Top 6 Spanish Townhouse Designs You Can Implement
There are few home designs more warm and inviting than Spanish-inspired designs. Usually described as Spanish Colonial or Spanish Revival or Spanish Eclectic, and sometimes as Hispanic or Mediterranean, Spanish houses draw their ideas from Spain, the Mediterranean and South America.
Spanish style houses vary widely, but there are a few common elements that set them apart from American home styles. Many of these homes feature utilitarian features like stucco siding, terracotta roofs, and wrought iron railings.
Here are six home design ideas to add a touch of Spanish urban style to your home.
Arrange the Talavera tiles
Talavera tiles have been a staple of Spanish and Colonial Mexican architecture for centuries. These richly decorated, hand painted tiles are perfect for adding a Spanish touch to your home. Try these rustic colored tiles as stair risers or floor accents. The result is one of a kind.
Add a stucco fireplace
Spanish homes wouldn’t be the same without a stucco fireplace at the heart of a family room. An attractive layer of stucco exudes depth and warmth around a fireplace while leaving the rest of the room neutral and rustic. Its understated elegance is another sight to behold.
Embrace a monolithic dome
You never tire of a monolithic dome with exposed beams. Around AD 100, Roman builders in Spain rotated an arch in a circle to create a strong three-dimensional shape reminiscent of Romanesque architecture. Small openings were cut through thick walls so that light could enter the room from outside.
In Spain, the most used material was stone. However, you can use anything from fired brick to slate or cut stone. Use paint and plaster as a finish.
Finally, to achieve a classic Spanish-influenced home, decorate the dome with a sequence of concentric arches, geometric moldings or decorative plants.
Choose the appropriate colors (Los Colores)
Most Spanish-style homes are most easily identified by their traditional blanco (Spanish for white) exterior color scheme. A white backdrop exudes luxury and makes a home look bigger, bolder and more attractive. It also draws attention to other elements of the home, such as wooden doors and arched entryways.
The interior design we see in most Spanish inspired living spaces is based on a maritime color palette reflecting the Mediterranean. Rich tones like blue (azul), dark yellow (amarillo intenso) and green (verde) can complement the natural elements of these homes, such as ceramic, rock or stone land doors.
Meanwhile, the terraplast shades of red (rojo), brown (marron) and orange (narranja) also exude warmth, comfort and a homey vibe that puts everyone at ease.
Install a well-organized library
Whether you are a book lover or not, chances are you need a shelf to store or display a few paper friends lying around your house. No Spanish-style home is complete without a well-organized bookshelf where reading and relaxing could happen uninterrupted.
Traditional Spanish Revival interiors incorporate rustic built-in bookshelves that create great places to store all your favorite reads, hardcovers and anthologies.
Plus, they provide the perfect platform for displaying something more dramatic like art, pottery, and other whimsical decorative pieces. Focus on displaying meaningful objects to enhance the style of your room.
Complete with Spanish-influenced embellishments
For Spanish Revival homes, it’s the little things that count. Simple embellishments can go a long way in evoking a timeless Mediterranean warm air vibe. Depending on who you are, you might want to add various Spanish-influenced details such as:
- Line stairs and balcony railings with wrought iron pieces or carved parapets. From a design point of view, it creates warmth and comfort when visitors stop by.
- Add a secondary floor porch to the front of the house. You can also add yards to your home if you have the square footage. This allows you to get the most out of outdoor space.
- Trim small windows and doorways with decorative moldings as part of the design
- Leave large expanses of the exterior walls unadorned.
- Add a fireplace reminiscent of a mission steeple to give off a well-traveled eclectic vibe.
- Complete the design with smooth arcade entrances, cylindrical turrets and arcades lining the inner courtyard.
- Furnish it all with Spanish-influenced accessories like candle holders, exposed guitars, and a brightly colored woven rug.
Sprucing up an open living space can seem like a chore. But the good news is that there are no hard and fast rules. With Spanish-inspired homes, the most important aspect is the feeling of warmth and comfort that the structure evokes.
Ultimately, it’s you, the owner, who decides what “warmth” and “comfort” mean to you.
It’s impossible to look at a Spanish style home and call it dull or boring. These houses induce style, sophistication and subtlety, which are the colorful and bright characteristics of a warm, luxurious and comfortable home.
These DIY home design tips and ideas will help you give your home that Spanish look without expensive renovations.