Envision the sun in the sky and the glittering Mediterranean Sea lapping against a beach just down the road, as we take a long meander through five homes with modern Mediterranean style interior design. In true Med style, much of these homes are decorated with a cooling white backdrop and relaxed neutrals – but these chic spaces offer high-end styling that’s not found in a typical beachside villa. The rooms are uncluttered yet homey, with quality wooden furniture and natural accent pieces. Picking through this gallery of five inspirational home tours, we’ll see a mixture of new and old, like traditional wicker decor put with shiny modern lighting ideas, rustic stone feature walls and contemporary white concrete interiors.
Starting off with a summer house in Rhodes, Greece, we find a beautifully carved wooden coffee table in the centre of a white living room with yellow ochre accents. A macramé wall hanging echoes the natural coloured rectangular silhouette of the coffee table, and adds interest to a crisp white wall.
A modern chandelier descends over the centre of the lounge area. LED strip lights are recessed into the ceiling and wall at one edge of the room, to distribute extra illumination along its whole length. The lighting strip also defines the walkway through the room, which leads from the entry door, past the lounge and into the kitchen diner.
Whitewashed rustic stone builds a kitchen diner feature wall. A tight cluster of smooth metallic dining pendant lights dangle in front of the rough stone wall. A touch of subtle colour is introduced via a pink accent dining chair at the round dining table.
Fruit bowls fill the wooden centrepiece of the white marble dining table.
Moving into the master bedroom we find another rustic stone feature wall, this time with climbing plants forging a green border where it meets the ceiling. LED perimeter lights shine down over the emerald leaves. More soft illumination is cast upward from a wide headboard design, accentuating the white painted stonework. A modern wall sconce glows against the wooden headboard, above a built-in bedside shelf.
The second of our five Mediterranean home tours has inspiration for a much narrower living room layout. An L-shaped sofa faces into a modern tv unit, adorned simply with white decorative vases against a white backdrop. Keeping the colour scheme simple prevents the room from appearing cluttered and closed in.
A freeform rug design edges across the room, spreading blocks of neutral colour below a brown pouf, and a wall mounted sideboard against a stone wall.
Six modern dining chairs line up along an unusual marble and glass dining table. A trio of dining pendant lights visually anchor the eating area in the open plan.
Our third stop is a living room with a decidedly circular theme. Rattan baskets dot one of the white concrete walls, a large circular tray holds candles by the sofa, and round coffee tables stand on a round area rug.
The decorative woven baskets are scattered in descending sizes across the blank wall.
Gold pendant lights hang at the end of the modern L-shaped sofa, highlighting its extended concrete base that’s used as a side table for the candles. The media unit opposite the sofa has a matching concrete base–and the same style of black seat cushions make a comfy bench at one end of it, which serves as seating for the dining table.
The dining ‘table’ is a suspended countertop. A pair of dining pendant lights hang low above its surface. Behind, a cane ceiling feature brings rustic texture and colour to the white kitchen.
Visualizer: Amir Cherni
We go next to a highly textured and mood lit rustic abode. The studio layout holds the bed upon a raised level of the open plan space. Down in the lower lounge area, a modern sofa is arranged in an L-shape with its twin.
Two concrete steps lead up to a faux fur covered bed. Rattan bedroom pendant lights hover at each side.
By day the textured decor may not appear quite as rugged but this remains a unique place, with something interesting to admire in every direction. The stonework from the lounge wall ebbs away by the foot of the bed, replaced by white concrete. The plainer walls allow the beauty of the natural log columns to take the spotlight.
Visualizer: Anna Sergeeva
Our last tour takes leave from the rough and rustic Mediterranean style, in favour of a more crisp and contemporary Med vibe. A simple round coffee table stands at a modern sofa in the lounge. At one side of the couch, two unique accent chairs sit as smooth as pebbles on the beach.
Two wooden accent chairs furnish the other side of the lounge arrangement, along with a small side table.
A dual headed swing arm wall lamp provides focussed lighting over the sofa.
A second lounge area opens up on the opposite side of a modern fireplace. A Vertigo pendant hangs above a crescent sofa.
The dining table set is pushed into the corner where two sets of patio doors meet. With the doors open, this becomes an al fresco dining spot.
The black kitchen bar stools are complemented by a black decorative vase on the countertop and a black faucet.
An indoor plant dresses a plain corner.
A feathered light shade adds a whimsical touch to the room. See more bedroom pendant lights.
Stunning views stretch out in front of a freestanding bathtub.
A double sink bathroom vanity floats above a pebble floor.
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