Italian interiors and the Greek chic style: how to get the look

Craving a getaway? Then why wait? It’s time to bring the holiday to you by recreating the look in your home. Picture this: azure blue cabinetry, terracotta tiles, striped cushions, wicker lights, and colourful Italian crockery.

Going on a summer-long holiday by the Mediterranean Sea is top of my wishlist… but until this dream can come true, I will stick to decorating my home with the help of bold Italian patterns, vibrant pops of blue and white reminiscent of Greek islands, and quirky crockery inspired by the Amalfi coast. So, if you’re looking for ideas to transform your kitchen into a Mediterranean-inspired oasis, you’re in the right place.

Each summer season, a new variation of the holiday-inspired interiors trend crops up. This year, it packs colour and pattern. We’ve got plenty of inspiration and expert tips for nailing the Italian interiors and Greek chic style. Plus, we’ve put together a shopping edit to make it even easier to embrace the look in your kitchen.

Straw hat, sunglasses, and an icy Aperol Spritz at the ready – let’s dive in…

kitchen extension with awning in blue and white
Rome blue awning, price on application, Hillarys.

Get the look: Mediterranean-style kitchen

When you think of the Mediterranean region, what do you picture? Beautiful interiors drenched in blue and white shades, right? It’s one of the easiest design tricks for achieving the Greek chic look.

You can start by swapping your dinnerware with a blue and white patterned set. Then, work your way to fully welcoming this style into your kitchen with the help of indigo-painted cabinets, white dining furniture, and reclaimed tiles.

“The visual delight of this palette adds the traditional Greek look to any home, whether that’s the colour scheme used throughout your whole kitchen décor, or simply with accessories like vases or artwork,” explains Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Furniture And Choice.

Greek-inspired crockery
Melamine tableware 12-piece dinner set, £49, ProCook.
blue and white dining set-up
The Santorini collection, price on application, Prestigious Textiles.

You don’t have to stick to light and soft shades of blue to recreate the Greek chic aesthetic in your kitchen. Achieve a moody scheme with the help of darker hues, from indigo to deep midnight blue.

Even better – mix and match different tones to create a bold design. “Darker shades of indigo maintain a sophisticated look, while lighter hues will keep a scheme bright and relaxed,” says Marie Goodwin, designer at Prestigious Textiles.

And, to embrace the Italian interiors style in your kitchen, decorate with sun-kissed shades of orange, zesty yellow, and nature-inspired greens.

dark indigo dining room
Chalk Paint in Greek Blue, from £7.95 for 120ml, and wall paint in Napoleonic Blue, £55.95 for 2.5 litres, Annie Sloan.
blue and white living room
Homeware and furniture, Habitat. Paint from Yescolours.
burnt orange kitchen with brass tap and wood furniture
Loving Orange and Serene Peach, from £21 for 1 litre of paint, Yescolours.

Moving onto tiles, the Mediterranean countries are known for their bold, colourful, and patterned tiles. So, if you’ve been looking to swap your wall and floor coverings, this is a great opportunity.

You can add a subtle nod to the Mediterranean-inspired interiors with plain tiles in gelato and sorbet-inspired hues, or tactile terracotta. “Embrace tiles in shades of soft seaside blue or the earthy tones of dark red and deep terracotta, all colours which are sure to evoke feelings of the beautiful sunny Greek Isles,” recommends Harriet Goodacre, brand communications manager and sTile consultant at Topps Tiles.

But if you want to fully embrace this sunny look, go all-out with heavily patterned decorative tiles. “You could consider patchwork-style patterned tiles for a fresh take on the trend that will create a statement floor or wall,” explains Harriet.

Italian interiors patterned tiles
Recreate the Italian interiors look with Ca’ Pietra‘s new Sardinia Porcelain Dragonetti wall and floor tiles, £95.10 per sq m.
Blue and white metro tiles with wall-mounted breakfast bar
Acton Taupe and Acton Steel Blue kitchen tiles, £39.15 per sq m each, Topps Tiles.
Greek chic kitchen design
Ashbourne kitchen, from £7275, Symphony.
Mediterranean-inspired kitchen
Grange white table and Kendal white chairs, £879.99, Furniture And Choice.

Italian-style dining

Confession time – I have an obsession with citrus-themed crockery and patterned textiles at the moment. The quirkier the better. I’ve already bought some lemon-shaped side plates, a matching fruit basket, and yellow tea towels.

If you, like me, love fun crockery, then liven up your summer tablescapes with the help of colourful plates and bowls inspired by the Amalfi coast. To complete your Italian interiors look, add braided placemats, vibrant glassware, and patterned textiles, which remind you of holidays by the sea.

For the finishing touches, add seasonal flowers in organically-shaped vases and light coral candlesticks. All there’s left to do is bring out delicious antipasti on patterned platters and icy Bellinis – buon appetito!

Italian interiors fabrics
Matthew Williamson Citrus Grove cotton linen blend kitchen tablecloth, £75, available at Next.
Italian interiors crockery
Ripple column recycled vase; Vases by Pols Potten; Glassware by Late Afternoon; Ada vase by Broste; Dinnerware by Sam Andrew; Sintra dinnerware; Dinnerware by L.F. Markey; Dinnerware by Harlie Brown Studios; L.F. Markey napkins and tablecloth; Flores Nocturnas 02 Print by Berenice Hernandez, and Wishbone CH24 chair by Carl Hansen, all from Heal’s.
Italian interiors Amalfi themed plates
Get the Italian interiors look with the help of La Signora x Thehouseful Amalfi mix plates kitchen tableware set, £289 for a set of 12, Thehouseful.
Italian interiors tiramisu served in blue and white ceramics
The Regal Peacock collection, Burleigh.

Shop the look:

To help you embrace this dreamy look in your kitchen, we’ve compiled a shopping edit with some of our favourite Mediterranean-inspired tableware and furnishings. Enjoy!

Italian interiors shop the look: tableware essentials
1. Iris 48-piece dinner set, £980, Miccuci. 2. Stackable plastic tumblers, £12 for a set of four, John Lewis. 3. Mineral Blue handmade small bowl, £15, British Colour Standard. 4. &Klevering Carafe Lemon Twig, £32.99, 5. Stacked citrus vase, £26, Five And Dime. 6. Daffodil Tulip, £39 for a set of six placemats, The Braided Rug Company. 7. Lobster salad servers, £24, Ella James. 8. Dapple bowl in Woodland Green, £26, LSA International. 9. Set of four Italian style lemon side plates, £45, Rose & Grey.
Greek chic furnishings
1. UNWIND cushion No.2, £145, Valinea. 2. Seoul chair with boucle cushion in Natural and sustainable rattan, £425, Desser & Co. 3.  Guava velvet cushion, £24, Idyll Home. 4. Cabana stripe towel in Royal Blue, £24.95, Annabel James. 5. Babel set of three baskets in Natural and orange, £55, Sazy. 6. Nordlux Jim To Go LED battery lantern in Orange, £79.95, Lime Lace. 7. Capello Ink Blue tile, £76.60 per sq m, Topps Tiles. 8. String Pocket Metal Blue, £169, String Furniture available at Haus. 9. 009 Cone shade wall light in blue, £109, Houseof. 10. Tall olive tree 172cm, £145, Home Pieces.

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