Drawing inspiration from the Greek islands, the coasts of Spain, the rolling hills of Italy and even Morocco, Mediterranean design spans many territories. Named for the Mediterranean Sea, this design style is perfect for anyone who loves decor that's equal parts beauty and function. Touches such as tiled accents, stucco walls, ornate furniture, wooden arches, and exposed beams all lend a beautiful Mediterranean vibe to a home.
Even if you're miles away from the beach, these stunning Mediterranean-style interiors will transport you to the islands and give you endless inspiration for your next renovation project.
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Exposed Beams and Ornate Details
When it comes to Mediterranean decor, think ornate. This living space designed by PHC Architecture has many Mediterranean elements, such as wide, exposed ceiling beams and arched walkways. We love the baroque chandelier centered in the middle of the space, which feels historic and classic.
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Add in Tiles
If you can't handle a total renovation, consider adding tiled accents throughout your home to bring in a Mediterranean feel. This staircase from robertaeaston featured red clay tile work that feels utterly Spanish, and is warm and inviting. Adding clay tiles to a bathroom or a kitchen backsplash is an even easier way to channel Spanish vibes throughout your home.
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A Coastal Paradise
This home featured by Bjurfors Real Estate is absolutely stunning and gives us major vacation feels. The tiled staircase and light natural stone flooring are a wonderful contrast to the deep navy blue walls that channel the ocean and bring the feel of the sea indoors. Meanwhile, the exposed beams add a southern European touch perfectly in keeping with Mediterranean style.
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Focus on the View
If you're lucky enough to have a stunning view like this home by Janet Brooks Design, it's important to center your design around it. This living room is extremely mindful of the outdoors and creates an indoor-outdoor feel with a wide open patio. There's a lovely contrast between the deep, dark ceiling wood and the light limestone flooring and neutral walls that adds depth to the space. It's the perfect meeting point between Mediterranean and Californian design philosophies.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Texture and Soft Angles
Textured walls like these from bluecopperdesign are another key element of Mediterranean design. Consider stucco or plastered walls to add dimension and depth to a space with texture. The rounded fireplace and curved lines of this room also provide a soothing, Greek-influenced vibe, which sets off the floor's aged, rough-hewn texture.
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Bring in Stone
Natural materials like granite and limestone help bring the outdoors in and lend a homey, earthy feel to any space. This kitchen from devolkitchens is modern but rustic and makes us yearn for a sunny kitchen in Italy. Consider swapping stainless steel or porcelain for natural stones in your kitchen or bathroom for a Mediterranean feel.
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A Minimalist Bedroom
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Go Bold With Furniture
Reminiscent of a Greek island house, this living room by Mandy Cheng Design is everything we love about Mediterranean design. The natural wicker accents and simple palette provide the perfect backdrop for the stunning centerpiece of a sectional, which makes a big statement with an unexpected burst of color.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Lots of Rich Woods
This open kitchen from Vanguard Studio is the perfect example of modern Mediterranean design, with rich wood accents and expansive marble countertops. Between the original wooden beams, natural wood flooring, and oversized kitchen chairs, there are multiple tones and shades of wood that give this space a Spanish feel—but in a way that feels distinctly separate from older, more traditional Mediterranean style.
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Stone Walls and Floors
The stunning stone walls and floors and the tall exposed ceilings in this house by BCV Architects are extremely Mediterranean chic. Though this home is situated in California, it feels like it could be overlooking the Mediterranean Sea instead—and the indoor-outdoor living scheme is perfectly at home in either location.
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Looking for instant sunroom inspiration? This screened-in porch from Form & Function is the perfect room to lounge away the afternoon. The clay tilework (shades of Morocco here), the oversized plants, and the classic wooden furniture transport you to a Mediterranean paradise—just add a glass of wine, and you never even need to step on a plane.
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A Stunning Deck
This stunning sun deck by Mark Cutler Design features a breathtaking timber wood ceiling and wide stone archways looking out onto the garden. The furniture upholstery brings in rich reds and oranges that brighten up the rustic wood elements. It almost resembles something you'd expect to see in a painting of 18th-century Spain or Portugal.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Keep a Simple Palette
While many Mediterranean-style homes feature a rich, colorful palette, there are also many examples of rustic elegance that maintains a minimalistic feel. This living space from Blakstad Design Consultants may rely on bright neutrals to keep the space simple, but the exposed ceiling beams and classic chandelier give it a Mediterranean feel.
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Beautiful Staircase Tile Work
Your staircase is often the first thing guests see when they walk into your home, so why not make it a work of art? This amazing tiled staircase from jaccardinteriors is incredibly festive and colorful, but doesn't overpower the space. This Mediterranean design approach allows you to mix up patterns and colors to create a stunning focal point in your home.
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Tiles Around a Fireplace
Tiles don't need to be limited to a wall or floor. This tiled fireplace from brumleygapdesigns draws the eye into the room in a subtle manner, keeping with the room's minimalist twist on Spanish-influenced design. The heavy, almost medieval trunk completes the space.