Spanish inspired style brings to mind rustic villas, sunny patios and vibrant colours. These cultural aspects are what make it such a popular styling choice in homes. Unlike other design styles, Spanish decor is fairly easy to achieve in your own home. Luckily these simple yet creative design ideas will help you to incorporate that spanish-style flair into your home.
Pick an array of bright colours to reflect the vibrant, warm culture of the country. Typical colours include mediterranean-influenced warm and cool shades and earth tones such as taupe, burnt orange, chocolate brown, indigo blue, deep red and mustard yellow. Any of these bold colours can be used as a great colour on a feature wall then can be carried through as accents on accessories throughout the home such as pottery and art. In the kitchen colourful tiles are a great option for a striking splashback but opt for lighter coloured cabinets to provide a contrast. To add dimension to the walls try using a smooth-touch stucco texture or a faux finish as a paint technique.
Accents and Accessories
Adorn your living area with popular Spanish interior design accessories such as fabrics, wrought iron, antique pottery and tiles. A handy trick is to drape ethnic fabrics on the dining chairs, which adds texture and colour to the informal space. Hand-painted pottery across the table and shelf adds extra Spanish flair and a personal feel to the space. Fabrics can be incorporated into the design with woven cotton throw rugs and window treatments made of cotton in muted colours. To incorporate wrought-iron detailing into a room splash out on some key decorative pieces such as door knockers, cabinetry, door hardware and wall sconces. An oversized wrought-iron chandelier works beautifully as stand-out feature light above a dining table which will draw eyes to the centre of the room. Talavera, a type of tin-glazed pottery brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the 1st century of the Colonial period are a great way to achieve an authentic Spanish look in your bathroom. Decorative talavera tiles can dress up the mirror, cabinet hardware and floor to create an eye-pleasing space.
Spanish inspired homes feature a mix of traditional furnishings made out distressed dark wood with beautifully carved detailing. These furniture detailing provides a strong architectural element to the space. Some common dark wood choices include mahogany, walnut, ebony, butternut, teak and rosewood. Soft leather and upholstered fabrics are a popular choice for seating and cushions as they provide a nice contrast against the hard wood finishes.
Many traditional Spanish-style interiors have wood-framed windows and carved panels. Ceilings have a number of wooden support beams that lay perpendicular to slender strips of wood called laticlas. The carved corbels, derived from Spanish settlers, support the ceiling beams while adding a decorative element. These whimsical architectural elements are a complementary contrast to the spanish-style wood furniture.
One of Spain’s most famous architects Antoni Gaudí
(1852 – 1926) considered every detail of his creations and integrated ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry into his architecture.
Hard-wood flooring is most common throughout a Spanish interior. To add some softness and warmth to the floor I suggest some textured throw carpets and large area rugs. Traditional Spanish carpets have a knotted weave in staggered rows. A neutral beige or off-white creates a background for linear-patterned designs in soft greens and yellows. If hard-wood flooring exceeds your budget you can opt for alternative flooring options such as slate, a heavy, matte-finished ceramic or terracotta tile.
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