The Mediterranean style is a mixture of interior elements borrowed from the cultures of Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Egypt. Mediterranean motives are reflected in the proximity to the marine theme, clean, natural colors and natural materials. Juicy natural color, an abundance of light and bright accents in a simple and practical setting are the main ideas for decorating a room in the style of Mediterranean countries.
For all Mediterranean countries, the kitchen is the focal point in the entire home. This room serves not only for the preparation of national dishes, but how seriously the inhabitants of southern countries take cooking, we all know very well, but also serves as a focal point for the whole house. It is in the kitchen, which, as a rule, is combined with the dining room, that the whole family gathers. A place of relaxation, communication and the creation of culinary masterpieces deserves a special setting, in the spirit of the national culture and the southern way of life.
Greek style in the design of the kitchen space
At present, the motives of a particular country in the design of a single room are often so intertwined that it is difficult to indicate the style belongs to one of them. But the Greek style has clear differences from its Mediterranean counterparts. First of all, the differences are visible in the colors and methods of surface finishing. Everything tends to simplify in Greek culture and the interior is no exception..
The Greek style in interior design is reflected in a cool color palette – an abundance of white, almost all shades of blue, lemon yellow and some shades of green. Often in Greek interiors they resort to rough plastering of walls in a snow-white shade. Against such a background, bright dishes with national patterns look contrasting, which they like to flaunt, and not hide in kitchen cabinets..
It is typical of Greek design to furnish the kitchen with handmade furniture. Warm woody shades «warm» cool palette of finishes. Tiling surfaces are the most common decorative technique for the Mediterranean style. Tiles are used not only to decorate a kitchen apron, but sometimes entire walls. Mosaic is also a frequent guest in Mediterranean kitchen design..
On the floor «Greek» kitchens, as a rule, tile or decorative stone, but there is also a wooden floor covering from bleached boards.
Special attention is paid to furniture. The predominantly natural materials used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets, tables and chairs fill the kitchen with the family warmth of home comfort.
Greek interiors are full of contrasts and the kitchen is no exception. A combination of cool shades of wall decoration, looks great with warm, dark colors of the ceiling and floor
Often, modern kitchens, for the design of which were used, including Greek motives in the interior elements, are replete with country objects and even rustic finds in the setting. The laconic simplicity of such rooms is striking in its practicality and ergonomics..
And sometimes a Greek-style kitchen can look incredibly elegant and cozy at the same time. Warm shades of wooden cabinet furniture are in harmony with the ultramarine of household appliances, and ceramic tiles on the kitchen backsplash act as a bridge between the two color poles.
The bright room of this kitchen with a light Greek touch in the atmosphere has an incredibly homely, comfortable and cozy character. Light dark spots look great in an almost white room.
The spacious room of this Greek-style kitchen is replete with design findings and interesting solutions. Rustic motifs in the ceiling design coexist with modern technology, steel worktops and an elaborate, overhead storage system for kitchen utensils. The abundance of wooden surfaces dilutes the coolness created by the colors of the kitchen apron and elements of the light cabinet system.
Italian motives in kitchen design
The Italian style gravitates more towards warm, but also light colors in decoration; golden orange, beige, brown, terracotta shades are often used for decoration. Olive and the color of the glass of the bottle is also found in the interiors of the Italian style..
Light wall decoration in pleasant warm tones, light beige or milky, becomes an excellent backdrop for contrasting furniture or decorative elements.
The tiles also have a lot of space for surface finishing. Textured or fancy colors, with unusual prints, ceramic tiles often become the main highlight of the kitchen interior..
The flooring in kitchens with an Italian bias in design is usually wooden – natural wood or high-quality imitation echoes the wood used for the production of furniture and sometimes countertops.
This warm milky gray kitchen is a great example of how different shapes and prints can be combined in the same space. The harmonious and cozy atmosphere of the kitchen was created not without the help of kitchen cabinets, in the design of which glass inserts and original fittings were used.
Another example of a spectacular combination of different types of ceramic tiles for decorating a kitchen backsplash and the space above the work area. And reed bar stools, for a luxurious kitchen island, gave the room a playful and slightly romantic character..
If not every first, then for sure – every second Mediterranean-style interior sings an ode to ceramic tiles and the importance of their use for wall cladding above kitchen workspaces. This is an incredibly beautiful, festive and very practical way of wall cladding. Beautiful colors of ceramics can refresh or brighten any interior. Against the background of light kitchen furniture and a neutral palette of ceilings and floor coverings, bright tiles in the design of a kitchen apron or part of the walls look amazing and will serve residents for many years.
This dark chocolate kitchen with a touch of light shades is literally created for a large Italian family, but will certainly look great in a private home located anywhere in the world. It is only important that the area of the kitchen-dining room allows the use of such deep dark shades..
Spanish culture as inspiration for kitchen design
The Spanish design of the kitchen space, like all the Mediterranean, gravitates towards a warm, natural flavor. Eco-friendly materials for surface finishing and the manufacture of furniture and decor items, bright contrasting spots on a light, neutral background of the entire room. And the main thing is to create an atmosphere of a family home.
In Spanish interiors, domed ceilings, arched niches, stylized kitchen stoves under fireplaces with unusual arches are often used. Dark wrought iron pieces or furnishings are also welcome in sunny Spain interiors.
Natural wood furniture, stone countertops and decorative ceramic tiles are frequent guests of Spanish kitchens..
The bright, spacious kitchen has become a haven for interesting decor items – forged «lace» lamps, pendant and wall, have become a highlight of the kitchen. Bar stools stylized as garden furniture have found shelter around a large kitchen island with a crisp white natural stone countertop.
A domed ceiling with a luxurious chandelier hanging over the kitchen island has become the center of attraction for all eyes in this Spanish cuisine. Later, we notice chic carved furniture with lots of decor and marble island countertops and work surfaces, and dark arched windows that are in alliance with dark furniture surfaces..
The bright decoration of the hood above the kitchen stove, the striking island countertop and the richly carved decoration of handmade wooden furniture made the interior of the kitchen unforgettable and unique. The light and positive character of this room charges with optimism and inspires culinary feats..
Elements of rough country are also found in the Spanish interior. Ceiling beams, which seem to have never been processed, are in a comfortable neighborhood with modern household appliances, massive carved furniture and elegant décor elements of this home kitchen-dining room.
Wooden ceiling beams are a common design technique for country kitchens in general, and for the Mediterranean trend in the interior in particular. It is often the only rustic design element in a traditional southern cuisine atmosphere..
And this bright and warm kitchen area sets you up for homemade lunches and dinners at a glance. A stunning combination of Mediterranean traditions with modern household appliances located in accordance with all the canons of ergonomics.
The unusual ceiling construction in this Mediterranean kitchen has become the focus of the entire design concept. Lined with light beige brickwork tiles, the ceiling is the highlight of this quite traditional kitchen space. The kitchen-dining room is combined with the living room and echoes it in design, furnishings and the chosen color palette. Bright elements of leather furnishings act as contrasting focuses of attention and give the kitchen space a special charm..
And in this kitchen, a tunnel method was used to decorate the ceiling, with cladding imitating a brick wall. A few bright elements against the background of the light design of the kitchen furniture and finishes diluted the general mood of the southern kitchen.
Below we bring to your attention a selection of images of kitchen areas in which we have successfully integrated Mediterranean motives into the design of modern rooms. The comfortable neighborhood of southern country elements with progressive materials and kitchen appliances, leads to the creation of interesting interiors that meet all the functionality necessary for the work area, and at the same time have a special character and their own style..
A warm and homely atmosphere, recreated with natural materials such as stone and wood, is supported by the glitter of household appliances. Warm, but at the same time contrasting shades of the selected color scheme, bring a pacifying mood to the room.
These incredibly modern kitchens, with a touch of high-tech elements, nevertheless retain the imprint of Mediterranean design. The warm southern sun and contrasts of natural materials have left their mark on these progressive spaces..
And this modern working kitchen area seems to have been brought into the building of an old southern monastery or some kind of medieval castle. Stone wall decoration leaves a light feeling of primitiveness and simplicity.
And finally, a few interiors of kitchen spaces with «the purest» southern country, with its warmth of eco-materials used both for surface finishing and for the production of furniture, forged and twisted decorative elements. And most importantly – with the atmosphere of a cozy room created for a large strong family that honors the traditions of their culture.
The two kitchens share a similar design for darkening the ceiling with deep, dark woods and lightening the rest of the room. As a result, the room looks harmonious, cozy and incredibly homely..
The stunningly high vaulted ceilings of this spacious kitchen-dining room allowed not only to construct an entire structure of wooden ceiling beams, but also to hang an intricate storage system for kitchen utensils and accessories from it. The proximity to the interior of the southern castles of this large square is added by a huge stone backsplash created above the kitchen stove and extending all the way to the roof.
And this gray and beige kitchen is full of southern country influences. Light, bleached wood for furniture, untreated wood for small open shelves and an element of decor borrowed from nature itself.