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Emerald jungles, palm-fringed beaches, whitewashed villages, gracious haciendas, imposing Mayan ruins. Mexican style draws on a rich array of natural, artisanal and historical materials. Like the country itself, Mexican design is welcoming and colorful, elegant and quirky.

Art is integral to the fabric of Mexican life. In Oaxaca, El Dio de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated with hand-crafted painted skeletons, candy skulls, elaborate altars adorned with fruit, flowers and food. Guadalajara, the "Florence of Mexico," boasts spectacular murals depicting social and political issues. Throughout Mexico, "las indigenas" produce exquisite artifacts colored with the rich, warm hues of the natural landscape.


Mexico's climate allows a great deal of everyday life to take place outside in both public and private settings. In cobblestone town squares, music floats from bandshells. Family and friends often gather in outdoor cafes against a background of colonial architecture. The vaulted arches of cathedrals give way to fragrant enclosed gardens. Dulcerias proffer intriguing sweets that mix chocolate and cinnamon, tamarind and chilis. Indoors and out, in Mexico, everyday existence satisfies the senses and delights the soul.


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Exuberant decoration juxtaposed with solid structure is the basic recipe for Mexican style. Tile inlay on a mesquite table fashioned with mortise-and-tenon joints. An imposing carved armario (armoire) alongside a handwoven geometric rug. And the decorative possibilities of Mexico's vibrant regional folk art -- wood carving, clay figurines, baskets, pewter, candleholders, yarn paintings -- are virtually limitless.


Elements of Mexican Style

Rustic earth tones

Vibrant, colorful patterns underlie this design style.

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The Parchment colorwash. Creating the impression of aged walls, the Parchment finish evokes a feeling of history and old world charm. The color density varies over the finished surface and creates appearances of lightly mottled parchment. A soft and airy finish, the Parchment glaze is an ideal way to create mood and character in any room. I’ve found it to be an ideal solution for finishing irregular or textured wall surfaces.


Mexican Style Inspirations

Metal sconces and interesting figurines.
The Masks of Mexico.
Terre-cotte floor tiles.

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Lighting

Lighting is diverse and imaginative. One will find fixtures made of wrought iron, or wood. Candles, colored glass, pottery find comfort in this style. Wrought iron chandeliers hang in large, open rooms.

Furniture

Mesquite, heart of pine structures. Mortise and tenon and dovetails corner details. Large iron hinges, and multi colored wood inlays. A-frame tables, armoires with heavy hinges and drawer pulls.


Floors

The use of tiles and stone are Mexican staples. Rugs woven in traditional Mexican geometric designs or simple stripes, always with bold or vibrant color themes.

Accents

Mexican style uses many different resources to accent the environment. From clay figurines, masks, candles, and pottery, to wood carvings and pewter objects. Many accents are colorfully hand painted. Hand blown glass, often irregularly formed. Silver frames are commonly used mirror and picture surrounds.

Fabrics

Hand-woven blankets and rugs. Brocade are seen in more formal spaces.


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