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Decor Spotlight:
Spanish Colonial Style

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Reviewed & Fact Checked By:

Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

Spanish Colonial decor, often hailed as "Colonial Elegance," is a timeless and graceful design aesthetic that has left an indelible mark on the world of interior design. Rooted in Spain's colonial conquests of the Americas and other parts of the world, the Spanish Colonial decor style merges the best of Spanish craftsmanship with indigenous designs and materials. The experts at Amerelle Wallplates want to delve deeper into the Spanish Colonial flair, examining its rich history, essential elements, and ways to imbue your living spaces with its enduring charm.

A sunroom in a spanish colonial home that has white walls, exposed wood ceiling beams, warm weather plants, wood furniture, and rounded windows
A Spanish Colonial decor style kitchen with intricately designed cabinetry, patterned terracotta floor tiles, and a designed tile backsplash

The Roots of Spanish Colonial Decor Style

Spanish Colonial decor finds its genesis in the 16th and 17th centuries, during Spain's colonization era. As Spanish settlers made new homes in colonized lands, they brought with them the architectural and decorative styles of the Iberian Peninsula. However, what evolved in the colonies was a unique fusion of Spanish and indigenous design principles. This synergy produced an architectural and decorative style that is grand yet rustic, reverberating with cultural significance. Today, California Casual is considered a modernized version of this historic design style.

Key Elements of Spanish Colonial Decor

A Spanish Colonial kitchen with arched doorways, dark stained wood cabinetry, arched windows, brass cabinetry hardware, light brick stone walls, marble countertops, stone floors, and lighter wood accents

Rich Earth Tones

Spanish Colonial interiors are known for their warm and subdued color palette, inspired by the earth and nature. Soft terracottas, deep browns, muted blues, and creamy whites dominate, creating a serene and inviting ambiance.

A scene from a home with an antique wood sink, intricately designed tile backsplash, and stone tile floors

Handcrafted Details

Artisan craftsmanship is at the heart of Spanish Colonial decor. Expect to see intricate wood carvings, hand-painted tiles, and ornate metalwork.

A Spanish Colonial decor style living room with a traditionally southwestern styled fireplace, a pattern designed iron fireplace cover, and a wood mantle

Cultural and Antique Accents

Spanish Colonial style proudly showcases the cultural heritage of its origins. Items like pottery, iron fixtures, religious artifacts, and vintage furniture pieces add depth and character.

Implementing Spanish Colonial Elegance in Your Home

Invoking the spirit of Spanish Colonial design in your interiors transports you to an era of grandeur and rustic charm. Grounded in the union of Spanish and indigenous aesthetics from centuries past, this decor style harmonizes diverse design elements, colors, and historical influences to craft spaces teeming with character. Defined by its rich earth tones, handcrafted details, and antique accents, Spanish Colonial decor provides a canvas for those seeking sophistication with an edge of ruggedness. Introducing wooden furniture, incorporating hand-painted tiles, and adorning spaces with authentic artifacts can gradually mold your abode into a Spanish Colonial haven.

Spanish Colonial Wallplates



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Amerelle's Colonial Elegance

As devotees of timeless design, Amerelle’s wall plates and light switch covers present a splendid opportunity to further accentuate the Spanish Colonial spirit in your home. Whether you're drawn to the historical depth of Spanish Colonial or its luxurious aesthetics, our wall plates can help you craft a story that echoes with historical richness and sophistication. Check out our wallplates with a bronze finish or some of our specialty light switch covers to put the perfect final strokes on your new living space.

Meet Our Contributor

Katerina Herman is a former writer for a health blog covering the foot and ankle disorders. She is a podiatrist with over 10 years of experience. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions, including dermatology, orthopedics, and sports medicine issues specific to the foot and ankle.

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