The Spanish Colonial Redefined: Embracing Modern Interpretations

CEO Khai Intela
California and Spanish Colonial Architecture have always been inseparable. The allure of the Monterey Style Spanish Colonial has captivated homeowners for decades, and its timeless appeal continues to inspire designers to redefine this venerable style...

California and Spanish Colonial Architecture have always been inseparable. The allure of the Monterey Style Spanish Colonial has captivated homeowners for decades, and its timeless appeal continues to inspire designers to redefine this venerable style in new and exciting ways.

Embracing the Essence of Spanish Colonial

Spanish Colonial Revival architecture draws inspiration from various eras, including Spanish Baroque, Spanish Colonial, Moorish Revival, and Mexican Churrigueresque. This unique style is distinguished by its extensive use of smooth plaster (stucco) wall and chimney finishes, low-pitched clay tile or flat roofs, terracotta or cast concrete ornaments, and small porches or balconies. It also features Roman or semi-circular arcades, wood casement or tall, double-hung windows, canvas awnings, and decorative iron trim.

During this period, notable California architects like Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, George Washington Smith, and Julia Morgan made significant contributions. To truly appreciate the beauty and elegance of Spanish Colonial architecture, I highly recommend checking out the stunning book, "Spanish Colonial Style," available on Amazon.

Redefining Spanish Colonial: Inspiring Designers

One of the pioneers in redefining the Spanish colonial style is the talented Diane Keaton. Although she has since moved on from her former home, the kitchen still exudes a contemporary charm, showcasing Diane's impeccable sense of style.

Images: Diane Keaton's Former Home Caption: The kitchen of Diane Keaton's former home showcases her great sense of style.

Another designer who has left an indelible mark is Betsy Burnham. By preserving the traditional details of a Pasadena home by Wallace Neff, Burnham added a modern touch, breathing new life into the space.

Images: The Library with Arts and Crafts Vibe Caption: Betsy Burnham's library exudes an arts and crafts vibe with a touch of whimsy.

While staying true to its historical roots, Burnham infused the living room with ethnic-inspired curtains and a tribal rug, keeping the aesthetic updated and captivating.

Images: Living Room with Tribal Accents Caption: Betsy Burnham's living room with tribal accents maintains the character of Spanish Colonial style.

Blending Tradition with Modernity

Tammy Randall Wood, another brilliant designer, understands the importance of honoring the Spanish Colonial style while incorporating modern elements. Wood succeeded in redefining her Agoura Hills home by using a calmer color palette, enhancing the beauty of her antiques with white plaster and dark wood trim.

Images: Elegant Spanish Colonial Living Room Caption: Tammy Randall Wood's living room showcases a timeless elegance.

In her kitchen, Wood achieved a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary by mixing dark wood and white cabinets with white subway tiles.

Images: Modern Spanish Colonial Kitchen Caption: Tammy Randall Wood's kitchen exemplifies a harmonious fusion of traditional and modern elements.

Timeless Interiors: Mark Sikes' Spanish Colonial Haven

No discussion on Spanish Colonial design would be complete without mentioning Mark Sikes and his stunning Hollywood Hills home. A master of creating interiors that seamlessly embrace the indoor-outdoor California lifestyle, Sikes effortlessly infuses his love for blue and white into his designs.

Images: Mark Sikes' California Living Room Caption: Mark Sikes' California living room reflects his exquisite taste for timeless interiors.

Sikes's ability to elevate Mexican tile into a modern and fresh element is evident in his Montecito beauty.

Images: Modern Mexican Tile Caption: Mark Sikes expertly incorporates Mexican tile into his designs.

With a keen eye for details, Sikes flawlessly combines different elements and textures, creating captivating spaces that exude elegance and sophistication.

The Beauty of Spanish Colonial Style: Embrace the Refresh

As someone who appreciates the Spanish Colonial style, I recently embarked on refreshing my own home. By painting the walls white, adding dark window casings, and making minimal yet impactful updates to my kitchen and unused game room, I aimed to honor the essence of this architectural style while infusing it with a contemporary touch.

Images: Spanish Colonial Family Room Caption: My Spanish Colonial family room embodies the timeless charm of the style.

One of the highlights of my kitchen refresh was incorporating the exquisite Tabarka Tile Mediteranean 5, which perfectly complements the character of a Spanish style home while giving it a modern twist.

Images: Spanish Colonial Kitchen with Tabarka Tile Caption: My Spanish Colonial kitchen showcases the beauty of Tabarka Tile.

While my journey to complete my wish list may continue, I am grateful for the opportunity to embrace and redefine the Spanish Colonial style in my home.

Let Spanish Colonial Style Inspire You!

If you're intrigued by the captivating beauty of Spanish Colonial architecture and design, I invite you to explore my Pinterest board, "Spanish Colonial Style." It has long been a favorite among my followers, and you'll find a curated selection of high and low decor items that reflect this genre.

With the Spanish Colonial style, you can create a timeless and enchanting ambiance in your own home. Embrace the refresh, honor the tradition, and let the essence of this architectural marvel inspire your own creative journey.

Wishing you a wonderful week, filled with inspiration and ageless style!

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