15 05 2023

Contemporary Mediterranean style decoration: Features and advice


Decoration in the real estate sector is a very important factor in attracting investors and buyers. In such a competitive market, distinctive design and contemporary aesthetics are key to attracting the most demanding buyers. At Prime Invest we are at the forefront of 2024 decoration trends to offer our clients the most exclusive options and help them achieve their dream home.

The Costa del Sol is a place that leaves its mark with a sophisticated and peaceful lifestyle, where bright days are more frequent than grey ones. This is an area that exudes elegance, and therefore everything that has to do with Mediterranean decoration. It exudes that good taste that never loses sight of comfort and is very attentive to the spring and summer seasons, when the southern coast welcomes the greatest number of people.

Mediterranean decor is a timeless classic that can be found in most homes in the south of Spain. Characterised by the integration of natural elements and sustainable designs, this trend is becoming one of the favourites for luxury homes on the Malaga coast. Below, we look at everything that this decorating trend has to offer.


What is the Mediterranean style of decoration?

Mediterranean interior design is based on the predominant ornamentation of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The main characteristic of this style is that it evokes the warmth, light and tranquillity of places such as Ibiza, the Costa del Sol or southern Italy, through the use of natural materials and organic colours, handmade decorative pieces and the creation of open spaces that take advantage of the sunlight.


Decorative features of the Mediterranean style

The sunny climate, over 160 kilometres of golden beaches and relaxed lifestyle are some of the privileges of living on the Costa del Sol. More and more people are choosing to settle or invest in property in areas with a Mediterranean climate because of its quality of life.

Málaga, Marbella, Fuengirola, Estepona, Benalmádena, Mijas and Casares are destinations caressed by the sea breeze and the warm sun, exuding tranquillity. The same happens with Mediterranean style decoration, a trend that allows us to relive the sensations of summer and good weather all year round. This is why it is a style that is widely used on the southern coast of Spain.


Let's see what are the characteristics of modern Mediterranean decoration in interiors:


The Mediterranean style is all about making the most of sunlight. On the coast of Malaga there are more than 300 sunny days a year, so natural light plays a very important role in the decoration of the house. Among the decorations of a Mediterranean house, it is very typical to see large windows with views to the outside in the main rooms of the house.



Modern Mediterranean decoration aims to recreate the Mediterranean everyday life of a few years ago in order to create romantic and elegant corners. Natural materials and handmade accessories in their purest form are some of the essentials to achieve this decoration inspired by the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Wood, ceramics, wicker, linen and jute are used to make lamps, carpets, chairs, mirrors and baskets. 



The connection between the interior, with wooden furniture and warm tones, and the exterior is another of the most important characteristics of the Mediterranean style. For this reason, homes that choose this style use tones that evoke the land, the sea and the outdoors.

Whites, creams and stone colours are essential to promote light and the feeling of freshness that prevails in these environments. These tones, combined with wooden or natural stone floors, give warmth to the rooms. Decorative pieces in ceramics and glass will provide the definitive contrast to accentuate the Mediterranean style.



Decoration is made up of functional and subtle elements, such as vases, baskets or stools, which evoke the feeling of being made by hand. This trend away from sharp objects and straight lines can also be seen in furniture, doors, hallways, furniture, lamps, shelves, windows, sofas and more.


How to create a modern Mediterranean style at home? The key to staying

Now that we are familiar with all the characteristics of Mediterranean style decoration, all we need to do is apply them in our homes. Follow these simple tips to bring freshness and warmth to any room. Let us tell you!

Mediterranean style houses: Interiors

As we have seen, light colours such as white on the walls are typical of the Mediterranean style. It is the key to achieving spaciousness, order and brightness inside the house. Some areas can be combined with shades of olive, sky blue, beige, or light grey tones, other neutral colours that are most representative of the Mediterranean style.

Whitewashed walls are a modern and rustic trend, very typical of the Mediterranean style. It gives the impression of being unfinished, and a sense of craftsmanship.

Mediterranean style floors

We have seen that one of the ways to create the warmth characteristic of the Mediterranean style is to use wooden floors with wide planks or natural stone tiles.

Lighting, an important factor in modern Mediterranean decoration

Another key point in capturing as much natural light as possible is the curtains. They should be lightweight, made from natural materials such as linen or cotton, and in light colours such as white.

How to decorate a Mediterranean living room

For our dining room to have a Mediterranean aesthetic a very characteristic feature is the open spaces and the combination of curves and straight lines. This last feature is common to many houses with a modernist rustic aesthetic. Ceiling beams are usually made of lighter wood or painted white or a soft, neutral colour.

Mediterranean interior decoration

A very typical feature, also in interiors, is the organic shapes and the mix of straight and curved corners in the decorative elements. Present in arches, shelves and corners to create a more relaxed aesthetic.

White bathrooms

We can achieve the integration of all the above elements in bathrooms by incorporating rounded angles in mirrors, choosing sinks with rectangular shapes and, of course, incorporating natural elements such as stone or wood in floors, walls and furniture. And furniture. In addition, you can enhance the aesthetics of the room by incorporating exposed beams and using light colours in the decoration.

Mediterranean style furniture

As we have already mentioned, the presence of elements made of natural materials, such as linen, wicker and mouse, jute or wood are essential in this type of style. To achieve this aesthetic, you can choose Mediterranean furniture made from these materials.

From rattan lamps hanging from the ceiling with a rounded shape, wicker baskets for storage, round jute rugs, to decorative pieces such as Mediterranean rugs.



With a privileged location between the sea and the mountains, the houses on the Costa del Sol demand open, minimalist and natural spaces. We have seen how the contemporary Mediterranean style of decoration has become dominant in this area, focusing on the use of natural materials such as wood, marble and stone, combining handcrafted elements, rounded shapes and white, earthy colours. However, this suggestion of having the sea and good weather at home all year round is not the only decorating trend on the Costa del Sol.

Homes on the Costa del Sol have shown a great interest in modern Mediterranean decoration, opening the way to new style concepts that we are used to seeing in the most luxurious homes. We are talking about minimalism, a style that has been present for years in the most sophisticated homes, each with its own character.

The aim is to simplify the corners of the house, using only the essential elements to create harmonious spaces and a calm environment. The simplicity of the lines, the contrast with white and wood, the geometric shapes create calm and help to enhance elegance. These factors are often found in apartments or villas on the Costa del Sol, as they are associated with the lifestyle that prevails in this area.

If you are thinking of investing in a new home on the Costa del Sol, you can contact our Prime Invest team with no obligation. We will be happy to advise you on the best projects on the Malaga coast. It is time to enjoy your house by the sea with a modern and Mediterranean design and decoration.

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