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.
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.
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!
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.
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 right lighting fixtures accentuate their appeal elegantly.
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, sheer 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!