Mediterranean-style interior design uses natural materials such as wood, stone, marble, and brick as the basic building blocks. Bring in plenty of sunlight to shine on your interior design , and you will be well on your way to creating a Mediterranean look. Whether you’re renovating a home or decorating a new house, introducing natural elements with neutral colors will bring inspiration from the old world into your contemporary design.
Below, scroll through our curated collection of Mediterranean living room design ideas.
1. Natural Light Streams in Through Open Walls
Recessed lights and exposed beams hang from a cathedral ceiling in a brightly-lit Mediterranean-style living room which also receives natural lighting from open walls on three sides, adorned with thick white pillars. The great room design includes several different seating areas overlooking a backyard pool. Marble flooring is used throughout the space with a large area rug defining the living room. The latter features two sofas, an accent chair, side tables, a coffee table, a console, and wide-screen television mounted on an interior wall. Another set of sofas is positioned near a fireplace, while a third section is reserved as a formal dining area. All of this stuff would spell clutter in a lesser space , but here, nothing seems intrusive.
2. Mediterranean Living Room Contrasts Dark and Light Colors
The dark tones of the tile fireplace and hardwood flooring contrast with the light walls and ceiling of the great room that combines the living space with an adjacent kitchen area in the Mediterranean style. Dark blue sofas and white chairs make up the seating in the living room which also features a light-colored area rug and glass-top metal coffee table. The tray ceiling includes recessed lights, clerestory windows , and exposed dark wood beams.
3. Fireplace Provides Focal Point for Room
This is more like a sitting area than an actual living room , but the space does feature good examples of several characteristic elements of Mediterranean-style design. The tall glass wall brings in plenty of natural lighting to the room displaying a color palette of earthy beige tones. An area rug covers a marble floor with an elaborately carved fireplace creating a focal point for the room.
4. Vaulted Ceiling Towers over Mediterranean Living Room
Once used as a backdrop in the “Nashville” TV series, the Nashville mansion features an elaborately crafted vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams and clerestory windows. The Mediterranean-style living room features distressed stone flooring, brick walls, a massive stone fireplace with arched windows on either side, and rustic wood furniture.
5. Elegant Mediterranean Living Room Opts for Earthy Color Palette
Elegant Mediterranean-style space features a double-height, coffered ceiling with an elaborate metal chandelier hanging down over the sofa, chairs , and coffee table. The room sticks to a neutral color palette of earthy tones, including the walls and marble flooring. The fireplace has a stone mantel with a painting and metal art piece mounted above it. Two sets of windows in an alcove draw in natural light.
6. Pilaster Columns Add Subtle Mediterranean Touch
This living room features a mirrored coffee table on a patterned light-gray area rug, surrounded by a gray cushioned sofa and chairs. A contemporary fireplace sits in a wall alcove with an abstract painting mounted above it. Pilaster columns bookend the fireplace alcove and give the space a subtle Mediterranean touch — both the wall and double-height coffered ceiling feature recessed lighting.
7. Modern Home Displays Traces of Mediterranean Inspiration
The high ceiling of this contemporary living room features recessed lighting and a dropped-down pendant fixture. Each of the three walls in the massive space gets an entirely different treatment: one side wall is brick, a second side wall hosts a long fireplace and abstract wall art, while a third wall looks out into the backyard through a series of large windows. The seating area includes a large sectional sofa with chairs on an area rug, a coffee table made out of the section of a tree, and two ottomans. The modernity of the room’s design doesn’t necessarily look like a Mediterranean style, but the brick wall, neutral color palette , and reliance on natural lighting all make conceptual connections.
8. Italianate Classical Influences Evident in Living Room’s Design
Arched windows and classical influences suggest the Italianate inspiration behind this contemporary Mediterranean-style living room. The double-height white coffered ceiling and wall of glass doors and windows dominate the room. The seating area features a sofa and chairs, with side and coffee tables, in a wide open space warmed by a fireplace with a brown mantel. The well-lit room has recessed lighting, as well as lamps on the wall to augment the natural light from the windows.
9. Classical Elements Mix Seamlessly with Modern Design
Classical elements mix seamlessly with modern design in this Mediterranean-style living room. Natural light pours in through a wall of glass, augmented with a candle-shaped metal chandelier and wall fixtures. The seating area features a sofa with three chairs and an ottoman facing a fireplace bookended with pilaster columns. An abstract painting is mounted on the wall over the fireplace with several sculptures resting on the mantel.
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10. Deep Red Floor Tiles Make Bold Statement
Deep red floor tiles signal that this Mediterranean-style living room has traveled outside the conceptual box of neutral color palettes. Color will work as well with the right elements. An intricately carved limestone fireplace, with four pillar columns and a large arched window, also gives the space a distinctive aesthetic. The classical seating arrangement features dark wood and fabric sofa and chairs with a marble-top coffee table.
11. Traditional Design Elements Exude Old World Charm
An elegant Mediterranean decor with old-world charm features an ornate limestone fireplace, antique side cabinets and furniture, pale yellow walls , and marble flooring.
12. Arched Windows Provide Classic Touch
Mediterranean living room features a sofa and cushioned chairs with a glass-top coffee table spread around an area rug. Arched windows and marble flooring provide classic elements, along with wall-mounted lights.
13. Spacious Room Takes In Ocean Views
Mediterranean living room features a double-height high ceiling, tall French windows , and an ornate limestone fireplace. The seating includes a sofa and chairs with a side table and a coffee table arranged over a large area rug.
14. Sun-washed Walls Provide Subtle Backdrop
Extensive use of arched openings adds a Mediterranean design aesthetic to the living room , featuring a sofa, chairs , and a glass-top coffee table on an area rug. Sun-washed light yellow walls provide a subtle backdrop for the room’s furnishings.
15. Mediterranean Living Room Features a Symmetrical Arrangement
Symmetrically perfect Mediterranean living room features ornate furniture arranged on a large area rug, accompanied by a coffee table, side tables, and an ottoman. Fabric wall art above the sofa provides a focal point for the room, with various plants growing in pots and vases.
16. Arched Windows Draw In Plenty of Natural Light
Elegant living room, influenced by the Mediterranean style, features a bright open space with a tray ceiling, marble flooring , and a large area rug. Seating includes a sofa, chairs, and an upholstered piano bench arranged around a coffee table in front of a limestone fireplace. The bench is both fun and functional as it doubles for seating with a grand piano in the corner of the room. Large arched windows and doors let in plenty of natural light.
17. Marble, Stone and Wood Supply Mediterranean Flair
Mediterranean-style living room, in a Malibu Beach mansion features a metal chandelier hanging from a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The space includes two leather sofas and a wood coffee table in front of a stone fireplace, with marble flooring and a large area rug.
18. Thirty-Foot Ceiling Opens Up Room to Second Floor
Mediterranean interior design features a 30-foot high ceiling with Italian marble floors and arched openings. The space is filled with a plush sofa and chairs surrounding a coffee table on top of an area rug.
19. Mediterranean Living Room Features Dark Wood Tones
Large Mediterranean living room in a Calabasas, CA home formerly owned by Justin Bieber features dark tones in the hardwood flooring and frames of the arched windows. Wall art, tying in with the room’s dark colors, is mounted on the wall over an ornate limestone fireplace.
20. Interior Transitions Seamlessly With Outside Environment
Mediterranean-style living room creates a seamless transition between the interior and exterior of the home with large arched openings providing an expansive view of the landscape. The room includes an elegant sofa and chairs around a glass-top coffee table positioned under an eight-light, metal candle-shaped chandelier. sofas, side tables, and chairs sit on an area rug over marble flooring.
- Source: Zillow Digs
21. Rustic Living Room Mixes Natural Materials with Modern Aesthetic
Massive Mediterranean living room features tile flooring, a wood coffered ceiling, and stone walls. The room’s overall ambiance combines modern design with natural materials: a contemporary sofa and chairs, as well as side and coffee tables, sit on an area rug in front of a stone fireplace. Modern art on the walls gives the space an additional aesthetic edginess.
- Image Source: Zillow Digs
- Photos by Jim Bartsch.
22. Candle-Shaped Chandeliers Add Ambiance to Living Room
Large Mediterranean living room features an elaborate groin vault ceiling with exposed beams and archways — marble floors in the foyer lead to hardwood flooring in the entertainment area. A sofa and chair sit on an area rug facing a fireplace with a mirror mounted on the wall above it. The bright room is lit by two metal candle-shaped chandeliers, as well as wall-mounted lamps. Large windows also let in lots of natural light.