How to Make a Mexican Style Living Room


Decorating a Mexican-style living room requires focusing on a relaxed look. The Mexican style has become popular among homeowners and interior decorators. The style centers on earthy tones, bright colors and handcrafted beauty. Revamping your living room to suit a Mexican style is a task that requires a lot of planning. Various techniques exist for transforming your living room into a Mexican atmosphere. Turn your living room into a piece of art by following simple guidelines and tips.

Things You'll Need

  • Bright paint
  • Pictures
  • Rustic accessories
  • Wooden candlesticks
  • Wrought iron fixtures
  • Cactus plants
  • Pottery pieces
  • Throw pillows
  • Tile
  • Woven rugs
  • Focus on designing and decorating the walls. Wall colors in the living room are bright hues of reds, yellows, oranges and blues. Give walls a washed or faded look to create a sun-faded effect. Place geometric designs as wall borders with stencils to add interest to walls.

  • Add pictures and artwork to your walls. Hang photographs and paintings at eye level to provide a sense of closeness. Frame photographs of the desert and ocean to add to the relaxed look of your home. Use Hispanic artwork around your living room to create an authentic atmosphere. Do not clutter wall-hangings because you will lose the opened, relaxed feeling that this style incorporates.

  • Choose appropriate accessories to help create this Mexican style. Stone water fountains will bring river and ocean water into your living room. Wooden candlesticks placed on end tables, fireplaces and bookshelves will add to the artisan appeal. Use woven baskets for magazines and organizers. Purchase knick-knacks, painted masks, a steer skull or sombreros to unify your theme. Wrought iron is important to this style. Choose wrought-iron light fixtures, candle-holders, plant hangers or wall pieces.

  • Create an earthy environment by adding plants and pottery pieces. Cacti help to bring the desert into your living room by adding greenery. Create a terrarium as a focal point in the living room, or add an aquarium to display bright, colorful fish, such as betas or clown fish. Use pottery pieces or terra-cotta pots for plant holders.

  • Buy or create furniture that looks rough. Mexican-style furniture appears worn and has a quality appeal. Add furniture that incorporates a woven material. Choosing to use furniture built locally will help recreate a Mexican style in your living room. Cover furniture with patterned pillows full of both earth tones and bright colors.

  • Use woven rugs to decorate the living room floor. Replace your floor with decorative tiles with patterns and bold colors, or add these tiles to an existing floor. If this is not an option, use tiles as wall decor by placing them on plate hangers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid pink or teal colors. Add wall tapestries in addition to pictures. Use rugs that are woven by hand, or choose to use grass mats.

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