Get the Look- Global Style- Mexican #2

Get the Look- Global Style-Mexican #2

Mexican interiors radiate a vibrant warmth, effortlessly blending color and comfort with a touch of whimsy. These spaces capture the heart with their delightful fusion of handcrafted treasures from Spanish and Native Indian heritages, lending an age-old allure.


The furnishings, rooted in the robust aesthetics of Spanish and Mayan cultures, are typically crafted from rich woods like pine, walnut, and cherry, or upholstered in genuine leather. Often exuding a rustic charm, these sofas, beds, and tables are both sturdy and enchanting. The floors come alive with vivid, handwoven rugs, while multihued cushions and geometric-patterned curtains dance with color, encapsulating the vivacious spirit of Mexican design.


Colors of Mexico
Colors of Mexico. Artist unknown.

Mexican interiors burst with vivid accessories like candles, mirrors, painted figurines, wall hangings, masks, and handcrafted pottery. The color scheme is dominated by fiery reds, sunny yellows, earthy terracottas, and artistic blues.

At its core, Mexican design is a global story, reflecting world travels and personal experiences. It’s vibrant, rich in textures, and blends diverse artifacts, from antiques to modern items. Each piece has a tale, often becoming a talking point. While the style embraces elements from various cultures, there’s a unique pull towards certain colors and crafts, making every space deeply personal and inviting.

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Mexico. Photo by Florian Delée on Unsplash

Mexican-style interior design is influenced by a rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant aesthetics. Typical design elements include:

  1. Color Palette: Mexican interiors often boast vibrant colors, as described in the next section.

  2. Talavera Tiles: These hand-painted ceramic tiles, often with intricate patterns and bright colors, are a hallmark of Mexican design. They’re used for flooring, wall decoration, countertops, and backsplashes.

  3. Handcrafted Pottery: Clay pots, vases, and dishes, often in earthy tones or hand-painted in vivid colors, are popular decor items.

  4. Rustic Wooden Furniture: Heavy, sturdy wooden furniture, often with carved detailing, is a staple. Woods like pine, mesquite, and alder are frequently used.

  5. Wrought Iron: This is commonly used for light fixtures, bed frames, window grills, and decorative gates. Its intricate designs add a touch of vintage elegance.

  6. Textiles: Handwoven blankets, rugs, and cushions in vibrant colors and patterns play a significant role. These often feature Aztec or Mayan-inspired designs.

  7. Architectural Details: Exposed wooden beams, arched doorways, and niches or “nichos” are common architectural elements.

  8. Courtyards and Patios: Reflecting the importance of outdoor living in Mexican culture, courtyards and patios often serve as the heart of the home, adorned with plants, fountains, and tiles.

  9. Religious Artifacts: Items like crosses, altars, and statues of saints often find their way into Mexican homes, reflecting the country’s deep Catholic roots.

  10. Murals and Folk Art: Walls may be adorned with large painted murals or smaller pieces of folk art, showcasing stories, history, or religious themes.

  11. Plants: Natural elements are integrated with plants like cacti, succulents, and colorful flowers, both inside the home and in outdoor spaces.

  12. Leather Elements: Leather, often hand-tooled, can be found on furniture, as decorative elements, or in floor coverings.

These elements, when blended together, produce interiors that are warm, inviting, and reflective of Mexico’s rich tapestry of history and culture.

Colors of Mexican Style Design

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Photo by Gadiel Lazcano on Unsplash

Mexican-style interior design is renowned for its vibrant color palette, which draws inspiration from its rich cultural, historical, and natural landscapes. Here are some colors commonly associated with Mexican-style interiors:

  1. Fiery Reds & Oranges: These colors often recall sunsets, traditional spices, and are prominently featured in textiles and ceramics.

  2. Earthy Terracottas & Browns: Reflecting the clay pottery and landscapes, these hues add warmth and grounding.

  3. Bright Yellows & Golds: Evoking the brilliance of the sun, these shades can range from pale lemon to deep mustard.

  4. Cobalt & Turquoise Blues: Influenced by Mexican tiles (“talavera”) and the Caribbean Sea, these colors are vibrant and prominent.

  5. Lush Greens: Reminiscent of Mexico’s rich vegetation and forests.

  6. Deep Indigos & Purples: These can be found in traditional textiles and represent the blending of Spanish and indigenous influences.

  7. Soft Pinks & Coral: Inspired by traditional architecture and flora.

  8. Whites: Often used as a neutral backdrop, especially in colonial-style buildings and interiors.


Each color can be used in a variety of shades, from muted to bright, depending on the desired effect and regional influences. These colors are often complemented by natural materials like wood and leather, as well as traditional patterns and motifs, to create a holistic and authentic Mexican ambiance.

Photo by Ronald Cuyan on Unsplash

Below is an example of an Edesign I created for an Mexican style living room using colors of some of the images above as inspiration.

Mexican Style Edesign

See my Saturday Night Live Art Show on this fun design!


For the style elements forming the foundation of the design, I created energy art with AI and layers of fractal art for the wall art, beautiful rug and pillows.  

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Mexican Style Living Room Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Heart of Mexico #3
Heart of Mexico rug
Heart of Mexico AI/fractal art rug.

To see another example of a Mexican style Edesign I created, check out my article, Get the Look, Global Style-Mexican.

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How is Mexican Style Different?

How is Mexican style different from other global styles?  

The energy of Mexican interior design is vibrant, colorful, and rich in cultural heritage. It embodies warmth, a sense of community, and a celebration of life. The design often features bold patterns, traditional craftsmanship, and an appreciation for natural elements.


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