A Spanish home has strong Latin influences and fosters a connection to nature. Generally built with thick stucco walls and clay tiled roofs, the courtyards are enclosed to extend the home's living area and merge with the environment.
Tone down and neutral colors reminiscent of sand, wood and clay work well on this style of home. Wrought iron is a key element that is used for banisters, lighting fixtures and accents. Always choose color and design eleents that fit with the distinctive style rather than fighting it.
Warm clay and brown tones combine in an appealing color blend for this roof. The updated slate polymer tiles give a nod to the colors historically seen on a Spanish Mission-style of home.
The entranceway is decorated with colorful ceramic tiles that give character to the home and inspire the color scheme. If your home has a unique feature you will want to think about how you can best highlight that feature with the colors you select.
The exterior of a Spanish-style home was originally covered with stucco and this dictated the color. The stucco was a mixture of lime, sand, and water. The color of the stucco came from the aggregate. Lime was usually white and thus so were many of the original Spanish-style homes.
Any variation in color came from adding local pigments to the aggregate. The results were light tints of the colors found in the desert. In keeping with that tradition I chose Ivory Tower for the main color.
On Spanish-style homes the combination of trim pieces that surround the windows tend to be simple and flat. The trim is most often painted in brown, terracotta or another rich hue inspired by the desert.
For this example, I chose Southern Wood, a muted orange-based color that plays off of the color in the roof tiles, to be painted on the trim.
Shutters, when used on a Spanish-style home, are mounted on the interior of the home rather than exterior. Most houses have only a single color on the trim around the windows.
In Spanish folklore it is said that painting the front door a shade of blue stops evil spirits from entering the home. This fun conversation starter, along with the fact that blue was perfect with the tiles around the entryway, made it my choice for this home’s front door.
For the color azul (color blue in Spanish) I chose Suenos, a sun-washed blue whose name means “dreams.” This lighter blue shows up in the shadows of the alcove and feels cool and refreshing as people enter the home.
Finally step back and ask yourself, "Is Any Other Color Needed?"
With their colorful roofs and clean lines, a little color can go a long way on a Spanish-style home.
If additional colors are needed for your home, add them. Just always have a reason for the additional color. For example, adding color to call attention to the entrance or best features of your home is usually a good reason.
At this point you can congratulate yourself because you've covered all of the steps to come up with the perfect colors for your home.
Now that you know how to select a perfect color for a Spanish style home you can gain some additional tips on choosing color by looking at some of my guides for other styles:
Or see all of the styles by downloading FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior.