If you see a home where in you find a fiesta of bright colors and a touch of a lot of energy, you might be seeing a Mexican style traditional home!
Loved for its bold and bright decorations, the Mexican traditional homes made use of brick and wood as building materials and usually had pillars and columns for interior decorations. They were, to a much extent, inspired by Spanish, Mediterranean or Moorish style architecture. Decorative lawns in front, wood beamed ceilings (to keep the heat out), intricately made doors and large windows are a few of the known characteristics of Mexican traditional homes.
However, there is so much to Mexican architecture – columns having pediment and tops with artistic leaf or vine designs – I have brought five essential features of these homes to you. In any case you may want to design a home that has stucco-style exteriors and rustic-engraved, warm interiors you can doubtlessly choose the Mexican interior designs.
Absolute carnival of bright colors:
Mexican decors are loved for exuberantly colorful appearance where the two opposite color palettes are used. With a blend of so many opposite colors – vibrant primary colors like deep reds, yellows, greens, pinks, or blues and earth tones such as tans, browns or dull reds – the homes look warm yet cheerful. Amongst the dusky and natural but deep, rich colors white is used as an accentuating color. The walls, in fact, are painted to suede effect look.
Elegantly manicured gardens:
Mexican homes do also have gracefully designed courtyard gardens that replicate the glamour of thriving forests and barren terrain. Typified by dense plants and trees, gorgeous water features such as fountains and streams, and Talavera styled plant pots they are usually meant for outdoor dining. You may find cooking stoves and dazzling lighting to encourage people to dine together under the sky. The gardens include succulents, cacti, herbs, vegetables, and ornamental meadow as well as stamped metal lamps. A little spice is added to the entire place by putting dried pepper wreaths. The furniture in the gardens (you could find enough sitting area in the garden) again is painted in lively colors such as blue or orange. A fireplace is built for making family and guests comfortable while they talk, eat and enjoy.
Romantically warm tiled floors:
Floors in the Mexican homes are usually made of clay, ceramic or limestone tiles and bricks! The naturally hard floors are designed using bright color (generally hues of reds, oranges and yellows) tiles put to create attractive patterns across widespread floors in living areas and other parts of the home including stairs, skirting boards, fireplace or borders of windows! The tiles that are made from clay or ceramic and are fired at high temperatures do not appear charred and provide a rustic charm to the interiors.
For the carpets are not that essential in such homes, they may prefer using woven rugs of rich colors and having geometric patterns.
Rustic pine wooden furniture:
Ideally manufactured from kiln-dried hickory, oak, alder or solid pine wood the Mexican furniture is characterized by heavy duty panels, metallic details, a lot of drawers and brackets, rustic finishes and dark iron hinges and knobs! Preferably including country-style pieces such as chairs, tables, beds, armoires, dressers, night stands, and chests the Mexican furniture provides an antique ambience to the entire décor. Uniquely designed and hand crafted items indeed provide an area a sumptuous feel.
Apart all these the various accessories such as wrought-iron or wooden lighting; dazzling woven blankets, cushions and baskets; wall hangings exhibiting Mexican weaving capabilities; pottery items; conventional masks, and Hojalata Mexicana tin work items are an integral part of Mexican home decors.
Author Bio: Ruby Tyagi enjoys writing for various topics including home decor and improvement; good housekeeping; environmental aid; home and garden and health and lifestyle topics. Her several works have been published online nationally and internationally.