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minimalist Mediterranean

From Habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2021

The importance of today’s home acting not only as a shelter but as a retreat can easily be reinforced with the right choice of finishes.

An outdoor Mediterraean style sitting area

While there are a number of decorating styles that can help accomplish this goal, there are not many that match the warmth and comfort of a minimalist Mediterranean-inspired design. These types of homes are havens for everyone who thrives in sun-kissed places that bridge the gap between outdoor and indoor environments. Simple and elegant, these spaces celebrate open-plan living and rustic finishes.

Built upon Italian, Spanish and Moroccan traditions, this style is rooted in slow living and embraces minimalism through simple lines, natural materials and soft, earthy colour schemes. But the trend also stems from a grownup and refined evolution of free-spirited ‘bohochic’. Woven baskets, handmade ceramics, ethnic patterns and paint colours that radiate warmth are just the ticket to bringing serenity and comfort home.

Above: Back wall in Resene Aspiring with paint effect in Resene FX Paint Effects medium coloured with Resene Moon Mist, right wall, breeze blocks and vase in Resene Moon Mist, bench seat in Resene Aspiring, deck in Resene Woodsman Uluru, table and large plant pot in Resene Teak, tray in Resene Flax and small plant pot in Resene Siam. Cushions from Allium Interiors and Shut the Front Door.

Changing up accessories makes a big difference to the vibe of the space.

Mediterranean style lounge - version one
Mediterranean style lounge - version two, changed accessories
Back wall in Resene Sante Fe, arch rough brushed in Resene Cashmere for visual texture, front pillar in Resene Cashmere, floor in Resene Colorwood Natural timber stain. Furniture, lamp, rug and cushions from Città.

Trend: arches, see "throw a curve"

Add earthy Mediterranean-style texture with Resene Sandtex or Resene Resitex or use Resene FX Paint Effects to create a Mediterranean-style look without the tactile texture.


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