countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and
Italy, Mediterranean style has claimed its popularity from coast to
coast especially in the Philippines. From textured walls and warm
colors to wrought iron balconies and flourished landscaping, Mediterranean style simply oozes your home with
grandeur and distinct character.
Selecting, balancing and
maintaining these features can prove quite the challenge; but not to
despair, as we have provided the key elements and essential
components to create the gracious and vivid appeal of a Mediterranean
1. The key elements of a
echo the relaxed lifestyle of the region and draw on multiple design
elements to create an elegant look and feel. Red tiled roofs are the
most common roofing design used in a Mediterranean style house. These
are shaped like half a tube to shed water easily and the air pocket
in the tunnel of the half-tube helps to keep air cool. Moreover, the
tiles are fire-proof, so it is the ultimate choice for houses.
centuries, stucco has proven to be one of the most enduring,
versatile and weather resistant exterior wall finishes available; and
with its variety of colors and textures, stucco continues to be one
of the most popular wall systems. Stucco walls are the common wall
systems for a Mediterranean styled home to protect the exterior wall
surfaces from rain, sunlight and hot temperatures, which are all
evident in the Philippine climate.
The feature of arches goes
back to Roman times, and is a self-supporting element that allows
building of lighter weight and sturdier walls. Each of the stones
next to the keystone in the arch atop the side columns distributes
weight to the sides and downward.
Ornamental detail is another
important key element. Houses usually feature flourishes ranging from
large, heavy wooden doors with ornate carvings to the use of
multicolored tiles for the risers of staircases.
mosaic tile designs embody the beauty of a Mediterranean
interior. Bring the designs into
your home on the floor or a kitchen backsplash or on something you
can take with you if you move, like a mirror frame or a tabletop. You
can also simulate the look of tile with a stenciled mosaic border on
floors, walls or furniture. Compliment this feature with accessories
like burnished bronze urns and filigree light fixtures to exemplify a
2. Warm colors
that compliment your Mediterranean house
houses display the warmth and character of the region surrounding the
sea it’s named for. Both the sea and surrounding land of this area
are reflected through the use of warm and cool color palettes that
feature a melting pot of cultures, design options and visually
Azure, cool greens and the neutral white
palette can decorate the exterior and interior of the home as well as
the warm color palette reflected by the choice of gold, earthy terra
cottas and bright yellows. This potpourri of color choices tie the
climate of the Mediterranean and Philippine region with its artistic
design choices resulting in a
truly unique architectural style.
Architectural features for your Mediterranean house
This style is a distinct design that features the showcasing of structures
that will define your home more. If you have the space in your front
or back yard, adding an extra architectural feature like a pergola,
gazebo or fountain will not only make it look better, but will make
it more livable. Hire the perfect landscape designer and architect, and enjoy
the desired output.
A gazebo can offer you a bit of shade
while capturing the Mediterranean feel. Consider adding sheer
curtains to the exterior of the gazebo or even a retractable
screen that gives you a bit more seclusion while keeping bugs at
bay. For shade or just a place to sit, pergolas are another
Fountains can also provide an attractive, calming
aspect. If you don't have a view of water, you might want to include
some sort of fountain or pond in your yard to embrace this element
that is so important in Mediterranean style. A water feature like
pond or water garden can add the
relaxing, peaceful sound of cascading water.
Lush foliage is best
suited to Mediterranean-style homes. Drought-tolerant plants are a
great look and also provide a riot of color, not only in bloom but in
foliage. Leafy trees provide both interest and a thoughtful
ecological approach to the Mediterranean garden.
golden paths lined with Bougainvillea, Calachuchi, Euphorbia, and a
sprinkling of planted pots will liven up your front yard and backyard
garden. While of course you'll want to keep the greenery
in your front yard in order,
adding large planters and vines will give off a lush garden feel
without the maintenance.
Mediterranean-styled pathways for your home
home that looks inviting from the street needs a path or walkway
leading to the front door. Mediterranean homes lend themselves to
Paths of decomposed granite which have the
added bonus of being both inexpensive and drought resistant will
bring the convenience and appeal to your front yard.
pavers or Spanish tiles are also perfect for landscaping. The same
materials can be incorporated elsewhere on the front of you home,
like on stairs, porches or patios — even walls.
Mediterranean is one of the few styles that frequently include a
courtyard. Too often we find that homeowners treat this as forgotten
outdoor space. Go beyond by just adding a few potted plants or
flowers and make it into an extension of your home as an outdoor
living room. With some simple outdoor furniture, it can become a
wonderful space for entertaining guests or just relaxing and reading
Phantom retractable screens for arched porches and
courtyards can give you privacy without detracting from the curb
appeal of your home. Recessed into
arches and columns, the screens are not visible unless in
These bold and striking ideas about Mediterranean style
showcases an exterior that is immediately recognizable and offers
stunning interior curb appeal with its use of smooth stucco exterior
walls, substantial columned beams, soaring entrances, ornate ironwork
and balconies, large viewing windows and tiled roofs.