TOP 10 Mediterranean style elements for your apartment in Cyprus

ТОП-10 элементов средиземноморского стиля для квартиры на Кипре
22 June 2022 Irina Zholnirova

The Mediterranean style design is quite popular in Cyprus not only because of its beauty, but also because of its functionality. It is quite possible to combine it with other styles or take it to a new level, so there is simply a huge scope for imagination here.

Brief description of the Mediterranean style

The Mediterranean style means airiness and functionality. The rooms should be spacious, with several windows or with one large panoramic window. There is not too much furniture, as well as decor – but you can also do without decoration at all.

The Mediterranean style is perfect for both an apartment or a house in Cyprus. Almost all new buildings today have panoramic windows, and room areas are rarely less than 15 m2. In new buildings of the comfort+ class and more, high ceilings and large living rooms are mandatory.

The main distinguishing features of the Mediterranean style:

  1. free large spaces with good illumination
  2. maximum functionality of all elements
  3. attraction to the natural – from finishing materials (wood, stone, whitewash) to textiles
  4. the main color is white or very light beige/gray/blue, additional colors can be bright (blue, turquoise, terracotta, orange, sand, dark green, etc.)
  5. conciseness and lack of pretentiousness
  6. a small number of ornaments and patterns related to the marine theme (stripes, waves and the like)
  7. "relief": arches, niches, bay windows, ceiling beams, etc.
There are also several varieties of the Mediterranean style. They differ in the color scheme and the nature of the decor. Any variety is suitable for Cyprus, but if you want to get as close to the traditional as possible, choose the Greek one.

Characteristic features of each subspecies of the Mediterranean style:

  1. Greek: predominance of contrast between blue (or juicy turquoise) and white. It is possible to add emerald, lemon yellow and cold beige. For inclusions and finishes, black, coral and all shades of orange are used. Decor – pottery and ceramics, a little wood, simple ornaments in a minimum amount.
  2. Italian: warm light tones prevail, the contrast here is not as strong as in the Greek variety. Beige, pistachio, pale yellow and pale pink tones are used. Peach, dark green and orange shades are used for finishing and inclusions. Decor – wood, forging, painting on walls and furniture. In general, the style should remind of the village and artisans.
  3. Spanish: the brightest of all, allows the use of red, orange, terracotta shades in combination with turquoise, blue and brown colors. The base is beige or warm white tone. Decor – patterned or embroidered textiles, forging, solid wood (furniture, beams), stone.
  4. Arabic: assumes a white or maximally light base, as well as the use of bright, but natural shades. It is distinguished by elegance and subtle, neat elements. Special attention is paid to perforated partitions, which are traditionally made of wood. The decor is heavy and rich textiles, painting, the use of oriental ornaments.

Below we will look at the elements of all four types of style, and you will decide for yourself how suitable they are for your ideas.

1. Painted walls

Mediterranean-style wallpapers are not welcome here. The humid climate affects the wallpaper and even contributes to the growth of fungus.

Therefore, both before and now, wall painting in Cyprus remained the most preferred. It can be made both plain and with small elements of painting.

White is usually used, but if you want to go to the Arabic or Italian versions, you can paint the walls in a soft beige tone.

2. Wooden furniture

Another "hello" from the history of Cyprus and the Mediterranean in general is wooden furniture and household. If you have a desire to get closer to the traditional interior, you can furnish the entire room with wooden furniture. Textiles will help soften the contours and create comfort in this case.

Cyprus has long been engaged in carving and carpentry. And today some craftsmen keep the secrets of mastery. Chairs, dressers, chests, tables and other items can be ordered in the villages of Moutoullas and Lapithos, as well as in any major city.

Please note that the furniture can be either carved or plain – the first is suitable for Arabic and Italian styles, and the second for Greek and Spanish.

3. Using natural contrasts

The Mediterranean style cannot be called boring in any way, but it is also too bright and pretentious. The perfect color balance is achieved with the help of "natural contrast", that is, such a contrast that occurs in nature. It can be not only landscapes, but also fruits and natural phenomena. Here are some successful "trios" that will help in drawing up the color palette of your interior:

  1. white + blue + peach/soft coral
  2. beige + brown + turquoise
  3. white + pistachio + terracotta
  4. milky + turquoise + pink
  5. white + blue + lemon yellow
  6. beige + terracotta + turquoise
  7. beige + emerald + mustard
  8. beige + blue + avocado.

Important: do not stop at only three colors, since the combinations given are just a scheme from which you can start. The Mediterranean style suggests a richer palette, so you need to take more colors. For example, in the "white + blue + peach" scheme, you can take white, ultramarine, azure blue, bright peach, pale peach, and also arbitrarily add a little dark brown, pale lemon and emerald.

4. Ceiling beams

The ideal solution for houses with single-pitched and gable roofs, for attic rooms, but you can also beat this moment in the apartment if the ceiling height allows. Beams also allow you to visually "raise" the ceiling and expand the space.

There is another practical function – wires and hidden lamps can be hidden in the beams. The latter is especially important, since the Mediterranean style is about good lighting.

5. Arches instead of doors

Another detail in the philosophy of free space is the minimum of doors. Moreover, this is played out both in small apartments and in spacious houses.

It is preferable to make doorways in the form of arches with a high dome. If you are not thinking about the Greek style, then you can decorate the door jambs with carved wooden panels.

6. Perforated wooden partitions

Another element that allows you to save space and at the same time zone the room. Which is especially important if it is large.

For the Greek style, it is possible to use simple lattice screens or stationary "partitions", and for the Arabic it is better to choose openwork carving with oriental motifs.

Also, a perforated partition can be part of furniture, for example, as a cabinet leaf or the back of a sofa. Of course, such an element of the interior needs to be custom–made, and it will not cost very cheap - but it will add a special charm to your home.

7. Mosaic elements

Too many mosaic elements are not exactly about the Mediterranean style, but a small number of them will add variety and give a "highlight" to the interior. For example, you can put a thin edging on the windowsill or the horizontal surface of the chest of drawers, fireplace, podium and so on.

The mosaic is perfectly played out in the bathroom and in the kitchen. There you can use tiles with any suitable elements. Another option (more expensive and original) is laying out a real mosaic.

8. Wooden floor

It doesn't have to be natural wood – you can take an imitation, from laminate to tile. The main thing is to create an atmosphere of comfort, and this is easier to do with light wood or its substitute.

Please note that underfloor heating is not combined with natural parquet – it will quickly swell and will act as irregularities. Laminate or tile is usually chosen for underfloor heating.

9. Bright textiles

Curtains, bedspreads, pillows, rugs – all this abundance is welcome in the Mediterranean style. And usually it is something bright – something that you can focus on.

But it's important not to overdo it. For example, large canvases (curtains, tablecloths, carpets) are better to choose plain, natural shades and materials (linen, cotton). But on small objects – on mats, pillows, lampshades – you can walk around. Variegation and a combination of several colors at once are allowed. The Arabic variety should be dominated by Oriental patterns. Italian and Spanish styles involve embroidery, but you, as residents of Cyprus, can choose lefkaritika.

10. Bands and waves

These motifs predominate in the Mediterranean style, so their use is almost mandatory. But it is important to make them so that they do not attract all the attention.

It is best to implement stripes and wave-like patterns either on small objects or in calm tones. Then it will be possible to create an optimal balance and the right atmosphere.

Interested in buying a property in Cyprus? Welcome to the DOM website! Here you will find options for houses and apartments in Limassol, Paphos, Larnaca and Famagusta, as well as get the help of experienced specialists.

See also:

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  3. Medical tourism in Cyprus
  4. Paphos or Limassol: all the pros and cons
  5. 10 reasons to move to live in Cyprus with children
  6. The path of Plus Properties in Cyprus
  7. Furniture rearrangement is a great alternative to apartment renovation
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