Greek Mediterranean style is becoming more and more popular for interior decoration for its environmental friendliness, functionality and incredible simplicity, virtuoso bordering on asceticism. It is characterized by an abundance of light and free spaces, the use of natural materials and authentic decor.
Color palette and quality of materials
Greek motifs in the interior are set by light and cold shades: white, lemon, blue, saturated blue, beige and light brown, milky, pale pink olive and shades of green. According to the established tradition, walls and ceilings are painted with a single color. In cases where there is enough natural light in the room, the ceiling is made slightly darker.
For decoration and decoration of premises, high-quality natural materials are used: wood, stone, granite, tile, metal, ceramics and even marble. To realize the design intentions, high-quality analogs of natural materials can be used. They allow preserving the concept of environmentally friendly style and save costs.
Features of interiors in the Greek Mediterranean style are large spaces, which are partly achieved thanks to high ceilings. They are usually emphasized by pillars with stucco molding and without it or pilasters. As a rule, in the center of the ceiling, there is a massive chandelier and small lamps along the perimeter. Multilevel lighting designs, painting and ornament circle in the square are also used in the design of ceilings. If the height of the room is not significant, then visually increase the space allows the wooden beams located under the ceiling or across. They are often painted in contrast walls color.
Half-covered with ceramic tiles or marble plates with ornamentation and mosaic that allow creating a carpet imitation. In countries with colder climate on the floor, carpets with short nap are decorated with a meandering pattern, images with olive or vine branches. Carpets with Greek motifs are also appropriate when the tiles are not treated at all. A meander ornament can also be used when sewing curtains of cushions, selection of flower pots, mirror frames, vases, dishes, painting walls, and columns.
When decorating walls in the Greek Mediterranean style, it uses textured plaster, ceramic tiles with Greek ornaments, wall coverings with painted and untreated planks, and stone panels. Above this decorative surface can be applied a layer of paint. It is not necessary for all walls to use the same color. The opposite walls can be painted with different shades and contrasting colors.
As accents on the walls, you can use photographs in wooden and metal frames, paintings or decorative panels. Mythical or Mediterranean subjects in interesting baguettes will look as if you cannot help. Also, the features of the Greek style are grooves in the walls, in which are placed various decorative elements: books, dishes, souvenirs. You can use the plate in the kitchen. If the budget is enough, then an excellent solution for decorating the walls will be frescos and mosaics.
The spacious comfortable rooms in the Greek Mediterranean style are designed taking into account their functionality. Furniture and decorative items are chosen so that in the interior there were no unnecessary and random things. And in this matter preference is given to natural materials. The upholstery of the furniture should be as simple as possible, but of sufficiently high quality - plain solid fabrics made of natural fibers - linen, satin or cotton. Furniture with upholstery made of genuine leather is not peculiar to the Greek Mediterranean style. The legs of furniture are usually made of metal or wood, but they are invariably bent outwards. When choosing cabinets, chests of drawers and shelving, it is recommended to give preference to models from aged timber.
The decor is an important component of the Greek interior. To emphasize the Greek Mediterranean style in the interior, it is worth giving preference to ceramic vases and amphoras, statuettes and statues, lamps and candles, wickerwork. Murals on the walls, pillows, bedspreads, and curtains with handmade ornaments can become decorative elements. Even a few cleverly selected figurines or vases can create the right atmosphere. But the abundance of improper decor can easily transform the refined Mediterranean Greek style into its pathetic imitation.