15 Ways to Make Your Home Speak Spanish

The other day at a favorite Mexican restaurant, my family and I were thrilled by the sudden appearance of a well-known mariachi band, there as a portion of this restaurant’s 10th-anniversary party. The food was divine, and the music was wonderful, and the experience set me in the mood for all things Mexican.

As my family and talked about cities they’d like to visit in Mexico, I began to dream about Spanish-style design and interiors. There are so many wonderful details that create this classic aesthetic. Here’s a glimpse at some of its hallmarks to create you contento.

Tucker & Marks

Cosmetic Iron (Hierro Decorativo)

Hand-forged ironwork is a centuries-old trade. Spanish-style architecture includes ironwork on exterior and interior doors, light, stairways and hardware.

Tucker & Marks

Refectory Table (Mesa Refectorio)

Initially used in monasteries for dining, this dining table is typical of Spanish-style interiors. The design is defined by a trestle-style leg with a stretcher.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

Tiles on Risers (Bandas de Azulejos)

Risers covered in Mexican vinyl are both eye catching and functional, since the tile protects the risers from scuffs and scratches.

Wendy Black Rodgers Interiors

Warm Wood Details (Detalles Cálidos p Madera)

Fascinating details such as the layout on these bathroom cabinet doors create warmth and interest in this Spanish-style master bath. Notice the headboard at the mirror’s reflection.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Arched Doors (Puertas de Arco)

An early detail that creates a load-bearing opening, arches are elegant and style defining. Here, in addition to the inside arches, each door is heavily detailed with pattern, making additional interest.

The Design Build Company

Succulent Garden (Jardín Suculento)

Succulents only seem to go with Spanish homes. In addition to beautiful color and feel, succulents are drought tolerant and easy to keep.

Read fantastic succulents for home landscapes

Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, PLLC

Wood Ceilings (Techos de Madera)

Exposed and rustic trusses, beams and joists all speak Spanish at a house. Wood ceilings can be stained naturally or with colour. Occasionally beams can even feature elaborate hand-painted layouts.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

Courtyard Fountain (Patio con Fuente)

Spanish-style architecture usually features an inside courtyard. In addition to beautiful trees and fountains, gardens are a frequent feature. These fountains can be created from stone or Mexican tile.

Interior Mexican Pavers (Adoquines del Interior Mexicanos)

Saltillo tiles, or Mexican pavers, are named for the Mexican city Saltillo. Coahuila pavers are produced with terra-cotta and come in a number of shapes, sizes and colors.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Exterior Mexican Pavers (Adoquines del Exterior Mexicanos)

Pavers are only as amazing for outdoor applications on courtyards and patios, particularly when paired with ornamental Spanish tiles in earth tones.

Chandos Interiors

Rustic Details (Detalles Rústicos)

Spanish-style structure, similar to Mediterranean design, boasts amazing rustic information. This fireplace features one rustic timber as a mantel against the earthy elegance of this Mexican tile onto the environment.

Island Architects

Vaulted Ceiling (Abovedado Techo)

This type of vaulted ceiling, also called a “groin vault,” generates a beautiful principal walkway that’s very typical of Spanish structure. Notice the arched windows and iron ribbons that further define this distance as Spanish.

Tommy Chambers Interiors, Inc..

Velvet Curtains (Cortinas de Terciopelo)

I like to see velvet drapes in Spanish interiors; they increase the play of Spanish design. Even more modern translations look great on windows and entryways. Additionally, velvet pairs obviously with ironwork.

RJ Dailey Construction Co..

Canyon Color (Cañón p Color)

Canyon colour is a made-up term I use to explain terra-cotta. There are so many shades of terra-cotta, I like to refer to these since canyon colors. This is the earthy side of Spanish, different from the vibrant hues seen in Mexican tiles. The effect is elegant and chic, particularly when terra-cotta is paired with warm woods.

Charmean Neithart Interiors

Eclectic Furniture (Mobiliario ecléctico)

My favorite component of Spanish-style houses is the ability to combine several different sorts of furniture. Because the design is somewhat organic and nonfussy, it can feature an assortment of eclectic furnishings, including Indian, Moroccan, African and Syrian pieces. Here is your chance to really mix things up.

See related