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Style and design /09.06.23

Modern Mediterranean: a stylish blend of past and present

Derived from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean interior style combines classic elements with a contemporary twist, creating a space that exudes sophistication and relaxation. With its light and airy colors, and a touch of rustic sophistication, the Mediterranean style has long been associated with a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. But now, there's a new twist on this classic aesthetic.


The Mediterranean style is characterised by its use of natural materials such as stone, wood, and clay. Spacious layouts, textured walls, comfortable furnishings, and warm color palettes featuring earth tones and pops of bright hues contribute to its inviting ambiance. Arched doorways and windows, wrought iron details, plaster walls, and terra-cotta floor tiles also add to the distinctive Mediterranean charm.


While traditional Mediterranean design embraced opulence and ornate details, the new Modern Mediterranean trend takes a more minimalistic and contemporary approach. Stemming from our recent desire to “holiday at home”, the aim is to create a space that is light, airy and reminiscent of the Mediterranean’s sunny climate.

According to Clarendon Homes’ interior design manager Rachel Guerrero, neutral and warm colour selections such as venetian plaster and linen window coverings, and architectural details like archways are typically seen in homes with this style.

“By incorporating clean lines, a muted color palette, and a focus on natural materials, this updated style exudes a sense of calmness and sophistication,” she said. “This look is reminiscent of the warmer climates we like to holiday in such as Spain, Italy and Greece with a modern Australian feel applied – cleaner, more modern lines and joinery details.”

The colour palette of Modern Mediterranean is where the magic happens. While maintaining the traditional use of earth tones, the new trend introduces whites and beiges to create a contemporary feel. These lighter shades help to enhance the airy and light atmosphere associated with the Mediterranean region. Imagine a space bathed in natural sunlight, with pastels and earth tones reflecting the serene beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

The power of arches

One of the key elements in Modern Mediterranean design is the use of arches. Adding an arch to a space instantly adds depth and shape, creating a visually striking focal point. Whether it's a grand archway leading into a room or smaller floating arches scattered throughout a hallway or stairwell, these architectural features lend a touch of elegance and uniqueness to any space. They also provide an opportunity to showcase decorative objects, adding a personal touch to your home.

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Experimenting with blends

Clarendon’s latest display home, the Parkhill 34 at Aura on the Sunshine Coast, consists promotes a blend of Modern Mediterranean and ‘Palm Springs’. The design highlights soft pastels, vibrant whites, and crisp and tactile interior brickwork. The blend with Palm Springs compliments the Modern Mediterranean look with a bold and colourful approach to soft furnishings.

For further inspiration, be sure to explore the Parkhill 34 on display at Aura.