How to Decorate Outdoors in a Mexican Style

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Mexican-inspired decorating is a festive and stylish way to decorate your outdoor space. With bold, saturated colors, natural elements and casual prints, it works well for a garden, patio or screened porch. Durable, weather-resistant fabric choices are easy to find in a design scheme that will allow you to get long time use out of your outdoor decor. If you are looking for a way to create a warm, colorful environment, look no further than Mexican-themed design.

  • Match colorful prints with solid colors in fabrics and paint treatments. Popular colors in Mexican-inspired design are warm and saturated, such as yellow, orange, green and blue. Try combining colorful repeating prints in these colors with solid colored elements to complement the look.

  • Furnish the space with wrought iron. Mexican design and architecture commonly features wrought iron; it is a durable material that functions well in outdoor spaces. It does have the tendency to rust, so if your outdoor space is not covered, you may want to cover during heavy rain or snow.

  • Incorporate natural elements, such as wood, stone and terra cotta into the design. For example, terra cotta floor tiles are rustic and authentic to Mexican design. Incorporate wood into the space with unstained furniture and pergola coverings. Use stone to line pathways or frame outdoor seating areas.

  • Use tropical plants to add life and colors to the space. Common plants found in Mexican-inspired design are succulents and cacti, as well as colorful flowering plants such as bougainvillea, orchids and dahlias. Wide-leaved tropical plants are also useful for defining the space.

  • Integrate tile mosaics into the outdoor space. This is another way to bring color and texture into the space. Tile mosaics with bright and interesting patterns are used in wall treatments, water features, furniture and flooring.

  • Hang a hammock for an authentic Mexican addition. This not only adds seating for guests and a stylish way to relax, it dates back to Mayan traditions of weaving thick thread to create hammocks for lounging.

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