Modern Mexican decor reflects both its historical ancestors and the bold colors associated with Mexico. Look for light, saturated colors – lots of reds and yellows – against darker, vivid greens.
Mexican modernism has its roots in the love and marriage of two famous Mexican artists – Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Rivera was already a successful artist and Frida was a school girl when they met. He was impressed by her silence and the way she quietly watched him at work. Two years later they were married. Rivera is known for his paintings that support the labor movement, while Frida is better known for her incessant self-portraits. Both used the bright colors associated with traditional Mexican artwork as well as the stylistic drawing styles.
Traditions and History
Aside from the tumultuous relationship of the Riveras, Mexican art also relies on traditional symbols found in ruins from the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. In addition to these traditions, there are many festivals and events associated with Catholicism when it was imported into Mexico. As it merged with the local tradition, it became a somewhat unique tradition. In addition to the ancient tribes, the more modern Mexicans have made their own traditions that incorporate the bright colors and bold designs that are characteristic of modern Mexican art.
Jungle and local ecology
The southern part of Mexico includes steamy rainforest areas with accompanying brightly colored birds and exotic birds and plants. Perhaps this is where the bold colors come from – the vivid flowers, parrots, and even monkeys against the backdrop of vivid green. Mexico also includes desert areas where sand, cacti, and shy birds and bats take advantage of the limited moisture. Here are ten modern Mexican decors that draw on those traditions, using bright colors, bold designs, and a sense of the indescribable. Amazing geometries, lively colors and a unique juxtaposition of objects and colors characterize this selection. If you’re looking for some modern Mexican decor for your home, you’re sure to find a piece or two to suit your needs. You can use the patterns to highlight other decorating features, or you can make them the central theme of your decorating endeavors in your home or office.
Mexican palm tree wall decoration
Standing four feet high on your wall, this palm tree will add a Mexican coastal feel to your porch and pool. The feeling of the Mexican tropics adds to your garden and your presence around your pool, and makes for a warm feeling even in a cool environment. The trunk of the tree is a light shade of wood that works well.
Mexican mermaid decor
This mermaid has long brown hair with a brightly colored fin full of purples and blues. The tanned skin tone fuses everything together as she looks up at the moon in the sky. An open circle support that holds the moon above your wall can add a lot to this piece, giving it a dark night tone and a brighter daytime feel.
Mexican incense holder
This incense holder has the moon and stars which gives it a relaxing nighttime feel. With its Mexican art designs, it brings different types of lore into your modern home. The main body is ivory and goes well with many white dresser tops or is characterized by a darker wood tone that lightens it for balance.
Mexican floor vase
This clay vase stands tall and narrow and does not take up much space as a floor vase. The light tone works well in any bright area with a lot of light. The vase has some reflective spots that add to the light in the room while enhancing the environment. With a contemporary feel, this piece adds a lot to your modern home.
This large stool has many summer colors and will bring out all of your earthen and light decor. The pattern is all-round and enhances the appearance from all angles. This piece is great for highlighting a variety of colors in your room as it has many in its bright Mexican art style.
Mexican summer throw pillow
This pillow has many light tones and classic Mexican symbol art. The light tones bring a light stain to your dark toned furniture. The bright colors can pick up colors that are used in other artwork in the room and make them stand out. The art design is on the front and back making this pillow a double sided pillow.
Mexican boats framed print
This print has two flower boats rowed close to each other. One has a woman with a large collection of flowers and a man standing on top of the other. The light tones work well for a light wall as the frame is a light golden tone that draws the eyes to this piece. The colors bring many earth colored pieces together.
Pineapple graphic art
With a solid white background, this picture has an upside down pineapple on it. With the white back, this piece fits in any bright room in a modern style against a white wall and other bright decor. The colors of the pineapple bring out the color of all the cacti that grow through them, making a perfect backdrop for your garden.
Mexican table lamp
This torch with a rustic terracotta structure and earthen glaze stands out very well. It gives your table and your outdoor patio furniture a rustic charm. Flowers of various kinds bloom on the sides, bringing the color together all around. Weighing six pounds, it’s heavy enough to sit outside and bring light to any occasion.
This mural has a large yellow and black butterfly with wings spread out in watercolors. Most of the tones are very light yellow and white that work well on any dark surface. The outer edges of the wings are dark colors with blues and reds suggesting that this piece has a hidden detail.