Kitchen backsplash

Finishing and renovation in Mediterranean kitchen

Finishing and repair

Traditionally designers use simple, but very high quality materials in Mediterranean kitchen decoration. They allow quick cleaning of the room and remain cool even in the hottest day.

Finishing and renovation in Mediterranean kitchenWalls

Wall imperfections, which catch the eye, are the calling card of the Mediterranean. Sometimes designers specifically add additional relief to achieve slight curvature on the walls. This feature is especially brightly evident in the Greek style, which is characterized by deliberately careless walls: uneven ground covered with textured plaster, and then frosted usually with white paint.

Walls

Italian version of the Mediterranean style involves greater variety. Here the walls are usually aligned, and then finishing is made with combination of several materials. Thus, smooth or decorative plaster is quite compatible with mosaic, hand-painted tiles, and faux frescoes. Some sections of the walls may generally not be processed at all. For instance, original brickwork in the cooking area will turn your kitchen into a true home.

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Wallpaper is rarely used in Mediterranean kitchen. This solution seems to be quite logical if we take into account deliberately rough walls. However, if you choose this method of finishing, let the wallpaper be plain, textured and soft, preferably non-woven.

Floors

The floor in the Mediterranean kitchen is often laid with tiles or porcelain tiles of warm shades. Hence, terracotta color, which resembles clay, is a favorite one here. Great coating can be made of porous or polished sandstone, facing stone or its imitation, marble or stone mosaic with pastoral scenes and rustic decors.

Floors

Certainly, middle strip climate is not as mild as the Mediterranean, so floor-heating system is highly recommended. However, you can find an alternative and to lay ceramic floor with textured mats of reeds or use solid wood for coating. Just keep in mind that natural wood must not draw attention, so, in this sense, ordinary bleached board will be the best material for the flooring.

For budget floor, you may use high-quality linoleum or laminate that imitates the stone or wooden pattern.

Ceilings

The ceiling is usually plastered and painted with simple white paint or warm pastel shades. Distinctive feature of the style is wooden ceiling beams, often painted in rich brown shade. They effectively contrast with light color of the ceiling and bring a kind of rustic charm in the Mediterranean kitchen.

Kitchen backsplash

The backsplash in the working area over the stove and sink is often made from ceramic tiles, sometimes with granite or stone mosaics. It is desirable that the tile looks a little aged and worn, with uneven edges and effect of "weakness". Hand-painted tiles and a marble mosaic may become a real decoration of the backsplash. If this mosaic does not fit the kitchen budget, you should pay attention to the tiles in imitation of mosaic. Italian, Spanish, Polish and Russian manufacturers offer fairly effective and inexpensive variants of this finishing material.

Kitchen backsplash

Accessories and decor in the Mediterranean spirit

Elements of decor are surprisingly functional in Mediterranean kitchen. You will rarely see the curtain here, as their main task is successfully coped with solid or slatted shutters, that can be placed both inside and outside. If you decorate the window with fabrics, you would better choose light-colored natural linen or cotton textiles. You can choose striped or chequered curtains, but the colors should not be too bright. Lace curtains, and some tulle will also look nice.

Lamps in country style, antique style, with wrought-iron or wooden parts fit the kitchen. Alternatively, you can use hanging lamp with a small shade or lampshade or a chandelier imitating the old chandelier.

Accessories and decor in the Mediterranean spirit

Ceramic ware is placed on the open shelves in abundance, and is actively used in everyday life. Copper pots, woks and pans on a special suspension, may claim the role of spectacular décor, as well.

Straw or reed mats are sometimes very useful on the cool floor. Pillows soften the excessive rigidity of the chair seats. Even rough handmade lace and plain tablecloths and napkins of pure white cotton and linen are designed not to decorate a room, but to make family meals pleasant and comfortable.

If you can not do without a variety of pleasant things, give the preference to bronze lamps, green plants in a simple clay pots, elegant shells and corals, which will breathe in the Mediterranean atmosphere of eternal holiday.

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Appliances in Mediterranean kitchen

Mediterranean kitchen style – design secrets

Mediterranean style in the interior is a delicious cocktail, which embodies cultural traditions of many nations who lived on the coast for centuries. This amazingly warm, cozy, hospitable and truly inviting style is simply created for the decoration of the kitchen space.

Secrets of Mediterranean kitchen design, matching kitchen sets, restoration and repair, lamps, vibrant settings, and pictures of kitchen interiors in the spirit of the Mediterranean are in this review.

Mediterranean kitchen style – design secrets

Features of Mediterranean style

Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, French Riviera, North of Egypt, and, certainly Italy and Greece... Each of these parts of the world played its part in Mediterranean style formation. However, such a motley structure of participants has not prevented the development of this trend’s common characteristics in houses and flats design.

  1. Mediterranean kitchen interior has nothing to do with pretentiousness or luxury and chic. Laconic, unassuming simplicity and maximum functionality are the main features of this style.
  2. Color palette of any Mediterranean kitchen includes luxurious paints. These colors can be met in the rich nature of this cheerful and blissful region. Natural colors of the earth, the sea and lush vegetation blend in harmony with each other. Greek style tends to cool colors and contrasting combination of white with blue, turquoise, blue, emerald and lemon-yellow. On the contrary, Italians prefer warm shades: red-pink, deep orange, ochre yellow, terracotta, olive, and pistachio.
  3. When you decorate, furnish the Mediterranean kitchen, it is better to use solely natural materials (wood, stone, iron, glass) and fabrics (linen, cotton).
  4. Mediterranean style has a few accessories. However, if they are present in the room, they have both aesthetic and practical features.

We can be sure that the kitchen interior based on these principles, will appeal to cheerful and relaxed people, who want to live in harmony with nature. Such people appreciate comfort and space, filled with sunlight and air.

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Layout and furnishing of the Mediterranean kitchen

Perfect Mediterranean kitchen should be very bright, well planned and enough large to fulfill the functions of the dining room. As in the southern countries, it is not just a place for cooking, but true focus of the family life, so massive dining table with chairs are necessary here. As a rule, they are located in the center of the room.

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The working area may be placed in a compact "island" shape. If the room dimensions allow, the working area is done more convenient and is submitted at the same time in spacious, functional niche, equipped with zonal lighting.

All the furniture in Mediterranean kitchen is primitive and bulky. At the same time it is of good quality, often has aging effect and made from pine wood or oak. You can choose quality kitchen set with MDF facades and natural wood veneer. If the manufacturer is good, such kitchen will look as good as solid wood furniture. Unique color of the kitchen furniture is achieved by forged elements with patina, which are typical for Italian interior; and braided details, that are often found in Greek houses. Quality styling of kitchen in spirit of the Mediterranean, involves the use of individual pieces of furniture that harmoniously unite into a kind of set instead of ‘complete end products’.

Thus, your kitchen will look well with:

  • dining table with the top of artificial stone or painted ceramic tiles;
  • metal chairs with attached seats cushions or their braided counterparts made from rattan or reeds;
  • small sofa with exposed wooden frame;
  • massive cupboard with clear glass doors or wooden facades that can be painted in warm dark and light colors
  • open wooden shelves, various racks and ledges.

Appliances in Mediterranean kitchen

When the foundations of the Mediterranean interior were established, technical progress did not develop yet in leaps and bounds. Therefore, refrigerators, dishwashers and other benefits of civilization are the alien elements in the kitchen, decorated in the spirit of relaxed siesta.

Appliances in Mediterranean kitchen

It is recommended to hide all the appliances in special niches and cover them with wooden doors, decorated with rude carvings. Another way is acquisition of modern devices that will not attract attention with catchy color or original design. It is a good idea to replace kitchen-range with plain cooker; and the plumbing system made of stainless steel with its analogues of dull bronze, as it looks aged by time.

Giving preference to large and rectangular so-called Butler sink instead of traditional one, you will add another typical Mediterranean touch to the kitchen.

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