Revel in the charming warmth of the Mediterranean kitchen style

Lively colours, earthy surfaces and warm feelings, if there is one kitchen style that signifies summer (all year long) it is the Mediterranean kitchen style. So, why not take the style plunge this summer? We promise the charm will last all year long (and longer!). Before you dive headfirst, here are some of the core Mediterranean kitchen design style icons – if you like them, you’re well on your way!

A neutral palate is the staple diet of the Mediterranean kitchen. ©hepburndesigns.com

A neutral palate is the staple diet of the Mediterranean kitchen. ©hepburndesigns.com

An earthen palate is the foundation upon which the Mediterranean kitchen is built. Inspired by the region, warm colours imbue every aspect of the style. For an elegant take, slather your walls in warm, neutral shades like deep yellows, buttery cream or balmy beiges. Pops of colour can be given by dark and bright accents alike. Dining chairs upholstered in dark leather add gravitas, but tiles and accessories in red, green, blue and orange add the festive edge many of us seek in the style.

Imbue your Mediterranean kitchen with a festive edge by adding accessories in bold colours. ©hepburndesigns.com

Imbue your Mediterranean kitchen with a festive edge by adding accessories in bold colours. ©hepburndesigns.com

Fluid architecture is another core design feature of the Mediterranean kitchen. What exactly does “fluid architecture” mean? Imagine the sharp and angular edges luscious and relaxed look luscious and relaxed look of our modern kitchens…and smudging them with an eraser. The end-result is a luscious and relaxed look. Kitchen hoods made of plaster or copper should drape or slope down over the hob. Worktops should have rounded edges. Even tiles should feel as though their sharp edges have softened and their precise corners have been buffed over time to a now rounded point.

Create a luscious and relaxed look by rounding sharp and angular edges. ©domenicominchilli.com

Create a luscious and relaxed look by rounding sharp and angular edges. ©domenicominchilli.com

Further to fluid architecture, textured materials make the grade in the Mediterranean kitchen style. Somehow layering marble worktops with stucco walls, leather furniture with exposed wooden beams, and wrought iron chandeliers with plaster hoods, creates tactile warmth in the Mediterranean kitchen style. But, in a completely natural way. The kitchen should not feel designed, but rather like an organic extension of your home.

And, what kitchen could call itself Mediterranean without tiles? Mosaic, hand-painted, or terracotta. Use them for your backsplash, create a landscape portrait behind your hob, or put them on the floor. If you could do one thing to bring the Mediterranean home, it’s adding tiles to the mix.