Bursting with colour, rustic charm and a wonderful blend of old and new styles, Spanish interior design provides endless inspiration for architects and homeowners alike. From beautiful and bright mosaics and high contrast colours to earthy tones and dark wood, achieving this aesthetic in your own home is effortless with a few simple touches and a bold colour palette. Here Optima Villas explore the beauty of Spanish interior style and share with The LuxPad their top tips for getting the look right in your own home…
Opt for an Eclectic Mix
One of the key features of Spanish interiors is the fabulous combination of different styles, tones and textures that all work together. Whether it’s surrounding rustic wooden furniture with modern decorative ornaments or adding a colourful woollen throw into the middle of a contemporary living space, don’t be afraid to mix and match different fabrics, colours and genres to achieve an authentic Spanish interior.
Consider the Colour Scheme
From the bustling piazzas in the cities and towns to sleepy rural villages and coastal villas, it’s hard to ignore the locals’ love of colour when it comes to their interior design – it’s everywhere.
Offering a warm, cheerful glow, yellows, oranges and reds are frequent features in Iberian homes and can make a welcome change from trendy all-white and minimalist interiors. Alternatively, bright blues paired with white can conjure up visions of the Mediterranean sea, warm sunny days and classic seaside villas.
Whether you choose to go bold with brightly coloured walls or focal points in any one of these key colours or you opt for pops of coloured accents such as sofa cushions, curtains or even artwork on the wall, a true Iberian interior always boasts plenty of colour.
Go Traditional with Tiles
From pretty, encaustic tiles to colourful mosaics, a fantastic way to add a touch of Spanish flair to your home is to embellish areas with traditional-style tiles. With a hot and dry climate, tiles have long been a favoured choice in Spain for walls and floors – not least because they’re easy to clean and help to keep internal temperatures down, but they also bring with them an enchanting feel.
We typically associate tiles with kitchens and bathrooms but there’s no reason why you can’t use tiles in other areas of your home, just like they do in Spain. From palatial Lanzarote villas with patterned tiled bedroom floors to opulent living room fireplaces adorned with mosaics, the possibilities to get creative with tiles are limitless.
Be Daring with Dark Wood
Another strong feature found in Iberian homes is the use of dark wood – typically walnut. From striking timber ceiling beams and heavy doors to dark wooden dressers, tables and kitchen cabinets, adding dark wood accents to your home can be an effective way to emulate this iconic style.
Strip back carpets in favour of walnut hardwood or laminate flooring, add heavy wooden mantelpieces or chunky pieces of furniture for a rustic look or accessorise with deep-coloured wooden picture frames and ornaments for a more subtle aesthetic. With the rich and characterful tones that dark wood brings, your home will be a fitting tribute to those found on the Iberian Peninsula.
Adorn with Pottery
Ceramic pottery is used throughout Spanish homes as decorative pieces and as practical cookware, so adorning your home with some authentic terracotta is a simple and effective way to replicate their style.
From glazed ceramic salad bowls and dinnerware to terracotta plant pots and vases, flourishes of earthenware can work wonders in brightening up your home and tying in the Spanish theme. Whether you shop for replicas or pick up some real Iberian pottery on your next visit to this enchanting country, be sure to showcase your ceramics with pride.
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