How To Transform Your Home Into A Mediterranean, Scandinavian or Tropical Haven

There’s no place like home, as the proverb says – and there sure isn’t. Home is a personalised feeling of warmth and welcome, reflecting you and your family’s lifestyle, tastes, preferences, artefacts and more. Decor styles are integral to the cohesiveness of your space, and act like a framework for everything so your personal space isn’t a haphazardly put together puzzle or empty shell.

More than merely satisfying aesthetic impulses, a good inside impression and deft touches to a kitchen or bathroom are an investment. As noted by Ideal Home,  interior architecture and style add value to your property. Three decorative styles that are easy to achieve, won’t date anytime soon and cater to diverse interior inclinations are Mediterranean, Scandinavian and Tropical.

Dedicated TV, entertainment and gaming rooms are game-changers

First though, let’s look at the increasing trend of taking the TV out of the living room and into a dedicated space. It needn’t be a very big space or could even be a cordoned-off corner, but it needs to be noise free so you can hear the TV or check what’s the latest news in the iGaming world, to see if there are any interesting no deposit bonuses you can grab while finding yourself a favourite and a free bet on Oddschecker.

Business Today recommends a reclining chair, wireless router and great sound, and you’re basically good to go. This modern-day fixture means you don’t have to clean up after the kids or adults in the living room. Should the next owners not want to utilise it for the same purpose, they’ll still get an extra room and you’ll pocket some extra cash.   

Bask in the magic of the Mediterranean


The charm of this enduring and popular aesthetic is thanks to the many influences it draws on, and how easy it is to achieve consequently. Sun, sea, jewel, sand and exotic tones make up the colour palette. Think Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the Moorish influences of Morocco and Turkey, or that idyllic Med break with both its soothing and dramatic decor overtures and you get the idea.

How neutral you remain, or exotic you go, is up to you. The style allows for a combination of modern and traditional expression. You can also tone it down or be as daring as you please in effecting a charming Mediterranean ambience. Although a home with generous spaces and high ceilings is a natural fit for this style, it can find intelligent expression anywhere.  

Want to be under the Tuscan sun? That’ll work too. The only thing to note is that in Tuscany, the style is more Italian than anything else, with other regional influences being more subverted than in Mediterranean decor on the whole. If you do opt for Tuscan, go for rustic farmhouse finishes with plastered or textured walls, wine motifs, local murals and stencilling, and old-wood furnishings and frames.

Mediterranean colours, textures, furnishings and lighting

Draw on earth tones such as the Mediterranean sand, sunset and olive groves. You could also go for glistening ocean colours such as cobalt blue, azure green and turquoise. Remember that there is also room for ornate Moorish influences,  which would have originated from the then Arabia, so gold, ruby red and other intensely vivid colours, particularly in tapestries or drapery, will do the trick.

Mediterranean furniture tends to be wooden, bulky (particularly at the base) and ornate. Smaller, modern pieces are in order too. Just be sure to bring in a touch of the ornate in the carving, or by way of rich fabric textures, for example, on chairs. Popular finishes are rustic leather-like ones, velvet, silk and anything else that evokes the indulgence of a bygone era.

Keep the walls neutral as the tapestry, drapery and furnishings will be statement-making enough. The window accessories should not be so heavy as to disallow airplay through the rooms – a sense of airiness is part of the charm. Wall sconces, wrought iron touches such as candelabras, ornate chandelier lighting and exposed beams comprise the main other elements of this style. Not everything has to be incorporated – one statement piece of furniture and a rich wall tapestry will set you well on your way if you don’t have the luxury of space.

The style is classic precisely because it creates an inviting, charming, rustic and warm retreat. Focus on creating that ambience above all else.


Settle into soothing Scandinavian

The Nordic style tries to make the most of the daylight hours by incorporating as much light from the outside as possible. Far from being starkly minimal though, the style is warm, inviting, fuss-free and functional.

The traditional aesthetic is light, airy, monochromatic and neutral. Not just black and white, the palette also comprises greenery, dove grey, beige, sand and soft pastels.

Scandi colours, textures, furnishings and lighting

A modern take on Scandi style sees brass, copper and rose gold being incorporated as colours, accessories and finishing touches. According to Houzz, there is also more contemporary experimentation with colour and patterns. Lightwood floors, earthy neutral tiles and clear walls with touches of texture throughout complete the look.

Functional design with clean lines are the default parameters for furniture. There’s no need to stick to strictly Ikea-style minimalism though. Wicker, hemp, rattan, distressed or plain lightwood and rattan are often the materials of choice.

The only real no-nos are heavy drapery, wall-to-wall carpeting and heavy furniture. Adding warmth via texture though, is a must. Use faux animal hide furs, throws and rugs as well as leather or pleather accents.

Light and lighting are big deal so think wide, unadorned, patio-style windows and pendant lights that stem down quite low.

Create a theatre of dreams with a tropical hideaway

If island paradises are your idea of a pretty postcard, tropical tastes are for you, no matter your location or property size. Think tropical forest foliage and by-the-sea airiness and simplicity that is also functional, and you can begin the aesthetic overhaul. Tropical can be as eclectic or classic as you like. The best bet is to keep it classic so you don’t tire of the style and can switch to warm neutrals should you wish after a season or two. 

Tropical colours, textures, furnishings and lighting

The great thing about island-style charm is how overtly it is inspired by the flora, fauna and animals of the tropics. This means you cannot go wrong with the implementation of colour, accents or accessories. Banana leaf and palm-tree motifs plus wallpapers basically set the tone.

When opting for colours, the idea is to replicate the natural calm of an island setting. Typical colours draw on lush green foliage, sea sand, whites and neutrals and the ocean itself. Vibrant touches help the interior pop every now and then. Utilise the tones of exotic fruits such as the limes and oranges of tropic citruses, pineapples and kiwi fruit; the reds of berries and the fuchsia of watermelon, not forgetting island birds of paradise.

Bedrooms and living rooms are typically centred around one heavy traditional teak, mahogany, Indian rosewood or other darkwood piece of furniture, such as a bed, kist, stand or table. This isn’t mandatory in the bedroom, where the objective is to singularly create a soothing, distress-free, island-style abode, as if sleeping in nature.

The rest of the furnishings typically incorporate rattan, wicker and bamboo. Draw on local, natural fibres such as jute and hessian, and sea grass for rugs.

Window treatments tend to be light and airy, but functional. Often, shutters made of bamboo or wood are the go-to choice to allow in air and sunlight, but to shut out harsh elements such as a sudden gust of wind or tropical storm when required.

Ceiling fans are a must to nail this look, even if you don’t change up the rest of the lighting. But, if budget allows, go for lampshades in natural fibres and pendant lights that are not too overbearing. A few wood or wrought iron touches would not be out of place, but they should not overwhelm the space.Have fun creating your tropical paradise, and you could be on siesta all year long.

A pleasing interior aesthetic adds value to your home and soothes your soul at the end of a demanding, time-pressured day.


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