From beautiful archways and exposed ceiling beams to flared range hoods and terra cotta galore, there’s no doubt a Spanish-inspired kitchen is gorgeous, warm and welcoming. If you’re trying to infuse Spanish design into your kitchen remodel, here are our favorite ideas for bringing that style to your kitchen countertops and tiles, from the backsplash to the floor. Let’s talk the essentials of a bright and inviting Spanish cocina.
A Spanish-style kitchen isn’t complete without the use of warm and earthy colors. Wood cabinet finishes tend to be on the warm side of the spectrum—think walnut, cherry, maple or mahogany, or stains that have red or orange undertones in them. Wall colors and accents can be virtually any warm, light hue, including cream, butter yellow, taupe, terra cotta and even bright turquoise.
If you like the look of a hardwood floor but prefer something easier to clean for your busy kitchen, opt for wood-look porcelain floors. Choose a warm hue that’s either lighter or darker than the shade of your cabinets to add contrast without clashing. Teton or Essence in Brown are two excellent options for warm, rustic, Spanish-style tile floors.
Plenty of Patterns
Creating a kitchen inspired by the colors and patterns of Spanish design is the perfect opportunity to use a beautiful decorative tile. This is one instance where you don’t have to restrain yourself. Create a stunning, intricate backsplash for your kitchen when you use a patterned tile like Cementine or Marrakesh. Your backsplash tile can be the focal point of the room and a real conversation starter.
Contrast is Key
When planning your kitchen design, don’t forget that contrast is essential. If you go overboard with just one color or texture, then your Spanish-style kitchen may fall flat. Infuse contrast by using different colors (think about colors that “complement” one another rather than strictly “matching”) and combining textures to add visual interest. For example, a brick-look tile accent wall really pops when juxtaposed with a smooth and polished surface like granite countertops.
If you’re feeling bold, don’t be afraid to dial up the color in your Spanish-style kitchen design. A little personality—in the form of royal blue accents, butter yellow walls or colorfully painted cabinets—can go a long way in giving your kitchen that extra oomph of contrast and color.
Materials that look like terra cotta, clay or natural stone are also popular for Spanish-style kitchens. Travertine, quarry tile or stone-look quartz are a few great options for floors in particular.
When it comes to countertops, choose light colors and organic patterns for a natural look. If you like natural stone counters, granite or limestone are stylish Spanish-style choices. Or, for beautiful stone-look countertops that are low-maintenance, quartz is very popular. Colors and tones such as cream, sand, greige, brown and rust are all excellent options for Spanish-inspired countertops.
Do you have a few favorite Spanish-style tile ideas in mind? With our Just Imagine Visualizer tool, you can see how your product selections will look from the comfort of your home.