Mexican style is so hot right now with its bright colours and geometric patterns. With its mix of native Indian and Spanish influences Mexican décor is distinct and striking and not for the faint hearted. But you don’t have to go all out – a selection of carefully chosen items will be enough of a ‘nod’ to Mexican style without it being overwhelming. There are many gorgeous Mexican-infused homewares available to help you subtly achieve this popular trend in home decoration.
One of the most distinctive aspects of Mexican style is the use of bright colour: Bright blues, reds and yellows alongside ochre and terracotta define the Mexican palette. This rich colour scheme can be seen splashed on walls, often with a textural medium to give the impression of mud, sand and other earthy materials. If you are a little afraid of saturating your whole house with these colours, try one stunning, but less confronting, feature wall.
Wear it Well
Well-worn wooden furniture is essential to Mexican design. It’s the character and chinks and inconsistencies in the rustic pieces that enhance the earthen walls and other natural materials that make up a classic Mexican home. If you prefer finer pieces, colonial-style furniture that is a little rough around the edges is a perfectly suitable substitute.
Folk Art Joy
Handcrafted homewares are a common feature in Mexican interiors. Carved wooden boxes, pottery and handwoven rugs offer that personal and authentic touch that creates a comfortable and down-to-earth atmosphere. Furniture and other ornaments can be hand-painted, too, with lovely flowers and figures in quite naïve patterns – their bold and simple designs are delightful and perfect for a light and happy home.
Pattern, Pattern, Pattern
Pattern can be seen everywhere in Mexican design. Think of bright tiles painted with simple flowers, and rugs and other soft furnishings woven in a linear or geometric pattern. And, of course, when it comes to colour, the bolder the better. If you are looking for a subtler influence, a few scatter cushions or a bright rug will still help you achieve the look and feel of a Mexican abode.
Get the look…
• Colour is so important in Mexican design. Bright reds, yellows and blues alongside more earthy tones of terracotta and ochre will help you get the look. Try just one wall in one of these stunning hues.
• Rustic furniture is not only low maintenance, it is a mainstay of Mexican style. Don’t worry about the chinks and nicks in your wooden table – let the character of the wood talk!
• Magical folk art is a feature in Mexican homes – brightly painted furniture, wooden wall art and other naïve pieces will help give you an authentic Mexican feel.
• Patterns in soft furnishings and even in tiles is essential. You don’t have to go all out – some scatter cushions or a rug will do the trick.
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