Mediterranean design was made popular in 1920s and 1930s movies and stars at the time were shown as living in Spanish Colonial, Tudor or small castle-like houses.
In modern Mediterranean design, the colours used reflect the surf, sand and earth and tend to be warm and vibrant and natural in texture. The style tends towards carefree and casual in its look and often terra cotta tiles, rough-cut stone and pine wood are used.
The emphasis on colour increases the importance of natural light in this style of interior design. Natural light ensures that the colours don't come across as dark and heavy. Plants, especially green leafy plants, can also assist with keeping spaces looking light and bright.
Accessories, including light fittings, are generally rustic and colourful and rough-hewn iron is a popular feature.
The Mediterranean style is usually associated with warm or hot climates which suits the Canberra weather in summer, but can mean Mediterranean interiors can look a little dark in our cold winters. To adapt the style, extra lighting can be added to give the desired effect. Wall lights, for example, that gently illuminate a wall both upwards and downwards can make a room feel warmer and take the edge of a more starkly lit room as we often see in Canberra winters.
With the right light any home can reflect the Mediterranean style. As always, we are very happy to chat with you about the look you are trying to create in your space.