Hacienda Style – Design Inspiration

by THAT Painter Lady

Hacienda DesignHacienda Style… homes of Old Mexico that have deteriorated in a friendly, comfortable way.  Exposed brick and plaster walls that are weathered and worn now creating new textures and colors.

Overgrown trees and crumbling fresco’s are mixed in with fountains and antique architecture.  Now… we want to mix all those elements in with our contemporary lifestyle.

How can that be???  Can we mix the new Rancho and Spanish style with old broken and rusty bits from the past?  Yes, you can mix the Hacienda style into basic ranch style homes

.  You can mix in Spanish style to create your own custom, personal style.

The Hacienda influence has been invading the United States for centuries. The architecture and other elements are appearing in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California homes.  Old Haciendas were much larger than today’s ranch style house, and the old style included many buildings in a compound.  This compound created a feeling of sanctuary, safety and privacy.

Hacienda Style isn’t just a style, it is a lifestyle and a feeling created in your own home.  Mexican antiques and architectural elements are mixed with contemporary appliances and modern home improvements.  All of this design work is blended into a personal creative home that will never go out of style.

Is Hacienda style considered part of the Southwest decorating style?

Yes and no would be my answer.  Southwest style includes many styles including the use of  pale colors and commercial artwork.  Hacienda or Spanish style is really a subset of Southwest home design.  Although the hacienda has been around for hundreds of years… and the contemporary southwest style is very new, the ability to combine these styles is natural and again… will create a personal style all your own.

Hacienda StyleLoud, bright colors or soft faded tones are your choice.  Design in the Hacienda style is a mixture of textures and architecture.  You must first get the “bones” of your space right… then choose your colors.

Hacienda Style – The Book!

Whether one is restoring a colonial home or adding antique ornament to a new hacienda-style home, the integration of old-world architectural elements provides hacienda character both inside and out.

Hacienda Style is a magnificent photographic tour, inviting you to step inside the expanse of cool tiled rooms, breezy portales (patios), and soothing water filled courtyards to experience the grace of hacienda design.


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You love everything old and worn.  Spanish, Mexican, Rancho and Hacienda is your lifestyle as well as your design style.  I share this passion with you.

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melissa June 25, 2007 at 12:29 pm

I am in the process of turning my contemporary colonial into a spanish style home with decor. I really love this style, the colors, the wood, I am just so passionate about this feeling. I dont seem to be geeting it right all the time and keep changing. I painted my kitchen cabinets Green
(Texas Sage Benjamin Moore), walls Dulce de leche and my sofas are a dark rust terracotta color. I am adding wrought iron trellises to the walls (not sure if I am doing that right!
I have questions about mixing differetn color irons and metals. Some are black iron sconces while some are the dark brown rust color trellises , does anything go?? I also have Diego Rivera prints and tin multicolored mirrors.
Any ideas or insirations would be terrific!

THAT Painter Lady June 28, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Mixing different colored irons and metals, some are black iron and some are the rustic rusted metals. Is this a problem?

My answer is mostly… No this is not a problem. I would caution you on the mixing of metal… that the heft, or thickness of the metal is a concern. You should not mix rustic heavy style metal with delicate iron work. The tiny little iron work that is sometime sold in the decorator shops is to spindly to look good in the Hacienda Style Homes.

The rust color – if it is true rust – is fine. But when you purchase new things that are painted to look like rust… they can often look cheap and …. well they look painted.

I often find nice metal objects in the stores that are green or some other ghastly color… I can paint them with a spray paint that has metal flecks in it and then rust it myself. You can find this product at the Craft Store.

Elaine July 6, 2007 at 11:55 am


Im having trouble finding the right exterior color for our new home (spanish style) Is there any books or websites you can refer me to where i can look at some galleries?

Thanks a bunch

Paul Rieker January 29, 2008 at 6:19 am

I am in the throws of the beginning design of a hacienda/farmhouse/mission home. A courtyard design with 2 story greatroom.
1 Is there an architect who specializes in this style?
2 Anyone who has done this, who could offer comments and direction?

In Murrieta California there is a Mission Furniture store which has excellent furniture in the style… Frank , Rustic Furniture Gallery 25136 Hancock Ave. Murrieta 92562

Candace February 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

The colors of the Hacienda style has great “Chi” energy! Check out Feng Shui at

home staging business May 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I’ve been dreaming of doing this to a house that is up for sale by my real estate investor. I’m a home stager doing home staging business here in CA and I’ve seen a lot of houses with this kind of style. We once encountered a buyer who wants a house with Mexicana-style, sort of a hacienda-looking house but I honestly told the guy that I’m not that knowledgeable yet for that kind of design. Fortunately, he liked the house and bought it a year ago. Now, I’m tryting to learn “hacienda-style” decorations and I’m lucky to have come across this article of yours! GREAT WORK & MORE POWER! Thank you very much!

Folding Doors October 6, 2008 at 9:56 am

Hey Eline, I hope that you have found the solution to your exterior color – if not, i have found this program which lets you insert your own house and it has 45000 color variations! http://www.easy-house-painting-tips.com/af-color-style-studio.html

feng shui training October 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm

This is a very good idea in making your house unique and beautiful especially when you are in a place where this kind of design is very rare! Yes, it’s very rare indeed! I should keep this in mind. When I have everything under control, I would definitely want to build a house just like this and of course, I would very much like to put some sort of “Oriental” touch to it by doing a little bit of Feng Shui to attract positive energy. But I guess I need to have some Feng Shui training first!!!! Thanks for sharing this!!! Wonderful!!!!

Chesterfield Furniture October 28, 2008 at 3:41 am

What kind of trees do you have there?

Way Rustic Furniture February 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Some Cedar rustic Furniture in the Courtyard would be really great.
Take a look and give it some thought.

Steve Designer Radiators May 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

It is so great when you can incorporate these kinds of styles into our home, especially the outdoor living area makes you feel like you are on holiday every time you step outside. I have a supurb outdoor living area bbq area and it is definitely a mix of all the styles mostly Spanish but it really gives me the feeling of peace when I get the chance to relax.

Greg Frech July 6, 2009 at 11:35 am

I stumbled on this blog to get design ideas about a contemporary Hacienda Style home I am designing for a homeowner in Virginia. I feel intuitively qualified to create such a house, exposed to this style in my upbringing, born and raised in Fresno California. It will feature stone and stucco exterior. I would like to post some of the conceptual plans for comments and review. I can I do that? …anybody??

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