What is Spanish Revival style?

Rediscovering the Timeless Appeal with Clay Imports Tiles

By Clay Imports

Spanish Revival style, with its rich history and timeless charm, is making a strong comeback in home design. Originating in the early 20th century, this architectural and interior design style draws inspiration from the Spanish Colonial era and Mission Architecture style, characterized by stucco walls, red-tile roofs, and intricate wrought iron details. Today, homeowners and designers are rediscovering the beauty of Spanish Revival, blending its classic elements with modern sensibilities. If you are about to make a renovation or just want to take inspiration, this article is for you!

Spanish revival design styleThe Essence of Spanish Revival Style

Spanish Revival is all about creating a warm, inviting, and elegant atmosphere. Key features of this style include:

  • Stucco Exteriors: Smooth, white or light-colored stucco walls that provide a clean, timeless look.
  • Terracotta Roof Tiles: Red or earthy-toned roof tiles that add a rustic charm.
  • Arched Doorways and Windows: Graceful curves and arches that evoke a sense of history and craftsmanship.
  • Wrought Iron Details: Decorative ironwork on gates, railings, and light fixtures that add an artisanal touch.
  • Colorful Tiles: Vibrant, hand-painted tiles that bring color and personality to floors, walls, and backsplashes.
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Spanish Revival design styleDesign by Etch Design Group | Photo by Ryann Ford

Bringing Spanish Revival Home with Clay Imports

One of the standout features of Spanish Revival style is the use of colorful, patterned tiles. Clay Imports offers a stunning array of tiles that perfectly fit this aesthetic, allowing you to bring the essence of Spanish Revival into your home.

The handmade tiles we’ll discuss will exhibit some natural variations, which are inherent traits of natural materials like Terracotta. These variations in color, texture and sheen are not defects but rather a natural part of the product. We highly recommend ordering samples before making a final purchase to confirm and appreciate these natural variations in each tile.

Design Glynis Wood Interiors | Photo Ryann Ford

Desert Fields Tile Series

The Desert Fields tile series by Clay Imports is an excellent choice for those looking to incorporate subtle Spanish Revival elements while maintaining a modern design style. These solid color tiles are inspired by the natural beauty of desert landscapes, featuring warm, earthy tones and intricate patterns that add depth and character to any space. Here are some ways to use them:

  • Kitchen Backsplash: Create a focal point in your kitchen with a vibrant Desert Fields tile backsplash. The bold patterns and rich colors will complement wooden cabinetry and wrought iron fixtures, enhancing the Spanish Revival vibe.
  • Bathroom Floors and Walls: Transform your bathroom into a sanctuary with Desert Fields tiles on the floors or walls. Their durable, water-resistant nature makes them ideal for high-moisture areas, while their aesthetic appeal brings a touch of luxury.
  • Accent Walls: Use Desert Fields tiles to create stunning accent walls in living rooms, dining areas, or entryways. The intricate designs draw the eye and add a layer of sophistication to your home.
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Talavera Tiles

Another fantastic option from Clay Imports is our Talavera tile collection. These tiles are handcrafted and hand-painted, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are perfect for Spanish Revival interiors. Their vibrant colors and traditional patterns can be used in various applications:

  • Fireplace Surrounds: Make your fireplace a centerpiece by surrounding it with Talavera tiles. The bright, lively designs will stand out against stucco walls, creating a cozy, inviting focal point.
  • Outdoor Spaces: Enhance your outdoor living areas with Talavera tiles. Use them on patios, garden walls, or outdoor kitchens to bring a splash of color and a touch of Spanish charm to your exterior spaces.
  • Stair Risers: Add visual interest to your staircase by applying Talavera tiles to the risers. This unexpected detail will catch the eye and infuse your home with character and charm.
Authentic Talavera tiles by Clay ImportsDesign by Kim Lewis for Frances Modern Inn | Photo by Andrea Shone

Terracotta floors

Finally, the rustic tone that natural terracotta floors bring is the final touch to your Spanish Revival Style. These tiles are made with traditional methods and are renowned for their natural, raw look that contributes to its characteristically unique and authentic charm.

Authentic Terracotta floor tiles by Clay Imports
The recommended applications for these tiles are:
  • Outdoor Spaces: Probably the most popular use for these tiles, terracotta tiles and pavers are in the spotlight when used in exterior patios or any outdoor space in your house. The traditional terracotta tiles will add the rustic style Spanish Revival asks for.
  • Dining rooms: Spanish Revival is about creating an inviting atmosphere and the best place to gather around is definitely the place where your family and friends eat.
  • Stair cases: A stair is the perfect place to combine the different styles which Spanish revival is appreciated. An iron railing with terracotta steps and relief tiles in the risers are the perfect look for your 20th century style.

Star-Cross-Smooth-Satin-Sealed-Natural-Terracotta-Saltillo-Collection-Design-and-Architecture-Cult-Creative-Denver-Mya-McCabe-Photography-Clay-Imports-8.jpegDesign and architecture by Cult Creative | Photo by McCabe Photography

We recommend taking a look at our Clay Care products. These maintenance items have been carefully tested with our products, and they are designed to preserve your tiles' beauty, ensuring their longevity and durability.

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The resurgence of Spanish Revival style in modern home design speaks to its enduring appeal and timeless elegance. With its warm, inviting elements and rich, colorful details, it's a style that brings both beauty and comfort to any space. Clay Imports offers a range of tile options, such as the Desert Fields and Talavera collections, that are perfect for achieving this look. Whether you're renovating a historic home or adding a touch of old-world charm to a new build, these tiles can help you create a space that is both stylish and uniquely yours. And remember, if you have any questions or require more information, reach out to us at contact@clayimports.com