Spanish Revival architecture is extremely popular in Southern California and we love working in these gorgeous homes. These mission-inspired properties are characterized by their asymmetry, low-pitched roofs, rounded entries, indoor-outdoor flow, and natural materials. Here are some of the features you can expect to see in these homes. These are good architectural details to pay attention to to bring out your own home’s Spanish style architecture.

Wooden Doors and Rounded Entries

Welcome to our Villa Del Sur project: With this home, we really wanted to make a statement with the entry way and Spanish style homes give you so much flexibility to do so. From the curves and material choices to the tile selection and wrought iron details (more on that later) this entry way is unmistakably Spanish style, though it has a contemporary twist.

Here’s another example from the inside: We found this charming California Casita on Instagram and it’s the perfect example of the modernization of Spanish colonial style.

Terracotta Roofs

Old Hollywood Glamour meets Spanish Revival in this Los Angeles home by Harrison Design. Note the wrought iron details, arched entryway, and terracotta roof!

Wood Beams

Don’t forget to look up! In this Los Angeles home, designer Lori Dennis went wild with color and glam details to compliment the gorgeous ceiling beams that run throughout the home.

Ceiling beams in Spanish home in Los Angeles

Uniform Tile throughout the Home

Uniform tile that takes you from indoors to out is great for connecting your home to its environment and can be easily maintained. Here’s painted ceramic Spanish tile we like: Check out this playful entry way to this Spanish-Style Silverlake escape we found in Instagram.


Stucco Fireplaces

Stucco and plaster are commonly used materials throughout Spanish-Style homes. Here is a beautifully designed and accessorized stucco fireplace from Laura Moreno:

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Outdoor Arcades Connecting the Indoors and the Outdoors

Columns holding up beautiful outdoor arcades are iconic elements of Spanish revival homes. The beautiful Hacienda de San Antonio is a boutique hotel in Texas and is great example of Spanish architecture. The arcades surrounding the courtyard create a seamless passage from indoors to outdoors and provide some coverage from the sun.

Wrought Iron Details

Lanterns and other light fixtures, gates, balconies, and decorative elements like house numbers: dark wrought iron detailing is an essential element of Spanish design. It pops beautifully against white plaster and stucco walls.