Design Your Home in a Spanish Style
Any building is built after analyzing the climatic conditions of a place. For example: If a region is hot, thick walls are built to prevent the building from heating up. Spain is the most climatically diverse country in Europe and is within the ten most climatically diverse countries in the world. Therefore the buildings, homes, etc are built according to its climatic conditions.
Characteristics of a Spanish Home:
- Thick stucco-clad walls – In a heated area, thick walls are desirable. During the cool evenings, thick walls absorb the heat of the day and gently radiate it back into the building.
2. Limited ornamentation – Arches on entranceways, main windows, and inner passages were frequently used as ornamentation on these basic Spanish homes. Intricate stone or tile work, detailed chimney tops, and square towers may be found in more sophisticated Spanish homes.
3. Inner courtyard – Traditionally, the courtyard allowed families to take their cooking’s heat and steam outside. These patios, porches, and courtyards are now used as informal gathering places for family, friends, and extended family.
4. Wooden support beams – In classic Spanish Colonials, wooden roof sticks out over the external walls.
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6. Small open windows – Smaller windows, which were originally sealed by wrought iron grates rather than glass panes, are strategically placed on the house to absorb breezes while avoiding direct sunlight. When wooden shutters are present, they are usually set on the inside of the house.
7. Red-tiled roof – Red-tiled roofs have still not gone off style. The classic red tiled roof is one of the characteristics of a Spanish style home.
Like other European buildings, Spanish architecture is strongly influenced by the arts as well as the country’s rich history and past. Its monuments and buildings are unique and some are even designated as historical monuments that are internationally recognized.
The most of today’s Spanish homes are a mix of designs. A Mission style bell tower or a Monterey style second floor balcony may be seen among the traditional stucco walls and red tiled roofs. It’s easy to group it under the Spanish style label since that’s what it’s become because its features are always evolving. With so many different types of Spanish homes to choose from, the options are endless, making it a fantastic opportunity for home builders.
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Below are some ideas you can implement to design your home in a Spanish-style:
The most common feature you will find in a Spanish-style home is stucco white wall. People paint the wall with white color as it reflects back the sun raises and keeps the home cool.
The front yard of a Spanish home is usually covered with flower bed and there is a pathway which directs the guests to the main entrance. The pathway can be made using rock or stone as they will go with the flower bed too in case you decide to start up your gardening game. The motive is to use natural materials in the front yard.
In Spanish-style homes, the porch is usually a covered area. The area is connected to the outdoors by wide archways, and this serves as a transitional place. The is quite similar to the social spaces within the house, the porch is just an outside living area. In case you go for a porch, design it like your living area where you and your family can sit, chat, and enjoy.
Arches are one of the most common features in a Spanish-style home, and they can add a touch of history to your home. A bathroom or hall with an arch looks amazing and it is common in Spanish-style homes.
A Vintage Touch:
Spanish-style homes are influenced by arts and the rich history. To design your home in a Spanish style, you can use vintage items or artefacts. One suggestion is to design you hall area with a vintage chandelier or you can also use a vintage knob or a vintage wooden door for the entrance of your house.
The indoor spaces are patterned and made of materials like stone or wood. They’re supposed to bring a sense of warmth to the rooms while also adding character. You might have seen Spanish-style homes in movies or series, interior in those homes is mostly made of wood. Spanish-style homes give the oldie feels, comfort and the exterior of the home looks so welcoming.
The Exterior Wall:
In most Spanish-style homes, the exterior walls are white in color and the flower bed and the stone pathway look more natural and historic because of it.
Most Spanish-style bathroom either has earthy colored tiles or shades of blue. In most Spanish-style homes, the tiles only cover the bottom half of the walls. The surfaces are separated by a clear line.
The floor is made up of terra-cotta tiles and hand-painted Mexican tiles that give it a distinct look. The floor, together with the kitchen backsplash and exposed beams, all of which are typical of the Spanish style, creates a visual center of interest for the home. One suggestion would be to use terra-cotta tiles in your bathroom and kitchen area.
Decorative mosaics and tiled floors can also be seen in the outdoor areas. These decorative patterns are a signature of the design and may be found in the majority of Mediterranean homes.
The design of the stairs is an intriguing detail to explore. In a Spanish-style home the staircase is made a focal point of the entrance hall with decorative tiles. They come in a variety of patterns and colors.
Iron gate is mostly used to accentuate a Spanish-style home, this should the main gate of your home. You can go for a small size iron gate or big heavy one, it depends upon how you want your home to look.
Much of the lighting in a Spanish home is made of wrought iron, as you may have seen. Something heavy and dark will contrast with the light stucco and stand out against the dark woods.
Because it is hot there, using heavy curtains to keep the home space cool will be a good idea.
Shades of blue is not the only color that is Spanishy (I just made up a word) but bright colors like red and orange are also used when designing a home in a Spanish style.
Wood and Lots of Wood:
Wooden pieces are a must for a Spanish-style home, you can use heavy wooden pieces to decorate your rooms, bathrooms, and living area.
The approximate cost that you may incur if you plan to implement any of ideas mentioned above:
Stucco Walls: Stucco replacement costs $7.50 per square foot. Most homeowners spend between $7 to $9 per square foot. Replacing old stucco with new will cost your around $4.50.
Vintage Chandelier: An iron vintage chandelier can cost your between $50 to $82.
Heavy Curtains: Curtains can cost your around $92.
Wooden Wardrobes: The cost depends upon the quality and brand you are choosing, (may cost you around $129)
Red Tile Roofing: It can cost you around $25000 to $50000 depending upon the size of the roof.