Mexican Interior Designs Warm Your Home

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Mexican vacations are a luxury that not everyone is able to afford, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the atmosphere of our southern neighbors any time of the year. Mexican interior designs warm your home and bring Mexico to you.

If you’ve ever been to Mexico or the Southwest, you’ll recognize the influence of Native American culture as well those of the Spanish missions. You may expect to see Aztec elements such as pyramids and carved stone steles within Mexican interior design, but you’ll also see brightly painted furniture as well as stucco and exposed beams.

Use items such as Native American or Mexican blankets to drape over a solid colored couch or chair. Place hand-made pottery pieces, either painted or in plain terra cotta, around the room to hold small cactus or succulent gardens. You could also find a great Mexican art piece to hang on your wall and then place Rustic Tin Wall Sconces on either side to highlight the artwork.

Texture is just as important as color in Mexican interior design. Consider creating the look of stucco by smearing drywall putty on the wall. Create a recessed area to place a small piece of artwork or flowers in. Rather than smoothing the putty out leave the trowel marks from where you applied it. Paint the stucco a pale yellow, beige, or reddish tint.

If your house doesn’t already have exposed beams, you can create them with 2×4 boards nailed together to form a “U.” To create the look of an exposed, hand-hewn solid log, distress the wood by using saws, hammers, or heavy chains. After the wood is distressed, stain it match the other exposed wood in your home.

Mexican Handpainted PotteryTo bring Mexican interior design into your kitchen, try to find handcrafted Mexican tiles that you can use for a backsplash. These tiles are brightly colored and have simple patterns painted on them. You can tell they are handmade because they are not perfect like factory-made tiles.

Find hand-hammered copper pots or black wrought iron items to off-set the bright colors of the Mexican tiles. White trimmed windows would be in keeping with Mexican interior design. Use something unexpected like a serape or poncho to cover the windows.

Mexican interior design is simple yet rustic. Bright colors are placed next to rusted tin signs. Hard stucco is softened by using a handmade wall hanging or leather furniture with a hand-woven rug in front of it. Finish the living room off with wrought iron lamps.

It doesn’t matter what the exterior of your home looks like, you can still enjoy the simplicity and beauty of Mexican interior design. With the right ambiance, the right music, and your Mexican surroundings you may think you’re in Mexico instead of your home.

Be sure to pick up this great book on Mexican Style: Creative Ideas for Enhancing Your Space

photo credit: Lori Greig

photo credit: *clairity*

Gema Decorating April 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I think that this article is very useful.

I think that one of the best places to look for design inspiration is from nature and photographs. What are some of your favorite vacation sites? What colors are there that remind you of that place. A beach color scheme would include sandy browns, blues, greens and whites. A forest inspired scheme would include dark, bark browns, mossy greens, and rich earthy colors.

Regards, Gema

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