The Mediterranean style kitchen is absolutely beautiful.
When designed well, this style and design transforms a kitchen into an exotic escape with its warm and soothing feeling, that even has a touch of sultriness.
Here’s how to get the Mediterranean look for your kitchen.
Mediterranean kitchens are inviting, cozy, and warm. This is what defines the Mediterranean kitchen and the rest of a Mediterranean home as well.
Make no mistake about it – there’s nothing shy about Mediterranean décor. It’s right in your face. Mediterranean kitchens are full of strong lines, saturated colors, and gorgeous details. They call to mind landscapes, coastal breezes, and glowing sunshine.
For the most part, people either love or hate Mediterranean kitchens. There’s not much grey area here.
If you’re ready to go with a distinctive Mediterranean kitchen, here are a few tips and pointers to help you.
RICH COLOR PALETTE
The Mediterranean kitchen palette draws from the sea, sun foliage, bright flora, as well as regional elements.
You can blend colors such as spicy red, bright yellow, terra cotta, and ocean blue to bring your Mediterranean kitchen to life.
Tie all the colors together with a tiled or stenciled backsplash or consider another decorative element that fits the look.
Exposed ceiling beams give a rustic note. It blends well with the Mediterranean style’s burnished metals and roughly textured walls. You can stain the beams dark to beautifully contrast against the ceiling.
In a Mediterranean kitchen, walls gain depth and interest from a textured finish. Consider Venetian plaster, stucco, or even drywall mud for a textural surface. This will give off an old-world villa feeling.
DARK WOOD TONES
For Mediterranean kitchen furniture, we recommend solid, sturdy, and elaborately turned or carved.
Kitchen cabinetry and furnishings placed in a Mediterranean kitchen will reflect that look, if they feature rich woods such as walnut. Woods should also feature deep staining and highly decorative detailing.
A Mediterranean signature is mosaic tile painted with ornate motifs.
You can use this tile for a backsplash or even on a tile-topped kitchen island.
Also consider it for a focal point above the range.
SALTILLO FLOOR TILE
Another Mediterranean kitchen signature is saltillo floor tile.
Saltillo tile fits in with a warm palette and lends an earthy, smooth feel and look.
Brick can work in a Mediterranean kitchen. If brick tile feels too hard or cold to walk on, add a beautiful, durable rug that compliments the your kitchen’s color scheme. Consider a swirly design that echoes the curving elements of the space.
And speaking of curves.
Mediterranean kitchens are known for their curlicues and curves.
Consider curvy range hoods and light fixtures. Their sinuous shapes will give your Mediterranean kitchen a sense of glamour and fluidity. Also, choose hardware, faucets and other elements that have strong curves and graceful forms.
Mediterranean kitchens tend to feature heavy metals in there design.
Wrought iron is among the best choices to feature. It has the visual weight to stand up to the all the dramatic flourishes elsewhere.
Hopefully this article has helped you better understand the Mediterranean style kitchen
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