Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spanish Colonial Treats for You...

Thrilled to the hills this a.m. to have a guest post from the well-lit folks over at Arcadian Lighting. Any designer worth his/her salt will tell you that the key to a successfully designed space is lighting. If it aint well lit, well it aint well done. We sit firmly on the contemporary/modern design fence around these parts, so today's post will be a welcome treat for those of you who love a more Spanish Colonial vibe. Enjoy.

Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Arcadian Lighting and I’m thrilled to do a guest post this morning here at LiveLaughDecorate. I’m excited to feature designs that showcase a mix of styles from the Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial era. I’m fascinated by these particular styles because the homes feature stately arches, courtyards, heavily beamed ceilings and intricate tile floors. California, in particular, has many Spanish style homes including Diane Keaton’s 1920s hacienda shown in several of the images below. Take a peak at some of my favorite rooms with a Spanish vibe. 


Spanish Colonial Library


Diane Keaton’s Spanish Colonial mansion in California features a large library. Terracotta floors span the space and give the cavernous room warmth.

Spanish Colonial Lanterns

Off the library is the dining room with a table that seats twelve. Three Spanish style light fixtures illuminate the space.
Spanish Colonial Pendant Lights

This passage, in Diane Keaton’s home, boasts arched doorways, beamed ceiling and terracotta tile.
Spanish Colonial Living Room

A dark beamed ceiling overlooks a Spanish colonial style living room. The stark white walls contrast nicely with the dark wood.
Spanish Colonial Bedroom

This sunlit bedroom features an elegant, ornate bed and contrasting simplistic window panels. How nice to fling the doors open and let the breeze in!
Spanish Colonial Entry Way

Ornate doors open off the courtyard to a grand entry with a gorgeous mirror and a carved table with candelabras set atop it.
Spanish Colonial Style Living Room

The Spanish architecture of this space gets a surprise with white modern furnishings accented with hot pink. Built-in library shelves filled with books and curios add interest to the space.
Spanish Colonial Style Entry Way

Spiked doors lead to a passageway decorated with saffron yellow walls and ornate church benches. A single Spanish style light fixture illuminates the way. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Thanks again to Joanna and the folks at Arcadian Lighting for today's post.

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