Thursday, July 29, 2010

Decorate Your Living Room In Mexican Country Style

Mexican country style is a relaxed decorating scheme. For your living room, use a blend of simple, sturdy handmade furnishings and a few elaborate pieces. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Choose seating for comfort - a modern sofa with plain lines, and chairs that hint at French extraction, combining exposed wood, curved feet and upholstery.

2. Use fabrics based on the level of formality you desire. Brocade works well with formal furnishings, and a homespun linen or cotton is an option for more casual spaces. A handwoven piece such as a patterned rug or blanket can be used to cover an ottoman or chair seat.

3. Be inventive with the coffee table. An oxcart or chicken coop can be modified for this purpose, or you might use an antique trunk.

4. Select end tables of varied styles in wood, glass-topped wrought iron or recycled architectural fragments, such as wooden columns.

5. Dress the windows so that ample daylight is admitted. Simple sheers or panels, perhaps with a wrought-iron rod or carved-wood cornice, are options.

6. Set a handwoven rug in a geometric Mexican-type pattern (even a simple stripe) over a hardwood or tile floor. If you place an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet, be sure to use a special pad to keep it flat.

7. Install a wrought-iron ceiling light fixture. For tabletop lighting, use wrought-iron, glass or pottery lamps.

8. Accessorize with an abundance of folk-art pieces from Mexico - colorful paintings, clay figurines, baskets, pewter, candleholders and carvings of stone or wood.