The Spanish style embodies the vibrant, colorful culture of Spain with a touch of the rustic Mediterranean countryside. Add some character to your new home with the Spanish style by choosing dark woods for furniture, terracotta tiles for your floors and Spanish pottery and crafts for accessories. Also, keep in mind that the key to mastering the Spanish style in your home is to decorate and furnish moderately; some imperfections add character.
Rooms should have some open space and lack clutter, similar to the Spanish countryside. Dark wooden or wrought-iron furniture contracts very nicely against white, tan, terracotta or light tan walls. Also, if some of your walls are made of stone, such as a fireplace mantel or main wall, choose exposed stonework with rough, imperfect edges. To add to this rustic look, choose terracotta tiles for the floor — ceramic tile or dark hardwood also works well — and textured walls instead of wallpaper. The rich textures, imperfect materials and neutral colors embody the rustic feeling of the Mediterranean region. Don’t forget that your home also needs vibrant, rich colors — yellow, red, blue, green and pink — to bring the lively, energetic Spanish culture to life and a great way to incorporate colors is to accessorize.
Woven rugs, colorful handmade pottery, large clay vases in hallways or corners, religious statues with golden shimmer, wrought-iron pieces, paintings of Spanish landscapes and tapestries are all hallmarks of the Spanish culture and are perfect for decorating. For a bonus splash of color, add Spanish tiles to small areas like the space between stairs or counter tops. Choose a few key pieces that work for each room, but remember that the Spanish style calls for moderation.
- Rustic colors include white, tan, beige, terracotta and light shades of brown and beige
- Vibrant, bright colors include yellow, red, blue, green and pink
- Lighting should be wrought-iron wall sconces, lanterns and candlesticks
- Textured walls with plaster instead of wall paper
- Terracotta tiles for floors; ceramic tiles or hardwood floors also work
- Dark woods with some wear or distress for furniture and wrought-iron pieces
- Moderate accessories