Let the Med come to you
Take inspiration from the Med and you can’t go wrong, whether your style is contemporary or traditional
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 a charming range of co-ordinated printed cottons with seven patterns including Seashells, Seabirds, Coral and Skipper which can complement its deckchair stripe, spot or geometric patterns
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 dining room, dressing room or bedroom. Or tone it down by contrasting with whitewashed pieces for a Mediterranean look.
Right, use this inspirational piece to start off a scheme. French chateau style with hop sack wing armchair, £679, upholstered with a rustic hop sack and with white washed legs, from Artisanti.
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.