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5 Tips To Help You Create Beautiful Mediterranean-Asian Interiors

Evoke serenity and tranquility in your home with these design ideas

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Photography: Decoist (Main Photo)

Blending two clashing decor styles, no matter what they are, can come off as an impossible task—especially if you're trying to tie polar opposites together like Mediterranean and Asian influences. One is light, airy and filled with eye-catching patterns; while the latter is minimal, serene and mostly neutral.

However, if you really think about it, the fact that they are so different is the reason they can work well together! With the right styling tips and smart furnishing choices, they can create a harmonious blend. Read on for more helpful tips: 

1. Keep a focus. 

Asian and Mediterranean are rich styles, so don't do overkill by adding accents in other themes like classical or European. Try to stick with the look you want to achieve to avoid making your space look topsy-turvy. 

2. Go earthy. 

Plants, earthenware, or anything organic will work with Mediterranean and Asian. After all, both styles use rustic textures and deep, vivid colors of aqua and rich blue. 

3. Think light and airy. 

The two styles stem from warm regions where homes have many windows and open spaces. So nix heavy drapes and keep curtains light to maintain good air flow in your home. 

READ: 4 Curtains That Will Keep Your Home Breezy Without Breaking Your Budget

4. Add contrast. 

Mediterranean and Asian textures tend to be matte (Think terracotta or bamboo!). Contrast this with sparkle of glass, gold leaf, jewel beads, and porcelain to balance out the look. 

5. Use basic materials. 

Get the Mediterranean look with wrought iron, exposed wood beams, and machuca tiles. Give it a modern-Asian boost with bamboo, pale wood, and woven cane elements. 

WHERE TO SHOP: 

Atelier Aguila

  • Suite 121, LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia street, Belair 2, Makati City
  • Store hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00am to 7:00pm

 

Firma

  • Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Esperanza street, Makati City
  • (02) 757-4009

 

Myottomanhome in Makati

  • Citadel Condominium, 5007 P. Burgos Street, Makati City.
  • Store hours: 11:00am to 7:00pm 

 

A part of this material is from the story ("Mediterranean Asian Fusion") which appeared in the July 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by Decoist

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