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Mediterranean Interiors

When we think of Mediterranean interiors, we perhaps imagine bright blue shades against a white or neutral background, reminiscent of Greek islands, where blue domes, doors and window frames stand out against the brilliant white buildings. Or we think of rustic wooden furniture on cool marble floors, with splashes of natural materials such as rattan and wicker to soften the look. Whilst the ubiquitous blue and white palette is still very much a part of Mediterranean design, modern Mediterranean homes have moved on from this, drawing inspiration from other regions and mixing bold colours with the traditional combination of blue and white. These stunning homes will show you how a contemporary take on Mediterranean styling, using influences from elsewhere including the ever-popular Scandinavian design movement, can achieve a fantastic look in your home that preserves the authentic aspects of a villa in Ibiza or Santorini, fused with colourful, designer elements for a thoroughly modern Mediterranean interior. 

This uber cool living room in Ibiza uses clever touches to add interest to an otherwise neutral scheme. Gorgeous pops of orange and violet add warmth and the stunning moroccan metallic pendants create a focal point. We also love the tongue-in-cheek ecclesiastical theme in this room - check out the bar! 

Modern touches are less prevalent in this home, owned by Spanish photographer Manolo Yllera. Rustic Mediterranean remains the dominant theme, but Manolo has cleverly introduced an array of colours whilst retaining the overarching neutral scheme. Importantly, this home shows how you can add some Mediterranean inspiration to your home, without expensive designer furnishings or decor; Moroccan rugs, a rustic table dressed with a linen striped runner all work well with the elegant Regency style furniture and chandelier.

The owner of this apartment has used a clever mix of colour and pattern by sticking to just geometric designs. The monochrome rug and colourful cushions help to cosy up this white interior, whilst the striking blue, black & white throw and matching table-lamp are enough to suggest a penchant for Mediterranean styling.

The Jonathan Adler blue sofa is going on my 'living room wish list' but the Greek key rug is the showstopper here. A classic interior design by Wendy Labrum, this scheme shows how Mediterranean interiors don't have to be rustic, they can be very luxe indeed!