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Mexican Interiors

To match with our  April issue theme ‘Mexico’ – a challenge was given to Interior design students from the Academy of Design, to come up with a creative concept for a room in a modern house. The challenge was quick, and creative ! A huge Thank You goes out to the team that jumped on board and played with our theme this month. It has been such a wonderful surprise to see the enthusiasm and reaction to working with the Creative Disorder team on this months issue. All we can say is a huge thank you to the team leader – Deborah Atkins, and welcome on board Interior Designers !



By Deborah Atkins –  Interior Designer & Trainer.

Images of sundrenched haciendas, sombreros, cacti, tequila, nachos and colour, colour, colour come to mind when I think of Mexico.

Whether they are traditional or contemporary, Mexican Interiors are uncompromisingly bright, fun, relaxed and tactile spaces. They shout for your attention with their vibrant colours, naive mix of patterns and textiles and hand crafted furniture and artefacts.

My Interior Design students had to capture the essence of Mexico with their Mexican themed interior projects and they have achieved it with great panache and flair.





Mexican Sitting Room by Philippa Osmond


I wanted a space with lots of colour so I immediately thought…MEXICAN! They celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from the 31st of October (what we call Halloween) to the 2nd of November. They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. They celebrate this tradition with sugar skulls, so I really wanted to incorporate a colourful scull into the space, but one that was a bit arty and could work all year round. Immediately I thought of Johnny Romeo and the first painting I found was one of a brightly coloured scull….no need to look any further! This piece of art is the hero of the room and is surrounded by all the primary colours and some Aztec shapes in the soft finishes.






Colours of Mexico ! by Jennifer Blankenstein


I have got the inspiration for Mexico the first time when I used to be in Mexico. All the colours have something warm and the interior design is really creative. They are not afraid to create with different colours.

On my board, we can see two different areas, one living room and one outdoor. The wall colours of both areas are both different.

The first room is the living room. We can see the sky-blue wall. It gives me a really natural look.

The outdoor area – It is full in pink. I really like the canteen on each side. When I just look on the outdoor area it just gives a happy feeling and it is interesting how they played with the colours.  





Modern Mexican By Gretchen Rivers


I found inspiration for this board when I visited Spotlight. I found an array of Mexican fabrics in different patterns in a pink palette.

As I could not find a picture that inspired me to create a room, I decided to find and print images of art work that was part of the Mexican culture. I also search for inspiration in modern Mexican restaurants.

I then found this image and I was soooo happy. They have used similar fabrics to what I had found in Spotlight and had arranged them in a lounge that I was searching for.

In my mood board, I chose to brighten my room by using a bright green/blue paint with a feature wall in Charcoal. The art work I selected was the Day of The Dead skull images. I also visualised using an authentic star light fitting. I chose an antique

Mexican coffee table to sit on top of Charcoal and Black floor rug which brings balance to the feature wall colour.

I love cactus in natural pots and would use them along the wall and decorate the coffee table with succulents. This room to me has a fun atmosphere with the use of the Mexican fabric in bright colours and groovy wall colour and artwork.





Colours of Mexico by Oksana Stephens






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