Spanish Style Homes Offer Old World Charm In The Modern Era

Spanish style homes continue to impact the US residential landscape. Today, their presence is just as strong. With features like red tile roofs, terracotta roof tiles, and white exterior walls, the Spanish architectural style hasn’t diminished from the American landscape. 

According to Contractors.com, “Much like the Andalusian architecture that inspired it, Spanish architecture is designed for comfy, simple, yet stylish living in hotter climates, and is replete with various cultural influences.”

With the right mix of earthy tones and rustic elements, you can easily create a Spanish paradise in your own home, even if you live in a cold climate. 

Spanish Style Homes For 2022

Selected by our team of in-house home architecture experts, the following examples represent the latest in Spanish house design.

California Mission Design

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Roof tiles and arched windows add charm.

California Mission architecture features white exteriors with dark-tiled roofs. The windows feature different sizes, from small to large. A covered front porch provides added outdoor space. 

Door Accent

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A quirky front door is a fun way to make the entrance stand out

With Spanish style homes, you can turn your front door into a color accent. In this example, hot pink makes a stylish statement. 

Modern Spanish Style Home

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Sometimes a design stands out through the palette of materials which in this case involved stone

In this example, modern design is combined with Spanish style architecture. Spanish style houses offer greater flexibility to include elements from other styles. 

 Spanish Style Entryway

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The little things have a big impact on the overall decor, like the frame around this door or the under-stair tiles.

Outdoor Spanish Layout

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Most Spanish front porches are simple and bohemian, with lots of flowering plants and metal furniture.

 

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There are many decorative motifs that are reminiscent of Spanish design and these stairs showcase some of them.

 

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Arched windows and doors are often a defining characteristic of Spanish architecture.

 

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So can be rustic stone tiles or brick walkways combined with massive wooden doors.

 

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Spanish architecture and design are also defined by ornamental features.

Spanish Revival Homes

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The window shutters are an interesting detail here, adding color and style accents.

Spanish style homes have terra cotta roofs. But before you go burnt orange crazy, the rest of the home is a creamy white so you won’t be overwhelmed with color.

Once you have your two base colors, you can add interest in a few ways. Add wrought iron or potted cactus. Spanish style homes sometimes use gravel instead of lawns. 

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Spanish Style Living Room

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As far as the interior design goes, Spanish decors are often full of color and  dynamic.

Monochrome Living Room

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Exposed wooden beams give living rooms a particular cozy and inviting look, especially when mixed with arched windows.

Living Room Wall Decor

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A traditional fireplace is an element that makes the living room look and feel complete.

Modern Spanish Living Room

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The most prominent feature here is the fireplace wall which has this intentionally unfinished look.

Spanish Eclectic Living Room

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Wall decor is an important part of Spanish living rooms. Framed paintings, pictures and handmade ornaments are displayed here.

Spanish Living Room

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Although bare wooden flooring is warm and cozy, that’s rarely the case. The floors are almost always covered with rugs.

Comfortable Decor

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Great attention is given to the decorative features such as accent pillows or wall art.

Traditional Living Room

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Decorative plates are sometimes used as a form of wall art. Here they cover the upper portion of the fireplace wall.

Simple Living Room 

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Even the more modern living rooms are defined by similar interior design characteristics.

Chic Spanish Living Room

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Earthy colors are preferred. Brown is combined with yellow or blue and beige is used for the backdrop.

In Spanish decor, dark wood pieces take center stage among all furniture. Also, you’ll want to leave your fireplace brick. Yes, I know everyone is painting their fireplaces white, but in a Spanish styled home, the fireplace is going to be as natural as possible. Otherwise, let your patterns shine and you’ll have a Spanish living room hit.

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Spanish Kitchen Layout

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The kitchen and dining area form a single space and the dining table doubles as an island.

Spanish Galley Kitchen

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A small patterned rug will make a kitchen comfortable and connect it with the house’s decor.

Pendant Island Lighting

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The rustic-traditional design of Spanish kitchens fits well with industrial accents.

Exposed Beam Kitchen

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This range hood is popular in traditional kitchens. It has an imposing look and a strong impact on the decor.

Parquet Kitchen Design

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Parquet flooring is often preferred instead of tiles. It’s a way of making the kitchen feel more inviting.

Spanish Kitchen Open Floor Plan

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Kitchens and dining rooms are adjacent and form a single large room.

Spanish Revival Kitchen

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Wood is the number one material in Spanish kitchens with tile as a close second. 

New Mexico Kitchen

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There’s plenty of texture in this space. The ceiling is the most eye-catching feature.

Wooden Island

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Farmhouse kitchen sinks are appreciated for their size and the fact that they’re deeper than other types.

Built-In Kitchen Table Seating

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Although sometimes the dining room can be a separate space, open floor plans are more popular

You know that patterned tile you’ve been coveting? Well, your Spanish kitchen is just the place to indulge yourself and install it. You have a choice of wood or tiled floor and whatever you do, incorporate the exposed beams on the ceiling.

Now just use your best thrifting skills to find a rustic wood table with spindle legs that can act as your kitchen island. Suddenly, your kitchen space will be the place where you’ll want to spend all your time!

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Dining Room

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A classic Spanish dining room can be identified by a few elements such as an ornate chandelier and a wooden table with chairs.

Rustic Kitchen Table

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A rustic wooden table looks amazing when complemented by a set of chairs with worn finishes.

Open Spanish Kitchen Layout

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Even though a kitchen can include a small dining table, a separate room can also exist for this function.

Study Table Decor

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Casual dining spaces sometimes occupy transitional areas such as hallways.

Small Dining Area

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The chandelier is almost always a focal point in the dining room.

Elegant Spanish Dining Room

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An arched ceiling, window or door frame can easily make a dining room feel cozier.

Spanish Style Open Floor Plan

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When the dining space is part of a larger floor plan the ambiance is more casual and less formal.

Adobe Walls Kitchen

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There’s a very beautiful connection here between the vaulted ceiling and the vintage furniture.

Adobe walls define this Spanish kitchen layout. A wrought iron chandelier is the focal point of this kitchen space. 

Spanish Dining Room

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Traditional dining rooms feature wooden furniture with ornate frames and carved out designs

Where do you eat all the food you prepared in your Spanish styled kitchen? You need basically to thing for that classic Spanish look in your dining room. A heavy wood table and a large chandelier, preferably black. Once you have those two things, add the wear and tear in your chairs and your decor. 

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Spanish Style Bedrooms

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This white and blue combo and the pattern are characteristic for Mediterranean designs.

Spanish Bedroom Aesthetic

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We find the organic lines of the arches, walls and architecture in general to be well-suited for a space such as the bedroom.

Mission Revival Bedroom

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A small area rug and a large potted plant are the things that make this bedroom extra cozy.

Spanish Baroque Master Bedroom

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A detail in this case is the array of exposed wooden beams and the light-colored flooring

Color Bedroom Decor

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Color and pattern can be added to a bedroom in a lot of different ways. For example, a colored headboard or a patterned window treatment.

Spanish Canopy Bedroom

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The canopy created with breezy white curtains attached to the ceiling beams brings intimacy into the room.

Exposed Wooden Beams

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A pitched roof can look more interesting if small wooden beams are placed at the center.

Simple Bedroom Style

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The window curtains are another feature that has a big impact of the bedroom’s overall decor and ambiance.

Curved Walls

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Although it’s simple, the curved walls increase its charm.

Minimalist Spanish Bedroom

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Different blue and brown shades are common in Spanish bedrooms. The colors are often combined with neutral shades. 

Natural fibers like linen bedding and jute rugs pair well with wooden bedroom furniture. Add a gilded mirror to the wall and throw a bright pillow on the bed. 

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Spanish Style Bathrooms

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A bathroom with a Spanish design is more than just a utilitarian space.

Spanish Bathroom Windows

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Arched windows will make any bathroom space look elegant.

The glazed arched window is a constant in Spanish home design. A freestanding bathtub with vintage water faucets offers Old World charm.

Spanish Aesthetic Style

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Even smaller and more minimalist bathrooms put emphasis on ornamental features.

Baroque Style Bathroom

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Decorating the bathroom with framed paintings or images is a popular idea in Spanish interior design.

Spanish Farmhouse Bathroom

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Classical or traditional bathrooms feature freestanding tubs and patterned floor tiles.

The wooden vanity and free-standing bathtub offer a farmhouse vibe. Intricate flooring designs make for the ultimate backsplash.

Marble Sink

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The mirror and wall sconces are decorative features which can change the look of a bathroom.

Spanish Country Bathroom

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There’s quite a bit of glamour in this large bathroom. The chandelier, mirrors, vanity and even the tub stand out.

Cream Color Bathroom

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Simple decor is charming. For smaller bathroom, this is the way to go. 

For.a controlled bathroom space, cream color provides a soothing atmosphere. 

Moorish Interior Decor

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Accent walls are created with patterned tiles or with wallpaper.

The wallpaper features a Moorish design prevalent in Spanish home designs. 

Community Bathroom Layout

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This is not a typical bathroom but rather a lounge area for an indoor living space.

The Spanish style bathroom is a unique home design feature. You don’t need a Spanish house to install a Spanish bathroom. The bathrooms focus on light fixtures and tile. Color tiles and old, rustic lights will create a Spanish bathroom.  

Patterned tiles provide a heightened sense of decor. With light fixtures, a black chandelier would offer plenty of surprises. 

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Spanish Backyard Designs

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You can expect a Spanish-styled backyard to be more like an outdoor living room.

Exposed Beam Patio

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It would have an outdoor fireplace, comfortable seating and even a roof or a pergola.

Spanish Country Courtyard

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Spanish backyards have water-features. Fountains are quite popular.

A white stucco courtyard with a fountain in the center is a common layout among Spanish style homes. In this example, the Spanish design aesthetic is followed accordingly.

Covered Spanish Patio

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A covered pergola or terrace is the excellent spot for an outdoor dining area.

Backyard Swimming Pool Design

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Poolside areas are comfortable lounge spaces are often include daybeds.

Backyard Chimney

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It’s not uncommon to see a fireplace next to a pool or a dining table next to a garden fountain.

Open-Air Spaces

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Spanish backyards can also feature open-air spaces. You don’t need a covered patio space if you want to create a Spanish-style environment. In this example, a wooden table with a Formica top offers an ideal accent for the backyard.  

Spanish Patio Decor

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Vegetation is an inherent part of backyard decor. In this example, key features include vines and flowering plants. Outdoor environments in Spanish revival homes feature brick or cobblestone patios. Furniture decor includes wooden chairs with weather resistant cushions.

Covered Patio Designs

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Covered outdoor living spaces share a connection to indoor living areas. They feature ornate chandeliers and rugs are often used. In this example, the patio features high ceilings and exposed beams. 

Mission Revival Patio

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Casual settings can feature benches, chairs, poufs, or stools.

Spanish style backyards feature patios or terraces. The outdoor space is made with terracotta tiles, stone, or brick. Swimming pools are another way to include color tiles and accents into your exterior decor.

You could include an outdoor fireplace or chiminea in your backyard. This would allow you to enjoy your backyard during the winter months.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How To Protect A Spanish Home From Insects?

DIY natural insect repellants include citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus. You can make a body spray  by mixing 100 milliliters of lavender water with 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 15 drops of citronella oil. Before applying, shake the bottle so the ingredients will be evenly distributed. The spray will last upward of six months. Commercial bug sprays contain chemicals that can cause harmful neurological damage. 

What Is Mission Architecture?

Beginning in the 20th Century and through WWII, the Mission style evoked Spanish designs throughout North America. Mission architecture is characterized by materials such as adobe. The house designs were popular in California and the Southwest.

Inspiration for mission style buildings ranged from the grand baroque churches of the California missions to modest pueblos and ranchos of the Southwest region. Today, the style is also referred to as Mission Revival.

What Is Spanish Eclectic?

The term is a new way of referring to Spanish architecture. It could encompass specific characteristics like ornate wrought iron and wood balconies, colorful tiles, arches, and palm gardens. It may also refer to territorial or Pueblo styles.

Can I Add Churrigueresque Entryway To A Colonial Home?

With Spanish style architecture, you can pick and choose the elements you like and add them to your home. Adding a churrigueresque entryway to your home would not be a DIY project. You would need to enlist a professional contractor.

What Is Coquina?

A soft whitish stone made with crushed shells. The material was used to build Spanish style homes in the 19th Century. Today, coquina is used as a paving material.

Spanish Style Homes Conclusion

Spanish style houses will always have a presence in the US architectural landscape. Whether Spanish Colonial revival or Spanish Baroque, the styles will continue to be admired by new homeowners. 

With new terms like Spanish Eclectic, the architectural influence of Spain and Mexico continues its natural development. If you have the square footage, your outdoor space would be enhanced by Spanish patio designs, for example.

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