Latino: Outdoor Nature Indoors
If you were obsessed with Latino culture, traditions, customs and home, then the house and the indoors you would prefer would be in Mexican style. Nature inspired colors from the blooming Southwestern desert that are rich not only in color, but rich in culture is an accurate definition of a Southwest interior design. It speaks fondly of its Southern roots, as it is a prominent decorating style in New Mexico, Arizona and other Southwestern states. Nevertheless, you do not have to border Mexico to be taken with the Southwestern flair that graces so many homes all over the country.
Bringing Nature Indoors
If you have ever been to the southern deserts when the cacti are in bloom and witnessed nature splashed in teals, reds, and sunlight yellows, then you have experienced a Southwest style. The style which when combined with the culture of Mexico and their terracotta pottery, gorgeous sunsets and tranquil warm nights creates an interior decor that is easily brought into your own home no matter what your geographical location might be.
Achieving a Southwest Interior
Mexican Style Furniture
Kept simple, minimalistic, and preferably made from natural elements and textiles like cottons and linens. Rough-hewn wood and soft leather make a good combination in this style of design. Choose wrought iron accents on the furniture, as well as other hardware throughout the home.
Most of the inspiration in your design will come from color, earthy tones in terracotta, browns, tans and creams provide a nice backdrop for sparks of reds, yellows, and greens to blossom. Azure is a powerful color that Native American Indians believed warded off evil spirits, which quickly became the color of choice for exterior doors and windows.
Bring the flair for the culture into your new design style with some simple accessories; pottery, hand woven textiles such as place mats, carpet runners, pillows and throws. Use wrought iron for a photo frames, lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware. Lamps are best with bases in natural woods and shades that match the background color of your interior. Bring the outdoors in with live plants suited to the desert.
Go with hardwood as opposed to carpet. Another popular flooring option is to use clay or terracotta tiles in rich natural colors. Choose a hand woven area rug with vibrant colors from the Southwestern palate. Again, remember textures play a huge role in the overall style for this type of decorating.
Mexican Styled Bedroom