Updated: May 1
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).
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.
Otomi patterns, typically animals, are playful and whimsical options for a space. This beautiful floor lamp with Otomi shade from Stray Dog Designs could work in bright colors or all white for a kid’s room or any room in your home!
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.
This post from Urban Jungle Bloggers will not only make you fall for these decorative houseplants but will also provide with some easy care tips to keep them vibrant.
I’ve personally fallen in love with Mexican light fixtures. A trademark style are the tin fabricated stars whose perforations allow for a dreamy night glow. Some also have frosted or colored glass for added flair.
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.
Mexican tile accents are possibly the closest you can get to Mexican inspired design. Whether using the vivid colors and patterns of ceramic tiles or the more muted and contemporary look found in recent cement mosaic tiles, these add life to walls and floors.
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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