However happy we are with our homes, sometimes the time just feels right for a change. It is that time of year when summer holidays gradually edge closer and away we go for rest and rejuvenation. The only problem with holidays is that they are always over too soon. But, pick the right design theme for your home and that doesn’t have to be the case.
A Mediterranean look, or Spanish Modern as it is known in design circles, takes the most practical parts of the culture and mimics them in the home. Think warm colours, patterns and textures, spacious bright rooms and bringing the outdoors in. Remember, a change is almost as good as a rest in itself.
So you have decided to go Mediterranean, but where to start? Envision a tiny village on the outskirts of Grenada, rolling hills, lush greens and blues and the unique patterns. And there you have the beginning of your mood board. Dream up the things about the Med that inspire you and go from there.
When we think of the Mediterranean the ideal of close knit families and socialising comes to mind. In terms of adopting that type of lifestyle, a good place to start is in the kitchen. Large dining tables promote loud, communal mealtimes with an emphasis on togetherness. A breakfast bar is also a great addition for a kitchen where people come and go, make it a focal point; everyone wants to be where the food is after all!
When we talk about Spanish Modern and the theme of bringing the outside in, it is a matter of colours, textures and objects rather than any literal interpretation. So don’t go spreading shingle in the bathroom or compost in the cupboards.
The greens of the grass, the blues of the sky and sea and the rich oranges of sunset above terracotta terraces; these are ideas to be brought inside. The warmth of the Med is identified in its colour scheme so think about introducing them to walls and cupboards. If you are after a subtler approach, then just add splashes: mugs, chair legs and draw handles all add to the look.
You may not reside in a country that sears with heat all year round but the idea of spacious living and open rooms will work just as well away from the Mediterranean. Choose living room furniture sets that compliment not condense and use light fabrics where possible.
If you feel like you need new pieces for the house then wait for a living room furniture sale to save on expense. You can also stay ahead of the competition for deals, savings and plain inspiration by using social media, for example Harveys Furniture on YouTube. Check out videos from the comfort of your soon to be old sofa.
When creating a Mediterranean look, there is a point where perfection will overcome pastiche. The patterns and textures of Spain and Southern France symbolise the entire look. Embrace tiles and ceramics and even have a go at a little DIY painting. Grab a brush and get creative letting that Iberian inspiration loose. Have a go, the great thing about these patterns is that they don’t have to be perfect; and it’s fun!
So once the holidays are over, why not think about embarking on a Mediterranean makeover? The spirit of summer can live on.