I’ve always loved Moroccan interior design, but given that I’m an ardent lover of colourful interiors, it is a little surprising that my preferred Moroccan-inspired decor style is rather muted in comparison to the real deal. Picture a visually enchanting blend of Arabian, African and Mediterranean influences, balanced by the pared-back simplicity and tranquility of Scandinavian home styling… That suits me perfectly. Whatever your preference, genuinely knowing your likes and dislikes is the best starting point for achieving Moroccan-inspired decor that works perfectly in your own home.
Morocco is an extremely diverse country with mostly Arab, indigenous Berber, European and sub-Saharan African residents. The rich history and cultural diversity of this North-African country is strongly reflected in their interior design style, which has become very popular in homes worldwide. Moroccan interior design has its origins in Moorish architecture which is commonly characterised by the arches, domes, courtyards, and decorative tile work still seen throughout the Arab regions of North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula today.
The classic Moroccan decor in all its splendour can be a bit overwhelming for some tastes, so it is not recommended for the faint at heart. To immerse yourself completely, you’ll need to add a generous dose of vibrant, contrasting colours and heavy patterns, alongside exquisite furnishings, ornate keyhole windows and lofty arches… and that is only the beginning.
If you’re not the type to fully commit to this rich, exotic style, it is best to avoid the massive overhaul by carefully selecting a few key pieces, choosing your placement wisely, and voila… you’re golden!
Regardless of your budget, there are many ways to tastefully add a subtle touch of Moroccan charm to your well-loved current decor. Think bold accent hues, complex geometric patterns, colourful tiles, lantern style lighting fixtures, patchwork leather ottomans, intricately carved furniture, sparkly mirrored finishes, pom-pom adorned cushions, traditional Moroccan wedding blankets and luxurious tribal Beni Ourain rugs… the list is endless! A clever approach is to choose just one room and give it the Moroccan makeover, but if you’re on a really tight budget, try creating a beautifully styled Moroccan-themed table vignette instead. Go on, give it a go, you might be surprised at the huge impact this may have on your decor.
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