Let the Med come to you

Take in­spi­ra­tion from the Med and you can’t go wrong, whether your style is con­tem­po­rary or tra­di­tional

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - Interiors -

Cap­ture a sum­mer look and at­mos­phere at home with Mediter­ranean style; fresh whites, bright blues, and home fra­grances echo­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic scents of the sea­son from fresh flow­ers to mown grass. Pair­ing blues with fresh white will in­stantly evoke the op­ti­mistic feel­ing of bright hori­zons, glit­ter­ing seas and cool pools - in short, a get­away Mediter­ranean style. “This look has a re­laxed, time­less ap­peal and is just as at home in con­tem­po­rary or tra­di­tional in­te­ri­ors,” says Caro­line Gow at Fired Earth. “It’s also a style which works equally well on a large or small scale, so you can use it for a dra­matic fea­ture in a bold blue pat­tern, or just a small fea­ture to add an up­lift­ing splash of colour.” Dip­ping into a blue pal­ette can be daunt­ing as there’s so much to choose from; whether it’s the in­tense, sat­u­rated blues found in the Mediter­ranean or the inky, sul­try mid­night blues of for­eign skies. What­ever you pick, it’s a mag­i­cal for­mula be­cause all the blue shades com­ple­ment one an­other, mak­ing it one of the eas­i­est and most rest­ful dec­o­ra­tive schemes to live with. So in­stead of pack­ing a bag and go­ing in search of the sun, treat your rooms to some Mediter­ranean magic. Jo Eaton, cre­ative projects co-or­di­na­tor at San­der­son said: “The trend for dec­o­rat­ing with indigo blues con­tin­ues and there are many in­ter­pre­ta­tions. “Teamed with ikats and em­broi­deries, the look be­comes more eth­nic and rich, while bold blue works beau­ti­fully with crisp white cur­tains and ac­cents of blue around the room, “Black painted or Wenge fur­ni­ture with a mod­ern or Asian feel balances the strong blue. Equally wood or nat­u­ral floor­ing like sisal can soften the look and warm a room to stop it feel­ing too cool.”

Bar­gain buys: White with blue em­broi­dered cord de­tail cot­ton Karakol bed linen, dou­ble du­vet cover with pil­low­case, £49. Arica Blan­ket, £59, made from Peru­vian baby al­paca wool, avail­able in royal blue, all from Ur­ba­nara

The in­spi­ra­tion for a room needn’t come from a colour chart. It can just as eas­ily be in­spired by a length of fab­ric, a piece of china or a work of art. Con­jure balmy sea breezes with Clarke & Clarke’s Mar­itime fab­rics col­lec­tion from £14 a me­tre. It’s...

Left, bring a taste of the Balearics into the home with a For­mentera Ar­moire, £1,095, in mango wood from the French Bed­room Com­pany. Per­fect for stor­ing kitchen para­pher­na­lia. The vi­brant blue fin­ish makes it an eye-catch­ing piece that would suit a...

There’s no need to aban­don the blues if your taste is more so­phis­ti­cated. Hand-dec­o­rated An­dalu­cia tiles, in Bode­gas de­sign, £11.95 each, Fired Earth.

Marks & Spencer’s new Ter­ra­cotta cook­ware, in blue or tra­di­tional brown. Clock­wise from left, chicken brick, £29.50; tagine (brown), £35; Tagine (blue), £39.50; 11cm pot, £2.50; Dip dish, £4; 25cm saucepan (seen with pep­pers), £9.50; 20cm pot, £12.50

Dress a win­dow with a floaty white Lucerne voile panel from £7.99, from Dunelm Mill

A funky pen­dant light, avail­able in blue or white, The Colours Ursa Sil­i­cone Shades, £30 each from B&Q, avail­able from end of Au­gust.

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