Spanish-style home design is prevalent in the Southwest, Florida, and California—areas favored by Spanish settlers in the 1600s. Influenced by the architecture of their homeland, Spanish builders used materials that were regionally accessible, including clay, adobe (a combination of clay and straw), stucco, and timber.
Since these homes were located in warm climates, they were designed to be naturally efficient at heating and cooling. The thick, light-colored stucco walls absorbed heat during the day, emitting warmth to the home in the evenings. Overnight, the walls retained cool air, keeping the house comfortable as temperatures rose throughout the day. Small windows minimized the harsh, hot sunlight while keeping the interior shaded.
Modern Spanish architecture includes Mission, Pueblo, and Floridian Style and features the traditional characteristics of simple yet elegant Spanish design.
Spanish front doors are often a focal point of the home, contrasting deeply with the light color of the stucco walls. ProVia offers these recommended door styles for Spanish-style homes.
Windows on traditional Spanish-style homes were designed to be small to help minimize the amount of sunlight and warm air going into the home. Modern Spanish-style homes often include a few larger feature windows.
We’ve selected a few of the ProVia glass styles that best reflect characteristics of Spanish-style homes, from designs with a Mediterranean or Southwest flair to classic clear glass with grids.
Woodgrain doors with rich stain or paint colors are typical for Spanish-style homes, while windows tend to either be light to blend in with light-colored stucco exteriors, or dark to provide striking contrast. Here are our entry door and window finish ideas for Spanish-style homes.