Don’t let your foyer become a no-man’s-land of discarded coats and boots, and little else. Instead, let a few choice items—a piece of ranch-recalling art, a wood or metal table for keys and flowers, a Spanish-style light fixture, and a rustic bench for slipping shoes on and off—announce the vibe of your abode to visitors as soon as they step inside.
The Living Room
South-of-the-border styling doesn’t have to be all dark terrain tones and rugged materials; it can be light and airy. Turn on the brights by painting a wood-beam ceiling opaque white, or go the whitewashing route if you’d prefer the wood grain to peek through. Add a shot of fun and whimsy with an array of patterned pillows (or as we like to call them, instant mini makeovers).
Even if the rest of your house subscribes to a certain theme or trend, this is the spot to err on the side of traditional. It might be a cinch to repaint a bedroom when the mood strikes, but it’s not so simple (or cheap) to rehaul a kitchen. Stick to timeless elements like corniced cabinets and the ever-useful island, and bring in a hint of hacienda with subtly earthy tones, a bell-shape hood, and butcher-block countertops (another option: copper). Iron details and ceramics galore drive the point home.
The Dining Room
Step one: A big ol’ wood farm table, the more banged-up the better. Step two: Rugs or serapes, rich in color and pattern, layered around for a homey, lived-in look. Hint: If you don’t put them right under the table, they’re not as likely to be doused by a wayward glass of red wine. Step three: A hefty lantern or chandelier in iron or bronze. Step four: Friends, family, and a pitcher or three of margaritas.
To achieve a Spanish country-house feel in your boudoir, introduce rough-hewn wood to pattern-happy textiles. A rustic bed (create a faux headboard by propping a room divider against the wall) and side tables are enlivened by fiesta-toned bed linens and a floor rug. Embroidered florals, geometric Native American prints, and even patterns from northern Africa are right at home in this world.
If you’re in the market for a low-impact way to add some giddy up to a white-on-white baño (or you rent and can’t make perma-changes), lay down a cozy-on-the-toes rug and work in a few warm wood pieces. Bonus points if they can moonlight as storage space because we’ve never met a bathroom with enough of that.
If you could look up “hacienda style” in the dictionary, we’re pretty sure there would be a whole section dedicated to tile. So often it’s used on the bathroom floor or as a kitchen backsplash, but why not incorporate it outside? Tile sporting a rustic, hand-painted look pairs perfectly with well-worn wood tables and benches topped by a few kicky pillows.