Natural stone is one of the most widespread materials ever for its resistance, versatility, and timeless elegance: it goes very well with multiple styles, can be used for different applications (from construction to design to artistic ones) and, for centuries, it has been giving an original touch to the works of architecture.
Specifically, natural stone finds wide use in the Mediterranean style as it is synonymous with harmony, one of the characteristic elements of this style that is also based on nature, lightness, brightness, and refinement concepts. Sea, sand, sun, and sea breeze, typical of the Mediterranean scenery, invite people to stop and enjoy every moment. There is nothing better than natural stone to amplify this feeling.
But how does natural stone fit into the timeless charm of the Mare Nostrum style? White (or, in general, light colours) is the undisputed protagonist, especially if we consider that it’s the perfect choice to defend against the warmth of the sun and its rays.
Whether used as a building material or for the making of furnishing objects, natural stone has always been one of the most used materials in this area both for its aesthetic and practical characteristics, without considering that the Mediterranean basin is particularly rich in quarries from which to extract different variants that can then be used to give life to homes and objects that give us that illusory conception of “endless summer.”
Finally, a must element that allows you to taste the aesthetics and harmony of the natural stone elements is the coexistence of large glass doors and windows that allow light to enter, creating games of light that unify the house and its surroundings.
Let’s look at the two most common variants of natural stone and for which applications are indicated.
Beige marble, just like classic white marble, gives brightness to the rooms, but, compared to the latter, it also adds a touch of warmth that perfectly matches the traditional design object of the Mediterranean style, typically made of wood, wicker, and terracotta. It also evokes the softness and temperance of a sea, in this case, the Mediterranean one, while its sandy tones are perfectly in harmony with the natural colours of the territory. In terms of combination with other materials, beige marble combines very well with the wood, white linen fabrics and simple but always current design elements.
Since ancient times, Travertine marble has been closely connected to the Mediterranean tradition: originating from the Italian peninsula, already in Roman times, it was used for constructing the villas of this area and for important public buildings such as amphitheatres. This type of stone is perfect for indoor and outdoor flooring, swimming pools, and bathroom or kitchen coverings.
Natural Stone & Fountains
Fountains are another must-have element of the Mediterranean style. The use of natural stone, like the already mentioned travertine, for the construction of fountains in the gardens and parks of the Mediterranean villas was already a standard application in Ancient Greece and, still to this day, it recalls that classic aesthetic creating an element of decoration always beautiful, current, and original that can not be missing from your Mediterranean home.