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22 Mediterranean Kitchen Ideas Savor Old World Design Style

The brightness of this Mediterranean-style kitchen stems from its stark white cabinetry that is balanced by the brick walls lightly smeared with white paint. This is complemented by the butcher block countertops of the island and peninsula.

A typical Mediterranean home uses rustic materials such as wood, stone and brick as building blocks. The way a room is designed is dependent on regional styles but within those different approaches is a world of options. The color palette of a Mediterranean kitchen draws from the land and the sea and the sky with a range of blues and earthy tones like terracotta, olive green and ochre. Textures are also an important element in Mediterranean designs with many homes traditionally using plaster or stucco on both the exterior and interior surfaces. Whether you’re renovating your home or decorating a newly built house, you can bring natural elements of the old world into your design. 

Scroll through our curated collection of Mediterranean kitchen ideas.

1. Brick Archway Opens Up Space in Mediterranean Kitchen

It doesn't get much more Mediterranean than building an archway between your kitchen and living room, as Coronado Stone Products does with this Adobe Brick Veneer home in Phoenix, AZ. An archway is quintessential Mediterranean design where all conceptual roads lead back to Rome. The opening is used to great effect by letting in massive amounts of natural light.

It doesn’t get much more Mediterranean than building an archway between your kitchen and living room, as Coronado Stone Products does with this Adobe Brick Veneer home in Phoenix, AZ. An archway is quintessential Mediterranean design where all conceptual roads lead back to Rome. The opening is used to great effect by letting in massive amounts of natural light. See more of this home here. /Designed by Coronado Stone Products

2. Modern Mediterranean Kitchen Opts for All-White Color Scheme

Large, elegant kitchen incorporates some Mediterranean elements, such as arched windows and doorways, into an otherwise thoroughly modern design. Two crystal pendant lights, trying their best to look like chandeliers, hang over a marble kitchen island in the center of the room.

Large, elegant kitchen incorporates some Mediterranean elements, such as arched windows and doorways, into an otherwise thoroughly modern design. Two crystal pendant lights, trying their best to look like chandeliers, hang over a marble kitchen island in the center of the room. Source: Architectural DesignsSee more of this home

3. Mediterranean Design Favors Tile Flooring and Stonework 

Tile flooring and stonework all come into play in the kitchen's Mediterranean design, also featuring an arched window, coffered ceiling and primarily dark tones.

Tile flooring and stonework all come into play in the kitchen’s Mediterranean design, also featuring an arched window, coffered ceiling and primarily dark tones. Source: Zillow Digs

4. Mosaic Tile Brings in the Blues of the Mediterranean Sea and Sky

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a tile mosaic backdrop behind the stove area in alcove. A mosaic is the perfect place to introduce the blues that symbolize the sky and sea.

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a tile mosaic backdrop behind the stove area in alcove. A mosaic is the perfect place to introduce the blues that symbolize the sky and sea. Mediterranean Kitchen design by Laguna Beach Interior Designers and Lynn Pries Design.

5. Worn and Weathered Look Achieves Design Goals

Along with rich hardwoods, coffered ceiling and polished fixtures, distressed pieces also work well in the Mediterranean style. This kitchen space uses a worn and weathered rustic look to achieve its design goals.

Along with rich hardwoods, coffered ceiling and polished fixtures, distressed pieces also work well in the Mediterranean style. This kitchen space uses a worn and weathered rustic look to achieve its design goals.

6. Mediterranean Kitchen Features Double Islands, Arched Ceiling

Double islands, featuring detailed and curved ornamentation, and a cooking alcove with marble backsplash, come into play in this massive Mediterranean kitchen. The groin vault ceiling is a work of art itself, introducing a series of arches with a number of curves and natural lines.

Double islands, featuring detailed and curved ornamentation, and a cooking alcove with marble backsplash, come into play in this massive Mediterranean kitchen. The groin vault ceiling is a work of art itself, introducing a series of arches with a number of curves and natural lines. Source: Zillow Digs™

7. Massive Island Serves as Working Hub in Mediterranean Kitchen

All purpose, fully functioning island features two sinks and an eat-in bar, as well as plenty of counter space and storage. Large windows also provide lots of natural light in this well-designed Mediterranean-style kitchen.

All purpose, fully functioning island features two sinks and an eat-in bar, as well as plenty of counter space and storage. Large windows also provide lots of natural light in this well-designed Mediterranean-style kitchen. See more of this home here. / Designed by Miller & Miller Real Estate

8. Mediterranean Kitchen Showcases Woodworking Craftsmanship

Mediterranean-style kitchen brings to life rich browns, tans and beiges in the woodwork craftsmanship of the long, fully functioning island. The design also features arched doorway, a wood-beamed coffered ceiling and large windows to bring in natural light.

Mediterranean-style kitchen brings to life rich browns, tans and beiges in the woodwork craftsmanship of the long, fully functioning island. The design also features arched doorway, a wood-beamed coffered ceiling and large windows to bring in natural light. Source: Zillow Digs™

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9. White brightens up Mediterranean-Style Kitchen 

The cabinets and other wooden elements in this Mediterranean-style kitchen are lightly brushed with white paint. This brightens up space and adds a rustic and aged charm to the space.  The design features a variety of surface materials, including wood, for the island, marble for the counter and tile for the backsplash. 

The cabinets and other wooden elements in this Mediterranean-style kitchen are lightly brushed with white paint. This brightens up space and adds a rustic and aged charm to the space.  The design features a variety of surface materials, including wood, for the island, marble for the counter and tile for the backsplash.  See more of this home here. / Designed by Coronado Stone Products

10. Coffered Ceiling Creates Rustic Look in Mediterranean Kitchen 

Mediterranean design features distressed pieces and a coffered ceiling with aged beams to create a rustic profile. The countertops and island use marble for the working surfaces.

Mediterranean design features distressed pieces and a coffered ceiling with aged beams to create a rustic profile. The countertops and island use marble for the working surfaces.

11. Distressed Wood Works Well in Mediterranean-Style Kitchen

Distressed cabinetry in dusty greens and yellows works to great effect in this Mediterraneanspace. The wood craftsmanship, arched designs and distressed coffered ceiling all work well to complete the look. A natural light source also adds warmth the kitchen design.

Distressed cabinetry in dusty greens and yellows works to great effect in this Mediterraneanspace. The wood craftsmanship, arched designs and distressed coffered ceiling all work well to complete the look. A natural light source also adds warmth the kitchen design. Source: Zillow Digs™

12. Blue-Gray Tile Backsplash Adds Color Contrast

A bright and white kitchen features a tray ceiling that blends in with the elegant cabinetry of the kitchen peninsula and island. Extremely well-lit by recessed lights and pendant fixtures,  blue-gray tiles of the backsplash add a bit of color contrast.

A bright and white kitchen features a tray ceiling that blends in with the elegant cabinetry of the kitchen peninsula and island. Extremely well-lit by recessed lights and pendant fixtures,  blue-gray tiles of the backsplash add a bit of color contrast. See more of this home  / Source: Architectural Designs

13. Modern Mediterranean Kitchen Embraces White Color Scheme

A Mediterranean-style kitchen features dark hardwood flooring that contrasts with the island, peninsula, and walls but matches with the exposed wooden beams of the white ceiling. The space is illuminated by the natural lighting coming in through the windows flanking the vent hood.

A Mediterranean-style kitchen features dark hardwood flooring that contrasts with the island, peninsula, and walls but matches with the exposed wooden beams of the white ceiling. The space is illuminated by the natural lighting coming in through the windows flanking the vent hood. See more of this home / Source: Architectural Designs

14. Groin Vault Ceiling Defines Mediterranean-Style Kitchen Space

Mediterranean-style kitchen features an impressive groin vault ceiling with herringbone pattern and two lantern pendant lights hanging over the two kitchen islands. The herringbone pattern is continued in the backsplash of the stone alcove for the cooking area with marble countertops and hardwood flooring.

Mediterranean-style kitchen features an impressive groin vault ceiling with herringbone pattern and two lantern pendant lights hanging over the two kitchen islands. The herringbone pattern is continued in the backsplash of the stone alcove for the cooking area with marble countertops and hardwood flooring. See more of this home / Source: Architectural Designs

15. Mediterranean Kitchen Includes Recessed Lights in Coffered Ceiling

This large kitchen is dominated by the wooden elements of the exposed beams and the hardwood flooring that complements the beige shaker cabinetry of the island and peninsula Plenty of natural light streams in through large windows with yellow recessed lights in the coffered ceiling beams provide additional coverage.

This large kitchen is dominated by the wooden elements of the exposed beams and the hardwood flooring that complements the beige shaker cabinetry of the island and peninsula Plenty of natural light streams in through large windows with yellow recessed lights in the coffered ceiling beams provide additional coverage. See more of this home / Source: Zillow Digs

16. Ceiling Mural Makes Unique Artistic Statement in Kitchen 

Charming and homey Mediterranean-style kitchen features a painted mural of the sky on a cove ceiling. The large space also includes stone walls with arched entryways, an alcove for the cooking area,  wooden cabinetry and hardwood flooring.

Charming and homey Mediterranean-style kitchen features a painted mural of the sky on a cove ceiling. The large space also includes stone walls with arched entryways, an alcove for the cooking area,  wooden cabinetry and hardwood flooring. See more of this home / Source: Zillow Digs

17. Brick Cove Ceiling Provides Unique Mediterranean Kitchen Design

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a cove ceiling made of bricks, terracotta block flooring and plenty of natural light from a large main window and smaller porthole. The U-shaped kitchen island includes breakfast bar.

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a cove ceiling made of bricks, terracotta block flooring and plenty of natural light from a large main window and smaller porthole. The U-shaped kitchen island includes breakfast bar.

18. Coffered Ceiling Bestows Space with Dramatic Presence

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a towering, coffered ceiling, dark cabinetry and massive island with an adjoining informal dining area.

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a towering, coffered ceiling, dark cabinetry and massive island with an adjoining informal dining area.

19. Butcher Block Countertops Supply Durable Work Space

The brightness of this Mediterranean-style kitchen stems from its stark white cabinetry balanced by the brick walls lightly smeared with white paint. The island and peninsula feature butcher block countertops.

The brightness of this Mediterranean-style kitchen stems from its stark white cabinetry balanced by the brick walls lightly smeared with white paint. The island and peninsula feature butcher block countertops.

20. Textured Stone Brick Walls Complement Cathedral Ceiling

The white wooden cathedral ceiling of this Mediterranean-style kitchen is complemented by the rustic wooden beams and the textured stone brick wall of the cooking area. The shiplap design of the ceiling works well with the the white cabinetry and stonework in flooring and wall area.

The white wooden cathedral ceiling of this Mediterranean-style kitchen is complemented by the rustic wooden beams and the textured stone brick wall of the cooking area. The shiplap design of the ceiling works well with the the white cabinetry and stonework in flooring and wall area. Source: Zillow Digs

21. Two Kitchen Islands Maximize Space in Mediterranean Kitchen

Mediterranean-style kitchen incorporates two islands into its design, with a larger one featuring a breakfast bar and wrought iron stools surrounding a smaller unit in the middle of the space. Marble countertops, stonework and distressed woodwork add to the overall effect of the design.

Mediterranean-style kitchen incorporates two islands into its design, with a larger one featuring a breakfast bar and wrought iron stools surrounding a smaller unit in the middle of the space. Marble countertops, stonework and distressed woodwork add to the overall effect of the design. See more of this home / Source: Architectural Designs

22. Modern Mediterranean Kitchen Contrasts Light and Dark Colors

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a light beige tone in the floor, ceiling and surrounding cabinetry in contrast to the dark wooden kitchen island in the center of the space. The large room also has marble countertops, tile backsplash, tile flooring and a coffered ceiling.

Mediterranean-style kitchen features a light beige tone in the floor, ceiling and surrounding cabinetry in contrast to the dark wooden kitchen island in the center of the space. The large room also has marble countertops, tile backsplash, tile flooring and a coffered ceiling. See more of this home / Source: The House Designers

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