Color has always been a key part of Mexican design. Painting an accent wall in a bold hue, like hot pink, and repeating the shade in several accent pieces is a sure way to access this trend. The modern approach is to temper bold color with plenty of white space for an overall look that is bold but not overwhelming.
Whitewashed exteriors can be seen throughout Mexico and look especially crisp when paired with stone pavers, tropical plantings and horizontal wood fencing.
Hand-painted tile in a range of saturated hues is a traditional Mexican craft, often seen covering floors and in kitchens throughout the country. I love the idea of pairing ornate painted tile with modern poured concrete steps for a look that fuses past and present.
Let the outdoors in with a wall of windows. An open floor plan makes the most of the light and view, keeping this junglelike garden visible from the entire space.
In this child's room, fresh lime green and a hand-painted mural hint at a tropical paradise beyond. Modern wall-mounted storage and brightly colored mini Panton chairs are design savvy and fun for kids, too.
The strong horizontal lines of a long sofa and equal-length low, chunky wood table create a modernist vibe in this '60s-era Mexico City apartment building. Tall tropical floral arrangements in simple glass vessels hint at the locale, and floor-to-ceiling shelving provides plenty of storage in this nicely edited space.