Bring Mediterranean flair to your terrace with plants and the right furniture. Our step by step instructions show how to do it.
Germany is eagerly awaiting good weather so that the garden and terrace can finally be enjoyed to the fullest. For many, spring is also a new beginning, at least when it comes to the exterior. Similar to the living area, we would also like to have a new flair from time to time in the garden or around the house. A trend that almost never goes out of style is the Mediterranean design. The Mediterranean character is reminiscent of vacation, sea and conveys peace and balance.
If you have also decided to give your terrace a touch of the Mediterranean, then the following tips will come in handy. If you now fear that you will soon be sitting on a large construction site, I can reassure you. An existing terrace can also be remodeled in a Mediterranean style.
Step 1: make room for something new
Before the actual design of the Mediterranean terrace begins, the basis for this must be created. That means that everything that was previously on the terrace will be cleared away. In the end, only the bare floor remains. In a new Mediterranean style terrace, a natural stone floor is laid. The reason for this is very simple: wood is scarce in the Mediterranean and is therefore rarely used. Therefore, in southern countries you can see mostly stone terraces and railings made of metal. Instructions for the correct laying of natural stone slabs are available at bauhaus.info. I personally think pulling out an existing wooden floor is an exaggeration. It is only important that the floorboards are made of high quality wood. On purnatur.com you can get free advice on this topic and find out about the differences between the individual plank types.
Step 2: terrace railing yes or no?
You can only answer this question personally. Some like it a little more open, others want to protect themselves from prying eyes. If you choose a terrace railing, its main material is metal. Somewhat more affluent Mediterranean inhabitants rely on lush balustrades in white, but this is also a question of the wallet in this country. Metal railings are cheaper and give your terrace the typical Mediterranean charm. In terms of color, you should also stick to the Mallorcan style and paint the railing in turquoise, yellow or sand. If that's too bright for you, use orange or terracotta tones.
Step 3: Mediterranean patio furniture - where can I get it from?
Don't worry, you don't have to get on the plane and talk the Spanish fisherman away. The nice thing about the Mediterranean style is that it is kept very simple. Do you remember your last Mediterranean vacation? Here you can see simple chairs in red, blue and yellow. This color combination alone conveys sun and relaxation. If you have a smorgasbord of individual chairs, use them. Spiced up with a little color, you can design your own Mediterranean patio furniture in no time at all. Again, there is an alternative for everyone who thinks it's too colorful: metal chairs, ornate tables and benches! No matter which shape you choose, you definitely do without the typical hardware store pillows. Although they are comfortable, they do not fit on a Mediterranean terrace at all.
Step 4: plant and decorate in Mediterranean style
The fourth and last part will surely be the most beautiful for all terrace designers. It's about decorating! Designing Mediterranean doesn't just mean putting up terracotta pots. If it is feasible for you, plant walls and railings with high-ranking plants and, as a contrast, use low-flowering cacti. Here are a few Mediterranean examples that are also available in Germany.
- Lemon or orange tree
- curry plant
- Evergreen magnolia
Herbs fit perfectly on a Mediterranean terrace. They are not only eye-catchers, but can also be used in the kitchen. For example, plant thyme, sage, rosemary and oregano in terracotta pots that are typical of the Mediterranean style. But be careful when choosing a place, herbs need a lot of sun.
Decorative objects complete the Mediterranean terrace
Once furniture and plants are set up, you can realize your personal taste. How about, for example, small ancient statues or a Mediterranean chain of lights, as can be seen on almost every finca or in taverns.
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