The Mediterranean House
Spanish and Italian Architecture

Modern Italian Architecture Belton, Texas Modern Italian Style Architecture in Austin, Texas
Spanish/Italian Mediterranean style architecture appears throughout the modern building industry. From commercial, to single-family home construction, Mediterranean architecture incorporates exteriors of natural stone combined with stucco, clay tile roofs, arched windows large and small, arched portal surrounds and wood pergolas supported by wood and stone columns, vestibule entrances, and towering turrets.

A Mediterranean style house may be Spanish, Italian or French Country in design and characteristics common to these styles are seen in architecture throughout Europe, North Africa and South America.

Mediterranean style architecture includes a passage between the entrance and the interior of a building. Italian-style entry ways include vestibules defined by arches and grand columns. Spanish-style entry ways are often pergolas constructed from dark heavy beams. Solid wood entry doors are tall and often include wrought iron grilles. Arched doors and windows embellished with wrought iron are primarily on the first floor and small windows on the second story.

Traditional Mediterranean property exteriors are fenced and gated for privacy.

Interest in historic architectural traditions found in Mediterranean regions is seen in structures with a low-pitched, hipped roof, covered with terra cotta colored roof tiles. The roof has wide, overhanging eaves embellished with large brackets under the roof line.

Small Windows and Prominent Turret Italian Style Vestibule

Wrought Iron in Mediterranean Architecture
Southern European cultures incorporated influences throughout Mediterranean regions into their architectural styles and home interior and exterior designs.


Modern Mediterranean Spanish and Italian style houses look as though they have been there forever.

Natural stone walkways, patios, steps, retaining walls and water features enhance Mediterranean style architecture.

Period styles look to the past for inspiration and many times are borrowed from a variety of architectural sources.

Mediterranean architecture borrows from many regions throughout the Mediterranean.
MEDITERRANEAN REGIONS - Advancements in architecture and construction have been shared between Mediterranean cultures for centuries. Beginning in the 15th century, furniture styles and home accessories were commonly traded by land and sea between Italy, France and Spain. Mediterranean Architecture Styles
Cantera Fountain and Wall Mosaic
A favorite construction material used throughout the southwest is cantera stone. Cantera is carved by master stone sculptors into columns, outdoor fireplace trims, mantels, fountains and garden sculpture.

Cantera Garden Fountain

Cantera Stone

One of the most sought after accents in commercial and custom home building today is hand-carved Mexican cantera stone. Beginning in the late 17th century, Spanish stone masons, migrating to the new world, discovered cantera as an ideal stone suitable for Mediterranean architecture. Mexican cathedrals, missions and government buildings, constructed from cantera more than 400 years ago, continue to serve present day and future generations. Hand-carved cantera is the hallmark of important Mexican structures.
See Wall Tapestry Purchase Information Cantera is available in varying colors, shades and densities. Being a handcrafted construction material, cantera is a high-end application.

Commercial and custom home architects throughout the southwestern United States demand its quality and the subdued earthy hues and texture ideal for Italian Mediterranean architectural applications.

Used to create ornamental designs, this ancient volcanic stone is also used in balustrades, top rails, balconies, columns, window and door trim, crown moulding, coping, interior flooring, exterior flooring, fireplace surrounds and mantels.

IMAGES HERE - Cantera Fireplace Surround, Cantera Mantel, Cantera Hearth, Cantera Window Ledge and Cantera Floor

Cantera Stone Crown Molding
Cantera Fountain
Cantera Stone Colors
Cantera Fireplace

Mediterranean Style Interior Decorating Ideas and Accessories

Accents of Salado specializes in rustic Mediterranean style furniture and accessories for all rooms of the Mediterranean style home. Visit our showroom in Salado, TX or shop with us online.


Mediterranean Style Furniture

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