Spanish-style homes are characterized by thick adobe walls and subtle, earth- and sea-inspired colors. The design is warm and inviting and incorporates outside areas as living space. There are usually several entryways into the house, each with its own courtyard or patio. Though the earliest Spanish-style homes had small windows, now homeowners design large windows to allow the sun to play a role in decorating the home and offsetting the typically heavy furnishings.
Design a home with a low-pitched roof covered with heavy terracotta tile. Stucco the exterior walls with earth-toned colors.2
Use black wrought-iron balconies and architectural details such as stair rails, outdoor lighting and fences. Place large clay pots on the balconies and fill them with grasses and shrubs.3
Extend the walls of the house to create courtyards for the entryways. Center fountains in courtyards and plant lush gardens. Tile the walkways.4
Create a home with an open floor plan and arched doorways between the rooms. Plan large, arched windows without window coverings, or install interior shutters. Build a barrel ceiling in the living room.5
Paint the interior walls in pale blues, yellows and greens that evoke the sea. Create mosaic tile patterns for the floors. Install dark beams on the ceilings in common areas.6
Furnish the home with oversized chairs and sofas upholstered in leather. Accessorize with wall sconces and iron chandeliers, pottery and old-world paintings in heavy frames.