Are you looking for amazing Mexican touches for your home decor ideas?
Mexican home decor Vibrant with dazzling colours, patterns and textures, and rich with a history of unique materials, textiles and artisanal techniques. that it An irresistibly eclectic look born from a mix of wildly diverse cultures: indigenous Aztec and Mayan tribes, missionaries and Spanish conquistadors, as well as some Native American and Southwestern influences. No wonder Andre Breton said: “Mexico is the most surreal country in the world!”
We’ve put together a guide to the essential traditional and authentic Mexican accents for your home — along with some interior home design tips So You can bring some of Mexico’s vibrant and passionate style wherever you are.
Where to go in Mexico for colorful crafts and arts?
Walk around any city—Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mérida, San Miguel de Allende, and all the small towns in between—and look for artisan markets (Craft market). You’ll find pretty much all of our list below. You’ll also find design stores, specialty shops and pop-up shops stocking one-of-a-kind products, often created with high-quality materials and an exotic local touch.
Anna Karp, co-founder of renovation site Bolster, feels that “appropriating ‘the look’ without considering the material that created such a look is a real loss.” She encourages approaching decor by adopting a mindset of appreciation for the decor’s heritage rather than simply emulating the style.
Some Mexican tiles may be the closest way to adding a touch of Mexican style and color to your home while adding life to your walls and floors!
the Talavera tiles are modern, popular and traditionally hand painted. These tile inlays adorn kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, walls and floors. They were initially designed for homes where hot weather obviated the need for area rugs and are both practical and beautiful.
Indigenous Talavera pottery originates from Puebla and was originally brought to Mexico by Spanish settlers. The white and blue ceramic pieces found in any market or ceramic store represent a large part of Mexican identity. The culture, flora and fauna of Mexico influence the designs. Talavera pottery can include tiles, plates, bowls and trays, serving pieces, wall art, and other decorative touches.
How to say pottery in Spanish? Ceramic!
Terra cotta finishes add an authentic Mexican feel to any room in your home, whether indoors or outdoors. You can use it in planters, pots, floor tiles or wall accents. You’ll find these shapes in squares, diamonds, and hexagons, and you might try combining them into interesting patterns.
Spruce up even the simplest of rooms with rustic and ornate tin mirrors handcrafted in Mexico using traditional and modern art. Gorgeous tin heart designs – The Sacred Heart is one of the most common elements in religious folk art created in Mexico – Or the combination of tin and colored ceramic as borders is an essential element in any Mexican home.
How to say mirror in Spanish? Mirror.
Wall art and artwork
How about playing with a display of arts and crafts, clothing, textiles and other traditional Mexican decorations? Beauty from all over the country can be found in most markets and design stores.
- Classic wall hangings made of tin or brass
- Artwork such as Love of paperHe is originally from Guerrero and Puebla. This is a truly original gift – for yourself or your loved ones!
- Hand embroidery and weaving. Mexican textiles add color and pattern. Oaxaca contains many woven beauties from tribes such as the Mixtec and Nahua.
Clothes as a work of art!
Traditional clothing in Oaxaca or Chiapas are wonderful pieces of art. You can repurpose them as decorative items by placing them on a chair, hanging them on a wall, or reusing a tailor’s mannequin to fill a corner of your room with a dash of whimsy! Look for clothes in markets or traditional design stores.
Mexican lighting fixtures
Some popular favorites are the hanging tin star light, lantern, or standing obelisk, whose perforations allow for a dreamy nighttime glow. Choose frosted or stained glass to play with mood through color. You can also find geometric African style pendants that combine metal, glass and ceramic candlesticks.
Blankets and pillows
Typical striped blankets are Sarapis – Beautiful throws or cushion covers that will liven up rooms, sofas or beds with a bold pop of color. Saltillo syrup is the original name of these blankets, which are made of wool with a beautiful texture.
This unique, colorful, hand-embroidered pillow cover from Mexico is perfect for brightening up any room with minimal effort! The designs draw on a wealth of Mexican nature symbols and showcase the lineage of traditional craftsmanship passed down through generations.
The stunning geometric symbols woven into Oaxacan rugs are beyond just decorative, although they do look great! They represent aspects of Zapotec culture, with their deep connection to nature, and share many similarities with ancient Inca and Maya symbols.
How do you say rug in Spanish? mat.
Copper utensils and earthenware
Have you ever wondered why they still cook in traditional Mexican restaurants using clay and copper pots? Because it tastes so much better! Copper is also a great conductor of heat; Looks beautiful in any kitchen decor. But be bold and use copper and clay pots creatively – they make great plant holders or great decorations in any room or outdoor patio.
Brightly painted wooden artwork
You can discover a wide range of Mexican folk art – hand-painted bowls, crosses and panels. This craft has a long and rich history dating back 3,000 years when the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and Aztec ruled the lands of Mexico. Indigenous groups manufactured objects for everyday use as well as for ceremonial occasions.
A unique form of Mexican folk art made from the calabash fruit that grows in the coastal regions of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Another pre-colonial craft, lacquerware, displays a bright decorative coating applied to many wooden objects, from trays and boxes to bowls and animal figurines.
You can find some important hand-crafted wrought iron pieces in San Miguel de Allende, León, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico City, and Puebla. You can find lamps and even chimney tools and use them as home decor pieces. San Cristobal de las Casas is famous for its intricate wrought-iron crosses, popular with Mexicans as symbols of divine protection – and they can be placed on shelves or bookshelves, adding a mythological and mystical touch.
These pieces, found at local craft fairs, Huichol specialty stores, and artisan markets, are said to be inspired by hallucinations caused by the ceremonial use of peyote. Colourful, abstract, geometric and unique. One piece in a room will stand out great!
Hand-carved from copal wood, alebrijes are beautiful fantasy hybrid animals and are the most popular Mexican folk art. They are not religious figures but arise from feverish dreams Pedro Linares Lopez. Every artist brings his vision to creativity – perhaps it is possible It looks like a dragon, with a little horse and the addition of a fish tail or wings!
Colorful skulls and skeletons
You may come across some traditional Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) art in Mexican interior design! Mexicans celebrate their ancestors with skulls and skeletons with ornate decorations. The shape and colors on the skull also carry meaning, such as hope and purity.
These flowers, in all shapes, sizes, and colors – on wire stems or string garlands – are beautiful to place in vases, or to hang on porches, or any room. I know people from the UK and New York who return home with suitcases of their own for friends and relatives.
Basket weaving is one of the oldest traditions in Mexico, and palm weaving has been practiced here for thousands of years! Traditional products such as Bates (mats) and Tenant (boxes with lids) are still sold by indigenous artisans in Mexican markets today.
You can’t be without a sombrero somewhere on the wall, windowsill or hooks! the Mexican hat Represents the image of Mexicans to the rest of the world, from mariachi musicians to Emiliano Zapata! Get all shapes, sizes and colors from the markets and distribute them creatively in your home!
Create some stylish desert accents! Given the arid landscapes throughout Mexico, succulents and cacti thrive and are the perfect accent – from spiky and bulbous to tall and fleshy, small to large – for any indoor or outdoor space.
No wonder Mexican home decor is so popular! You can’t fail to spice up an otherwise colorless space Meh Mood with these splashes of elegance and excitement from Mexican crafts and textiles. Just wander the Mexican streets and ask where the nearest craft market or design stores are. And don’t forget to spot some of the Mexican open houses, inviting you to find some of these treasures quickly if you’re lucky! Mexico is a great place for street shopping and self-directed home sales! Above all, have some fun and enjoy the wild and wonderful world of Mexican craftsmanship to decorate your home.
Henrietta Weekes is a writer, editor, actress, and storyteller. She divides her time between San Miguel de Allende, New York and Oxford, UK.