Whilst Mexican-inspired cooking areas have been popular in the United States for a long time, they are yet to influence designs in the UK. However, we think this is about to change – a Mexican kitchen style is a fantastic option for those looking for something a little less common than the Moroccan kitchens that are currently popular. We have compiled several ideas that you could use to create this look in your home – keep reading to be inspired!
Select bright colours for a taste of Central America. Many Mexican homes feature bright appliances, contrasting colours and mis-matched chairs and accessories. This mix-and-match style adds character and warmth to a home, creating an inviting environment. Critics may say the style is too juvenile and jarring, but these vibrant influences will feel uplifting and summery. You can achieve a similar look on our kitchen visualiser tool, which is pictured below, with Babouche paint, white cabinets and a beech worktop. For a more Mexican appearance, replace the upper cabinets with shelves and fill with decorative items.
Tiles are another popular feature in Mexican style kitchens, and are a fantastic way to add colour and patterns into your home. Options with intricate patterns or blocks of colour are a great way to evoke this cheerful, upbeat style. Mexican homes often use two or three different tile designs, which may cover the floor or ceiling. Smaller mosaic tiles tend to be used in higher locations, whilst larger tiles will be favoured for the floor. Patterns can be created both by the tile shape and the decoration it features.
Combine these colours and patterns with some additional texture and detailing. A traditional Mexican kitchen is unlikely to have chromed modern handles, so you could opt for cabinet frontals such as our Twister D. handles or Acanthus knobs. Elsewhere, leaf motifs and natural influences are often used.
Family is an extremely important part of life in Mexico, and kitchens are often designed to be able to fit as many friends or guests as possible. An open plan layout with a large rustic dining table is often preferred. Like in the UK, the kitchen is considered to be the heart of the home, and meals are made in big portions to serve a lot of people.
If you wish to create a Mexican kitchen style on a budget, you could choose accessories and furnishings such as Aztec-inspired cushions, throws, floor runners or crockery as an easy way . You do not have to fully change your cooking space to enjoy this colourful theme.