Mediterranean style is no newcomer to interior design—its timeless, natural style has spoken to homeowners across the Americas for decades, even amidst a world of constant change.
The soul of this style draws inspiration from locales perched all along the Mediterranean Sea—from countries of western Asia and northern Africa to southern Europe. Interior designers, architects, and design enthusiasts alike have been charmed by its holistic yet personal allure.
Whether you are looking for a new Mediterranean-style home, a renovation, or just a little design inspiration, here is a floor-to-ceiling breakdown of everything you need to know.
Mediterranean Flooring | Stone, Stone, and more Terra Cotta Stone
The old-world charm of terra cotta stone has led to its popularity over thousands of years. Since antiquity, terra cotta’s unique blend of style and utility has made it one of the most popular building materials to date.
Each tile’s unique appearance can be attributed to its iron-dense clay that is fired at a, relatively, low temperature. The resulting reddish-brown color pairs handsomely with any earth-toned color palette, creating a warm, natural effect in any space.
From a utility perspective, terra cotta stones are highly-durable, scratch resistant, and can last a lifetime.
Mediterranean Decor | Endlessly Chic
The breadth of the Mediterranean region provides an endless supply of inspiration for home decor. All, however, share a devotion to warm interiors that draw on rich local histories. Be it the textile traditions of Morocco, boldly blue Grecian color palettes, or the rounded archways and columns with all the character of the Italian Renaissance, the possibilities are endlessly chic.
Mediterranean Ceilings | Beaming With Pride
Modern and updated homes that borrow from Mediterranean tradition incorporate exposed wood beams to encapsulate the personality of the style. From the exterior, a red terra cotta roof is the way to go.
When it comes to finding your dream Mediterranean-style home (or maybe even in the region itself), an Engel & Völkers real estate advisor has the experience and expertise to help find a space that exceeds your definition of “luxury.” Albeit especially popular in warmer climates such as Florida and California, almost every market has a home or two that could not resist the charm of this aesthetic.
Here are a few homes represented by Engel & Völkers real estate advisors that encapsulate the Mediterranean style:
St. Augustine, Florida
From the extensive use of stone and tile throughout to the prominence of arched frames and doorways, this home—behind the gates of one of St. Augustine’s most prestigious private neighborhoods—is pure Mediterranean living.
Listed for $2,985,000 USD by Jenn Bryndal of Engel & Völkers St. Augustine.
Santa Barbara, California
This thoughtfully renovated 1930s home in Santa Barbara captures the storied essence of Mediterranean living while offering the modern comforts many have become accustomed to. The use of rich green and blue hues brings additional Mediterranean-inspired warmth to the home alongside its two additional stone fireplaces.
Listed for $3,595,000 USD by Kris Johnston of Engel & Völkers Santa Ynez.
In true Mediterranean fashion, this Tulsa home beautifully balances timeless style and expert craftsmanship. Its custom tilework; arched ceilings, windows, and doorways; and neutral color scheme all speak to its source of Italian inspiration.
Notably, an eclectic mix of carefully curated furnishings and finishings brings the style’s effortlessly chic ambiance to every room.
Listed for $2,500,000 USD by Chris Zinn of Engel & Völkers Tulsa.
If a Mediterranean-style home doesn’t quite fulfill your real estate dreams, Engel & Völkers Mallorca would be happy to assist in finding the perfect Mediterranean home for you.
This gorgeous villa enjoys Mediterranean Sea views from every floor and room. From the terra cotta floors to the exposed beams, the tiled roof, and the plush furnishings, this intimately designed estate is the epitome of Mediterranean living.
Listed for $5,173438 USD by Engel & Völkers Mallorca Southwest.
Wherever your real estate dreams are taking you, from Mediterranean-style homes to the Mediterranean shores, Engel & Völkers real estate advisors have the local expertise and global reach to help you reach your goals.