There are few home designs that are more warm and welcoming than those inspired by the Spanish style. Spanish homes are typically described as Spanish Colonial, Spanish Revival, or Spanish eclecticism, and sometimes as Hispanic or Mediterranean, drawing ideas from Spain, the Mediterranean, and South America.
Spanish style homes vary widely but there are some common elements that distinguish them from American home styles. Many of these homes feature utilitarian elements such as stucco siding, terracotta roofs, and wrought iron railings.
Here are six home design ideas to add a touch of Spanish urban flair to your home.
Lay the Talavera tiles
Talavera tiles have been a staple of Spanish and colonial Mexican architecture for centuries. These hand-painted and textured tiles are perfect for adding a Spanish flair to your home. Try this rustic colored tile as stair climbing or floor accents. The result is unique.
Add a plaster stove
Spanish homes wouldn’t be the same without a stucco fireplace in the heart of a family-focused room. An attractive layer of stucco adds depth and warmth around the fireplace while leaving the rest of the room neutral and rustic. Her gorgeous elegance is another must-see sight.
embracing monolithic dome
We can’t get enough of a monolithic dome with exposed beams. Around AD 100, Roman builders in Spain rotated an arch in a circle to create a strong three-dimensional shape reminiscent of Roman architecture. Small openings were carved through the thick walls so that light could enter the room from outside.
In Spain, the most widely used material was stone. However, you are welcome to use anything from baked brick to slate or ash stone. Use paint and plaster as a finish.
Finally, to achieve a classic Spanish-inspired home, decorate the dome with a series of concentric arches, geometric moldings, or ornamental plants.
Choose the right colors (Los Colors)
Most Spanish style homes are easily recognizable by their traditional exterior color palette (Spanish for white). The white background exudes luxury and makes the house appear bigger, bolder and more attractive. It also draws attention to other house elements, such as wooden doors and arched doorways.
The interior design we see in most Spanish-inspired living spaces is based on a marine color palette that reflects the Mediterranean. Rich colors such as blue (azul), deep yellow (amarillo intenso), and green (verde) can complement the natural elements of these homes, such as ceramic, rock, or stone floor doors.
Meanwhile, terraplast shades of red (Rojo), brown (Maroon) and orange (Naranga) also impart warmth, comfort and a homey atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable.
Install a well-organized bookshelf
Regardless of whether you are a book lover or not, you probably need a bookshelf to store or display some paper pals hanging around your house. No Spanish style home is complete without a well-coordinated bookshelf where uninterrupted reading and relaxation can occur.
Traditional Spanish Revival interiors include rustic built-in bookshelves that create excellent places to store all your favorite readings, hardcovers, and selections.
Moreover, it provides an ideal platform for displaying something extra dramatic like art, pottery and other luxurious décor pieces. Focus on displaying meaningful things to elevate the style of your room.
Complete with Spanish-influenced motifs
For Spanish Revival homes, it’s the little things that count. Simple decorations can go a long way in evoking a timeless Mediterranean 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 carved railings. From a design point of view, this creates warmth and comfort when visitors stop.
- Add a secondary porch across the front of the house. You can also add yards to your home if you have square feet. This allows you to make the most of the available outdoor space.
- Surround small windows and doorways with decorative moldings as part of the design
- Leave large areas of exterior walls unadorned.
- Add a chimney stack reminiscent of the mission’s bell tower to create an eclectic, well-traveled vibe.
- Complete the design with smooth arched doorways, cylindrical towers, and arcades lining the inner courtyard.
- Top it all off with Hispanic-inspired accessories like candle holders, showcase guitars, and a bright woven rug.
Decorating an open living space can seem like a chore. But the good news is that there are no hard and fast rules. With Spanish-inspired homes, the most important aspect is the feeling of warmth and comfort that the structure evokes.
At the end of the day, it is you, the homeowner, who decides what “warmth” and “comfort” mean to you.
There is no way you can look at a Spanish-style home and describe it as boring or boring. These homes exude elegance, sophistication and craftsmanship, which are the bright, colorful features of a warm, luxurious and comfortable home.
These DIY home design tips and ideas will help you give your home a Spanish look and feel without the need for expensive renovations.