Top 10 Ways to Decorate with Art from Mexico
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
May 24, 2011
Filed Under Decor
Contributed by Korina Cornish, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Mexico has one of the most iconic and picturesque cultures in the world.
Fiestas, piñatas, and festoons of colored lights appear in everyone’s Mexican vacation photos. Luckily, Mexican art is highly portable, making it easy to give your home that south of the border flair.
10. Garden plaques
Start by livening up your garden and foyer area with hand-painted Mexican plaques. Not only will they prepare your guests for the Mexican extravaganza inside your home; they will also attract the interest and envy of your neighbors.
Also known as serapes, fine Mexican blankets are hand-woven as they have been for more than two thousand years. Hang these on your wall as a tapestry to spruce up an empty wall.
Crafted from velvet and trimmed with silver, decorative sombreros can add panache to room that has somber tones. Hang your sombrero on the wall or on the back of an unused chair.
Adding flourishes to small wall panels is an easy way to add some style to a plain room where there the space for trinkets is lacking. Mexican artists favor deep, bright hues, and line paintings of lizards, skulls, and cacti.
Certain regions of Mexico, like the Taxco region, have long histories of fashioning silver into jewelry and decorative pieces. If you can’t attend one of their silver fairs, fine silverwork can easily be found on internet storefronts.
Contemporary Mexican artists are famous for their enormous and exotic murals. If painting a twenty-foot mural is too lofty an ambition, consider ancient Aztec-inspired pieces.
Brightly colored tiles are another staple of Mexican décor and can replace bland, colorless tiles in your bathroom or kitchen. Remember to install just a row of Mexican-inspired tiles—an entire wall could be overwhelming.
3. Fruit bowl
Your empty dining room table has ample real estate to show off your new Mexican savvy. Placing fruit or flowers in a bowl will catch the eye of visitors. Make a grouping of hand-crafted pottery and fill each with just one single type of fruit – lemons, limes and green apples make a great visual display.
Decorating with cacti can pose a danger to toddlers or clumsy relatives, so take a gander at artificial cactus plants or even cactus-inspired artwork.
Adorn an empty shelf of a book case with a row of decorative tequila bottles. These special edition tequila bottles can have a worm, hot peppers, or slices of the agave plant floating in them.