The Mediterranean Sea is almost completely surrounded by land, with Southern Europe to its north and North Africa to its south. So naturally, Mediterranean style is inspired by the rich culture of its many neighboring countries. From the white stucco walls and blue ocean-inspired hues of the Greek islands, to ornate patterned Mallorcan tiles, to Morocco's unique woven textiles, it's no surprise that this design aesthetic is an all-time favorite. And while traveling there is an ideal way to soak up all that the Mediterranean has to offer, you can also just turn your home into a dreamy coastal retreat. Follow the lead of these 10 gorgeous spaces that will instantly transport you straight to the Mediterranean seaside.
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1. Inspiring Arches
2. Coastal Cool
Exotic style doesn't have to be all Spanish tile and stunning archways. Highlight a gorgeous view with neutral fabrics and simple decor to get the luxe coastal vibe in this modern California home designed by Theresa Rowe.
3. Hint of Greenery
Bringing the outdoors in is a classic staple of Mediterranean style. Hanging greenery, rustic wood ceiling beams, and doors open to the outside turn this Mallorcan living room designed by More Design into a peaceful haven.
4. Playful Tiling
Get that Mediterranean vibe by choosing your tile carefully. There's no need to go overboard. A fireplace surround decked out in funky-yet-minimal patterned tile like the one in this living room designed by Max Humphrey can be just the right touch.
5. Focus on the Fireplace
6. Think Texturally
Mediterranean design may feel bright and breezy, but perfectly chosen textures promise to anchor the look. In this California abode designed by Rosa Beltran for Homepolish, details like patterned textiles, woven leather chairs, and a live edge wood coffee table make this coastal-inspired space with high ceilings feel grounded.
7. White On White
8. Beaming Ceilings
Wood ceiling beams work in a variety of different design aesthetics, and are pretty much always a plus. And even more so when paired with arched windows and dreamy white drapery, like the living room in this villa designed by Jessica Bataille.
9. Blue Dreams
10. Bright Light
But if you want to feel like you're truly on the coast, don't skimp on your room's most important element: light. This almost all-white, airy living room feels like a modern take on Mediterranean style — and the natural light is the star of the show.