The Colors of Havana

How can I not be inspired by the colors of Havana? Truthfully, it’s not only the colors but also the whole soul of this city stuck in a time warp that seeps inspiration from all its pores.

Havana is one of my favorite cities of all time! Ironically, its beauty lies in the decaying architecture and faded facades. Its audacity to have withstood the test of time with very little help from anyone is also a very inspiring concept. Havana is a traveler’s playground, a photographer’s dream and an interior designer’s everything.ย I’m unabashedly in love with Havana – there I said it.

I often daydream of owning just a small piece (preferably by the beach) of this enchanting city but until then I’ll have to content myself by creating mood boards inspired by memories of our travels.

At first glance, this design might seem much more vibrant than the featured image but let me explain the reasons why I chose these furnishings:

01. The colors, less muted than the buildings, are a metaphor to describe the vibe of the city itself.

02. The chandelier is a wink to Havana’s resilience – vintage with a bad-ass edge.

03. The curves of the rattan bench – ornate yet simple – mimic the arches decorating the facades of the buildings.

04. The parakeet – eyes full of wisdom yet playful – is essentially Caribbean just like Cuba.

05. The lines of the dresser are reminiscent of some of the furniture I saw inย casas particulares (private homes) dating back to the 1950’s. Painted in a whimsical blue gives it a more updated yet classical look.

And, lastly, since I always like to add an ethnic touch to my designs:

06. The colorful pillows and the rug recall the many backgrounds – African being one of them – of the resilient Cubanos.





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  • Paula – Gone with the Wine

    That is absolutely one of the things I love about Cuba.. colours. Love the pictures on this post!


      Thanks! Cuba is definitely color-overload in the best sense possible!

  • Havana boasts such vibrant colors! I would love to visit and see it in person now that Cuba is open to Americans!


      Hi Shane! You really do need to go to Cuba – it’s such a fascinating country! Go while you still can. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    I would love to see Havana. I think it would be incredible. The food, the colors, the music and all of it.


      Havana is wonderful!

  • Marissa Abao

    I just pinned this. I have been to Puerto Rico. The picture here of Havana reminds me of the streets and buildings in Puerto Rico. They have beautiful vibrant colors and designs.


      Thanks for pinning! I’ve seen pictures of Puerto Rico and the architecture and colors do look similar to Havana.

  • Casey Fossett Powers

    Great round up…I love those colors too! Fun and cheery ๐Ÿ™‚


    Thank you so much! It’s hard not to be inspired by Havana and all its decaying charm. Fingers crossed we both get some beach property…soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰


    I love Havana and the way you worded that with 365 days of summer just makes me love it even more!

  • Aish Das-Padihari

    Wow!! What pretty pics. Absolutely love the colors.

  • Havana is so beautiful!!!!! I love countries filled with vibrant colorful buildings and atmosphere.


      Havana is one of my favorite cities!

  • I decorated my guest room based on Italy with wine and grapes and ornate fixtures. It’s one of my favorite rooms.


      Hi Julie! It’s great to get inspiration from our travels – it gives a space a much more personal touch.

  • Sheri

    So beautiful. I have seen similar pictures and always wonder when I will finally get a chance to visit. Your designs are so beautiful, and very creative.


      Thank you so much! Cuba is an amazing country – I hope you get to visit some day soon.