Spanish-Style Living Room
A couple finally gets their colors right with a vibrant makeover.
Before: The Wrong Colors
The owners of this home wanted a vibrant living room in the Spanish style and thought a color choice like purple would help. The problem was that the muted purple didn’t jump out when mixed with a myriad of muted colors. The room needed a simplified color palette to bring everything together and make it stand out the way the couple intended.
After: A Perfect Palette
The new palette consists of purple, gold, brown and black. Purple is used on the fireplace wall so that it’s visible from the entryway, while a bright gold is painted on the fireplace and the other three walls. The gold does more than complement the purple — it also adds a lot of light, which instantly energizes the space. The family photos are arranged into a large framed photo collage that hangs as a focal piece above the fireplace.
Before: Uninspiring Arch
Picking the right colors is the first step in creating a Spanish-inspired family room, but if just one of those colors is wrong, like in this space, it can ruin the entire design.
After: Spanish Inspiration
The arch leading to the dining room now has a purple border accented with Spanish tiles. Bringing the purple from the focal wall to the arch repeats the color palette and makes the design stronger. By eliminating an overwhelming color palette and simplifying the room to four hues, it takes on a cohesive tone.
Scarf Window Treatment
A new window treatment complements the family crest while bringing out the colors of the room.