The Mediterranean kitchen is best accented with the spicy, rich colors that are often associated with that region. Taking inspiration from the various countries and climates that border the Mediterranean Sea, this kitchen design is anything but boring.
Eclectic but Gallic details include a toile-upholstered armchair and wrought-iron pot rack, tile backsplashes and ladder-back chairs. Design by Jennifer Norrington, CKD; photography by Liz Kaye
Sophisticated and elegant, traditional toile in soft shades of tan and rose are integral to the French-country style. Curtained oak cabinetry is a hallmark of the look, and dried flowers are a classic Provencal accent. Design by David Stimmel
Italian-Inspired Cook Station
Designer Ellinor Ellefson imported a cherubic early-19th-century iron fireback from Italy for this Mediterranean style kitchen. The arched stove hood enhances the Old Europe feeling. Photography by Bryan Schiele
A classic Mediterranean kitchen might feature muted tan, beige or cream walls that mimic the neutral tone of sand. After a wall color is chosen, bold accents and intricate designs begin to make their way into the kitchen space with bursts or blue, red, green, orange and yellow throughout the room. Cabinets, countertops and flooring are typically understated in shades of white, tan or light-colored wood and stone, making room for a more unique style in other aspects of the kitchen design.
Choose pops of color when selecting kitchen accents—from larger elements, such as a kitchen island base, to smaller items such as throw rugs, dishes and glassware. For instance, a Mediterranean kitchen style might pair a distressed teal wood kitchen island with white countertops, cherry wood cabinets and a white tiled backsplash. It's these surprising design elements that make a Mediterranean kitchen beautiful in its own right.
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