Spanish Style Interior Design – Everything You Need to Know

by Team MD


Have you received the recommendation of considering Spanish style interior design for your home but you don’t know exactly what that is? Well, not to worry because we’re here with a comprehensive guide that will give you everything you need in order to make an educated guess and see if this style is a fit for you. 

Bursting with color, old-school rustic charm, and a wonderful combination of old and new styles due to the country’s rich and diverse history, Spanish interior design has always been a source of endless inspiration for architects as well as homeowners who dabble in the art of constantly remodeling their home.

This is a style that brings you a little bit of everything from beautiful and bright mosaics all the way to high-contrast colors then scaling back to earthy tones and the darkness of wood. While it may sound complicated, achieving this wonderful aesthetic for your home is just a few tweaks and a bold color palette away so keep reading and follow the instructions.


But First, Some History

As we know, Spain has a long and rich history so it’s no wonder that it has managed to leave its cultural print on everything, even interior home styles. The current popular design has gained massive popularity at the turn of the 20th century after World War II and managed to become the rage within home builder communities in California, Florida, and Texas.

Furthermore, the Spanish style continues to command the attention of buyers and will often raise the price of a property when present. If you want to get your home out in the resale market, this way of combining colors and nuances will, therefore, make for both a smart and sophisticated design.


Walls & Ceilings

When it comes to walls, those that are inspired by the thoughts of the Iberian Peninsula will generally be finished with a smooth-touch stucco texture or an innovative painting technique where brush strokes, shades of the same color, and sponge patterns will be used to add dimension to everything.

Furthermore, when it comes to traditional Spanish-style interiors, you’ll often see wood everywhere, especially on ceilings that are accented with wood beams and stylish tin tiles, as you’ll see later, or even made entirely of wood. Just like we’ll say later in the article, wood is often a native component in most Mediterranean styles.


Opt for an Eclectic Mix

“Eclectic” is the word used when we don’t belong to a certain category or style and we instead choose to indulge in most of anything, be that music, art, fashion, etc. When it comes to Spanish interiors, their key element is the fabulous combination of different tones, textures, and nuances while somehow keeping everything in amazing order.

Whether it’s something as bold as surrounding rustic-style furniture with modern ornaments or taking a fancy woolen throw and adding it into the middle of a contemporary but classy living space, mixing things up will be your bread and butter if you want to bring out your inner Iberian (don’t worry if you skipped History class, this is a cool reference, trust us). 

All in all, combining fabrics, colors, and even genres is the key to achieving an authentic Spanish interior design style so you would do well to keep this in mind and let your imagination fly. Regardless of your actual purpose, if you want to live in it or maybe even rent it for some extra income, bringing a different style will always set your home apart.


Consider the Color Scheme

If you’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit Spain, the one thing you’re bound to notice is that colors are everywhere. From the bustling Las Ramblas of Barcelona to the sleepy rural villages that abound in the countryside to the coastal villas that make you dream of your next vacation, it’s hard to ignore the locals’ love of colorful interior design since it’s literally everywhere.

Iberian homes are always drenched in warm glows that range from yellow to orange and red so this change may be a welcomed innovation to the still trendy all-white and minimalist interiors you may be used to. If warm colors are not your style, you can pair bright blue with pure white and conjure up visions of the Mediterranean sea every time you wake up in the morning.

Nothing beats opening your eyes to a chromatic palette that makes you dream of the seaside, boats, and travels. Whether you want to go all-out and design brightly-colored walls or focal points, or you opt for mere touches of colored accents such as sofa cushions, drapes, or a few pieces of artwork, Spanish-style interior design will always offer plenty of colors.


Go Traditional with Tiles

This wide array of nuances also means that you can go wild when it comes to the other materials you use when designing a house’s interior. From pretty and encaustic tiles to sparkling mosaics, this is the true and time-tested way of adding a Spanish flair to your home. Embellishing areas with tiles is great when you live in a hot and dry climate as well.

Since Spain has a lot of it, tiles are amazing not only because they’re easy to clean and help keep the temperatures inside the house down but also because they bring an enchanting feel and make you think you’re inside something more than a simple house. As we all know, adding that little something-something is always going to make a difference in your home.

While most people usually associate tiles with kitchens and bathrooms, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be located in other areas of your home, just like they do in Spain. After all, who makes the rules? You do! Just fire up your favorite search engine and take a look. From Lanzarote villas with patterned-tiled bedroom floors to opulent living rooms, it’s all a blur.

If the colors still come in certain packs like red, orange, yellow, or blue and white, the possibilities to get creative with tiles are really endless. All you need is an active imagination and an unwillingness to play by the patented occidental stylebook and aim for more.


Dark Wood Is Lovable Wood

Another strong feature of this style is the liberal use of dark wood which will typically be walnut. This is a whole world just waiting to be explored, from striking timber ceiling beams and strong doors to dark wooden dresser and even more mundane things like tables and kitchen cabinets. 

The thing about dark wood is that the more you add, the better your environment will look in combination with the bright colors that we talked about earlier. Adding dark accents will be an effective way to emulate the Spanish style and will never be something that’s missing from the playbook of any aficionado.

Carpets can also become a thing of the past as you will start favoring walnut hardwood or even laminate flooring and adding heavy wooden mantelpieces or chunky pieces of furniture that will really add together to bring out that rustic look. If you also want to be subtle, you can opt to accessorize deep-colored wooden picture frames and ornaments as another way to go.

This subtle style will bring out the Iberian Peninsula feeling while still letting you know you’re living in the 21st century so it’s really something to write home about. The rich and deep tones of dark wood coupled with the dignity of an orange or bright blue will make your home a fitting tribute and mark you as a true connoisseur of the Spanish-style interior design.


Pottery Wins the Lottery

Now, this is one of those elements that will really challenge your courage and ability to innovate. Ceramic pottery is something that’s often used throughout Spanish homes as either a decorative piece or actual practical cookware. As a result, adorning your home with something like this is a great way to try and fit in the same style.

Replicating it can mean anything and everything from glazed ceramic salad bowls and dinnerware going all the way up to stylish terracotta plant pots and vases. When it comes to brightening up your home in the Spanish way, flourishes of earthenware can be irreplaceable and will make you feel as if you’ve just traveled back in time (and over the Atlantic). 

Whether you save up your money and bring some true Iberian pottery the next time you visit the amazing peninsula or go for the easier option of shopping for some replicas, the one thing you should always do is showcase them with pride as they are a badge of tradition and represent the endurance of a style that has lasted for hundreds if not thousands of years. 



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