The Spanish Colonial Redefined: A Modern Interpretation

California and Spanish Colonial Architecture have always been inseparable. With over 30 years of experience living in a Monterey Style Spanish Colonial home, I am still captivated by its timeless charm. It's fascinating to see...

California and Spanish Colonial Architecture have always been inseparable. With over 30 years of experience living in a Monterey Style Spanish Colonial home, I am still captivated by its timeless charm. It's fascinating to see how designers have redefined this venerable style, breathing new life into it. In this article, we'll explore some modern interpretations of the Spanish Colonial, showcasing the designers' innovative take on this classic aesthetic.

Rediscovering Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture

The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture draws inspiration from various eras, including Spanish Baroque, Spanish Colonial, Moorish Revival, and Mexican Churrigueresque architecture. It is characterized by smooth plaster (stucco) finishes on walls and chimneys, low-pitched clay tile or flat roofs, and terracotta or cast concrete ornaments. Small porches or balconies, Roman or semi-circular arcades, and wood casement or tall double-hung windows are also typical features. Notable architects of this period in California include Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, George Washington Smith, Julia Morgan, and many others.

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Diane Keaton: Redefining Spanish Colonial

One of the pioneers in redefining the Spanish Colonial style is Diane Keaton. Her former home showcased her remarkable sense of style and became an inspiration for many. In her book, "The House that Pinterest Built," she takes us on a journey through her architectural vision.

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Balancing Tradition and Modernity

Designer Betsy Burnham, known for her exceptional work, embraced the challenge of updating a Wallace Neff's Pasadena home while preserving its traditional charm. By incorporating modern elements and maintaining traditional details, Burnham successfully redefined the space.

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Infusing Color and Wit

Burnham's approach extends beyond preserving the traditional aesthetics. She adds personality and vibrancy to spaces, as seen in the upgraded library. The infusion of color and a touch of whimsy creates a delightful atmosphere.

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Updating with a Contemporary Twist

Tammy Randall Wood, a designer with a keen eye, managed to redefine her Agoura Hills home while maintaining its Spanish Colonial character. By combining white plaster and dark wood trim, she brought a fresh and contemporary feel to the space without losing its essence.

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Harmonizing Tradition and Modernity

Wood's kitchen is a perfect example of harmonizing traditional elements with a modern touch. The mix of dark wood and white cabinets, along with white subway tiles, creates a seamless blend of old and new.

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Embracing Timeless Interiors

Mark Sikes, a master of blending traditional and contemporary styles, showcases his love for blue and white in his Spanish Colonial home. He demonstrates how Mexican tile can be used in a modern and fresh way, infusing character into the space.

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Personalizing Spanish Colonial

Personal touches are essential to transforming a Spanish Colonial home into a unique space. By layering different elements and textures, Mark Sikes creates a captivating ambiance. Each piece contributes to the overall design, with the Moroccan-style mirror, Oushak rug, and Chinoiserie elements enhancing the room's charm.

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Redefine Your Spanish Colonial Home

Inspired by these modern interpretations, you may want to explore ideas to update your own Spanish Colonial home. Whether it's repainting walls, mixing dark and light elements, or incorporating new tile patterns, there are endless possibilities to breathe new life into your space.

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Embrace the Spanish Colonial Style

If you're seeking further inspiration, I recommend checking out my Pinterest board on Spanish Colonial Style. You'll find decor items that reflect this genre, allowing you to create your own unique Spanish Colonial aesthetic.

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Remember, the beauty of the Spanish Colonial style lies in its ability to evolve while preserving its rich history. So, go ahead, redefine your Spanish Colonial home, and create a space that reflects your personality and style.

Have a wonderful week! Stay tuned for our Thursday feature on Ageless Style, highlighting someone with impeccable design sense and personal style. You won't want to miss it!

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