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Turn Your Home into a Hacienda

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Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

The Entryway

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.

Photo by Victoria Pearson

Photo by Victoria Pearson

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).

Photo by BUILT Images/Alamy

Photo by BUILT Images/Alamy

The Kitchen

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.

 

Photo by Victoria Pearson

Photo by Victoria Pearson

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.

 

Photo by BUILT Images/Alamy

Photo by BUILT Images/Alamy

The Bedroom

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.

 

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

The Bathroom

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.

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTO

The Backyard

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.

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