Today we will consider another original style of designing kitchens, which is very common among the inhabitants of the countries of Southern Europe, which are located off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
A remarkable subtropical climate, plenty of sun and heat almost all year round, as well as the very fact of close proximity to this marvelous sea, predetermined a number of traditions in the design of interiors.
Let's start with highlighting the key features of this style, and after, let's move on to consider all the important details and elements of its decor.
So, the Mediterranean theme is distinguished by the following noteworthy moments:
- 1 Atmosphere of hospitality just a compulsory companion and "parameter" of this cuisine. Residents of coastal towns are very friendly and always happy to receive guests, to cover a table with seafood and wine for them, as well as to talk mentally about news or affairs. In such a room should be spacious, cozy, so that any person really could feel at home.
- 2 Simplicity in decoration and decoration. Any expensive, conspicuous and pretentious things are absolutely out of place in the Mediterranean cuisine. On the contrary, everything around should say that only the most necessary items are collected here, comfortable furniture and practical kitchen utensils. The same applies to simple, accessible materials used for finishing walls, ceilings and floors.
- 3 Abundant use of tiles. Facing with tiles can take place not only in the area of the kitchen apron, but also over the entire area of the working area or even along the entire back wall up to the ceiling.
Sometimes the table top can be laid out, for example, with ceramic mosaic or small tiles. Also it is the tile that is given preference, when the question arises, than lay out the floor in the kitchen.
The Mediterranean interior has similar features with such styles as Provence, Country and Chef Chic. Take a look at several photos we picked up.
For the kitchen in the Mediterranean style, it is peculiar, as already mentioned above, to choose simple but functional, solid furniture.
Even when planning a room, it should be taken into account that such a kitchen should be light and spacious, and not create an environment of piling up furniture and a lack of space.
Ideally, it should serve as a kitchen-living room, where you can not only cook, but also accept long-awaited guests.
A few recommendations to help you choose the most suitable furniture:
Dinner table should be either large, or at least of medium size, designed for 4-6 people. Guests in such a kitchen are always welcome, so you need to be ready to comfortably accommodate them all and feed them.
Kitchen set is made, as a rule, from a tree or as a last resort from MDF with imitation of natural textures.
All sorts of panels on the facades, metal fittings with ceramic inserts, as well as glass shelves, are very welcome. In more traditional designs, a special place is given to the hood, which is why the section of the upper drawers can be divided into two parts.
Color Headset. Light and fresh motifs are common here.
White, beige, gray with a patina or kitchen of olive color will create the atmosphere you need and will please the eye.
Facades made of natural wood of dark rocks, the texture of which must necessarily remain visible, is also not a rarity in this style.
Chairs choose either wooden with massive backs, or metal, but at the same time elegant forged shapes.
It is advisable to equip such chairs with soft seats and backs on laces that are lined with cotton cloth, for example, in a white-red cage or some floral pattern.
In addition, if the area allows, you can put compact double sofa, but it is, rather, as a decorative option or a design move to "fill" an empty corner in the kitchen.
You can put a beautiful wardrobe with open shelves, which will feature a collection of decorative plates and dishes.
Planning and decoration
Here are a few key recommendations for the design of walls, ceilings, flooring and work area, which can significantly help in selecting the right materials:
Walls. Wallpaper in the kitchen in the Mediterranean style are very rarely glued. Basically, the walls are painted, tiled with ceramic tiles or natural stone.
Speaking of colors when painting, then based on the presented photos, the most popular are the different shades of yellow or beige.
For ceilings choose matte paint white, beige or sand colors.
Often you can find massive beams of wood, but this, as they say, in the original. In an apartment you can limit yourself to simpler solutions.
Floor in the vast majority of cases it is covered with ceramic tiles of medium or large dimensions. Color solutions can be very diverse, here the choice is entirely yours.
Apron spreads either from tiles of small sizes, or even from a mosaic.
Both variants can be implemented in a wide variety of solutions: from classical single-tone layout to sophisticated but exquisite panels. Sometimes an apron is laid out with a natural stone or from a tile that imitates it.
Worktop mostly ordered from natural or artificial stone. Again, there are no strict requirements for choosing colors, textures and patterns.
Less often, but still it can be found, the entire table top or a certain part of it is laid out of a small ceramic tile, which can have an amazing aesthetic effect.
Kitchen island. The result of the allocation of space in the interior of such a room, there must necessarily be a large enough space for the dining area.
In the layouts of some kitchens, one can also find the so-called "island", which serves as a kind of separator between the cooking and dining areas. "Island" can serve as an additional work surface, and, for example, a bar counter.
After the basic elements of the kitchen interior in the Mediterranean style are ready, it remains to decide how and what exactly fill the empty niches and other, yet free, space:
Appliances should not be allocated, and if possible, should be built in and hidden behind the furniture facades.
This rule does not apply to hoods. It so happened that she had almost the central place in the working area of the kitchen. The hood should be dome, not built-in.
It is destined to stand out and fulfill not only the role of the household device, but also a significant element of the interior.
Sanitary engineering. In a large kitchen, there is always a lot to prepare. In this regard, choose a larger sink, you can even double. A good option would be a ceramic sink or an artificial stone.
In the most classic examples of Mediterranean interiors put copper or bronze sinks and mixers.
Textile. If we talk about curtains for the kitchen, then the use of light, but simple fabrics is welcomed. The same lightness, freshness and airiness should be traced in the color scheme and patterns.
It is best to use light colors, decorated with flowers or other funny ornaments. As for the types of curtains, they can be both classic cut and design, and, for example, Roman.
Lighting should be enough all year round.
In the warm season, when the light day is long, natural lighting is provided by windows, preferably large. To arrange artificial lighting it is necessary to pay attention to each of the zones.
Above the dining room you can hang a beautiful bronze chandelier with a Tiffany-style lampshade. If you have an "island", then illuminate it with hinged lamps or ceiling pointing lights.
Accessories welcome, but you need to observe a sense of taste and measure. As in other southern styles with rustic notes, in this style decorative dishes occupy a prominent place.
It can be placed on the shelves of a furniture set, cornice hoods, other free niches.
Original and harmonious will look like vessels for spices and cereals from porcelain, copper kitchen utensils, open shelves for storing olive oil, containers with pasta and dried fruits.
Kitchen in the Mediterranean style has a special charm of openness and coziness. It has to receive guests, culinary experiments and just a pleasant pastime with the family.