From the city lights of Cancun to the small-town charm of Valladolid along with a range of small villages in between, the artwork and design of Mexico inspire me. From colonial towns to ancient Mayan ruins, Mexico is bursting with fascinating designs. This fall I’ll be headed back to Mexico to drink in more architecture and all of the fruity beverages I will manage. But for today, join me at a fast tour through a few of my favourite websites in and about the Yucatan Peninsula — and check out the ideas we can take home from them.
Churches and Monasteries
The churches and monasteries throughout Mexico have interesting designs. Bright white against a deeper cream or ivory accents the architecture.
Andrea Braund Home Staging & Design
Bring it home: Attempt this result in reverse with white trim above a deeper ivory background. Notice how your attention is immediately drawn to this gorgeous arched ceiling.
This stunning church stands across the square from those awesome street chairs and is the focus of the entire town. I adore the symmetrical palm trees and wall that accent the design of this church.
Thom Filicia Inc..
Bring it home: Attempt palms in large pots for the same symmetrical framing result.
Locked in the elbow, these sweet seats offer the ideal conversation area for 2, turning individuals toward each other rather than seating them side by side.
Bring it home: Consider how furniture works for your family. Consider creating more intimate seating arrangements, with guests turned toward one another to encourage dialogue.
Instead of city blocks coming into a stage, some store owners shave off the corner of this block to ensure their front entrance faces the road. The company is instantly visible and inviting to passersby.
Bring it home: Would angling a corner of your home to the road make it more inviting?
What struck me as I walked through the streets on a previous trip were the doorways that individualized each home or store. When closed for midday siestas, the doorways told their own story of these spaces . Wooden and metal, from bright orange to deep crimson, each doorway was intriguing and unique.
Bring it home: Does your house state something about you at first , or does this look exactly like your neighbors’ homes? Maybe a brilliant royal blue doorway is the best way to say,”Hello, world!”
During Mexico open-air living is the norm. Walkways are created under balconies, and hammocks are hung between the columns for midday naps. Could there be anything more relaxing?
David Rowland Studio
Bring it home: you might have spaces around the house not living up to their full potential. Are you lost an chance for a relaxing blossom? Are you letting in the fresh air? Can that little bit of concrete be the ideal space for a tiny outdoor seating space?
From within many Mexican homes, hotels and monasteries, you can find a glimpse of the skies. Open courtyards are typical in Mexican layout, from the tiniest houses to the many opulent fortresses. The open yet secure feeling is priceless, and I am still looking for a fantastic method to incorporate this texture in to my home.
John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA
Bring it home: How can you start up skyward views and bring in the clouds? A little courtyard or a open shaft may add significant lighting to your space.
When Mexican homeowners don’t have a lot of space, they frequently customize their spaces to reflect their interests. This simple concrete wall has turned into a celebration of life, full to bursting with a large variety of pots and plants attached.
John Gehri Zerrer
Bring it home: Perhaps you also have a plain, clean space that may be full of living things. A literal wall of plants is now easier than you might think. Have a look at these hanging wall sockets intended for indoor and outdoor use.
Another Mexican homeowner added a personal touch to some basic concrete square using shells from the shore around the corner.
Bring it home: Does your house have a tiny bit of your imagination wherever you look? Does this reflect to your identity and locale?
In the mountains of Wyoming, Rapid Canyon Ranch designer Becky Pickrel used locally sourced fish fossils inside her shower stall. “Swimming” in layers of earth, the fossils pay homage to the Wyoming setting.
From the designs, balconies and courtyards into the colours that abound in every shade, Mexico is surely a melting pot of inspired design and individual imagination. It is eye opening to become immersed in a different nation, and you can’t help but come home with fresh ideas and a fresh vision. I just cannot wait to see this state to be motivated all around.