Our take on classic Mediterranean style is gracefully swept into sparkling new waters. It’s playful and fun but still elegantly European.
Although Mediterranean interiors have been a staple of Australian interiors for many years, there is a new trend. Fiona says, “This is a fresh take on the classic Mediterranean style – and it’s also a new coastal look.” The New Med is a new design trend that combines European influences from France, Spain and Italy. It’s expected to become one of the most important interior trends in 2022.
“The Mediterranean look is moving away from the modern white-on-white bohemian look to a much more eclectic, playful-meets-elegant and sophisticated style,” says Fiona. Mismatched vintage furniture, stained glass, Murano glass and tumbled tiles are hallmarks. However, they still keep a strong connection to the blue-and-white color palette. She adds that “We can’t travel all over Europe so we bring a little bit of it to our homes in a very unique and creative way.” Continue reading to learn how to bring the Mediterranean style to your home.
MAKE A STATEMENT
This trend combines the old-meets-new approach. We’re prompted to invest in bold pieces with a wow factor in a minimalist color palette. A unique, wrought iron antique chair can be placed in front of a white wall. Or, you could hang a mirror with a brass frame in a neutrally styled living space.
“Unique pieces are the best against a neutral palette in The New Med.” A canopy and valance add a luxurious touch to your bed, while classic stripes reflect the laidback luxury of European summer idylls.” Elle Lovelock, Home Beautiful editor in chief
DIG THE LINE
Stripes are a sign of summer, especially in Europe. So channel some New-Med glamour by adding stylish stripes to your design. You can use stripes in soft furnishings like napery, bed linen, and bedding, but you don’t have to be afraid to do it on a bigger scale. You can make your bathroom stand out with stripes wallpaper or an antique stool, and some old-world art.
Bold contrasts in colours and textures are acceptable. You can mix crisp white with a character from the past and add vibrant yellow, red, or blue colours.
DELIGHT IN THE DETAILS
The New Med has a formal feel, with its preference for structured decorating features like cornice boards, pleats, and ruffles. With a canopied bed, jewel-toned Murano glasses and a bedside table that is as elegant as a Venetian villa, you can channel the elegance of Venetian luxury. As a work of art, hang or lean an antique mirror. Check-pattern floor tiles and aged Rattan and Wicker accents give your space a timeless feel.
A story about a stroll along France’s Riviera is told by sophisticated stripes and a burst in sunny yellow
This is your chance to let your inner rebel out with mismatched furniture and pops of colour. Fiona says that vintage rattan armchairs are a great contrast to a crisp white linen sofa in the living room. You can also use a vintage Murano vase with a modern, curved side table. Both are great statement pieces, but it’s easier to find balance when combining old and new. You can brighten up your office with minimalist artworks or vases placed on top of pieces that have antique souls, like a Spanish monastery table. Fiona says, “It’s all a bold contrast.”