There are few design schemes more down-to-earth and gracious than the classic, Spanish-inspired villa. In fact, Spanish villas have become so popular in warmer climates that many gorgeous design build projects in Florida revolve around this hugely successful concept for custom home architecture.
If you’re ready to hire a talented design build company to create your very own Spanish-style villa, here are some great ideas to help get you in the mood for that incomparable Old World look and feel, inside and out.
The Inside Scoop on Design Build Villa Interiors
For interior design, focus on warm earthy colors for floors and walls. Authentic Spanish villas usually use terracotta hues, which range from sand to brick red, in almost every room. These areas can be beautifully blended with cooling whitewash wall finishes that set off artwork, such as woven tapestries, echoed by lush area rugs in complementary tones.
To get the earthy and vintage look typical of classic Spanish design, partner authentic terracotta tiles with wooden finishing. Warm woods are essential materials for Spanish villas; the combination of wood and ceramic exudes a down-to-earth look that is both elegant and rustic.Many decorators recommend vintage wooden pieces for great interior accents, such as sections from old wooden carts, barrels and house beams. After all, nothing beats the natural beauty and romance of authentically aged wood.
Doors, panels and cabinets can also be fashioned from reclaimed wood. To add a classic Spanish touch, consider having hand-carved details added to these interior features. Enhance the Spanish style even further by complementing the wood with decorative ironwork, especially on doors, windows and railings. Finish off the look with some gorgeous chandelier sand other wall sconces made from wrought iron. These create fantastic ambiance suspended in the dining area and from vaulted ceilings or lining the cool white hallways.
Feel free to mix and match furniture styles, such as a combination of sturdier carved wooden chairs and tables with richly upholstered couches and loveseats.Incorporate some rustic antique pieces into your villa décor, such as old church refectory tables. Because of the casual and earthy architecture of your villa style home, you’ll be surprised by how naturally a number of furniture styles blend beautifully into a quintessentially Mediterranean décor.
Get Great Design Build Looks for Villa Exteriors
For the outdoor space, an experienced Florida design build company will employ varied materials to pave paths and patios around a villa-style house, including ceramics, hand-painted tiles and adobe.
Spanish-inspired villas often feature a private courtyard with an elegant water fountain at its center. Adding an inviting outdoor fireplace is a perfect touch, especially for those who enjoy entertaining under the stars. Pepper the patios with wooden benches decorated with ironwork and accented by comfortable cushions in oranges, reds and other warm tones.
As for the color of the exterior walls, sun loving, earthy tones always work well, or go with a classic whitewash finish to set off the warmth of the Spanish roofing tiles. Villas are sometimes surrounded by low walls that highlight the vibrant color of the house itself. Hand-painted tiles can also be embedded in these walls and on patios to add unique character and artistic flair.
Say ‘Si’ to a Design Build Home with Spanish Flair
Decorate the exterior of your villa with plants in attractive terracotta or ceramic pots. Group the containers together and vary the height of plants for extra visual interest. Try adding a garden full of succulent drought-resistant plants to enhance the theme and add the effect of living sculpture.
Recreate the classic comfort of a Spanish villa in your very own Florida design build home. The key is in choosing the right materials and having a knack for mixing and matching appropriate pieces from the past with modern amenities.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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