Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again Lusting After Greek Interiors

Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again Lusting After Greek Interiors

Contrary to popular belief, the Greeks do not spend the majority of their time dancing around an island singing to ABBA, though it would be wonderful if we could live in a Mamma Mia dreamland at all times. Not least because of the frills and the lycra and the platforms. The release of the hotly anticipated "Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again" has got us dreaming of the crystal blue Greek seas, the delicious seafood, and the warm sunny weather. But beyond all that the wonderful thing about Greece is their interior design. We envy how they can seamlessly mix the classic with the modern to create homes that are both an ode to their history and charmingly up to date.

Exposed Walls 


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You may have grown tired of the exposed brickwork trend that has infiltrated mainstream industrial interiors for close to a decade now. But the Greek approach to exposed walls is a far cleaner and more classic approach to the trend. Using natural stone walls was originally an insulation tactic. The density of the stone worked to both insulate heat throughout the winter and keep the heat out during the height of the summer months. Greek stonemasonry is one of the oldest trades in history, hence their ability to do it so well. Nowadays, its aesthetic value is unparalleled. Contrasting visible stone building blocks with smooth-edged stonecraft adds varying shades to the neutral colour palette. It adds a certain historical dimension to interior design but does not date it. Modern furniture and finishes would blend perfectly with this exposed stonemasonry.

Colour Schemes 


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When you think of Greek decor the first image that springs to mind is blinding white against shocking cobalt blue. Pinterest and Instagram alike are flooded with the combination. And while we may just like the combination because it makes our social media feeds look nice, it actually has utilitarian value, much like a lot of Greek trends. Greek of the Cycladic Islands would paint the exteriors of their houses white in order to reflect the sun from their homes, keeping them cooler throughout the hotter days. The intense cobalt blue colour was originally used to signify the location of a church. Domes would be painted stark blue to contrast against the white in order to be easily identifiable. With the rise of tourism on the Islands like Santorini, this dichotomous trend became synonymous with the Islands and moved from the exteriors to the interiors. And it’s not hard to see why. We love the way the white looks so clean against the intensity of the blue. It’s both modern and clean, whilst still honouring a great Greek tradition. Try experimenting with varying shades of blue to bring the elements of the room together.

Shutters


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In recent months, we’ve seen a real spike in the trend of adding shutter blinds to your windows. But rest assured the Greeks were certainly doing it first. Although rather tiresomely made of marble originally, the ancient Greek design was an architectural feat perfect for controlling the heat, light and privacy within a room.

Now in lighter weight wooden models, shutters are far easier to use but generally serve the same purpose. In the summer, warmer climates will have the windows open and the shutters closed. This creates the perfect flow of air without allowing the sun to heat the room throughout the day.

Despite the three weeks of heat that we’ve been graced with this year, it’s not all that common. Rarely have we seen the heat climb so high that shutters would be necessary to counteract it. But they still offer an abundance of aesthetic value that’s worth considering. Their look is classic but easy to modernise by adding colour. They filter light through the gaps in their shades which can perfectly enhance your internal design scheme. Most of all they are perfect for privacy in road facing homes. In some house, large bay windows inhibit your ability to fully relax as passers-by take it upon themselves to peer into your front room. With shutters, even just halfway up your window, it’s farewell to your local neighbourhood watch.

Light Fabrics in pale colours


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Obviously in hotter countries, like Greece, the motivation behind lightweight materials is fairly obvious. They’d likely rather not bake in their own skin under layers of wool and nylon. But it’s not just a practical effect that these pale materials have. Aesthetically, pale materials in lightweight fabrics will make the light in the room appear brighter and consequently, the room feels bigger. The light can filter throughout the room unobstructed, offering a summery feel throughout the year. In the bedroom, it is suggested that cooler tones can make a room feel more peaceful and therefore more beneficial to your sleep pattern. In Mediterranean countries, they often have a draped canopy around the bed for a calming presence whilst you sleep. They also help to keep you cool as well as protecting you from bugs. The same can be said of sheer curtains, they cast the gentle breeze throughout the room and don’t retain heat. And for those of you who enjoy the cold side of the pillow, crisp white bed sheets don’t retain as much heat either.

Natural materials


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In Mediterranean countries, the focus of interior design is not about modernising the design, but about highlighting the natural beauty of the project. There’s no pomp and circumstance, just a veritable smorgasbord of natural materials all mixed together to display the magnificence of the house itself. Mixing wood and concrete offers a stark colour difference that isn’t insulting, but a warming contrast that feels homely and fresh. Marble tabletops add a touch of luxury, but don’t stray away from the use of natural materials. Accessorize with ceramics, painted in a variety of colours they can add so much character to your space.


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