Colonial Hacienda Style and Decor

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Colonial Hacienda style architecture has grown in popularity in today's era, but its roots are varied and quite historic. The term Colonial Hacienda combines the look of the historic Spanish Hacienda with the Colonialism that followed.

A hacienda in historic terms was not only an estate but also a place of work. Haciendas were originally built from land grants made to conquistadors. In 1529 the Spanish crown granted tracts of lands to these conquistadors for living and working on. The hacienda survived in South America for centuries of time, even during and after the collapse of the colonial system. But not after being influenced by colonialism.

So what does the interior of a Colonial Hacienda style home look like today? Pulling from its traditions and history, the home as well as the garden should be warm and inviting. Color themes should represent earthly palettes including rich reds, oranges of terra cotta, browns and light yellows. Household items include tiles, rich fabrics, pottery, leather, ceramics, copper and wood. Using stucco to enhance the interior walls or warm colors in furniture and upholstery helps to soften the harder chunky heavy wood furniture, rod iron and hard tiles often used.

In furnishing your home, there are many vintage pieces, Spanish colonial style pieces that date back to the 15th century when the style was popular and pieces were commonly traded between Italy, France and Spain, that you can choose from. You can also use Spanish hacienda style furniture, which can be either simple or luxurious. This furniture can be made from iron, rustic woods or fine hardwoods. In addition, they are often accented with copper, iron or tile.

In the dining room, bring together form, texture and color. Look for a massive wood dining room table made of chunky heavy wood. To represent the true Hacienda style, make sure it is big enough to seat up to at least 12 people. Accessorize your table with iron work in the form of a candelabra, stylish but colorful art or textiles.

The use of wrought iron can be extended beyond the dining room and truly, throughout the house. One can use wrought iron as wall decor, railing, light fixtures and as art.

Speaking of art, try art influenced by the 16th century Italian Renaissance period. This time period was considered the Golden Age by the Spanish. Famous colonial Spanish painters include El Greco, Velasquez and Ribera. You can also use old world style art with bold imagery and old world appeal. These pieces do not have to be originals, there are fine Giclées and prints available on the market today. Look for a variety of subjects from Spanish landscapes to portraits and still life subjects.

Keep your home comfortable and casual. A true Spanish colonial style home should feel like a Spanish hacienda tucked into a Spanish countryside. There are many designs and textures you can choose from that soften your home as well as pillows and cushions to create comfort.

Now for your kitchen. Choosing the right dinnerwear is important. Try rustic earthenware and oversized iron platters. Copper that has been weathered, cast iron and heavy wood for cutting boards or islands look wonderful together. Your copper can be antiqued or polished. Within your kitchen add some shelves, a mantel display and of course some vintage kitchen type pieces to display.

Outside, in the foyer, you can display pottery and vessels or rustic vases. Large urns or canisters are classic. Having a beautiful foyer with flowers, greenery, comfortable seating along with the cast iron, heavy furnishings, will draw the beauty of the indoors equally to the out.

Designing your Colonial Hacienda style home properly can make it feel old world and modern, comfortable and most inviting.

Carolyn Boden is a marketing consultant at Belvedere, Texas hill country land for sale real estate community. They sell beautiful hill country acreage located west of Austin near Hamilton Pool. For more information please visit

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