Moroccan interior design and architecture evokes an exotic and luxurious style with rich patterns, textures and colours. It’s a favourite with many interior designers because of its diverse look and warm, inviting feel, but there are some simple ways that you too can bring this stunning design to your own home.
I recently went to Morocco and completely fell in love with all the colours and textures in the market. Visiting the souks gave me plenty of inspiration and helped me figure what pieces were worth the limited space in my suitcase; so here’s my top tips for adding a hint of Moroccan style to your home.
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Be Bold with Colours
No Moroccan interior would be complete without some bold colours mixed with lighter, more neutral tones. So, why not opt for blues, greens, oranges or reds in your furniture, rugs, cushions and upholstery whilst keeping walls neutral? Or, if you’re feeling particularly bold, paint all of your walls in these vibrant colours too!
Choose Luxurious and Ornate Furniture
Upholstered furniture with plush fabrics and delicately carved pieces will feel right at home in a Moroccan interior. One way to make sure you’re getting a fully authentic feel is to order furniture from Morocco itself, using companies like TNT when it comes to the delivery (trust me, they won’t fit in your suitcase, no matter how hard you try!). Or, if you want to stick to a lower budget, try adding some inexpensive Moroccan cushions and rugs to the room and a pounded metal tray to the top of your coffee table.
Opt for Tantalising Textiles
Within any interior design you need to build up a multitude of textures to add to the overall look and feel of a scheme and this is particularly important in Moroccan interior design. Take a look around your local fabric shop for gauzy textiles and fabrics with intricate colours and vibrant patterns. Use these to drape over your furniture or get creative by making your own cushions, curtains or pillows.
Light Your Home with Lanterns
Intricate lamps are one of the most distinguishable elements of a Moroccan home and are often made from copper or brass. With the ornate designs that have been cut out of these metals, they cast stunning shadows on a room, especially when they’re hung from a ceiling. Opt for ones in different styles and finishes to add to the layers of textures you’re creating in your Moroccan-inspired room, placing them in a cluster or using single ones to create a focal point.
Team Your Space with Tiles
Tiles that boast fabulous geometric shapes are great for adding Moroccan motifs to your home. Many tile retailers offer these in abundance with bold, classic designs that will look great as splashbacks, feature walls or floors. And, if you’re on a tight budget, simply gather a few of these tiles to use as coasters or to create a piece of artwork on your wall.