What is a “Greek style” of decorating? Why is it that when we see the decorations in a home in Greece, we somehow know it is from Greece? What makes the Greek decorating style unique? Perhaps the first question on your mind is: Can I achieve a “Greek style” in my home?
This article is designed to give you ideas – not to be the “only way” to decorate your new home in Greece. Greece has a variety of architecture and decoration styles, so your choice will depend on your region and the style of the existing building.
Practical and Comfortable Furniture
Greek-style furniture is usually designed to be comfortable and practical. Solid furniture and low chairs made of light-colored wood are popular. In some country homes in Greece, outdoor furniture is decorated with textiles and can be made with cane. Many Greek islands offer handmade furniture and decorations that reflect the history of the island.
White and Blue Colors
One example of practicality is the white and blue colors dominating houses in the Cycladic islands. Stone was the logical building material, being ubiquitous and free. However, being dark, the stones absorbed the light and the interior heated to unbearable temperatures. To cool down their spaces, they painted over the rocks with whitewash – a mixture of lime, salt, and water — which was much cheaper than paint.
Little or No Window Treatments
Windows are not usually treated in Greece (for example, with stained glass or blinds). Greece has so much beauty outside, so it makes sense not to have too many things blocking the window. You will want to see the Greek countryside, so it’s best to keep windows as bare as possible.
There are few things more Greek than olive trees. You can grow it easily in Greece as a houseplant either inside or outside of your home. They symbolize health, beauty, and wisdom, and olive branches were once given as prizes in the Olympic games. An olive tree in your home’s interior can give an elegant feeling to the space.
Natural stone is one other choice for flooring in your home in Greece. It’s useful for keeping the indoor temperature lower in the summer. Marble or granite are usually more expensive and are a great upgrade. One option for flooring that doesn’t represent the Greek interior design is carpeted flooring.
Arched doors make you think of Greece’s island villages. Something about this door style is reminiscent of Santorini sunsets and seaside fishing villages. Even if you can’t convert an existing door into an arched door with a renovation, you can achieve a similar result with rounded bookcases or by decorating an arch outside with a grape vine.