Decorate Your Home With Mexican Flair
Mexico inspires with it’s savory foods, cheerful culture and vibrant design. Since we arrived last February, I’ve noticed several design elements that stand out as trademarks of Mexican interiors and love them all! Introduced in eclectic, transitional or even modern styled spaces, these bring in warmth, color and interest.
Feeling like your home could use a little latin charm? A combination of the following will help make your house un buen hogar (a good abode).
The Mexican style encompasses much more than symbols such as the chili peppers and the big hats. Strictly speaking in terms of interior design, this style is very rich and full of tiny details that are easy to recognize but difficult to reproduce. Mexican homes are characterized by the warm and welcoming ambiance and intricate interior décor elements. In order to be able to capture the essence of this culture in your home, you must first get a clear idea of what really defines the style.
1. Bold colors
Mexican style design never shies away from color. From facades of colonial influenced buildings to local art, you can expect to see hot pinks, golden yellows, and turquoise blues. The typical striped blankets called serapes illustrate a culture that embraces bold colors.These make for beautiful throws or cushion covers that definitely add a splash of color in your home.
A quick and easy way to infuse your home with color is through paint. Select an accent wall to saturate. This will most definitely determine the color palette for your room. Benjamin Moore’s appropriately named, Mexicana (2172-30) is an extraordinary tone of orange-red that complements well with other hues. Balance bold selections with furniture/furnishings that lean on neutral tones. This eliminates the tendency to ramp up the energy of a space full time.
Refinishing furniture with a coat of paint could also do the trick. Revive an old console with Satin Vintage Teal from Rust-Oleum for that color pop inspired by Mexican beach locations. A sunny yellow is also always a cheerful addition to a color scheme.
Known for beautiful embroidery and hand made weaving, Mexico’s textiles infuse color s well as pattern. Shared as throws, accent pillows, or wall hangings, such additions give any space a beautiful global touch. Oaxaxa holds a variety of woven beauties coming from tribes like the Mixtec and Nahua.
Lending toward the arid landscapes throughout Mexico, succulents and cactus plants thrive. From bulbous and spiky to long and fleshy, the diversity of these low maintenance botanicals offer interiors desert chic accents.
Although using tropical plants in your interior design is not necessarily a feature pertaining to this particular style, it can be the element that defines your home and brings it closer to what makes a Mexican home feel complete. The vibrant, fresh colors and the connection to nature are just two of the defining characteristics.
Other pendants lean towards north African tendencies of elongated geometric shapes fusing metal and glass. These have representations in the form of sconces as well.
5. Terra cotta
A very simple way to bring in Mexican inspired design into your home is having elements of terra cotta finishes. In patios and on balconies, you can spot varied shapes of planters that offer an earthy quality to potted plant arrangements.
Influenced by Spanish colonial style, terra cotta tiles both indoor and out are widely used as well. These come in shapes of squares, hexagons, and diamonds, many of which can be combined in interesting patterns.
6. Trademark chairs
With an extensive leather industry, it is no wonder that this finish is popular in Mexican furniture. Possibly the most recognized are equipale pieces. A woven wooden base holds crafted from tanned pigskin and Mexican cedar strips making the chairs, sofas, and tables both durable and comfy.
This handmade leather furniture creates a rustic feel to any space along with authentic Mexican charm.
To address hot temperatures, other typical Mexican chairs embrace light and airy designs. The iconic Acapulco chair first on the scene in the 1950s/60s, is trending strong today with various materials and shapes to choose from.
Hammocks introduce the tropical mood found on the coasts of Mexico. Hanging outside or indoors, these are beautiful lounging options that inspire relaxation.
The ornate patterns and colors were traditionally designed for homes where hot weather omitted the need for area rugs. Through tiles people were able to get an accent on floors that was both functional and beautiful.
By introducing any number of these elements into your home, you can get a bit of Mexico’s vibrant and soulful style.
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