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Danielle Littman |  July 14, 2015

Vamos A España! Spanish Interior Design

From the Mediterranean shores to the Pyrenees, Spain is a gorgeous country.  Throughout history, Spain has been concurred by multiple empires, causing the style and architecture to range incredibly.  The countryside of Spain features sturdy Ancient Roman aqueducts, luxurious Arabic mosques, colossal Gothic churches and so much more.  Artists, such as Dali, El Greco, Gaudi and Picasso, flourished in the Iberian nation, coating the country with unique architecture and style.  During the centuries long Arabic empire of Spain, the nation hosted multiple cultures and walks of life, encouraging a blend of backgrounds.  Over the course of history, the Iberian Peninsula had been concurred by multiple empires, including: Celtics, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginian, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Berber and finally Catholics.  Not only is Spanish style influence by Europe and northern Africa, it also contains many Latin America aspects, after its successful colonization and trade, thanks to the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus.  This rich and diverse history has shaped Spanish style into a unique blend of elements from multiple cultures.  Buildings around the nation still stand from these empires, leaving a standing influence of their reign.  Streets will feature distinct design aspects, such as Roman, Arabic and Gothic arches.  Today, Spanish style blends modern elements with traditional aspects, creating a warm, colorful atmosphere.

One important aspect of Spanish style is the clash of wood, iron and ceramics.  Wooden furniture is accented with iron light fixtures and frames.  The look finally adds color through ceramic tile, an element that is now considered iconic with Spanish style.  Ceramic tiles are often found lining the bottom half of walls, coating stair cases, or strategically placed within stone floor tiling to add color and flavor.  Tiles feature rounded, filigree inspired designs, flashing bright blues, yellows and greens.  Historically, Spanish style often brings outdoor aspects, which used to assist in maintaining the temperature of the house.  For example, unlike carpeting, stone terracotta tile can remain cool when out of the sun, allowing the house and the body to simmer down.  For this reason, fabrics are used carefully and strategically, to allow comfort without adding extra heat.  Furniture rarely uses cotton fabric and instead opts for thin linens.  Leather is featured throughout the home; however the heavy fabric is placed strategically to add luxury, not heat.  Linens are often bright and bold, featuring whites, blues, reds and golds.  While elements are used to physically bring down the temperature, the color scheme used throughout Spanish style harnesses the warmth of the Mediterranean, using colors such as orange, red, yellow and bright blue.

 

It’s important to maintain some traditional elements when designing your Spanish getaway.  Traditional, Gothic light fixtures are commonly used, structured with iron or steel.  Mantles and fireplaces are frequently seen in the style, either coated in ceramic tile or in a traditional, semi-exaggerated style.  Arches are an important factor in Spanish architecture and a fun way to add flavor to your home.  Explore the many styles of arches in Spain, such as a simple rounded Roman arch, a pointed Gothic arch or a dramatic Arabic arch.  Filigree is a common design aspect, originating in Arabic culture, which features rounded, vine like lines.  We see filigree throughout Spain and Spanish interior, as it adds unique level of beauty and elegance to a structure.  High ceilings were adored by multiple empires but none as much as the Gothic revolution.  One major difference in Gothic design is the intention of designing vertically rather than horizontally.  Traditionally, we design rooms to be viewed from side to side.  Gothic design situates elements and color to bring the eye upward, an aspect many utilize in their Spanish style.

 

 

Spanish style allows you to utilize your creativity and love of color.  Tap into your artistic side to find a way to make the room pop, such as creative tile placement or wall colors.  You’ll want to make sure to incorporate bold colors without overwhelming the room.  Your artistic side will be required for décor, finding a blend between natural and industrial elements, as well as pieces from multiple cultures.  Look for inspiration from the Mediterranean Sea, the cosmopolitan streets of Madrid, the rolling hills of South Spain or the gorgeous terrain of Barcelona.  The nation of Spain has retained and honored its incredible history while celebrating modern movements.  It’s love of art, culture, nature and industrialization has transformed the Iberian nation into a unique experience, letting you walk through the past and the present in style and décor.  ¡Arriba Designers!  Go out and capture the heart of Spain in your home!