How to Incorporate Mexican-inspired Décor, Spanish Colonial Design into Your Home

Vibrant golds, like the hue seen in this Santa Fe kitchen featured in House Beautiful, are versatile accents or main wall colors.

Vibrant golds, like the hue seen in this Santa Fe kitchen featured in House Beautiful Magazine, are versatile accents or main wall colors and a great way to pull Mexican-inspired design elements into your new home. Image courtesy of House Beautiful Magazine.

Minimalistic home décor has had its day in the sun. Scandinavian ‘Lagom’ and ‘Hygge’ styles focus on creating restful interiors with limited color, while Japanese ‘Wabi-Sabi’ design elements embrace natural light and organic forms in clean spaces. If minimalism feels cold to you, or you just want to add some zest and energy to your home, you should take design inspiration from Mexican décor in your new home.

Mexican-inspired home décor is all about bringing life into the home to transform a dwelling into a warm and inviting place. Bring this vibrant style into your home, and enjoy a boost of energy from cheery colors and exciting design.

Spanish Colonial Style
If you love Southwest styling and Mexican-inspired design and you are buying a new home, you should look for a builder with exterior plans that reflect the traditional Spanish Colonial Style. Influenced by traditional architecture used by Spanish explorers in the Southwest, hallmarks of the Spanish Colonial Style include the following:

  • Ranch style layouts
  • Stucco exteriors
  • Red terracotta roof tiles
  • Patios
  • Wrought iron detailing

Home plans like Plan 2013 and Plan 2268, both by KB Home in Marana, Arizona (pictured below), bring these beautiful architectural themes to life in new-construction homes designed for modern living.

Plan 2013 by KB Home in Marana, Arizona
Plan 2013 by KB Home in Marana, Arizona. Image courtesy of KB Home. 

Plan 2268 by KB Home in Marana, Arizona
lan 2268 by KB Home in Marana, Arizona. Image courtesy of KB Home.

Warm Palettes, Bright Colors
One of the biggest differentiators of Mexican-inspired home design from more minimalistic styles is the use of vibrant color throughout the house. Look for a warm cream to serve as a neutral base, if you want a clean, classic take on Mexican inspired décor, like this beautiful casita in Campanilla Compound:

Look for a warm cream to serve as a neutral base, if you want a clean, classic take on Mexican inspired décor, like this beautiful casita in Campanilla Compound
Image courtesy of CampanillaCompound.com.

Next, accent -- or go wild -- with warm colors that evoke a Southwestern sunset vibe to complete this internationally inspired color palette. Vibrant golds, like the hue seen in the below Santa Fe kitchen, which was featured in House Beautiful, are versatile accents or main wall colors. Pops of deeply saturated reds and terracotta orange keep this color palette feeling energized, but not overwhelming.

Vibrant golds, like the hue seen in this Santa Fe kitchen featured in House Beautiful, are versatile accents or main wall colors.
Photo courtesy of House Beautiful Magazine.

On the cooler end of the color spectrum, homeowners looking to find the perfect accent color for their Mexican-inspired design feel can look to warm plum hues, vibrant indigos, and sage. Use these more calming colors to create a sense of moody elegance and calm in your home.

 Hand Crafted Décor 

In addition to using color, Mexican-inspired home décor uses texture and handcrafted decorative objects to breathe life into a home. You can add texture and style into your home décor by incorporating:

Terracotta tiles- the traditional orange, dyed indigo, or fabulously pattered, as pictured below.

  • Wood furniture
  • Exposed beams
  • Wrought iron chandeliers and light fixtures
  • Ceramic decorative objects
  • Leather details

 You can get creative with this style due to its versatility in colors and styling options. Because this eclectic design embraces so many different types of colors, textures, materials, and levels of formality, almost anyone can incorporate Mexican-inspired décor into their home, and love the results.

Are you glad there are internationally influenced design trends that are not minimalistic? Would you ever use Mexican-inspired décor in your home? Let us know what you think about this fun and vibrant home design trend in the comments below.

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