Have you traveled in Mexico? If you've been to places like Saltillo, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Taxco, you probably fell in love with the charming architecture found in the older sections of those towns. If you are trying to recreate that type of look in your home patio, here are some ideas that might help you.

The Floor - Cobble stone, flagstone and brick are all be great choices. Concrete that has been faux painted to have any of those looks would be excellent selections, too. The great part about choosing any of those materials for the floor of your patio is that they are affordable and will last forever and a day. Maintenance is easy. Just sweep the floor and use your basic garden hose to clean it. If you select brick for your patio, a unique touch would be to ask the bricklayer to allow enough space between each brick so that you can plant a ground cover there. Clover, short grass or moss all work well.

The Walls - Brick walls would be a good selection. If you have chosen brick for the floor, choose a different color of brick for the walls, just to add interest. Painted walls would be good, too. For a bit of drama, choose a bold color for the paint. Mexican pink, turquoise or yellow are good colors for your Mexican patio. If you have selected paint for your walls, embellish them with hand-painted or stenciled designs that include things like flowers, butterflies and birds.

The Decor - Choose furniture that will withstand the elements. Wrought iron or rustic wood are both affordable and can be painted any color you want. The addition of a Mexican chimenea would not only be attractive, but it would be fun for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. Hang a Mexican hammock, too. If you have the space, select a two or three-tiered fountain and surround it with colorful plants in pots of different sizes and designs. Plants like bougainvellia, hanging roses, succulents ferns and different types of ivy would all be in keeping with the Mexican theme you are establishing. If you don't have a lot of space, then choose wall fountains and half-pots for the walls. Place wrought iron candle holders and clay birds on tabletops.

Finally, if you want Mexican music when you entertain, look at artists like Agustin Lara, the Los Panchos Trio and Eydie Gorme. 

For more information about installing a new patio floor or wall, contact local bricklayers like those at Layrite Masonry & Tile.