The term “Mediterranean” goes well beyond defining a type of diet or any decorative style; it is a way of understanding life. The intense well-being of shared meals, the celebrations and traditions with centuries of history behind them; all make this way of life passionately exciting, and something which attracts more and more followers every day.
Outside the more heavily-populated towns, the pace of life slows down. Distances grow shorter, peace prevails, markets are full of enthusiastic dealing; bicycles, bustle in the streets when the sun comes out … simplicity is one of the fundamental principles, and it applies in every area of life: in our food, leisure, even in décor – for all these reasons, the Mediterranean way of life is where the little things matter.
Mediterranean décor is the expression of this elemental culture which everyone here lives and breathes. And now we’re going to give you the key to it all
Mediterranean style in ten easy lessons
The Mediterranean light is unique: it sculpts our landscapes and marks out the rhythms of their inhabitants, infusing their daily life with warmth and energy. Natural light, as well as our proximity to the sea, are the two great forces which set the seasons of the Mediterranean and which dictate our decorative styles.
2Good solid materials
Mediterranean style speaks simplicity: wood for furniture, stone for walls and for some fittings such as sinks and washbasins, and ceramic tile for the decorative elements, floors and wall coverings … natural materials which are essential to a serene and rural atmosphere.
To contrast with the wood, stone and ceramic there is the warmth of fabrics created from natural fibres, almost always a blend of cotton and linen. Windows are finished in fabrics, as are tables and furniture, with table linen and upholstery in designs typical to the island: the cloth of tongues. Hemp, wicker or cord are also woven into benching and chairs, as comfortable as they are robust.
Materials such as the marès sandstone, plaster and Mallorcan stone are part of the essential idiom of Mediterranean house construction, and for decoration, forged iron, earthenware crockery, hand-blown glass, worktops made in local stone … as applied to gastronomy, the same principles govern the kitchen, with seasonal produce and local ingredients, for an experience which more truly immerses you in the culture of the island.
5The Mediterranean palette
Interiors are white, to better reflect the light and convey calm, in contrast to the furniture and the beams, which tend to be of strong, dark wood. Construction materials use a fairly neutral palette (terracottas, greys, ochres and stones), contrasting with the vivid colours of textiles: blues, reds and greens are the dominant colours of Majorcan fabrics.
A temperate climate prevails for most of the year, which is naturally conducive to socializing. Terraces and patios fulfil an essential role in the daily rhythms of the people who live here: Mediterranean houses extend their living spaces outdoors, bringing cosy chats and grand reunions alike to the outside spaces or terraces, so that these become simply another room in the house.
It’s a simple enough formula: just a few pieces of furniture (the essentials), but made in quality materials, a specific palette of colours and lots of light to bring a sense of space. The beauty of timeless décor is all in having few but well-chosen pieces of furniture and in the quality of the materials. The result is a relaxing ambience conducive to calm.
8Spaces for spending time together
The Mediterranean house is designed to be enjoyed, especially in company. Kitchens are large and filled with a huge table for family meals, just as they have a fireside around which are placed rocking chairs and low stools. Any nook of the dining room, terrace or portico forms the ideal backdrop for a glass of wine with family and friends.
9Rooms with a sense of history
The Mediterranean has been the melting-pot for many cultures since time immemorial, and that has left its mark on the character of its people and on those who live around the region. The architecture and décor of the Mediterranean are notable for a certain austerity, but they also ascribe value to the everyday antiquities you will find here: great chests of drawers, rocking chairs, armchairs or even farming implements are an essential part of the whole ambience which breathes the very history and spirit of the Mediterranean.
Simplicity is a décor in sympathy with its surroundings: natural light, natural materials which are cheap and sustainable. A life simplified in order to enjoy it better is the one great secret of Mediterranean culture which we put into practice and wholly recommend!