We may not all live on the Aegean Sea, but there’s a reason we want our homes to look like we do. We’ve compiled the top 5 traits of a Mediterranean Villa and a couple ways to get the look without a complete overhaul. While this look encompasses a broad range of characteristics, these 5 traits are found across the board.
1 - Stucco and Plaster Walls
This is a big one. The difference between the two is mainly in the composition. Typically stucco is used on exterior walls while plaster is primarily used inside and is especially effective when accompanied by bullnose edges on mantles and countertops.
2 - Decorative Wrought Iron
Intricately patterned lighting, balcony railings, curtain rods and vent covers are all important details to pay attention to when creating a Mediterranean look. Adding wrought iron window grilles is another option.
3 - Outdoor Living Spaces
With an ideal climate, time is spent outdoors just as much as indoors. Create an outdoor living and dining area, using tile flooring, low profile furniture and maybe even a tiled pond or fountain. Install sliding or doublewide glass doors to ease the flow between interior and exterior spaces.
4 - Terra Cotta Roof Tiles
A red tile roof is another common characteristic, especially in Mediterranean Revival architecture, which was popular in the United States in the 1920s, and 30s. Another way to incorporate this look inside the house is by using terra cotta tiles on the floor or on kitchen counter tops.
5 - Arched Entryways and Windows
Plaster and stucco lend themselves to rounded corners and arched entryways. Circular or arched windows are common as well.