There are few home designs more warm and welcoming than Spanish-inspired designs. Usually described as Spanish Colonial or Spanish Revival or Spanish Eclectic, and sometimes as Hispanic or Mediterranean, Spanish homes draw ideas from Spain, the Mediterranean, and South America.
Spanish-style homes vary widely but there are a few common elements that distinguish them from American home styles. Many of these houses feature utilitarian elements like stucco siding, terracotta roofs, and wrought iron banisters.
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Here Are Six Home Design Ideas To Add A Touch Of Spanish Urban Flair To Your Home.
Lay Out Talavera Tiles
Talavera tiles have been a staple of Spanish and colonial Mexican architecture for centuries. These hand-painted, ornately patterned tiles are perfect for adding that Spanish vibe to your home. Try these rustic colorful tiles as stair risers or floor accents. The outcome is one-of-a-kind.
Add A Stucco Fireplace
Spanish homes would not be the same without a stucco fireplace at the heart of a family-focused room. A coat of attractive stucco gives off depth and warmth around a fireplace while leaving the rest of the room neutral and rustic. Its understated elegance is another sight to behold.
Embrace A Monolithic Dome
We can’t get enough of a monolithic dome with exposed beams. Around 100 A.D., Roman builders in Spain rotated an arch in a circle to create a strong three-dimensional shape reminiscent of Romanesque architecture. Small openings were carved through thick walls so that light could enter the room from outside.
In Spain, the most used material was stone. However, you’re welcome to use anything from baked brick to slate or ashlar stone. Use paint and plaster as the finish.
Finally, to achieve a classically Spanish-influenced home, decorate the dome with a sequence of concentric arches, geometric moldings, or decorative plants.
Choose Appropriate Colors (Los Colores)
Most Spanish-style homes are most easily identified by their traditional blanco (Spanish for white) exterior color palette. A white backdrop exudes luxury and makes a home look larger, bolder, and more appealing. It also draws attention to other elements of the home, such as wooden doors and arched entrances.
The interior design we see in most Spanish-inspired living spaces is based on a seagoing color palette reflective of the Mediterranean. Rich tones like blue (azul), deep yellow (amarillo intenso), and green (verde) can complement the natural elements of these homes, such as earthly doors made from ceramic, rock, or stone.
Meanwhile, terraplast shades of red (rojo), brown (marron), and orange (narranja) also give off warmth, comfort, and a homely vibe that makes everyone feel at ease.
Install A Well-Curated Bookshelf
Regardless of whether you’re a book lover or not, chances are you need a bookshelf to store or display a few paper pals hanging around your home. No Spanish-style home is complete without a well-curated bookshelf where reading and relaxation could happen without interruption.
Traditional Spanish revival interiors incorporate rustic built-in bookshelves that create excellent spots for storing all of your favorite reads, hardcovers, and anthologies.
What’s more, they provide a perfect platform to display something extra dramatic like art, pottery, and other fancy décor pieces. Focus on displaying meaningful objects to elevate the style of your room.
Complete With Spanish-Influenced Embellishments
For Spanish revival homes, it’s the little things that matter. Simple embellishments can go a long way in evoking a timeless Mediterranean warm-air vibe. Depending on who you are, you may want to add various Spanish-influenced details such as:
- Line stairs and balcony railings with wrought iron pieces or sculpted parapets. From a design point of view, this creates warmth and comfort when visitors stop by.
- Add a secondary story porch across the front of the house. You may also add courtyards to your home if you have the square footage. This lets you make the most of the available outdoor space.
- Edge small windows and doorways with decorative molding as part of the design
- Leave large expanses of the exterior walls unadorned.
- Add a chimney stack reminiscent of a mission bell tower to exude a well-traveled eclectic vibe.
- Complete the design with smooth archways entryways, cylindrical turrets, and arcades lining the interior courtyard.
- Furnish it all with Spanish-influenced accessories such as candle holders, displayed guitars, and a bright woven rug.
Embellishing an open living space can seem quite a chore. But the good news is, there are no hard and fast rules. With the Spanish-inspired homes, the most important aspect is the feeling of warmth and comfort the structure evokes.
At the end of the day, it’s you, the homeowner, who gets to decide what “warmth” and “comfort” mean to you.
There is no way you can look at a Spanish-style home and call it drab or boring. These homes induce style, sophistication, and subtlety, which are the colorful bright features of a warm, luxurious, and cozy home.
These DIY home design tips and ideas will help you give your home a Spanish look and feel without costly renovations.