Or : how to decorate in a New Mediterranean style?
Sometimes when you think of seaside decor, you think of big shells, blue and red fishermen’s boats paintings and anchor-shaped objects. Not very modern, indeed.
Yet, decorating your home or a room with inspiration from the sea, coastal landscapes and the Mediterranean atmosphere makes your holidays last, doesn’t it? There is a sense of peace and fulfilment in the Mediterranean aesthetic that I love.
How do I do then ?
The codes of the New Mediterranean are simple.
It is a refined style where white, raw materials and few decorative objects predominate.
Blue, which is not obligatory, is found in small touches. A few cushions, shades on a picture or poster, or on the crockery. Forget the total blue and white look.
Just like other possible colours such as terracotta, beige, green (sage or water green).
Decorative objects are rare (minimalist style obliges) and recall Mediterranean life. More rustic than nautical, you can opt for wicker baskets, botijos or vases in plaster or concrete, and sober wall decorations.
Raw materials have pride of place. Wood (rather dark), wicker and rattan for furniture, cotton and linen for textiles and concrete, glass and ceramics to complete the whole.
To avoid kitsch, opt for a decor that follows the codes of the New Mediterranean. Even better is to mix styles and combine it with bohemian chic or japandi. Mixing styles skilfully avoids falling into caricature.
Mix and match
The new mediterranean is a good match for the bohemian chic style. How? We add ethnic cushion covers in neutral tones to our new medterranean room. Macramé as placemats or wall decoration would not be at all out of place if it remains in harmonious tones. Be careful not to add too many colours.
Japandi, which is also minimalist in essence, goes very well with the New Mediterranean. They also share the same love for raw materials. Carefully selected decorative objects can evoke the Mediterranean and Japan: botijos mixed with sober Japanese-influenced paintings are a great combination.
To remain eco-responsible, shop for beautiful objects that you can keep for life and that will age well. We also avoid the big e-commerce platforms and favour handicrafts.
For the botijos, why not find them and repaint them with the bicarbonate paint mixture to create an aged effect? Take a look on Etsy or Instagram to find authentic and artistic decorative pieces.
Do you like that style ? See you in the comment section !
Julie, les jolies illustrations