Mediterranean Style 101

Not sure exactly what Mediterranean style is? Get all the design details here.

This style originated in countries north of the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain, Greece and Italy, and is often referred to today as "Spanish modern." Mediterranean-style furniture ranges from simply functional to extremely formal. Pieces are short, with ornately turned legs and feet; hardware is heavy and often burnished. Walls are predominantly textured. A bullnose edge is a common design detail on countertops and fireplace mantels. Here's how the style breaks down:

Colors: Mediterranean colors echo those of the sea and sky and, depending on the region, can also include warm terra cotta, lavender and yellow.

 

mediterranean_room

mediterranean_room

Tile: Mosaic tile designs embody the beauty of a Mediterranean interior. Bring the designs into your home on the floor or a kitchen backsplash or on something you can take with you if you move, like a mirror frame or a tabletop. You can also simulate the look of tile with a stenciled mosaic border on floors, walls or furniture.

Accessories: Burnished bronze urns, filigree light fixtures and a wrought-iron fireplace screen exemplify a Mediterranean look with a Moroccan influence.

Texture: Layers of paint and glaze are hand-rubbed onto plaster or sand-textured walls to add visual depth. Simulate the look of a plaster wall with a textured finish using tinted drywall compound and colored beeswax.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Tuscan Style 101

Not exactly sure what Tuscan style is? Get all the design details here.

Transitional Style 101

Not sure exactly what transitional style is? Get all the design details here.

Tuscan-Style Bathrooms

Explore your options for Tuscan-style bathrooms, and prepare to create a bath space that's a spa-worthy, rustic retreat.

Mediterranean Architecture

Known for tiled roofs and stucco finishes, Mediterranean-style homes are frequently found in states with warm climates and Spanish histories.

Traditional Style Tuscan Kitchen Makeover

Designer Chantal Devane takes a kitchen from boring and blah to beautiful with a classic, Tuscan design.

Trash to Treasure: White Accents

Robb Whittlef shares great ideas for transforming bland furnishings into contemporary treasures with just a little white paint.

Traditional Style 101

Not exactly sure what traditional style is? Get all the design details here.

Mediterranean Kitchens

No matter the decor, a Mediterranean kitchen design will offer a variety of textures and colors.

Curb Appeal Tips for Mediterranean-Style Homes

Whether you call it Spanish or Mediterranean, you'll make the most of it by taking these colorful and clever curb appeal tips from the experts.

Mediterranean-Style Bathroom Design

Gather ideas and info for Mediterranean-style bathroom design, and get ready to install a refreshing, bright and lively bathroom style in your home.

On TV

Island Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Island Life

7am | 6c

Island Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Desert Flippers

1:30pm | 12:30c

Desert Flippers

2:30pm | 1:30c

Desert Flippers

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Rustic Rehab

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

Home to Last

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.