If you want to create your best recipes in a fantastic environment that is not only stylish, but also so relaxed and cheerful that it inspires you to be innovative, then you will appreciate the Mediterranean design style in your kitchen. The style, which originated in southern Europe, evokes the theme of the seaside and the country life, presenting an ambiance in which you will love to spend hours preparing meals or just getting together with your family and friends.
There’s more to decorating the walls in Mediterranean kitchens than just adding a coat of your favourite colour of paint. Texture plays a significant part. The walls can be smooth or have textures brought in through brick or stone, like in rustic houses. Keeping this in mind, we recommend that white is the best colour to use in any Mediterranean kitchen. It should be the main colour in the kitchen because it can reflect natural and artificial light, and one of the primary rules of the Mediterranean style is to flood your interiors with a lot of light to increase the sense of spaciousness in the room.
Besides white, you can play with colours that evoke nature. These could include earthy terracotta, shades of blues that are reminiscent of the sea, greens that suggest the lush countryside or olive trees and beige or ochre, which resemble the sand on a beach. In the end, the idea is to make you feel like you are in a paradisiacal place on vacation in an environment full of vitality, freshness, relaxation and joy!
Our recommendations for specific colours that you can use for the Mediterranean style are aquamarine, olive green, pastel shades, colours with toasted or rustic finishes, light blue, reddish-brown tones and ochre. These shades will look wonderful in a large kitchen in a bungalow along the coastal belt in Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Goa.
Another tip: the smaller your Mediterranean kitchen, the greater should be the presence of white and light tones so that it seems much larger than it is! This is a great solution for tiny kitchens in small apartments in busy metropolises like Kolkata and New Delhi.
Natural colours work best on the floors of Mediterranean kitchens. You can choose beautiful browns that always evoke earthiness in the interiors. The kitchen floor should also be durable and easy-to-maintain, besides bringing warmth to the space.
We recommend that you choose coatings that are easy to clean and highly resistant to moisture. Tiles are one of the best materials for the floors of kitchens of this style. Alternatively, you can use mosaics, vinyl and wood. Of course, your decision should be influenced by the costs of each of these materials. Vinyl is the cheapest. Ceramic tiles can cost approximately INR 30 to INR 225 per square foot. This can increase if you choose designer tiles with exclusive patterns.
For assistance in choosing the perfect material, we suggest you contact one of the experts registered on homify as they have the knowledge to guide you on the best options for your Mediterranean kitchen.
The furniture in Mediterranean kitchens should be rustic and robust. It can even have a worn out or distressed look. Wooden furniture with natural finishes and light tones is also perfect for this style of kitchen.
As for other units in the kitchen, a large island with wrought-iron bar stools or rustic wooden chairs is a must. You can combine natural wood cabinets and marble or granite countertops on the island to add an interesting touch. Of course, if you want the island to stand out, consider installing a countertop of blue granite or with multi-coloured tiles with patterns.
A Mediterranean kitchen should look like it belongs in a relaxing vacation home, so you can include elements or objects that remind you of holidays by the sea or in the countryside. In addition, you should include flowers, because they not only look beautiful but also fill up the room with fragrance and colour.
Remember that a Mediterranean kitchen should have large windows or skylights through which you can bring in the radiance of the sun. So, it’s all right to hang a couple of pots next to the window, but avoid overcrowding the space as it might hinder the passage of natural light.
Finally, in addition to natural light, you could incorporate a pair of hanging lamps to provide artificial illumination and style to the space. Try to get lamps with a rustic finish, created from materials such as wrought iron or metal. You can find these in any home décor store in prices ranging from INR 700 to INR 8000, depending upon the quality and design.
Like the rest of the décor, the ceiling should have a rustic touch. Exposed beams made of wood or iron are perfect. However, not all homes have lofty ceiling structures that allow the use of rafters. In such cases, you can add strips of wood to decorate the ceiling and create the impression of rustic beams.
Browse through the photographs of kitchens on homify to get ideas on how you can create the perfect Mediterranean kitchen.