September 15 through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. From San Diego to Santa Barbara and all points in between, Southern California has been heavily influenced by Spanish culture, and one only need look as far as our real estate market to see beautiful examples of Spanish Revival architecture.
Spanish-inspired homes built in the first decades of the 20th century are usually described as Spanish Colonial or Spanish Revival, suggesting that they borrow ideas from early American settlers from Spain. However, these homes might also be called Hispanic or Mediterranean, and Southern California is seeing plenty of new construction that incorporates Spanish style architectural elements.
Curves and arches are one of the defining features of Spanish architecture.
These beautiful arched doors and windows in this Santa Monica villa typify Spanish style.
Painted tile is a beautiful characteristic of Spanish influence.
Whether as a kitchen back-splash, used on stair risers or incorporated into a lovely terracotta tile floor, these painted tiles bring a unique, custom touch to Spanish style homes.
Dark wood and ornamental iron work are details frequently found in Spanish style homes.
The beautiful rusticity of the wood and the wrought iron are definitely indicative of Spanish influence. Exposed wood beams, gorgeous doors and beautiful iron railings and fixtures make quite a statement.
Another feature that is indicative of Spanish style architecture is built in niches and alcoves.
This gorgeous master bathroom is a great example of how these niches often incorporate an arch shape, or Spanish style tiles or both.
There are so many beautiful architectural styles that I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, but I definitely have a real appreciation for Spanish Style. Do you have a favorite?