Blame it on being from Florida, but it seems to me that everyone building a new home in the Bay Area is looking for some form of Mediterranean influence, whether it’s Tuscan or Spanish Colonial. Typically, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of traditional-style home interiors, but I can see the beauty in a fabulously executed design and many of these have actually been Spanish Colonial houses. Whether we’re considering a brand new construction home or going in to revamp an existing historic house, Spanish Colonial architecture has a charm that’s almost impossible not to notice!
In my opinion, the tricky part of doing Mediterranean is not going too overboard with the ornate scrolling details or keeping things too dark. A great way to do this is by giving a Spanish Colonial home a fresh makeover. Updated mosaic tile backsplashes and ornate flooring is a great alternative to plain terra cotta floor tiles in common areas like a staircase or kitchen. Also, taking advantage of this architectural style’s affinity for natural lighting and large, open windows creates a great opportunity for fresh white sheer curtains to capture a colonial coastal vibe!
Exposed beams are a nice bonus to Spanish Colonial homes that I think I’ve always been able to appreciate. The ceiling is a nice way to add contrast to the rooms in your home, as well as the option for dramatic lighting. Iron chandeliers would be the obvious choice for this design style, but mixing metals can also be a fantastic idea for achieving an updated look.
All in all, working with a Mediterranean or Spanish Colonial home can be a great design challenge of sorts to utilize a creative approach in order to execute an updated, refreshing take on an age-old style! We can say, with confidence that the builders Plymouth that took care of this place initially did an upstanding, by the book job.
Could you see yourself loving a Spanish Colonial style home?
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