Spanish interior design is a vibrant, colorful Mediterranean style that brings to mind rustic villas, sunny patios and an old-fashioned, solid sense of family. Unlike other design styles, Spanish decor is fairly easy to achieve in your own home.
Walls: Walls used in Spanish interior design are generally finished with a smooth-touch stucco texture or a faux finish–a paint technique where brush strokes, sponge patterns or varying shades of the same color are used to add dimension. Typical colors include Mediterranean-influenced warm and cool shades and earth tones such as taupe, burnt orange, chocolate brown, indigo blue, deep red and mustard yellow. Many traditional Spanish-style interiors have wood-framed windows and carved panels and ceilings accented with wood beams and decorative tin tiles or made entirely of wood.
Flooring: Fully carpeted spaces are uncommon in Spanish interiors. Generally, a uniform hard flooring surface is installed throughout the home and accented with small 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. The most traditional flooring choice in a Spanish-style home is hardwood, though budget-conscious designers can choose alternative flooring options such as slate, a heavy, matte-finished ceramic or terracotta tile with dark grout.
Accents: Spanish interior design accessories include fabrics, wrought iron and pottery. Fabrics can be incorporated into the design with woven cotton throw rugs and window treatments made of cotton in muted colors. Wrought-iron rods can be used to hang window treatments. To incorporate more wrought iron into your design scheme, use a variety of decorative pieces such as door knockers, cabinetry and door hardware, wall sconces, chandeliers, headboards and fireplace covers. Random, small groupings of pottery and large vases add traditional, no-fuss styling.
Furniture: Spanish-style homes often use leather and Mission-style dark, distressed wood furnishings. Some common dark wood choices include mahogany, walnut, ebony, butternut, teak and rosewood. Traditional furniture provides a complementary contrast to a Spanish-style home’s soft arches and whimsical architectural elements such as carved wood panels. Choose leather armchairs with straight backs, heavy wooden benches and wood chairs upholstered in woven cotton fabrics.
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