The interior design is often inspired by travels to distant regions of the world. Fascinated by the style of home decoration in exotic countries, we want to bring these arrangements under our roofs.
Thanks to this approach, the flats gain an individual character, reflecting the personality of the household members and their passions.
There is a method in this madness
If we are tempted to decorate our interiors in Mexican style, let us remember some rules. Let us not try to transfer all solutions in a literal sense.
The more the principle, the better, the richness of colours and contrasts, so characteristic for Mexican homes, in Polish interior culture may come as a bit of a shock. Colours that look fabulous under the hot sky of Mexico, in our latitude, due to different light, will seem artificial. So how can you safely bring elements of Mexican style into your home? The most important thing is to design all rooms according to a consistent concept with colour consistency.
In the hall above the chest of drawers, a mirror in a ceramic decorative frame will look great.
On the floor an interesting solution will be to lay a terracotta pavement made of Guadalajara octagonal terracotta decorated with colourful cubes. This strong accent should be applied only in the central part of the floor surface and the rest should be covered with terracotta in a light neutral colour. The same flooring idea should also be repeated in the kitchen and bathroom, which will make these interiors stylistically coherent.
The heart of the house
In the kitchen, we can afford to do more design madness. For example, Gael patchwork tiles located in places we want to visually expose will look beautiful here. Most often it is a strip above the worktop and over the hob, as well as around the sink. If you have an island in your kitchen, you can lay the same tiles on its front wall facing the dining room and living room. It is worth giving up a few hanging cabinets to place wooden shelves in their place, where you can display beautiful cups, jars with food products, etc., and hang hand-painted plates above them. The decoration of the kitchen will be complemented by a solid two-chamber Adelmo copper sink and an appropriately selected mixer tap. In the dining area there must be a solid wooden table surrounded by chairs, preferably with forged backrests, padded cushions in colours referring to those used on tiles. And above the table there is a copper lamp hanging over the table, throwing beautiful reflections of light.
Family and holiday zone
In the living room let’s put a solid walnut chest of drawers with stylish brass fittings and on it beautiful lamps and plants, e.g. cacti in terracotta or hand-painted Talavera pots. A place to rest will be provided by sofas, which in this part of the interior should be an intense colourful spot. Let’s choose one of the colours that will be scrolling through the kitchen tiles: brick, orange, apricot, blue and order appropriate upholstery. Living room should not run out of armchairs. Openwork armchairs are best made of braided lines. All seating furniture should be covered with a multitude of colourful cushions, preferably in Aztec geometrical patterns. The walls of the living room will be beautifully decorated with original graphics showing the Mayan calendar.
The bathroom is the part of the house where we can give vent to our decorative fantasy. If we have a large bathing room, it is worth betting on an original Gloria copper bath. Located at a certain distance from the wall and armed with a beautiful free-standing Amadara mixer will be a real star of the bathroom. Its extraordinary beauty may be emphasized by two Kinga countertop washbasins set on a solid cabinet finished with brass fittings. These hand-shaped and finished with a lace rim, ceramic troughs will be a tasteful complement to the bathing salon. Green plants planted in hand-painted pots and fluffy towels will provide a colour spot in this interior. Another idea for a bathroom, especially one with a smaller area, is to use the same Gael patchwork tiles as in the kitchen. We can lay a decorative strip of them at a height of about 2 metres in the wet zone above the bath or shower. On the other wall on the cabinets let’s put two hand-painted Ynes washbasins, which are consistent in colour with the previously chosen tiles. Place mirrors symmetrically above the washbasins, the frames of which will be Gael patchworks glued to the wall. Both styles are complemented by a floor lined with the aforementioned terracotta carpet.
Mexican accents must not be missing in the private area of the house. Both the master bedroom and the children’s room should not deviate from the style.
The most important element is a large, solid bed, preferably with a forged brass headrest, covered with a bedspread in an intensive colour, just like the upholstery of a living room or contrasting sofa. Thickly woven striped bedspreads are very characteristic for Mexican interiors. When choosing such a solution let’s take care of the colour scheme chosen beforehand. The bed should also be thrown with appropriately selected cushions. As a decorative element of the bedroom the original sombrero hanging on the wall will be a perfect solution. Cabinets and chests of drawers should be decorated with porcelain hand-painted knobs.
In the children’s room a Mexican motif can be a wallpaper in cacti on one of the walls and a hanging shelf with thumbnails of these plants in colourful pots on the other. A colourful patchwork mug can be placed on the student’s desk to store crayons and pencils.
In our climate, we can feel almost like in Mexico for several months of the year. When arranging balconies and terraces, let’s go crazy with colours. First of all, a fabulously colourful floor made of hand-painted cement tiles will look good here. Bet on those in shades of green and orange. The tables can be painted in brick or green. On wicker or rattan furniture let’s put patterned blankets and pillows. The terrace should sink in the greenery planted in grand terracotta pots. This arrangement may be complemented by figures of ceramic Mexican frogs climbing the walls of our green asylum. And one more element without which it is difficult to imagine a perfect siesta. The hammock, as we are talking about it, is an obligatory point of relaxation zone in every Mexican house. So let us also find a place for it on our terrace.