Gorgeous Spanish Colonial Interior Design
Beautiful Spanish colonial design incorporates both the architecture style and the interior design style. The style is one of the oldest in America. It has been popular in the U.S. for the last 400 years since settlers from Spain settled in Florida, California, and much of the Southwest. The style has evolved over the years but remains just as stunning and aesthetically pleasing as ever. Let’s explore the beginnings of Spanish colonial interior design and how you can incorporate it into your own home.
Roots of Spanish Colonial Interior Design
The Spanish Conquistadors who settled in America brought architectural and design elements with them from their home country, hence the name of the style. Over the course of around 200 years, from the 1600s to the 1800s, the style began to spread throughout America and gain popularity. It brought inspiration from different eras of Spanish design, including Spanish baroque and Moorish revival. These are combined with the North American styles that were already in existence in the areas being settled. This included Mexican, Mayan, and Aztec influences as well.
While the style faded out of popularity in many areas of the country over the years, it still to this day remains very popular in California and is nearly synonymous with the architecture of that state. Many of Calfiornia’s buildings are mission-style architecture, inspired by the churches built by Spanish settlers in California. There is even a style of building called a Monterey-style home, named for Monterey, California. This style of home comes from the Spanish colonial architecture of previous generations.
Spanish Colonial Interior Design Elements
Visually, Spanish colonial interior design is similar to Mediterranean interior design. The color palette usually includes blues, greens, and neutrals like white and brown. Terracotta reds and oranges are huge in this design style. Whether it is literal terracotta floors and roofs or just terracotta-colored accents, you will almost always see this color somewhere in the design.
There is also lots of texture and visual depth in this design style. Stucco and plaster wall finishes provide visual interest. There are also elements of many different materials, such as wrought iron, stone, ceramics and pottery, and copper.
Spanish Colonial Decor
Spanish colonial design uses items like pottery, urns, vases, and plants liberally in the design. Glazed tiles and mosaics, as used in Moroccan interior design, are sometimes seen as well. If it is a mission style home, there might be stained glass windows present. But perhaps most important to the design style is textiles. These are frequently hung on the walls as wall art. They are also draped over furniture like dining tables or living room couches. Of course, you will see textiles and rugs on the floor as well. Antique rugs from Spain make the design authentic and historical.
Even if your home isn’t built in the Spanish colonial architectural style, you can still emulate it in your own interior design. You can go big and design a whole room or home in the style, or simply pick and choose a few elements that speak to you and use those as inspiration. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with Spanish colonial. A great way to incorporate either a little or a lot of the style is with a Spanish rug. Browse our curated selection below and begin your Spanish colonial decorating journey today.