If you have ever been to Iberian lands and have never forgotten the scent and atmosphere of that place, if your memory is still clear and you want to return to those environments; what we will show you today is perhaps the solution to your torments as travelers. This is a guide on how to furnish the various rooms of the house following the Spanish style and the whole Iberian Peninsula.
The Spanish style is a style that is part of the ‘Mediterranean style’ group, and its appearance is linear and elegant, refined and makes great use of wood and shades of brown and yellow.
Spanish-style furniture stands out at a glance: the imposing dimensions, the vibrant colors and the attention to detail are the most characteristic features of this style so rich in history.
Influenced by the nearby Mediterranean countries, the Spanish style collects the typical French elements, as well as characteristics of the Tuscan and Moroccan style; it also reveals the traces of the domination of the Moors and of England. From this mixture of cultures an original style is born and strongly characterized in the shapes, shades and processing techniques.
Wardrobes, chests and chairs are the most common accessories in Spanish homes; they differ from the other styles for the wood turnings, the colors and the refinement of the decorations.
The most used wood is walnut, whose dark and intense color is perfect for supporting the big size of Spanish-style furniture. Mahogany, cedar, oak and chestnut are also very common.
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Spanish design and nature
The Spanish style seeks to create a connection with nature. Natural materials are combined with rich and warm colors, creating a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, with magnificent pieces enriched with various textures. Spanish homes are wonderful for anyone who appreciates serenity, elegant simplicity and the beauty of unique details.
Old and modern Spanish home designs feature arches, dark wood features, and cozy courtyards. These charming courtyards are dressed in arched loggias, elegant porches with water fountains, natural materials and warm, soft colors that help make these homes incredibly welcoming and spectacular.
Spanish design materials
The metal is an important material for decoration of Spanish homes. The grilles, door hinges, handles, chandeliers, sconces, staircase design elements and small decorations, as well as exterior lighting are made of wrought iron and bring a unique and majestic character to the environment.
Dark wood elements are especially great for building a house and interior design in the Spanish style. Mediterranean Spain is a region with a rich mix of different cultures. Spanish architectural designs and interior design reflect influences from Gothic, Moorish, Byzantine and Renaissance styles.
Tiles in deep orange and deep red colors, the very famous azulejos (ceramic tiles) for floors and ceramic decorations are perfectly in harmony with wooden elements. Brightly colored tiles bring fabulous decorating patterns and can decorate walls, floors, stairs and even furniture, adding charming ethnic patterns to modern interiors and outdoor living spaces.
Construction and interior materials are therefore often natural: wood, metal, stone, ceramic and glass, are combined with textiles and decorative fabrics made of natural fibers, emphasizing the link with the natural environment and tirelessly merging interiors with gardens and blooming flowers in terracotta pots
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Spanish style kitchen
In the kitchen, the typical colors and textures of Spain emerge, such as ceramics for wall coverings and accessories, reminiscent of restaurant kitchens. The kitchen is the typical environment that you can take advantage of not only to cook, but to share moments with family and friends.
A large table, even as an island, will make the space livable for a greater number of hours of the day.
A kitchen with a Spanish style design calls for strong colors, texture and workability. Achieving this means simply evaluating what you already have, recognizing what you may not be able to change (whether you are renting or can’t modify the kitchen much) and let your creativity take over. Before you start, look for your basement, cabinets and storage areas for remaining paint, forgotten shiny sheets and old flower pots. Then, by wood, wicker and iron pieces. Finally, stop by your local grocery store for wine, cheese and fruit.
White walls will give your kitchen an immediate Spanish feel. Another option is to paint the kitchen walls gold or rust red. To add a focal point, stencil a large Moorish design in a contrasting color. Choose wood cabinets a dark shade will create a warm and thoughtful feeling when paired against golden or rust walls.
On the other hand, contrasting dark wood, with white walls will transform your kitchen into a more austere and rustic environment. You can also consider removing cabinet fronts to display ceramics. Ideal floors for a Spanish kitchen are wood or tiles, as well as linoleum. Wooden, tile or laminate countertops are all great options that complement the Spanish look.
Some of the smaller items can inject more Spanish style into your kitchen. A tile backsplash, for example. Or, for a similar effect, mount some tiles on an empty wall. You can also use Moroccan details, baskets, washcloths and terracotta vases into napkin holders. For a quick work of art, staple cloth or fabric with a bold pattern in a wooden frame, or use old black handles for your cabinets found in flea markets, which can improve your kitchen’s overall Spanish vibe.
A Spanish style kitchen is to be used and enjoyed. In fact, wine and food can transform the room. For example, a simple wooden bowl filled with lemons or clementines can add a warm touch that catches the eye. Herbaceous plants on the windowsill and succulents in glazed clay pots will give the kitchen a natural, lived-in appeal. Don’t forget to show off beautiful bottles of olive oil, Spanish cheeses on wooden trays under glass domes, and beautiful wine bottles. Your favorite Spanish wine, especially in beautiful looking bottles, can adorn your counter or a wrought iron wine rack.
Earthy materials, such as wood, wicker and iron belong to a Spanish-inspired kitchen. Hit thrift stores for simple or deeply carved dark wood tables, stools, shelves or countertops.
Less-than-perfect finds at the flea market can be painted black or tomato red – or, they can be covered with colorful textile fabrics. If you have the space for them, black metal plant stands, or golden trays will enhance your Spanish style design.
Do not forget about wrought iron scroll chandeliers or over-the-stove pot hangers. Less expensive lighting options include pendant lights with glass lamps, or medieval style lamps.
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Some extra tips:
For a truly Spanish home design, just follow some patterns common to the style. The first one includes a sober color palette for furniture, which includes shades of blue, white, green and brown. They are inspired by the coasts, since Spanish design also has Mediterranean, Italian and French influences.
Warm colors such as red, orange and terracotta can be used for the roofs and floors, strongly present in Spanish design. For finishes, ceramics, wrought iron, carved wood panels, copper and metal are very welcome. The decoration of the furniture and walls should be done, preferably, with the use of a few props, among them, carpets, vases, flower boxes and one or two candlesticks, for a rustic and elegant design.
- Spanish style kitchens are elegant and linear and often uses shades of brown and yellow.
- The Spanish style tries to create a connection with the Nature. The use of natural elements and rich warm colors are welcome.
- Metal and dark wood materials and accessories are part of the design
- For kitchens, the ceramic on the walls will bring the charm needed
- Floor tiles with earthy tones will complete the look!
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