Design Trend of the Month – Mediterranean Style
The Mediterranean Farmhouse revealed in Three Birds’ House 10 has left everyone pining for a weekend in the unique Santorini-meets-Byron home. So, for those looking to bring the magic into their own lives; what exactly encapsulates Mediterranean style? We’ve boiled down this exotic design trend into 5 main features…
Juxtaposing straight and round architectural lines
The boxy, minimalist lines of the house are strikingly clean against the swathe of natural bush surrounding them. However, this is contrasted magnificently by rounded details, which evoke that exotic, European architecture.
Some ways that Three Birds introduced round architectural lines include:
- Boxy, minimalist hardscapes
- Rounded doorways
- Arched wall niches
- Arched window frames
- Circle windows
The colour palette that Three Birds Renovations is famous for; the simple, yet striking, white-on-white.
When it comes to styling and decorative design details, going heavy on white is a sure way to emulate the architecture of Mediterranean islands. For instance, white rendered facades, white fencing, white furniture and white hardscapes all create a crisp canvas for your styling choices to pop out from!
Resort-style living spaces and organic indoor-outdoor flow
When designing — or re-imagining — your floor plan, take inspiration from luxe villas and resorts. For example, when creating the master bedroom, emulate that deluxe honeymoon cabin you’ve always loved, with mood lighting and a stand-alone bath in the corner. Or when designing the pool area, add in that luxe day bed and swim-up bar.
Other ways to include organic indoor-outdoor flow include:
- Bedroom balconies and terraces
- Outdoor bathing experiences
- Al fresco cooking and dining areas
- Open-air courtyards between rooms or within halls
- Skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows
Succulents and tropical plants
As for garden design and plant choices, a thriving mix of tropical and desert species create a distinct Mediterranean vibe. Some great architectural plants we can spot in the gardens in House 10 include:
- Palm trees
- Tree ferns
- Birds of paradise
- Taro (or Elephant Ear plants)
- Fiddle leaf figs
- Bird’s nest ferns
- Fox tail agave
However, if those plants are tricky to find or grow in your area, here are some alternative plants with a similar look & feel:
- Banana palm
- Snake plant/mother in law’s tongue
- Monstera deliciosa
- Calathea/prayer plants
- Ruffled fan palm
- Fox tail fern
- Blue chalk
- Donkey’s tail
- Prickly pear cactus
Finally, the best thing about island life is being surrounded by vibrant, inviting oceans; therefore, the perfect Mediterranean style home will include glimpses of water. However, as we aren’t all lucky enough to live in coastal waterfront locations, some have to improvise by making their own!
In House 10, the Three Birds built a resort-style pool oasis with a variety of design features that helped create the perfect weekend ‘stay-cation’ vibes, including:
- Outdoor shower
- Hanging bench seat
- Outdoor kitchen, with bar and pizza oven
- Dining nook
- Fireplace area
- Jumbo day bed
Written by Evelyn Kandris
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