovely sunset on the Mediterranean coast or its vivid
orange gardens and you instantly have a color palette to emulate!
3. Mediterranean feel
to your bedroom’s walls, floor, and decor
Nothing says Mediterranean
like plastered walls, and their warm visual appeal makes them the
ideal choice for the bedroom. Textured walls and decor play a very
important role in shaping your Mediterranean bedroom. This is one
style that is equally comfortable with a sleek, refined look or a
space that embraces all the frills and heavy overtones.
Rustic wooden accessories,
wrought iron light fixtures, wall sconces, and rich wool and silk
textiles drive the opulent look home. Also try a few mosaic additions
or some artwork that uses colorful tiles for your flooring. Make sure
that the floor is not too sterile and cover it with some lovely
Moroccan rugs to usher in pattern and vitality.
4. Rustic iron charm
for your Mediterranean bedroom
No matter which
Mediterranean style you adopt, a touch of iron works magic in the
bedroom! Of course, with many modern reinterpretations of the style,
this has been put aside to shape sleeker and more urban spaces. The
classic Mediterranean-style bedroom benefits from wrought iron
additions that might range from a gorgeous bed to decorative
banisters and chandeliers. Once again, the accents that you choose
depend on the region from which you have adopted the style, and the
fixtures accentuate their appeal
5. The elements of
light and nature to your Mediterranean bedroom
When we talk about
Mediterranean homes, a common theme that comes to mind instantly is
the flood of natural light that illuminates the interior.
Mediterranean-style bedrooms need plenty of natural light to look
their natural best. If your bedroom has poor natural ventilation,
then use glossy finishes, mirrored surfaces and an uncluttered design
scheme to make it seem as visually airy as possible. Large, white,
curtains can replace heavier
drapes to usher in more light as well.
Also, nature and the
outdoors play a very important part in almost every branch of the
style, and hence adding a lovely potted plant in the bedroom sure
helps give the space an authentic look. Wall art with images from the
region or old paintings from the local flea market that relate to the
Mediterranean are affordable and easy decorating choices.
Mediterranean is not just
one style and is in fact a rich amalgamation of a diverse region with
many cultures, traditions and nationalities. Yet the influence of
each of these different cultures on the other, the region’s climate
and its lifestyle have produced a cocktail that is quickly becoming
one of the hottest styles on the planet. Mediterranean bedrooms take
you a step closer in understanding and appreciating this diversity.
Easy to achieve, affordable and soothing, it is hard to turn away
from their charm!