A Mexican theme can add warmth and vibrancy to any home. With the use of traditional colours such as reds, blues and yellows, you can easily transform a modern minimalist home into a hacienda dwelling. Rustic accents and easy-to-find accessories mean a Mexican theme can be achieved for nearly any price.
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Things you need
- Stucco texture paint
- Rustic shutters
- Terra cotta floor tiles
- Mexican tiles
- Red and yellow bed linens
- Mexican decorative pillows
- Mexican artwork
- Wrought-iron kitchen accessories
- Red and yellow kitchen towels
- Cactus plants
- Chilli peppers
Decorate the walls. Both colour changes and textural applications help begin your Mexican transformation. A stucco or plaster wall texture adds a rustic quality that can be topped off with a terra cotta, red-tone or blue-tone paint. Pick out stucco wall texturizer, tools, brushes and flat paint colour.
Cover your windows with rustic shutters. Locate vintage shutters at flea markets or resale shops, and paint. Typical Mexican decor uses bright colours, so depending on what room you are redoing, select a colour you can coordinate with. In a terra-cotta kitchen, paint your shutters a deep blue and add blue kitchen accessories. Distress with sandpaper for an authentic look.
Change your flooring. Larger width wood floors add rustic Mexican charm, or Mexican tiles will make a Mexican themed bathroom or kitchen come alive. Mexican floor tiles are usually in terra-cotta shades and add warmth. For floors or walls, select from a wide variety of Mexican-inspired patterns, usually with a floral motif in blues, yellows and reds.
Change bedding and linens. An easy way to add Old Mexico flair to a bedroom is to change the bedding. Look for a Mexican floral motif pattern or a mix of terra cotta and yellow bedding. Plain bedding can be dressed up by adding ornate pillows from your nearby import store.
Use traditional Mexican artwork to further your Mexican theme. Frame photos of your favourite places in Mexico, or hang Mexican pottery or folk art on your walls. Consider Day of the Dead artwork, a traditional Madonna image or vintage black-and-white images of Mexico.
Decorate a kitchen with wrought-iron items, rustic wood accessories and bright colours. Terra cotta or yellow walls look great with Mexican tile accents, and a heavy, distressed, butcher block table brings it all together. Accessorise with yellow and blue towels and cactus plants on the counter. Finish with a garland of chilli peppers.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't want to re-tile a whole room, hang colourful Mexican tiles on the wall as an accent.
- To make your floor Mexican themed without changing the tile, put down a Mexican designed area rug.
- Don't overdo it with Mexican accessories. You want your space to have Mexican charm without looking like a Mexican gift shop, so keep it simple.
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