Mexico is a country with a large and diverse culture. A common theme, however, is the use of vibrant paint colours. Furniture pieces are hand-crafted with details that include carvings, engravings, and heavy duty black hardware. You can paint your own furniture to replicate the look of authentic Mexican furniture with a traditional and creative palette.
Use a palette filled with bright colours. Mexican ceramics, baskets and flooring all feature vivid hues. These can spark your inspiration. Choose indigo-coloured paint, terracotta, mustard yellow and penetrating orange tones. Pink is also used in Mexican design. All of these colours provide a rustic Mexican look. For a more modern, contemporary Mexican look, choose colours such as cobalt and white, or clear yellows and greens. The colours should be matt, not glossy or shiny, for a true Mexican look. Avoid the use of pastels or watered-down colours.
Many Mexican paint treatments feature the use of faux finishes. Treat a chair with a verdigris finish by painting a bronze or copper colour, then covering with a deep blue green. Sand off the edges of the green paint to reveal the bronze or copper underneath. Use a crackle glaze over painted pieces to give them a worn and aged look. Paint a whitewash finish over darker wood pieces to create an antique effect. Again, sand away some of the whitewash finish to reveal the stain or paint underneath.
A lot of Mexican furniture features design elements with motifs. These can range from hand-painted borders to stencilling. Look for stencil designs such as cacti, chilli peppers, snakes or geckos. Create a southern Mexican "alebrije" border with abstract dots, spirals, squiggly lines and geometric shapes. Use small paintbrushes and toothpicks for smaller dots and curly designs. Purple and red flowers are also popular themes in Mexico. Calla lilies are classic designs that can be painted freehand on furniture for an elegant look.
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