7 Design Lessons to Steal from Barcelona
A sojourn in surreal, scenic Barcelona is enough to fill any design aficionado to the brim with inspiration. The lively city gives New York some stiff competition in the-city-that-never-sleeps-title-dom arena. Whether knocking back carajillos (a Spanish cocktail of espresso and booze) at a midnight dinner or taking in some Spanish guitar on the streets in the wee small hours of the day, the splendor and charisma of the city (and its inhabitants) is infectious. Here are our favorite takeaways from this seaside gem.
Historic architecture and an eternally young soul possess this major metropolitan area. Buildings range from brand-new to centuries-old, so the aesthetic is an adeptly mixed amalgamation of trends and classics.
As beach cities go, Barcelona carries a completely distinct voice. Its robust culture shines through with a playful spirit. Beachfront property meets industrial cool in a casual, unaffected style.
One might not think to seamlessly weave beach-y, nautical accents with modern and traditional focal points, but the juxtaposition is unexpected and chic. It’s a modern take on new bohemian style.
From the architecture to the street style, Barcelona is a culture emboldened by a zest for life. Colors and patterns reflect a deep love of adventure and spirited curiosity. Taking risks is de rigueur. Neon accents and expressive pops of color feels energetic and free in any setting.
Taking a page from Gaudi, Picasso and Dalí, we love the notion of peppering in Surrealist, imaginative details. Sculptural silhouettes and dreamy, whimsical accessories elevate the mood and inspire creativity.
Layering industrial looks with unexpected flourishes of bright color and eclectic details, from historical reference points to a key piece of art, gives the space an improvised, witty sense of style. The harmonious blend of influences is graceful and musical.
Mixes of red and yellow, the colors of the Spanish flag, abound throughout the city. It feels adventurous and fresh in both large and small doses, and the pairing is apropos for a land filled with passion and sunshine.
What city’s style would you most like to channel at home? Tell us in the comments below.