The beauty of Spanish Colonial style lies in its simplicity. Weighty wood pieces with rough-hewn finishes are both eye-catching and statement-making, requiring little embellishment. A mix of dark and light stains is especially enticing.
Tip: A Navajo-inspired rug brings color and pop to a room with a wealth of wood.
Touches of Texture
The right mix of textured elements can bring interest to any nook. If your style sways classic or your minimal decor needs a lift, weathered wood and wicker furniture is a natural fit. Top distressed surfaces with glazed ceramic accents that channel the sunbaked pottery of Mexico.
Tip: Stick to a neutral palette so that the interplay of textures really shines.
A structured ottoman pairs perfectly with the traditional floral sofa, but in buttery brown leather, it lends a bit of ranch style. Rounding out the rustic influences are an iron-base lamp and a sisal rug that tempers the graphic lines of the striped rug layered on top.
Tip: Worn finishes add antique appeal and prevent classic furniture from feeling stuffy.
Give an all-white space, such as a bathroom, a dose of contrast and warmth with dark wood accents and a colorful patterned rug. Useful pieces, like this trunk, provide storage for towels and other essentials while creating an Old World feel that relaxes what could be a stark room.
Tip: The darker the wood and the richer the patina, the more dramatic the effect.