Old world charm isn’t everybody’s thing. You may be in the group that thinks, if you pay for a brand new home, you don’t want to fill it with things that look time-worn or well-loved. If you tend to prefer sleek surfaces and modern finishes, you’re probably more interested in contemporary design when you shop RGV homes.
Contemporary Home Basics
Contemporary design is defined by clutter-free areas, up-to-the-minute style, very intentional use of color and subtle sophistication. The contemporary color palette creates a background with neutral greys, black and white, then adds vivid color to create focal points.
Straight lines and geometric shapes appear inside and out. For your exterior, choose grey and black for siding and brick, then paint your door in stark contrast. Inside you might install striking black kitchen countertops and use cool brushed nickel for faucets and cabinet hardware. Use recessed lighting or a sleek pendant instead of hanging, ornate light fixtures. You might also use spotlights to highlight colorful art or sculpture.
Contemporary homes tend to have hard floorings like tile or vinyl for clean lines and reflective planes. If you want pattern in your upholstery, choose geometric shapes or lines over more whimsical prints. In the kitchen, display colorful, clear glass and boldly colored dishes in glass-front cabinets.
Spanish style homes are perfect for Rio Grande Valley’s hot, dry climate. They have a lot in common with Mediterranean style homes, but with a South-of-the-border flair. Get the look with stucco exteriors and warm earth-toned roofing materials. Add arched entranceways and carry the rounded doorway motif throughout.
Spanish haciendas often have white walls and white stucco because the color reflects heat. It’s also a soothing backdrop for the colorful textiles and tiles this type of home usually contains. Think about adding a wooden beam or exposed trusses on the ceiling to draw the eye upward and complete the look.
Interior Decorating for your Spanish Hacienda
Choose Spanish baroque style furniture to fill your home with heritage and history. Heavy headboards look great against simple white bedding with colorful throw pillows.
In the kitchen, choose warm wooden cabinet doors in a mid to dark tone. Neutral countertops in creamy colors keep things from feeling too heavy. Think about a tile mosaic above the stovetop or a strip of patterned Talavera-style tile along your backsplash.
Then add lush greenery. Inside grow plants in every room to soften all the heavy wood and iron accent pieces. Allow ferns, ficus trees, snake plants and ivy to spill over into interior spaces.
Exterior Living Spaces
Hacienda-style landscaping is easy to care for, even in Rio Grande Valley’s brutal summer heat. Plan flower beds that contain junipers, hazel Spanish lavender, native succulents and drought-resistant shrubs. Line them with clay-colored brick to create focal points. Plant a fruit tree. Then add curb appeal by painting window sashes a bright turquoise or sapphire blue.