Mediterranean-Style Home Ideas

With ties to historic architectural traditions of the Mediterranean, this style features red roof tiles, stucco walls, arches, and enclosed outdoor spaces. Browse these Mediterranean-inspired homes to find ideas for exterior materials, landscaping, and more.

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  • Mediterranean Color

    Celebrate the colors and textures of the Mediterranean with an inviting mix of aged patinas, lush landscaping, and sun-kissed outdoor rooms. A medieval castle in Italy inspired the architecture of this new, yet impressively aged, home. Stucco siding, clay roof tiles, and an eye-catching arched entrance invoke countryside charm.

  • Outdoor Living

    Mediterranean-style homes often feature porchespatios, and courtyards surrounded by lush plantings. This Mediterranean-inspired home relies on a host of patios and loggias to graciously extend its livable square footage for gatherings with family and friends.

  • Salvaged Style

    Reclaimed clay roof tiles and limestone-trimmed exterior windows and doors remain faithful to the home's European inspiration outside. Gas-powered lanterns, simple iron railings, and arched French doors imbue the exterior with old-world Tuscan flavor.

  • Defining Architecture

    The front porches of Mediterranean-style homes are often defined by stone columns spanned by arches. Roofs feature wide, overhanging eaves with large brackets under the roofline. A variety of new terra-cotta tiles top this stucco home, mimicking the look of reclaimed Italian tile without sacrificing durability. 

  • Authentic Look

    Taking cues from Tuscan landscapes, this exterior teams limestone and stucco with overgrouted terra-cotta roof tiles to lend the home an authentic Italian look. 

  • Lush Landscaping

    Mediterranean landscaping is all about contrast: soft foliage against structured surfaces such as stone walls, tall vines next to clipped hedges, and so on. A curving walkway garden adds interest to this vine-covered exterior.

  • Touch of Italy

    Authentic styling and unfussy elegance invigorate this home's exterior with natural beauty. Clay roof tiles, grand arches, and a mix of stone and stucco give the exterior a classic Italian appearance. Arches are used inside and outside the home to impart a sense of history in graceful fashion.

  • Mediterranean Plantings

    The generous foundation plantings of this Mediterranean-style home tie the house to the surrounding lawn and landscape. The homeowner chose plantings at all levels to embellish the two-story lines of the house as well as the front porch and two balconies.

  • Spanish Tilework

    Elaborate Mediterranean-style homes may feature intricate tilework, as seen above the front door of this house. Additionally, the windows are embellished with wrought-iron details.

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    Mediterranean Home and Garden

    Small vegetable gardens flanking the entryway steps to this Mediterranean-inspired home are dotted with artichokes, herbs, and bamboo wigwam supports for beans, squash, and tomatoes.

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    Spanish and Mediterranean Details

    With its low-pitched roof, red roof tiles, and stucco siding, this Southern California home references Spanish and Mediterranean architecture. The windows are flanked by shutters and underscored with brackets, adding architectural interest.

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    Red Brick and Roof Tiles

    Stone walkways are a characteristic of Mediterranean-style homes and gardens. The curved, red brick walkway leading to this home reflects the roof tiles in both color and pattern. Flowers along the path provide bursts of color.

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    Mediterranean-Style Stucco

    The red tile roof and wrought-iron accents lend a centuries-old authenticity to this Mediterranean-style home, but the crisp white stucco, stylized arches, and luxury amenities ensure the house isn't just a same-old rendition of a familiar historical look.

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