Spanish Style Homes Decorating Hacienda Style

mexican kitchenI often wonder what it would be like to live in Mexico on a large hacienda with a Spanish style homes kitchen. Kitchens are the heart of the home… and in Mexico this couldn’t be a more true statement.

Most Mexican kitchens are filled with color featuring a combination of traditional Mexican decorative arts and the hacienda or home owners’ creative style.

Colorful talavera tiles and pottery and dishware are plentiful in a hacienda style kitchen.

Usually their is a representation of San Pasqual
– the patron saint of cooks and kitchens. He blesses every kettle, pot and spoon. I have several in my kitchen… I need all the help I can get.

Infuse your kitchen with a little flavor of Old Mexico. By combining Old World style mixed with carefully concealed contemporary innovation… it is possible to have the look and feel of a Spanish style kitchen with all the modern conveniences needed in today’s’ lifestyle.

Adding a Fake Brick Wall with “just paint” would look amazing – even if it’s just the back splash!

A new book (well… it’s a few years old) came to my attention by a reader. Mexicocina
is a tour of kitchens of Mexico, including private homes, haciendas and cooking schools.

The use of tile in every kitchen will have you drooling. Page after page of full color photographs filled with warm, comfortable kitchens… dripping with handmade Mexican tile. Colorful and muted counters, floors and walls fill the pages of this big glossy soft covered book. It is 175 pages and heavy… too heavy for a lazy beach day read. This book is for serious research. 🙂

The use of color, paint and texture is always amazing and surprising to the Gringo in us all. But… learn to be brave. Nothing done with color or paint is permanent. It can be changed in a few years… or a few days if your partner can’t live with it. 🙂

In looking for ideas for my own kitchen remodel, most of the kitchens pictured in this book have high ceilings. Smart choice in warm weather areas. Heat rises and it is trapped up at the ceiling letting cool breezes flow through the many doors and windows. By having tile on the floor… it also traps the cool evening temperatures and that can feel great on your toes when it is hot and steamy outside.

The idea of a large range hood has been appealing to me. It looks authentic and traditional. Mexicocina is filled with ideas for massive stove hoods. Some are plain stucco with hand hewn beams, while others are covered with tile or murals.

Storing Small Appliances

It’s hard to figure out what appliances go with a Mexican or Hacienda style kitchen… go with black instead of anything highly reflective. Small appliances – even the professional style appliances we love to have – often have to be hidden away so that the kitchen will remain with the look of an old world kitchen.

Keeping the ingredients displayed are an idea I like to use. If I’m going to be using my crepe maker often… I like to keep out a jar of crepe flour and a few jars of home made preserves. This gives a home style feel and keeps the kitchen counter from looking bare when all the appliances are stored away.

The colors of historical Mexico are derived from the pigments of minerals, vegetables, insects, and seashells… creating warm yellow ochre, sumptuous indigo blue, brilliant carmine red, and pale icy purples.

Think of mixing

  • Terra Cotta orange with Mediterranean Blue
  • Sunny Yellow with Cobalt Blue
  • Creamy White with Brick Red
  • Pink, Orange and Blue
  • Yellow, Green, Turquoise and Orange

These are the colors of Mexico. Always… Blue seems to be in the picture. Some kitchens are and entire feast of blue and white and other cocinas have just a touch or two.

The Mexican kitchens that fill the pages of this book are artists… and it shows. The eye for color, pattern and texture permeates the pages. In some of the photos… it seems as if they should smell of great home cooked tamales.

In fact… this book has many recipes included. Some I have never heard of…

  • Chilies En Nogada
  • Trufas de Chocolate Con Carne
  • Gazpacho de Mango
  • Quesadillas de Brie Con Salsa de Fruta

mexican kitchenAnd…. we also get a tour of Casa de Alfenique in Puebla, Mexico at the Museum of the Revolution, historic kitchens from the 1800’s.

Amazing tile, recipe and colorful paint. Ohhhh…. I am in heaven.

Mexicocina: The Spirit and Style of the Mexican Kitchen


Hacienda Spanish Style Home

Decorating a Hacienda Style Home in the Traditional Mexican Style Interiors can be a challenge.

Our homes are usually new… without the well used looking edges we want to have so that our furnishings and accessories blend well.

Possibly our home is older, but not built in a traditional hacienda style.

Either way, the decoration of our interiors can be a challenge.

What we need is lots of pictures. We need photos of old haciendas and new homes that have designed in the Spanish style we crave.

This big book is about 3 pounds and 191 pages of gorgeous colorful Spanish Style Homes.

The combinations of glistening tile and rustic furniture is only done well by those that are not afraid of color and texture. These pages are filled with pictures of entryways, living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, ceilings & floors, stairways, niches, fireplaces, lighting and fantastic art.

Put this great big book on your gift wish list…. better yet get it for yourself!

Hacienda Style Interior

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Traditional Mexican Style Interiors


Exterior Colors For Spanish HouseHomeowners paint their homes but don’t always keep the exterior colors for Spanish houses traditional. Some people try to downplay the home’s style so they chose to use anything but an historic color. What are historic colors and why are they important?

Traditional Mexican Style Exteriors

If you live in an historic neighborhood most likely all homeowners are expected to maintain the integrity of their home by repainting with historic colors. Must they paint the house its original color, or will any historic color suffice? Some historic neighborhoods prefer original paint color and will try to determine what that color should be.

Don’t feel that you must stick to the original paint color, however. Find a period color card for the type of home you have and then choose any of the colors on that card. The color may not be exactly how the house was originally painted, but it will still appear historically accurate.

You may also want to consider other houses in your neighborhood before choosing exterior colors for Spanish houses. If you live in an historic district, you may have an organization dictate the colors you can choose to paint your home.

Patio Escondido with Saints & Martyrs AntiquesObviously you recognize Spanish style houses because of their dark tile roofs. Don’t paint your house to match the roof. The house will appear to shrink in size. Use lighter colors like sand or stone to keep your house from disappearing under the roof. Blue is often used on the exterior trim to denote the Spanish sea sides.

If you don’t live in an historic district you are less likely to have anyone try to dictate your house color for you. However you may still prefer to stick with a traditional color scheme. You want your home to look right in the landscaping and painting it an unusual color may not give you the attention you desire.

Southwestern Rigidness & PerfectionWhere you live will also determine the exterior colors for Spanish houses.

On the West Coast they are usually painted with neutral tones to compliment California’s sunshine. You might find muted peach, taupe, and warm beige Spanish style houses.

In the Southwest, warm, earth-tones are more common. Colors such as pink, sandy taupe, and golden yellows are the colors of choice when choosing exterior colors for Spanish houses. Accent with blue, turquoise, or terra cotta. These colors go great with the characteristic
so prevalent in Spanish houses.

Ultimately, when it comes down to choosing exterior colors for Spanish houses, the choice is up to the homeowner. You may adhere to the historically accurate colors but you don’t have to. Choose a color that suits the area and the style of your house and you can’t go wrong.

Traditional Mexican Style Exteriors