February is the month of love, so what better time to spruce up your home with some romantic Spanish flare? Recently, we’ve seen some great European influences and ideas in home decor, especially when renovating cottages and outdated Victorian-styled architecture. And, after all, who wouldn’t want to escape to a little Mediterranean oasis they can call their own? We’re talking loads of light, spacious architecture, rustic furniture and a warm colour palette to sooth the soul.
Elevated, Rounded Archways
One of the most effective ways to bring light, charm, romance and space into your home, is by adding open archways. These tend to work well when renovating homes in South Africa, thanks to the beautiful Victorian influence of high ceilings many older homes still embody today. Wooden-style, curved archways not only add some European flair, but work great with open-plan designs.
If you are considering an open-plan layout, this is a great option for you. They look great with open-plan kitchens and as entrances to the living-room. Need a little privacy? One can easily fit a set of rustic wooden doors to these archways, opening from the middle outwards. These saloon-like doors also work great as window shutters. Alternatively, add some lightweight, white curtains in areas which receive some breeze. When the air flows, so will your zen!
The Spanish design influence embodies a warm, rich colour palette. They are most often kept neutral, sticking with autumn colours. However, on the contrary, an important part of Spanish home decor are pops of colour. It’s not unusual to find colour blocking in many different design styles today, however, what sets this style apart are the ways in which they are used.
In most Spanish homes, you’ll find detailed patterns on small mosaic tiles, modestly lining the bottom or top of a room. In more punchy designs, it’s expected to find the entire floor or wall comprised of these! These are often floral, and are almost always flamboyant in colour. One can also play with contrasting tones of mustards and blues, a common visual theme throughout Spain.
Play With Clay
Adding clay decor to your home is also a great way to add to the rustic charm of your space. This could be in the form of clay-pots, flower-vases, fruit-bowls, plates and even the material used to build the structure of your indoor fireplace. In addition to clay, wooden coffee tables, counters, boxes for firewood or general storage will further embody your new Mediterranean masterpiece.
Chunky Exposed Roof Beams and Stone Walls
Another way to get bring rich tones and a rich Spanish country-style feel to your home, is to add exposed wooden roof beams. Automatically, they will levitate your gaze upwards, making the roof feel more spacious. They also add a wow factor, without actually taking up any space. Furthermore, a bonus when renovating with this home decor style, is that those stone walls you might want to be covering could actually work in your favour! Exposed stone or brick walls work effortlessly to bring the natural world, indoors.
Looking to further expand Mediterranean home decor throughout you home? Keep an eye on our blog for more home decor ideas for the bathroom, bedroom, living-room and kitchen!