In every Greek landscape…the light is the protagonist-hero. The mountains, the valley and the sea form the arena in which he struggles, or the couch on which he reposes. The mountains, the valley, the sea play a secondary role. — Nikos Kazantzakis
Azure blue waters and dazzling white houses lining the rocky cliffs of Santorini are creating a magical feel that makes it seem quite believable that Santorini might be the site of the “Lost City of Atlantis”, just like some of the island’s legends tell. But Santorini is more than sun and blue skies and this Pinterest board is my attempt at capturing the island’s style.
Santorini’s white washed cube houses appear carefully placed along the rocky cliffs creating picturesque and seemingly endless villages full of charm and tradition, but if you look a little closer you will see that all of them have been uniquely carved by the warm Mediterranean breeze over the years.
Images via here and here
It may seem hard to believe when coming into one of Santorini’s ports, but aesthetics were never in the foreground of the island’s architecture. Although the sheer beauty of its famous blue and white landscape looks like an artist has meticulously planted every single building, buildings in Santorini are characteristically simple in terms of design and aesthetics. You’ll find a lot of clean lines, natural materials and open spaces.
High vaulted ceilings and archways
Images from here and here
High vaulted ceilings and archways help create the open space character of Santorini’s villas in your home and give it a dramatic feel while giving you the feeling of more space without taking the comfort and cosiness of it away.
Images via Jeron Elfferich via Flickr and here
The narrow alleyways of Santorini are lined with designer boutiques, jewelry and craft shops that sell high quality goods and make the perfect place to roam for accessories for your home – but be careful, don’t go over board. A pouf with blue or gold accents will bring comfort into your home and wicker baskets and olive chains are a great way to use natural materials and bring the outside into your living area.
Azure accents and highlights
Images via here
The perfect addition to the plain canvas of the southernmost member of the Cyclades islands is a hint of colour and what better choice than beautiful shades of azure blue? The blues across the island produce a beautiful contrast to the white cube houses and are a great accent for doors, window frames or patio accessories like chairs and tables.
What about you? Do you like the style of Santorini and would you recreate it at home?