Have you ever sat in a Mexican restaurant eating your meal and just enjoyed the entire vibe, from the decor to the colors? If so, then creating your own Mexican-style kitchen in your home might be an idea that's occurred to you. However, if you're not sure where to begin, you may be feeling overwhelmed with how to go about this, especially when there are so many colors, so much decor, and lots of patterns to choose from.
Fortunately for you, we're here to provide you with some inspiration with 15 amazing Mexican-style kitchen ideas. So how can you capture the warmth and fun of a Mexican kitchen and implement it into your own? Let's take a look at some ideas!
One of the best tools you can arm yourself with when decorating a room in a particular style is knowledge. Learn what makes a design Mexican, and then you can take the basics and make it your own. This simple design touches on some of the main qualities that make a Mexican-style kitchen. Take a look at the simple but warm colors, texture in the seat cushions and rugs, and rustic furnishings.
2. Fun With Patterns
Once you've discovered and decided on a basic color theme, you can start adding fun patterns if you want to. Mexican kitchens are often bold and full of color and patterns, especially in their tile. This kitchen also has a fun table cloth which is a simple way to change up the look of your kitchen and try out new patterns without them being a permanent fixture.
3. Decor, Decor & More Decor
Another way to add Mexican flair to your kitchen without changing anything permanently is to spruce up your kitchen with decor. Talavera pottery or tile is extremely popular in Mexican design, and the patterns and colors show off the vibrant and exciting culture. You can even find Talavera utensil holders.
If you plan to add a lot of patterns in the form of decor, you may want to keep the other areas [for example, the walls] relatively simple and one color so as not to overwhelm the eyes.
4. Add A Modern Flare
While many Mexican-style kitchens are full of rustic and primitive finishings, you can also add a modern twist if you'd like something less traditional. This kitchen still embodies all of the vibrant colors and textures of a Mexican kitchen but uses modern furnishings and finishes to complete the look. Take a look at the modern chairs with the wooden table.
5. Take Advantage Of Your Cabinets
One of the bigger features of a Mexican-style kitchen is lots of pottery. If you are pressed for space in your kitchen, try taking advantage of the space above your cabinets. This can be a great way to bring in some of the Mexican decors we've mentioned. You can add large pieces of pottery, plants, or even figures.
Also, note how this designer used the blues found in the backsplash and added blue cabinetry and even a matching knife block to tie the look together.
6. Backsplash Beauties
Here's another example of a Mexican-influenced backsplash. If you want a more subtle design, there are some great ways you can incorporate Mexican style into your backsplash, and you can use it sparingly but still get the effect you want. In addition, warmth is added to this kitchen with the red stove knobs and earthy browns, which results in an elegant and inviting look.
7. Another Backsplash Statement Piece
This kitchen draws your focus to the pretty patterned backsplash that's full of color and fun! Here's another example of how to bring hints to the Mexican style into your kitchen without changing the look of your kitchen entirely. The different colored glass bottles and the blue kitchen island help complete the look.
8. Light & Airy
So here's a light and airy approach to a Mexican-style kitchen. It still has the vibe, but lighter colors are used, and there isn't a heavy use of patterns. This is an excellent option if you have a smaller kitchen and you're afraid that you will make it feel smaller by overpowering the room with colors and textures. The use of red appliances and bakeware add a pop of color to the room without adding unnecessary clutter.
9. Don't Forget About Light Fixtures
We've talked a lot about paint colors, tiles, and decor, but don't forget about your light fixtures! Light fixtures are a great way to change up the feel and mood of your space. This kitchen uses a sizeable rustic light fixture over the kitchen island, but you could also try finding some brightly colored fixtures as well.
10. Architectural Arches
A recurring theme in Mexican-style kitchens is the use of arches. Often found instead of cabinet doors, these arches typically create an opening to storage space beneath the counters.
If you are remodeling your kitchen entirely, you could consider adding some of these ornate arches into your counter space. If not, you can implement the art shape in other ways, such as free-standing cabinets or in your doorway using an arch framing kit.
11. Create A Space To Gather
If you haven't noticed by now, it's time to point out that many of these designs have a table in the center of them. A huge part of a Mexican kitchen is having a space to gather and cook, and kitchens are often the heart of the home. The great thing about this style is that you don't have to have a fancy matching dining table set. Simple wooden tables that you could likely find second-hand are all the rage.
12. If Color Makes You Nervous...
Here's another example of a not-so-bold Mexican-style kitchen for those of you who might be too nervous to dive headfirst into the typical vibrant color palette. Almost every one of our image examples has used blue and yellow. This kitchen chooses to implement it less boldly.
The kitchen also still has rustic light fixtures, arches, and patterned tile, which are some of the basic checkmarks for this style.
13. From Top To Bottom
Rich hues and warmth radiate from this kitchen to create an inviting and ambient space, which Mexican interior design is all about. This kitchen has warm oranges and browns throughout its design, including on its ceiling. White ceilings can sometimes detract from the overall design and look awkward, so consider adding some color above as well.
14. Make A Statement With Colored Appliances
If you are considering investing in new appliances, don't be afraid to use them to add more color to your kitchen. Look how fun this blue stove looks in this kitchen. Paired with the orange tile, it makes a statement! By now, you should have plenty of ideas on how to implement color into your kitchen!
15. Different Textures, Different Colors, One Unified Look
This room brings color in every way. From brightly colored crockery to the natural color of fresh flowers, this room is so vibrant and fun. We mentioned this earlier, but different textures are also a huge part of Mexican interior design. Natural textures such as woven rugs and wooden furnishings can add character and interest to your room.
Don't be afraid to mix and match!
Key Notes To Take Away
From these examples, you should have a better idea of how to change your kitchen to achieve these styles. The main design characteristics you should take away from this are the following:
- It's all about color! Warm and vibrant tones of orange, reds, yellows, and blues are almost always found in Mexican Style kitchens.
- Add texture! Shoot for a mixture of natural textures such as woven fabrics and wooden furnishes and finishings.
- Talavera patterns are the most common style of pattern found in Mexican-style kitchens.
- For everything else, think rustic!
Hopefully, you feel inspired and prepared to implement this style into your kitchen. From subtle hints of the style to full-blown color explosions, we've given you lots to consider. With a paintbrush and some accessories, you should be able to start enjoying your own Mexican-style kitchen in no time at all.
If you aren't sold on this style, take a look at some of our other inspiration blog posts below: