Design Lessons from a Supremely Stylish Mexican Home

Design Lessons from a Supremely Stylish Mexican Home

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 15, 2014
(Image credit: AD España)

This living room, from a beautiful old home in Mexico's capital, caught my eye and then held it for a long, long time. It's the sort of space that invites closer inspection — you want to draw in everything that's happening and ingest it. I looked, and then I started to think about what makes this space so compelling. Of course the tall ceilings and chandeliers and gorgeous old floors are bringing a lot to the table, but there are still plenty of ideas for those of us living in humbler dwellings to take home.

(Image credit: AD España)

1. Embrace texture.
Your eye loves texture. You can't help it. Texture draws you in, says, "look at this! This is interesting." I've been spending years avoiding any kind of faux-finish painting techniques, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that the gorgeous finish on the living room walls isn't wallpaper: it's sponge painting. This visual texture gives the room an extra layer of warmth and richness. (Want to get the look? Find instructions for a similar technique here.)

2. Add a little bit of gold.
A little bit of gold (or any metallic, really) takes any room up a notch, makes it really sing. The sconces and the busts in the photo up top add visual interest and break up all those dark, moody blues.

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3. Mix up old and new.
Juxtaposing pieces from different periods makes a room more interesting and dynamic.

4. Add just a little bit of surprising color.
The hot pink chairs in the room above are an unexpected choice... but they add just the right amount of bold color without feeling overwhelming.

5. Work with what you've got.
The way the music room and dining room are painted — with bold color that stops at a certain point on the wall — helps to visually lower the ceiling and make these tall spaces a bit cozier. Most of us probably have the opposite problem — ceilings too low — but fortunately there are a lots of tips for making a short ceiling seem taller in this post.

Now that you're armed with decorating advice, click on over to AD España and check out the rest of this home... trust me, you'll be glad you did.

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