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Design Style Series: Spanish Interiors

Designed by OZ Architects

It’s time to start a new blog series - we’re talking design styles over this summer! We keep an ever growing inventory of project inspiration as new projects come in, and we know how helpful these boards are to our clients when we’re discussing design direction. So we thought, hey, let’s share our favorites here on the blog as a reference for you as you’re deciphering what style appeals to you and your lifestyle.

First up is a popular style, especially here in California - Spanish interiors. The Mediterranean and Spanish influence in California has deep roots, seen most prominently in the mission churches spread throughout the state. Terracotta tiling is most popular both for roofing and for interior flooring, and bright, colorful textiles and ceramics define a Spanish interior. We tend to take a modern Spanish approach, utilizing more muted tones of those bright colors we typically see, and simplified wrought ironwork in lighting and stair railings.

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Textured plaster walls are a staple of Spanish interiors. Even if the interior isn't plastered, consistent wall color throughout is also very popular. Exposed ceiling beams in darker wood contrasting with the walls, as seen above, are a common feature as well. Dark hardwood flooring or textured tile that ages well are also common choices in Spanish homes.

Designed by Katie Hodges

Photographed by Amy Bartlam


The images above and below highlight the different ways you can incorporate ceiling detail into different spaces. Grand scale with wooden beams, especially in large hallways near courtyards with natural light like the photo below, are a great place to try this if an entire great room feels overwhelming (but it does look fantastic, in our opinion!).

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Wrought iron railings for staircases and lighting are mainstays in Spanish homes. Modern Spanish homes can have black window casings as well to tie in the wrought iron accents throughout the home.

Patterned tile dates back to before the year 711 as a staple of the Spanish economy. Artisans made these tiles mainly for churches and palaces, and they later became popular in Spanish homes and outdoor areas. You can find neutral takes on these tiles, as well bright and colorful options that are most recognizable. Tilework can be found on staircases, in bathrooms, and in patios to add some visual interest.

Large ceramic planters, bowls, and vases, mainly made in terracotta, are also popular to line pathways outside, or to decorate within the house.

Designed by Amber Interiors

Photographed by Tessa Neustadt

Designed by Amber Interiors

Photographed by Tessa Neustadt


Arches, and really curves in general, are more common in Spanish architecture. Flying buttresses and archways made popular in Gothic architecture heavily influenced the archway as a key element of design for this style of home. The softer lines of arched entries and windows, paired with finishes that don't look too perfect, helps with the idea that Spanish interiors can be cozy and charming luxury.

Designed by Amber Interiors

Photographed by Tessa Neustadt

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Are you a fan of the Spanish style home? Know of any on the market? We're still looking for a new house, and I wouldn't be opposed to a Spanish home at all! Let us know in the comments!



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