10 Spanish-Inspired Outdoor Spaces

Integrate Spanish elements into your outdoor space for a warm, inviting place to entertain guests or relax.

Southwestern Characteristics

This pueblo revival home designed by Wayne and Kiki Suggs of Classic New Mexico Homes features blue windows to keep the evil spirits out. A traditional rock stem wall borders the adobe courtyard wall, and the room layers are a distinct characteristic of pueblo style, as rooms were added as the family expanded.

Courtyard Arches

The limestone arches, popular in Spanish architecture, frame views of the marsh beyond in this Spanish-style courtyard. The concrete brick flooring and rectangular pond enhance the elegant look. Design by Keith Summerour of Summerour & Associates Architects

Colorful Terrace

An orange tree and geraniums dress up this colorful Mexican-inspired terrace. The warm yellows, reds and blues represent the warm Latin climate. The structure in the background is the top of a tower that contains swimming pool equipment on the lower level. The small arched doorway opens up into a small playhouse for children, and the table surrounded by wrought-iron chairs is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic dinner. Design by Carole Meyer

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

This shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe is a very common site in New Mexican backyards. It is a calm place, very convenient to the home, for the family to spend time in worship. The adobe structure and decorative tiles are authentic to Mexican design. Design by Classic New Mexico Homes

Spanish Patio

This handmade Spanish-style shade structure designed by Steve Appolloni was built without exposed fasteners and hand-cut dovetails on the beams to reduce the common twisting of the beams and avoid the unsightly bolts often exposed with standard building practices. The flagstone patio, common in Mexico and Southwest regions, along with lush greenery completes the Spanish look.

Spanish Colonial Patio

The Spanish Colonial home integrates indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly. The patio, paved in traditional materials, such as brick, flagstone and tile, allows for a relaxing atmosphere to entertain guests. Catherine Smith of Casa Smith Designs lined the house with arcades to shade the interior from the hot sun. A fountain and lush plants also help keep the patio cool.

Rustic Courtyard Entrance

This arched courtyard gate opens to a staircase accented with colorful Talavera tiles, tin-glazed pottery brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the 1st century of the Colonial period. A decorative clay wall sconce brightens the adobe courtyard, and the wooden door and clay floor tiles bring a rustic touch to the outdoor space. Design by Classic New Mexico Homes

Elegant Spanish Courtyard

To create an elegant Spanish courtyard, Carol Latta spruced up the stone wall with intricate wrought-iron wall sconces and shrubs in oversized terra-cotta pots. The golden hand-carved stone door frame is the focal point in the quaint courtyard.

Rustic Spanish Influences

This exterior entryway exemplifies Old World Spanish style with the small arched window on the stone tower. Architectural designer Matt Dougan adds to the Spanish style exterior with a stone wall courtyard and a distressed wooden gate with wrought iron, clavos and a bull head ring, which represents Spanish bullfighters and the rustic architecture common in Old World design.

Mexican-Style Outdoor Living Room

The outdoor living room (sala abierto) is an essential room in this Spanish-inspired home, blending the indoor space with the outdoors. The courtyard is placed at the center of the home, a traditional Old World Spanish design. Carole Meyer chose vibrant reds, greens, yellows and turquoise, colors which represent the lively Mexican culture. The cushions on the Spanish-style hacienda chairs are upholstered in black Sunbrella fabric for practical reasons, and all the bright, colorful paintings are by Carole.